Usually, there’s not much you can do to redeem yourself after being scared silly by zombies at Schaefer Farms’ Schaefer’s Frightfest in Flemington, which includes a haunted hayride, a walk of terror, a haunted corn maze and the Carnival of Chaos.
However, thanks to zombie laser tag at Bullseye Virtual Combat, an outdoor laser tag arena at the farm, you can seek revenge on those pesky flesh-eating monsters.
“This game is a complement to Schaefer Farms’ haunted attractions,” said Vic Pellegrini, who opened Bullseye Virtual Combat last year. “People want to take revenge on all the things that scared them. Now, they can fight back.”
At the 15,000-square-foot arena, which includes hallways, hay bales and obstacles, players get 10 minutes to battle each other and zombies with unlimited ammo from realistic weapons, such as AR-15 replicas that have actual recoil from CO2-charged magazines.
With sounds, music, professionally made-up zombies, special lighting and smoke machines incorporated, Pellegrini can alter damage, time, objective and more from a transmitter on a server on the field linked to a laptop.
At the end of each game, which costs $12 per player, each participant can see their stats, such as their accuracy and how many people and zombies they “killed.”
“I grew up playing laser tag, video games and paintball and this was the perfect combination of all three,” said Pellegrini. “It’s a video game in real life.”
One to 12 players at a time can play the zombie survival game, which brings in about 50 players each night. Visitors can make reservations for the open hours Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 8 to 11 p.m. until Oct. 29 (might be extended into November depending on demand).
Players can make reservations or walk in after waiting about five to 20 minutes. As Halloween gets closer, the love for the game is only growing.
“People are really into it and now they are coming to me wanting to book zombie laser tag parties,” said Pellegrini. “We are working on a two-hour zombie package right now which we will offer for private sessions that will include different game modes.”
Although the open zombie laser tag sessions will end once Halloween is over, it will be available as an add-on for any private session year-round, and Bullseye Virtual Combat plans to host a standalone zombie laser tag event sometime next spring. It will be a multiday event and include ticketed games.
Bullseye Virtual Combat is open year-round and is open to private groups, corporate events and birthday parties as well as “just for fun” private sessions.
Zombie laser tag
Where: Bullseye Virtual Combat at Schaefer Farms at 1051 County Road 523, Flemington
When: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 29
Cost: $12 per person
Contact: bullseyevirtualcombat.com, 908-274-1499