Paintball is like a production of Hamlet: it's exciting, demanding, and by the end everyone has pretend-died. Take paintball arms against a sea of troubles with today's Groupon: for $15, you get admission to Zombie Hunt and 50 rounds of paintballs each for two players at Battle Creek Paintball (a $30 value). All ages can participate in the zombie hunt experience, though children younger than 16 need to bring a waiver signed by a caretaker.
The Halloween season morphs Battle Creek's playing fields into ghoulish warzones, where undead creatures overrun the battlegrounds during late-night skirmishes that pit gun-toting paint-slingers against shambling zombie hordes. Scramble aboard a military trailer equipped with pintle-mounted weaponry as you enter 40-acres of darkened woodlands eerily devoid of sound—except for the roar of the truck engine and sneezes from those who are allergic to the living dead. As the mission begins, frenzied zombies rush toward the armed transport to feed their unending hunger and claim more victims—an assault that can only be battled with volleys of paintballs, nature's most effective zombie deterrent. Each sharpshooter unloads 50 colorful rounds into the relentless creatures until running empty. Though not included with today's Groupon, extra rounds should be purchased prior to the hunt ($5 for 100 rounds, $10 for 200).
Battle Creek Paintball
Battle Creek Paintball's six fields see prismatic warfare in the form of recreational woodsball to fast-paced speedball year-round, rain or shine. On any of the five outdoor woodland fields, squads of players mimic firefights with flanking maneuvers and extended periods of playing dead. With normal admission, the staff provides markers and all the protective equipment needed to survive a mural to the face.