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You Can Tour The Real-Life Camp Crystal Lake From Friday The 13th This Halloween

Get into the spirit of the season with a visit to the New Jersey camp used in Friday The 13th.

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Photo Courtesy of Crystal Lake Tours.

Before Jason Voorhees visited took over Manhattan, squared-off against Freddy Krueger or was dethawed in space, he was the young boy who drowned in a lake in Friday the 13th and now the campsite where that original film was shot almost four decades ago is available to tour this Halloween.

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, a small western New Jersey Boy Scouts camp synonymous to horror nerds around the world, might typically be closed to the public but for several days this October and November – including Friday, November 13 and Halloween – fans can see explore the lake Sean Cunningham used for the original film.  This isn’t anything new for the camp, who perhaps was tired of nosey onlookers and opened it up for tours a handful of years back – and, given the popularity, potential visitors must typically enter a lottery for tickets

Weekend tours will run basically three times a day and the camp is making sure that COVID-19 isn’t putting a damper on people coming out to visit, with certain precautions in place for safety.  According to Crystal Lake Tours’ website

“Similar to our recent summer tours, these events will feature a limited number of guests to allow for proper social distancing.  Temperature scans will be performed at check-in and face coverings will be required at all times.  We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates to all ticketed guests.”

Visitors can see the classic Camp Crystal Lake sign, walk along the lake where young Alice is pulled underwater and check out the cabins featured in the film, which might include the murder weapon, though bringing your Jason replica hockey mask with you is frowned upon and let’s be real here, he doesn’t even wear the mask in the original film.  There’s also a variety of souvenirs to remember the experience, including bottles of Angry Mother lake water and lake sand, the former of which is only filled on Friday the 13th – which means supply might be limited. 

The tour actually costs about the same as touring Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the studio that brought the franchise to life and pumped out each awesomely campy sequel. The majority of the money raised from the tours does go to fundraising for the camp, however.

Photo Courtesy of Crystal Lake Tours.

There are two types of tours and costs, the Lakefront Tours and Full Tours:

  • Lakefront Tours: Starting at $89 plus tax and fees. These shorter tours take you directly to the center of the Camp Crystal Lake movie set: the lake! You will visit 5 filming locations in this area and have plenty of time to take photos. Includes special gifts (approximately $30 value).
  • Full Tours: Starting at $159 plus tax and fees. The full loop tour includes all filming locations at the camp and plenty of time to take photos. The evening session of this tour also includes all filming locations – IN THE DARK! Bring your flashlight along to experience our first-ever night tours. Includes special gifts (approximately $30 value).

There’s not as many spooky activates this year and while it might be a little overpriced, seeing an authentic piece of cult-classic film history might just put you in the mood.