Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches 2013 geocaching Mega event

Yesterday we attended our very first Geocaching Mega event which took place in Salsey Forest, Northamptonshire. It was the annual Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches event and is classified as a mega event as more than 500 people were expected to attend. In the end the organisers reported that over 1000 geocachers actually came along on the day.

With Halloween as the theme the organisers had really gone to town releasing over 60 caches in total for the event with about 40 available at the beginning of the day and the remainder only coming online after dark for added spookiness. Practically every cache type was there including, letterbox hybrids, multis, traditionals, puzzles, virtual and even an earth cache.

We weren’t really sure what to expect as we had never attended one of these events before but it turned out to be a very enjoyable day. A very different caching experience for sure, whereas normally you are being very covert when trying to find geocaches, there was none of that here. The beauty of an event like this is that everyone is here to do the same thing and there is little need for furtiveness. The trees were full of people, young and old, many of them in fancy dress for added spookiness, searching for creepy caches.

Sam is pictured walking away from the camera. Affixed to the back of his head is a creey halloween mask.

Spooky Sam

The forest itself is a beautiful place and is certainly worthy of a visit in its own right. One of the most spectacular parts was a walkway that slowly rose through the trees until you reached a final viewing platform above the treetops allowing you to look out over the whole of the forest and across the countryside beyond. Despite the intrusion of over a thousand eager cachers the wildlife was still visible at times and Shar and Sam caught sight of a monkjack deer sprinting across the path from one treeline to another.
This picture was taken from the tree top viewing platform looking out across Salsey Forest and Northamptonshire

View over Northamptonshire

Shar signs the log while Sam poses with Hi Witch, the cache located on the high viewing platform

Hi Witch above the trees

The cache containers themselves were excellent, they had gone all out to surprise and delight the seekers. Various fake body parts were discovered hiding log sheets and witches and bats and snakes all were found to be concealing the precious logs.
Sam is pictured holding the bad hair day cache, a severed head with flip top scalp

Bad Hair Day

Sam is pictured waving a sevvered hand, the cache container.

Gis a hand!

My bat is pictured with the blood sucker bat cache

Blood Sucker

On the whole it was a great day. Muddy at times and we ended up walking quite a long way but it was certainly worth it. We logged 11 caches in the end and met a few people we knew from the Beds Bucks and Herts Facebook group. We logged our first letterbox hybrid cache and also our first ever Mega event cache. We were all thoroughly worn out at the end of the day but vowed that we would definitely go to future megas if they were laid on in the local(ish) vicinity.

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3 Responses to Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches 2013 geocaching Mega event

  1. Sandra says:

    What a brilliant idea…so much fun…thanks for sharing it.


  2. This sounds so fun! I wish I had one nearby. Maybe something to look for in the future. Thanks for sharing!


  3. I love that head! What a wicked idea for a cache! The Halloween theme is an awesome idea for a Mega! Holding some caches offline for night is a great idea and really would sort out the whimps from the go-getters. 🙂 Thanks for sharing a great angle on Mega’s!


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