One of the biggest pleasures of the Halloween season is visiting the local haunted house. Talented set designers and scare actors build memorable scares that entertain as much as they terrify. It's become such a huge industry that Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights sees millions of guests a year tour their horrifying licensed haunt events.
Then the coronavirus hit and tourism went down the drain.
It's impossible to do a haunted house in the age of Covid-19. You gotta get up close and personal with the monsters and madmen, which is really hard to do with masks and social distancing rules.
So a few brave haunts are coming up with ways to scare people safely. And the drive-thru haunted house is born.
Will you dare to travel 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘙𝘰𝘢𝘥? Coming to Orlando this fall, The Haunted Road is Central Florida’s first drive-thru, completely contactless Halloween experience. Don’t be scared to head over to our website to sign up for exciting info and updates: TheHauntedRoad.com.
“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.
At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.
“Imagine your car pulling up into a dark alley, turning off your engine and being just completely powerless as you’re surrounded by creatures,” Atilio Jamerson, entertainment director for Urban Legends of Southern California, said during a recent interview with the Orange County Register, when discussing the company’s drive-thru experience coming to Costa Mesa in California this year.
"As far as the actors go, it will be a lot more fun for them because they will have more freedom in the choices they make with their movements," he continued, "and it’s an opportunity to learn new ways to scare that aren’t just popping into your face. We’ll incorporate props, lighting, music and it’s just a way for us to get really creative and do things we’ve never done before.”
There's another one opening up in Southern California too, so get those scares in this year.