Many of the biggest and most popular events of the Halloween season has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This as been a huge bummer for horror enthusiasts, but there is some hope out there. Some events have the space and infrastructure necessary to keep their guests safe while delivering the terror that people expect from the season. While it's important to remember that there's an increased risk in any public place, if you're up for a scare here are ten of the best events happening in October 2020.
Hudson Valley in upstate New York is one of the best places to spend your Halloween season. Millions of people visit the region to watch the leaves change or to take part in the haunted hayrides and scary spook shows at Sleepy Hollow. Unfortunately many of the events have been cancelled but they're still hosting The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. This event is a walking tour of hundreds of blazing pumpkins. It's a wonderful event that can be attended safely.
This New Jersey Haunt, one of the most popular in the United States, has three haunted houses, hundreds of special effects and a team of actors out to give you a gory good time. The team is putting guest safety first, using electrostatic disinfectant after every group, offering gloves, mask, and sanitizers, and enforcing social distance between actors and the different groups of attendees.
An Ohio mainstay, the Brimstone Haunt has four incredible events. The Haunted Hayride is a family friendly fright fest while the Psychosis promises sublime terror. Using the natural environment to add to the scares, the park also has strict COVID-19 enforcement rules. So visit this zombie nightmare if you dare.
The very popular Los Angeles attraction, which utilizes Hollywood level performances and special effects, pivoted to drive-thru experiences this Halloween 2020. Their website promises: "Your entryway to the defunct Midnight “Drive-In” Theater is All Hallows Lane, a creepy stretch of road straight out of any horror movie. This sets the stage as you brace yourself for the ultimate theatrical drive-in horror experience! Rising from the dead is Horror Movie Host, Monte Revolta, to assume management of the theater. With the help of his Minions of the Living Dead, they will bring the latest and gravest in terrifying sights and sounds to life as they host Monte Revolta’s Monster Movie Spooktacular featuring original content as well as creepy short films from (shh, tba)."
The Six Flags Fright Fest is one of the biggest nationwide events around. People line up for their legendary Fright Fests. Scary clowns, demonic doctors, zany zombies, vicious vampires, and dozens of other creepers are ready to scare the crap out of you, and limited capacity and social distancing will help keep you safe.
One of the biggest and most imaginative events in the country, Nightmare Haunted House uses some of the magical New Orleans background and history to scare the crap out of their guests. This year has haunted houses based on classic movie monsters and haunted mirrors, and people can enjoy the scares that the Discovery Channel named one of the best in the country.
A fantastic haunt in Texas, the Haunted Drive promises a contact free scare. For a scant $20 you can wander through amazing displays, get horrified by a team of talented scare actors, and maybe find a horror portal to hell, all without leaving your car!
Halloween is actually a fantastic time to check out your local art scene, and the horror genre is great fodder for young directors. The Utah Film Center has revived the Drive In Movie of yesteryear to showcase some of the best local Halloween short films. Bring some snacks, cuddle up with your boo, and have a great time.
New York City's premier haunted attraction has very strict COVID procedures in place. Guests aren't allowed in with strangers, no groups more than ten are allowed in, everyone's temperature is checked, six feet of distance between the actors and guests will be maintained. So get dolled up and get ready to go.
Orlando's first drive thru haunted house, this event promises a new, completely contactless Halloween experience to Central Florida. Follow Rapunzel's journey as she leaves her tower for the first time and enters a world of disarray. Drive-thru this outdoor theater show and Halloween event on select dates September 25 - November 7, 2020!