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Haunted house attractions in the pandemic: What you’ll see in 2020

(CNN) — It feels like 2020 has provided more than enough scares. But for people still seeking an extra jolt of fear and adrenalin, it’s the time of year for those shocking haunted house attractions.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed a lot of long-distance travel, especially by plane, these Halloween-themed attractions around the world usually draw a more local crowd. So they shouldn’t be hurt by people making more short-haul trips this year.

They do face other hurdles, though.

In the carefree nights of 2019, the big questions on these attractions were: Which ones are the best? How scary are they?

In the cautious nights of 2020, we have different questions: Are haunted house attractions even opening this year? And if they are, is it safe to go?

With cases of Covid-19 again on the rise, medical experts advise a careful approach.

A mix of openings and closings

The

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Strawberry fest’s haunted house to be scary but safe, official says

Like most things in 2020, the Pasadena Strawberry Festival’s haunted house this year will feature some changes.

“It’s going to be a little different from last year because of COVID,” Murline Staley, the Strawberry Festival’s executive director, said of the fest’s third annual spookfest, A Berry Haunted House, which will be at the festival’s central building, 7902 W. Fairmont Parkway.

“We’re definitely taking a COVID action plan and being safe,” she said. “We’re guaranteed to scare the bejeevers out of you, but we’re also going to have fun. We’re going to have the same square footage, but instead of 13 rooms, this year, we’re going to open it up to seven rooms.”


That’s not counting the entrance area where creatures with eight legs could be greeting you. The spooks at A Berry Haunted House haven’t paid their insect extermination bill in recent months; so be forewarned — arachnids will likely

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Stream These Spooky Haunted House Movies

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The B-movie maestro William Castle lards “House on Haunted Hill” with one high-concept hook after another: A millionaire (Vincent Price) offers a $10,000 prize for anyone who can survive his “haunted house” party, complete with loaded pistols issued to guests in miniature coffins, and a burbling vat of acid on site. Part chiller, part whodunit, the film is like witnessing a deliciously macabre parlor game.

Four people are summoned to a creepy mansion for a paranormal investigation, but the house itself is the star — all creaky floorboards, pulsating walls and a doorknob turning back and forth. The awful 1999 remake turned Hill House into a C.G.I. light show, but Robert Wise’s original, shot

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Disturbia Haunted House To Reopen Friday Under New Ownership

DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Haunted house lovers in the Downers Grove region, fear not — Disturbia is set to reopen Friday.

The team behind Aurora’s Basement of the Dead, which has been rated the best haunted house in the world by BuzzFeed, is set to bring its brand of “movie-quality” haunts with “grotesque beauty” to the highly popular attraction, owner Jason Seneker told Patch.

Things at Disturbia will also look different from previous years due to safety precautions put in place to keep customers and actors safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Customers must purchase tickets for specific time windows, and everyone is required to wear masks while inside the haunted house. All customers and actors must have their temperatures checked before entering, and actors are screened for any coronavirus-related symptoms.

Capacity and group sizes will be limited this year to follow public health

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Man killed during argument at haunted house identified as welder from Detroit

PONTIAC, MI – The man who was shot and killed outside the popular Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac was a welder from Detroit.

29-year-old Douglas Reese died early Sunday morning, FOX 2 Detroit reports.

Police are still in looking for the suspect in the incident and have asked for the public’s help. The suspect was described as a man standing 6-foot tall and wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and jeans, police said. A witness reported a blue sedan fled the scene at a high rate of speed after the shooting.

RELATED: Police seek help finding suspect in homicide outside Michigan haunted house

Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and STAT EMS responded shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 to the popular haunted house, 18 South Perry St., for a reported shooting.

The caller said Reese was laying on the ground in a nearby parking lot, per a statement

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Giant drive-thru haunted house experience opens in Bay Area

Talk about a scary moment.

The Fields family was facing the real possibility of having to cancel its annual Pirates of Emerson Halloween haunt at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, unable make dollars and sense of the reduced capacity and other social distancing restrictions that would need to be in place this year.

“We wouldn’t have been able to put the numbers through to justify opening up,” says Brian Fields, who has helped run this popular haunt with his parents, Patty and Karl, for 29 years.

Instead of throwing in the towel, they decided to do something different — something bold — that would work in this COVID-19 age.

“Being the creative family that we are, my dad Karl, Patty and myself put our heads together and came up with this idea of doing this drive-thru,” Fields says.

So load up the car, remember to buckle in tight and get ready

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Man killed in dispute over line at Michigan haunted house

PONTIAC, Mich. — A dispute over cutting in line led to a fatal shooting outside a popular haunted house in southeastern Michigan, police said.

Investigators were looking for a suspect Monday after the early Sunday shooting at Erebus in Pontiac. The victim was a 29-year-old man from Detroit.

“The victim and his girlfriend had been waiting in line to enter Erebus Haunted House when a male subject in line ahead of them would not move,” the Oakland County sheriff’s office said.

“The victim and the suspect exchanged words as the suspect thought the victim had cut in line ahead of him,” the sheriff’s office said.

Both men went to their vehicles and shots were heard. The victim was struck in the side, neck and chest, the sheriff’s office said, and a witness reported that a blue sedan fled the scene at high speed.

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Police seek help finding suspect in homicide outside Michigan haunted house

PONTIAC, MI – Police have asked for the public’s help finding a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred in a parking lot outside the Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac early Sunday morning.

Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and STAT EMS responded shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 to the popular haunted house, 18 South Perry St., for a shooting report.

The caller said the victim, a 29-year-old Detroit man, was laying on the ground in a nearby parking lot, per a statement issued by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim and his girlfriend had been waiting in line to enter the haunted house when a man in line ahead of them would not move.

Michigan haunted house, ranked No. 1 in the US, opens this week with COVID changes

The victim and the suspect — described as a man standing 6-foot tall and wearing an

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Sheriff: 1 wounded in shooting at haunted house

CHINA GROVE, N.C. — One person was wounded in a shooting at a Halloween haunted house attraction in North Carolina on Saturday, authorities said.

Investigators arrested five juveniles and seized three guns after responding to a report of shots fired at the Reaper’s Realm haunted house in China Grove, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The Charlotte Observer reports that fights broke out among a crowd of about 1,000 people at the attraction, a scene that the sheriff’s office described as “chaotic.”

“Deputies had to deal with multiple large and small groups of persons that were fighting each other, and there were some shots fired by persons at the event,” the news release said.

One person was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound on one of his feet, the sheriff’s office said. The person has been released from the hospital.

“This victim said that

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3 Tips For Better Haunted House Radio Commercials

You put your heart and soul into your haunted house attraction this year. You’ve spent day and night toying with each scene and scare, now you just need people to show up and experience your labor of love. How do you get them there? An effective haunted house radio commercial is a good place to start.

What goes into a good haunted house radio commercial though? Where do you start? Here are three tips to make your message stand out and hopefully draw larger crowds than ever before.

  1. Tell a story. Make sure that your commercial is not just a laundry list of directions and the types of scenes you’ve put together. Think movie trailer here. Truly good trailers suck you in, tell a story and make you walk away thinking “I have to see that!”. The same should be true about your haunted house radio commercial.
  2. Make an offer
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