Following the cancellation of Halloween Horror Nights, it's become even more apparent that the ongoing pandemic has already begun to drastically affect this year's Halloween festivities. It's probably safe to say that haunt attractions, and even trick-or-treating, may not even be as popular this October.
Thankfully, much like what film festivals around the globe have done in recent months, certain fans of the spooky season have already started coming up with ways to innovate through the pandemic. Orlando's The Haunted Road is a prime example.
The event promises "a new, completely contactless Halloween experience is coming to Central Florida this upcoming season. With a terrifying mix of theatrical storytelling, horrifying creatures, unexpected scares and a twisted take on immortal tales, The Haunted Road will satiate the need for scares this fall, with safe social distancing measures."
The entire event was designed with physical distancing measures in mind, from contact-free check-in by license plate, to immersive drive-in scenes.
"The original storyline presents familiar characters like you have never seen them before. As guests drive through each nightmarish scene, they’ll be immersed into a ghastly rendition of an untold story of Rapunzel as she journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures – and hundreds of shocking scares."
A family-friendly version of the event will also be available during the daytime on select weekends. The daytime event will feature an adaptation of the immersive scenes and storyline, but trading screams for Halloween fun the entire family can enjoy.
"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 for The Haunted Road.
The event will also cast local actors and performers as it prepares to open in the fall. Virtual auditions will take place from August 13 to 16. For additional details, visit TheHauntedRoad.com/Casting.
To help bring the event to life, The Haunted Road will launch a Kickstarter campaign soon. Campaign supporters can choose from a variety of rewards, from securing an admission ticket in advance, access to a virtual version for out of town donors, and more.
Admission tickets will start at $15 per person. Dates and additional details will be revealed soon.