Making haunted houses safe during the pandemic

ABC News’ Clayton Sandell looks at how Halloween attractions are making adjustments to stay safe and keep business running during COVID-19.
5:06 | 10/31/20

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Hai is scared. Tomorrow is of course Halloween and if you're looking at the adrenaline rush and a haunted house there are few additional things to consider this year clintons and now has the spooky story. It seems like 21. Yet much scarier. Houses are sure trying. Those spooky places where thousands hate to be terrorized ark like most everything else threatened by global pandemic. Chris Stafford is CEO of the thirteenth floor entertainment group. They operate fifteen haunts in ten states. He took us behind the screens to show us just how the new era of socially distant scaring works. Everyone's afraid of they creeping mannequin and there's an estimated 12100 can't attract. From the US and scaring up as much as a billion dollars every year. Halloween the CDC is recommending people avoid indoor how many houses and calling the move higher risk and who Stafford says that's unfair. I felt we're being. Unfairly classified as a mass gathering. And they're really not. This year's thirteenth floor says it's severely limited how many people are allowed in sounds. Most of our attractions are running at about 25 to 50% of what they would normally be running about 25% are you guys able to us. Stay in business and stay alive and you know the way I've explained it is this year I mean business to lose less money. Halloween this year means masks aren't just for monsters every customer also wears one zombie actor Alexis Cooper wears too. I have had great you know getting nit picky mass find. Finish ahead copper and minivan then she's off to make up there's no touch makeup so all of the makeup that we view is airbrushed art it's never have come in contact. With the employee here and after deliberating again in a not so great penalize him he is it hard to be scary with the mask and everything. It's not hired Andy Levy is suing the NASDAQ crime he knew where every day and leave. Actors are no longer allowed to scream like they used do. Which of course can spread dangerous droplets so customer wants that they get right about here and and you talk about them so this year Cooper now triggers a very loud sound effect. Customers may be too scared to notice but this year they made lots of changes to the floor plan. You've had a redesigned the layout became involved sets him apart apple because reprising his environmental. Crops like vouchers something else where we can create a physical barrier between factor in the group. So once again just creating a little bit of a physical barrier between you and and the actors right. She is not. Going through on a lot of different things that are hanging in your. DF to push through and we've taken all the problems that would normally be hanging inside the walkway moved into the outside of the walkway that the customers don't have to come in the you think it's any less scary. I really don't I don't know if it's maybe because we paid actor attention to how we're gonna scare and getting more creative in the in the ways in the technique that we were doing that I don't know. There are also using fewer live actors instead more characters appear on screens. We ordinary looking very good. And many of the biggest scares from monsters to aliens and zombies. Are now after listened and automated bill. I. Okay. Not been about it very demands. Stafford to other haunted houses this year have transformed into socially distance drive business and this one called city of the dead is deemed as a horror film festival gone wrong. Lights suddenly don't want. Creepy freaks emerge from the bar surrounding drivers who have no escape her people who say Halloween must go on are snapping up tickets. Any concerns about coming out in the exit poll that you want to. Now we're not any more than any other active. Yeah. This is the first time happy. Means it's happening megabytes can clean and it seems pretty safe and house. We're not just in the Halloween we're not just in the scare attraction business. We're in the business of tradition and many families this is a tradition for them. Stafford believes haunted houses a specially this year are critical to people's mental health not just their physical health being the focus. Com and you know it's important I think more now than ever to get out. And have experiences that help your mind get out of a day today in just have that. At least even for a moment to forget about all the craziness is happening in the world. Clayton says dale ABC news lie Denver.

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