Celebrating Halloween in 2020

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Our usual Halloween plans are on hiatus this year as countries deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Us scare actors are losing out on gigs as regular events are cancelled or postponed. But not all hope is lost.

Many horror fans across the world have come up with inventive new ideas on how to celebrate Halloween in 2020.

 

ZOMBIE SAFARI

At Terror in the Corn, Colorado you can visit the Wells Hotel, which hides a gruesome history.

You can then take your revenge by climbing aboard a zombie-hunting wagon equipped with paintball guns and save Anderson Farms from the zombies who have overrun the cornfields.

In Dallas, Texas you can be taken on a safari with a twist: rather than looking out for majestic giraffes or water loving hippos, you play spot the zombie. And you get to shoot them! A must do for fans of The Walking Dead.


DRIVE-THRUS

These are popping up all over the place but my favourite example of this kind of event is Los Angeles’ Freeform Halloween Road.

It’s an outdoor, immersive experience where you drive through the worlds of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus and more. And it’s free!


SELF ISOLATION

I’m not talking about getting through lockdown with a horror film binge and a tub of popcorn, but Tokyo’s windowed coffins.

This is my favourite “outside the box” thinking. A scare attraction that you can pack up and take on the road.

Locked in your own personal hell, scare actors will terrorise you for 15 minutes. Are you game?


SCARE ATTRACTIONS

Las Vegas is known for going all out and Halloween for them is no exception with the introduction of Fright Ride.

From the team who created the Saw Escape Room, this is an actual amusement ride. It takes you through a research lab and forces you to participate in their “fear diagnosis”.

If the trailer is anything to go by, the screams will be heard all the way down the strip. What are you afraid of?


SLEEPOVERS

Travel may be a bit limited for some of us this season, but there are many haunted hotels to sleep in for Halloween.

This list includes Cornwall’s Jamaica Inn where you’re best to book room 5 for extra spookiness, London’s Langham Hotel which has several ghosts stalking its halls, and the Castle Leslie in Ireland where you may encounter levitating beds.

I would also recommend visiting York over the Halloween period as it’s one of the most haunted places in the UK.

Check out The Golden Fleece pub or go on one of the many ghost walks.

Fun Fact: wherever you walk in York city centre, you’re liking to be traipsing over bodies…


DRIVE-IN CINEMA

This is a classic way to get out of the house and have a bit of a scare while staying safe and socially distanced.

Daisy Duke’s is offering such events across North East England with a range of horror films from family friendly to horror comedy to downright scary.

If the rumours are to be believed, I would keep an eye on your surroundings. You have no idea who may be lurking outside your vehicle….

Also, bear in mind that The Creeper in Jeepers Creepers last awoke in 1997 and rises every 23 years…. We may soon have another kind of pandemic on our hands. Just in time to celebrate Halloween.

By Cat Dunn

 

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