Obviously things are different this Halloween season as a result of COVID-19, and Halloween is big business here in Southern California. Typically all of the amusement parks have special events, rural areas become autumnal havens full of pumpkins and apples, while LA has its very own Haunted Hayride, and even local homes do their own “haunted house” experiences. Oh, and even in the off season there are conventions like Midsummer Scream and Scare LA. Like I said, Halloween and horror in general is big business here. As many of the usual events have been cancelled, Patrick and I looked to some of the creative “drive-thru” experiences, and recently attended the Urban Legends experience at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
Even though we were just going to be sitting in our car, it felt like a good excuse to throw on a casual Halloween inspired outfit, so we snapped a few photos at home before heading out.
The event consisted of a series of areas where groups of cars drove, parked, turned off their engines, and then experienced scenes play out with mild and distanced interaction, including a drive-in movie theatre operated by cannibals, a killer clown carnival, woods with a monster hunting campers, a ghostly mine, and Bloody Mary cult. Overall, the experience was well organized, although a little lackluster, but felt very safe. Attendees were encouraged to have their windows down, but if your window was down, you were required to wear a mask. All of the actors and safety attendants were masked, and they did get creative with the masks. This is just one of several Halloween drive-thru experiences around us, and there are family-friendly ones that even include trick-or-treating. One we will for sure be attending is the Anaheim Halloween Parade drive-thru experience happening later this month.
How has COVID-19 impacted your October plans? Are there any drive-thru type experiences where you are?