Scream Town, one of the most popular haunted attractions in the state, will be up and running this year, with changes to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scream Town, located at 7410 Highway 212 in Chaska, opens Friday with six open-air haunted house experiences:
- The Oak Blood Forest, a forest walk with no tour guides or flashlights
- Zombie Apocalypse CDC, you're in a locked-down CDC among the living dead
- Circus Asylum, a 7,000 square foot asylum housing "carnival freaks"
- Santa's Slay, a Christmas-themed haunted experience
- Trapped Possession (VIP passes only), six rooms of "intense fear" – it's a "touch attraction" but human hands won't be used due to COVID-19
- Abandoned Down the Rabbit Hole (VIP passes only), you and one other person are abandoned in the woods with a small lantern – it's touch attraction, but human hands won't be used due to COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists events like Scream Town, which feature open-air, one-way walk-through haunted events, as a "moderate risk" activity amid the pandemic. The CDC advises people to wear masks and stay six feet apart – but to leave more space if screaming will likely occur.
"The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus," the CDC says.
Scream Town says it's taking precautions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, noting they're already in the business of spacing out guests and putting them in small groups.
Visitors and employees will be required to wear masks and the entire thing will be outside.
This year, Scream Town will also limit ticket sales and tickets will be timed. Not only that, people will not be able to pick and choose which attractions to enter – your group will enter one attraction after the next and not stop until it's done.
"This will help ensure a spaced experience during your visit and very limited contact with other groups," Scream Town's website says.
The experience will end in the courtyard, which will be different than in past years. It won't have communal areas, but food and beverages will be available.
Tickets are expected to sell out fast for the event, which runs mostly on weekends through Nov. 1. You can visit the website here.
Scream Town's nearby attraction, the Abandoned Hayride, has changed things up this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic (the CDC lists hayrides as a higher-risk attraction).
Instead of riding on a hayride, event organizers have created an "equally horrifying" drive-through, where people stay in their cars and the terror comes to them.
According to a news release, there will be more than two dozen actors, surprises and scares along the 20-minute route (it's not recommended for children under 10).
The Abandoned Drive-Thru is open Oct. 2-Nov. 1 (mostly on weekends) and is located at 7527 Highway 212 in Chaska.
You can visit the website here.