Local haunted house adapts to outdoor setting for COVID-19 safety

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:52 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - 2020 may have been a year full of frights and terrors, but that isn’t stopping this haunted house from doing what they do best: bringing that Halloween spirit to Texoma.

For their 13th year of fear, Texoma favorite, Hatch and Kraven’s Slaughterhouse ran into some issues leading up to the season.

“COVID-19 has changed everything for us. We were trying to do a COVID friendly outdoor show. The city would not let us use the outdoor part because of the problems with the slaughterhouse," said Creig LeBlanc, business manager for the Slaughterhouse.

LeBlanc says they couldn’t get their permit in Sherman.

“Some of our actors allowed us to come out on their 5 acres of land and put the show outdoors out here," said LeBlanc.

The walk-through is mostly outdoors with lots of space to socially distance.

“Expect a totally different show from what you’re used to at the old slaughterhouse," said LeBlanc

The new experience continues with the original Hatch and Kraven storyline.

“A lot of the same characters are there, Hatch and Kraven and Iggy and some of the other characters, but it’s a different setting," said LeBlanc.

The CDC suggests safer alternatives to Halloween festivities, like an outdoor walk-through with mask use and social distancing.

“It is outdoors, which the governor has said that an outdoor gathering is the best. You have the least likelihood of contracting COVID-19," said LeBlanc.

All actors have their temperature checked when they arrive, and wear masks. They ask all patrons to wear a mask and practice social distancing as well.

“Common sense. Socially distance yourself. Wear a mask. We have hand sanitizer here, please sanitize," said LeBlanc.

So that COVID-19 isn’t the scariest thing about your night at the slaughterhouse.

“We’re trying everything we can to provide some fun for Halloween, but still be safe," said LeBlanc.

Online tickets can be purchased ahead of time for a touch-free experience.

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