The differences between haunted house attractions and other large venues for mass gatherings, such as sports arenas, movie theaters, and concerts, are important – especially when you consider Covid Safety.
These differences include:
1. Guest Exposure time is very limited. Generally, guests are moving continuously throughout their experience. Since guests do not remain sitting in a single location, elbow-to-elbow, for extended periods of time, their exposure is much less than that of traditional mass gatherings.
2. Most groups of Attraction Attendees are made up of close family members, or others who usually live in the same household (or social bubble). These groups don’t necessarily need to maintain strict physical distance from one another.
This season, we are using a virtual queue line program. This will ensure that we can manage socially distancing groups safely and efficiently. While you can purchase tickets online or onsite, you will want to purchase tickets EARLY, as tickets are LIMITED to reduce capacity to 50%. Be sure to review our ticket availability before coming if you intend to buy tickets onsite.
Being an outdoor attraction is a good thing for The Haunted Farm. Contact tracing has proven that Covid-19 is contracted far less from being outdoors around people than it is from being indoors and sitting still. When you park, you will be handed instructions on joining the virtual queue line for your ticket, whether Fast Pass or General Admission. Enter your contact information, and the number of guests in your vehicle. You will be able to use the portal to see the expected wait time for exiting your vehicle. As capacity, and social distancing requirements, allows you will be notified via a text message to exit your vehicle. You will show the text to the health/security staff at the designated entrance. As usual, you can also purchase tickets onsite. The ticket type you purchase will determine your wait time. Social distancing, and safety protocols will add time to your wait, so please be prepared and be patient. We want to provide Everyone with a great AND safe time!
Our main queue waiting lines are marked to allow room for your social bubble (your group). Please wait socially distanced from other bubbles and groups. Hand washing and sanitizing stations are placed at the entrance and throughout the thoroughfare. Banners are posted to educate the guests how to stay safe while at The Haunted Farm. Unless the mandate is lifted by the sate, Masks will be required to be worn by guests and staff in order to enter the park.
Our inflatable air bags will be removed. Staff will be cleaning our high volume areas through the night. This will include the ticket booth, restrooms, and other areas throughout the property. All front-of-house staff will be in PPE gear. We will not be selling concessions, nor merchandise, though we do hope to pre-sell shirts and other items to be mailed out at the end of the season. Our actors will not be sharing makeup kits, and all costumes will be dedicated to one person. Temperature is tested for all staff daily. Management has completed the training for You Can Count on Me NC, and all of our makeup artists have completed the Barbicide infection control training, as well. Actors will also be educated regarding Covid Safety.
We have done our homework to make your traditional visit to the The Haunted Farm as safe as possible. The first half hour of every night is reserved for high risk guests to attend, health care workers, care givers, first responders or older population that wants to experience the attraction to be the first to be on property to further reduce the risk.
Our staff has been educated to make your Halloween as safe and socially distanced as possible. Thanks for all the support so we all can laugh and scream behind our masks together this season. Let’s all work as a team so we can save Halloween!