Every year since 2004 City Blood has reviewed haunts all over Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. We’ve reviewed haunted houses, haunted trails, haunted hayrides, scream parks and more. The fall season is our favorite time of the year. Who doesn’t love hot cider, jack-o’-lanterns, trick or treating, the leaves changing colors and the crisp cool weather.
This year is much different compared to previous. 2020 is the year of COVID-19. It’s a scary time to be alive. Many businesses have permanently closed, we’re required to wear masks and to practice social distancing. Haunts all across the country are closing and most are altering their shows so they’re safe for the public. Hell, some are now drive-thru attractions.
For the first time in 16 years, City Blood won’t be reviewing haunts. This was a very difficult decision and one that I never wanted to make. I love haunts and Halloween. It’s my heart and soul. But it would make more sense to take the year off with there being a pandemic and nearly half the haunts I toured last year won’t be open this season.
I wish that all haunts this season have huge success and that every staff member from the parking lot attendants to the actors are safe. We are going to get through this together and the haunt industry is going to be bigger and better than ever in time. I just know it.
If your favorite haunt is open then pay them a visit. If you’re worried about safety protocols then go to their website, Facebook page or just contact them if you have any questions. From what I’ve seen, most haunts are trying to be as safe as possible. They’re putting a lot of time, effort and money into making their attraction a scary and safe experience.
What will Halloween be like this year? Will there be trick or treating? I think so. Decorate your house, watch scary movies, drink Pumpkin Spice Coffee and never let the Halloween spirit die. Hopefully in 2021, the situation with COVID-19 is taken care of. I know that’s wishful thinking, but I don’t want to lose hope.
See you soon and as always