Virtually nothing can kill the haunted house dubbed “one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions” by Travel Channel, but COVID-19 almost did. The good news for thousands of fright fans is that ScareHouse didn’t let the pandemic stop its clowns, demons, and mutants from returning for this year’s Halloween haunt.
After months of careful planning and development—including consultation with medical experts—ScareHouse has opened for the 2020 season in a mall just outside Pittsburgh, Pa. The new home for one of the country’s most well-known and acclaimed haunted attractions—The Pittsburgh Mills—is packed with more scares than ever, making Pittsburgh’s scariest haunted house even larger and longer for its 20th season (20 minutes to be exact).
“There were many times during the spring and summer when we thought ScareHouse might not be able to open this year,” said Scott Simmons, creative director of ScareHouse. “But, we remained determined to bring Halloween frights to our fans.”
In addition to elaborate sets, ghoulish images, and legendary thrills, ScareHouse is also promising carefully-considered health and safety precautions to ensure that the only frights are the ones the guests can see.
How is ScareHouse protecting guests?
- Live performers are separated from guests by Plexiglas barriers
- Guests are permitted to go through only with members of their group (up to a limit of six)
- A strong ventilation system is utilized
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the attraction
- Face coverings are required at all times, including while waiting to enter
“The response from fans has been amazing, and so has their willingness to abide by our guidelines and appreciate the effort our cast and crew puts into the show every night,” Simmons said. “We promise that the scare is still there!”
Since its first night of operations in mid-September, the haunt has sold out every night, and as a result, has expanded its hours to accommodate fans hunting for Halloween scares.
ScareHouse is open through Nov. 14, 2020, on Fridays from 7-11:30 p.m, Saturdays from 6-11:30 p.m., and Sundays from 6-10 p.m.
Timed tickets must be purchased in advance online to allow ScareHouse to plan for each evening’s crowd flow. Click here to purchase tickets.