Thanks to social distancing, many beloved Halloween celebrations will not be happening this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some seasonal scares in a safe new way. Chris Louis, the production manager behind Kissimmee’s upcoming Scream n’ Stream drive-thru haunt, recently spoke with us about this anticipated Orlando-area attraction.
Scream n’ Stream is a socially distanced Halloween event happening select nights from Sept. 25 thru Oct. 31 at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. “We have our drive-thru trick-or-treat which we’re calling our ‘Drive-Boo Trick-or-Treat (get it?),” says Louis, “and then we have our drive-thru haunt, which we’re calling ‘Night at the DIE-In.'”
Unique among area attractions, visitors will drive their own vehicle through the 1.2 mile experience, travelling at a maximum of three miles per hour. “You see the abandoned drive-in and the abandoned drive-in theater screen, and there’s this supernatural portal that’s opened up right in the middle of the screen,” Louis describes. “It’s glowing and there’s this music, and you just drive right into that; you drive into the movie, and you experience the movie all around your car with live performers sound and lighting.”
Every good haunt needs a backstory, and ‘Night at the DIE-In’ is no exception. “The year is 1997, and a group of teenagers have broken into an abandoned drive-in theater on the lake,” said Louis. “They heard rumors and stories about bad things that happened to people when they go to the abandoned drive-in; people have gone missing, but they just dismiss these stories as urban legends. They go anyway, and they break in. They’re goofing around, they’re making out, blowing off curfew.
“When they decide they’re done for the night and they’re ready to go home … the car won’t start because the fuel line’s been cut, so they have no way to leave. They are miles from town, and of course it’s 1997, they don’t have cell phones. And now they’re stuck out here in this abandoned drive-in, and they know someone or something is out there in the woods with them. And that’s when they discover this murderous, torturous cult that inhabits the abandoned drive-in theater, and they are upset that they’ve been discovered by the teenagers.”
For the safety of both guests and performers, Scream n’ Stream is installing at least 10 red/green stoplights to control the flow of traffic while cars stop to watch a scene unfold. In other portions, guests will drive past scenes at a slow speed. Throughout the route, the tree canopy covering the dirt and gravel road creates a natural ceiling that enhances the spooky lighting effects.
During the daytime, the family-friendly trick-or-treat drive-thru will feature non-scary characters like a cowboy or chef delivering goodie-filled acrylic balls through six-foot-long tubes. “We will be covering up all the gory props and turning some things around facing away from the road,” Louis assured, “so that the blood and the guts is minimal.”
In addition to the daytime and nighttime drive-thru experiences, the event will also offer haunted airboat rides, where guests will “embark on a 20 minute tour for $25 per person, and learn ghost stories and legends of the lake while searching for nocturnal wildlife.”
If you want a taste of Halloween for no cost, the Fog Queen — an original icon character created by Lindsey Phillips and Michael Burnett — will appear for free socially-distanced meet-and-greets. And to let that sweet haunted house smell linger longer, they will even be selling fog-scented car air-fresheners!
Since he and many of the other Scream n’ Scream creators are former employees of Universal Orlando’s haunted event, Louis said he feels like their attraction is “this is the closest you can get to Halloween Horror Nights this year,” adding that “there’s a lot of Halloween Horror Nights in our veins. This experience was designed by haunt industry veterans right here in Central Florida as a way to bring as many of the Halloween traditions that we know and love safely into 2020, so that we can still have some semblance of Halloween in a safe and socially distanced way.”
Tickets are on sale right now at screamnstream.com for Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. The admission price varies from $53 to $69 per car (not per person) with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. As long as every passenger has their own seatbelt, they can accommodate up to an eight-passenger SUV for one price. There are discounted tickets for essential personnel or theme park annual passholders, and from now through Sept. 7, you can save 15% off an advance ticket purchase using the discount code LABORDAY.
If you can’t make it out in person or just want to get a preview of Scream n’ Stream, then watch our video from media night. Note that it’s not a total spoiler because it was after a day of rain and wind, so not all effects and scenes were fully available, including the finale.