COSTA MESA (CNS) - What organizers are describing as a drive-thru Halloween Haunt is planned for Oct. 1-Nov. 1 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
“Urban Legends of Southern California'' is devised from whispered folklore that has tortured and terrorized countless generations of Southern California residents, according to executive producer Mark Entner.
Vehicles will be staged in groups through timed ticketing. Once inside the event, guests will be guided in groups through five “Experiential Zones'' on a clearly outlined course that weaves together the tales of Southern California's scariest urban legend monsters, Entner said.
The approximately 45-minute event combines immersive scenes, coordinated lighting and sound effects, live performances and special effects.
“With the challenges of being able to safely host a traditional Halloween haunt during these unprecedented times, many of Southern California's popular Halloween haunts unfortunately are canceling,'' said Entner, referring to such attractions as Knott's Scary Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights.
“Using our experience as one of the original creators and producers of the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, our team felt as though we had to provide an innovative and safe solution for the thousands of Southern Californians who look forward to enjoying the Halloween season each fall. Our urban legends monsters each have ties to Southern California, and we think this is going to be an incredible immersive experience for our guests, while keeping it safe for everyone.''
Entry to the event is through online ticket purchases only with limited reservations available per time session. Early bird admission tickets start at $49.99 per vehicle on Wednesdays. They are $59.99 Thursdays and Sundays and $69.99 Fridays and Saturdays.
VIP tickets, group tickets for larger vehicles of six or more people and season passes to all 24 nights are also available at UrbanLegendsHaunt.com. Guests are encouraged to buy in advance to take advantage of early bird pricing and reserve their date and time session before they sell out.
Advanced safety measures are being taken following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local guidelines, including daily health screenings and body temperature checks, routine cleaning and sanitizing along with regular COVID-19 testing for all team members.
All team members, including monsters, are required to wear masks and social distance at all times. Guests are required to stay in their vehicles at all times during the experience and wear masks if they choose to roll their windows down to fully enjoy the immersive experience.
Guests will also be required to turn off their vehicles inside each show zone. The entire event is outside in the open air.
More information is available at UrbanLegendsHaunt.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @DriveThruHaunt.
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