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First drive-thru Halloween experience coming to Orlando

The Haunted Road is offering up a spooktacular, contact-free event for people to enjoy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Like so many other special days, Halloween won't be the same this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But one socially-distant experience is making its way to Central Florida.

The Haunted Road announced that its new drive-thru Halloween event will launch starting Sept. 25 in Orlando. Organizers say it's the first completely contactless drive-thru Halloween attraction in the area. The Haunted Road Instagram account already has more than 4,300 followers as of Tuesday afternoon.

Organizers say the traditional haunted house experience has been reimagined and designed with "physical distancing measures in mind, from contact-free check-in by license plate, to immersive drive-in scenes."

The Haunted Road's website calls the event "Twisted creatures. Immersive theatrical storytelling. Bloodcurdling encounters." It's aiming to fill the void left by popular Halloween attractions, such as Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, that are canceled for this year.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal for The Haunted Road.

The experience is estimated to last about 40 minutes, and you'll be parked during each scene. For more information on how the experience will play out, head to the event's website here.

The event will also feature a family-friendly version during the day on select weekends. Organizers say this version is an adaptation of the nighttime's "immersive scenes and storyline" but trades "screams for Halloween fun the entire family can enjoy."

The family-friendly event will last about 30 minutes. 

Tickets will start at $15 dollars per person and go on sale at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19. You can find more details here.

The new attraction is looking for performers and volunteers to help out. The Haunted Road has links to sign up on its website and information on how to virtually audition.

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