COVID Safety Measures In Place at Local Haunted Houses


A haunted house worker prepares to thrill guests during another holiday season.

Claire Fiedler, Staff Writer

Halloween in western Pennsylvania is highlighted by the many haunted houses and hayrides that pop up as soon as October begins. But in the time of COVID-19, it’s important to know which ones are safe while still being terrifying. 

ScareHouse is a reasonably priced thrill that is celebrating its twentieth year of existence. It is located northeast of Pittsburgh in Tarentum, PA. The haunted experience is highly reviewed, and has comprehensive explanations of the precautions they are taking in accordance with the pandemic.  Face coverings are mandatory throughout the entire experience, and social distancing is enforced. 

“ScareHouse feels a bit different and a bit shorter this year due to social distancing of our creatures, the temporary elimination of all touch points & tight spaces, and mandatory reduced occupancy for both guests and cast,” says the ScareHouse website. 

Another terrifying haunt is Haunted Hills Estate Scream Park. Located in Uniontown PA, this experience is highlighted by seven themes, all of which have been revamped for the 2021 season. 

The company is open about their COVID-19 policies on their website. They have reorganized the experience for smaller groups and minimal contact between guests, as well as enforcing social distancing.

“All six attractions have been re-designed to keep all groups separated,” says the Haunted Hills Estate Scream Park website, “We have created less waiting, smaller groups, more spacing, it’s what everyone has always wanted!”

Found in Greensburg, PA, Lonesome Valley Farms Valley of Terror has taken specific steps to meet the challenge of safety during COVID times and have adapted their scares to be viewed from the comfort of guest’s own cars. This is meant to retain the thrill of the original experience, while being perhaps the safest way to experience a haunted house. 

“A socially distant alternative to our traditional Haunted Attractions!” says the Lonesome Valley Farms website, “Drive through our trails of scenes and characters, while remaining in the comfort and safety of your own vehicle.”

Like many industries and local businesses, haunted houses are also having to adapt to serve their customers during the ongoing pandemic and hope that doing so will allow them to get a little bit closer to business as usual this fall.