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The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a lot of firsts for Americans, to include many limitations on civil liberties that had been taken for granted prior to 2020.
The Chinese plague, as President Donald Trump often refers to the coronavirus, has also brought about a few innovative ideas, like the Halloween drive-thru.
The traditional Halloween of knocking on doors in search of trick or treats has been falling to the wayside, often replaced with more corporate-sponsored gatherings, but with the coronavirus still persisting these events have largely become a casualty.
All of which means people must get creative in celebrating a day set aside for kids, as seen in Copiague, New York.
With drive-thru haunted houses cropping up across the country, Johnnie Miranti, the owner of Johnnie’s Carwash, combined his entrepreneurial side with his concerns for a safe holiday to create the Tunnel of Terror.
For $25, folks get their car washed and get their Halloween thrill on.
“I figured 2020 has been pretty scary, why not make it a bit scarier?” Miranti said in an interview with Newsday. “I knew this year I needed to get creative by providing families with an opportunity to have fun in a COVID-safe environment. What better than in their own vehicle?”
The effort has proven to be a huge hit, with people are lining up for hours to get in, according to CBS Morning News.
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) October 25, 2020
The Oak Park Haunted Drive Thru, located in Portland, Ore., was also featured by CBS.
Customers there have five levels of scariness to choose from — none of which would match a stroll in downtown Portland on any given evening, where violent Antifa mobs reign supreme.
Alex Fulmor, one of the owners of ScareGrounds PDX, which created the attraction, talked about how customers would get too scared with their creepy characters would wander up to a vehicle while they were waiting in line.
“You’re not quite sure if they’re with us, you’re not quite sure if they just wandered out of the woods,” Fulmor said.
Again, this is Portland and you combine the city’s sizable homeless population with the lawless element that controls many streets at night, that’s a reasonable quandary.
There’s plenty of chatter online about drive-thru haunted houses and other Halloween activities.
Here’s a sampling of some of the content from Twitter:
Taking the fam to a drive thru haunted house! pic.twitter.com/5btFMnJazK
— Ship of Ghouls (@BradLeeOnBass) October 24, 2020
Annual Halloween haunted house night! But this time we did a drive thru. It was definitely creepy and a clever way to still get in the spirit of things. We also found a giant spider! pic.twitter.com/MdVwZDMm76
— Jess (@JessSayin11) October 18, 2020
I passed by a drive-thru car wash lst night around 9pm. There was about 100 cars waiting to go through the wash and I was so confused. Turns out it’s a drive-thru car wash “haunted house” lol. How creative lol pic.twitter.com/wR4qM5FzZZ
— ✨Sam-Beaux⭐️ (@Desert_3agle) October 19, 2020
not Demi screaming like this 😭💀 pic.twitter.com/qWUSnuUqo6
— steven (@hoIydemi) October 19, 2020
— Magun L. (@Misspirates40) October 25, 2020
Anaheim has hosted a Halloween Parade since 1924. This year it’s a drive thru parade. pic.twitter.com/iG4rQZM9gb
— Eric Gonzaba (@EGonzaba) October 25, 2020
Fun times at the iHeartRadio Halloween Drive Thru!
Radar had a great time handing out candy and seeing all his friends 🎃 pic.twitter.com/147jhKdbAT
— Quad City Storm (@QuadCityStorm) October 20, 2020