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No fear of coronavirus at drive-through haunted house

One of the casts dressed as zombies performs with fake blood splashed on a widow of a vehicle during a demonstration of a drive-in haunted house show at a garage Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Tokyo. Visitors could experience the entertainment with the safety of being inside their own vehicles. Fake blood splashed on their vehicles will be cleaned up. Or, for anyone who doesn't wish to have fake blood, a vehicle provided by the program is also available for rent at the site. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 19, 2020 - 6:57 AM

TOKYO - It’s a living nightmare -- but a socially distanced one.

“Zombies” attack vehicles, smearing them with artificial blood. But the customers inside the cars are safely separated from their stalkers by the windows.

Production company Kowagarasetai, roughly translated as Scare Squad, has launched a drive-through haunted house in Tokyo in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have started this drive-in because we cannot get close to customers" at a traditional haunted house because of the virus, explains Daichi Ono, a cast member.

“But the distance (between customers and cast) has actually gotten shorter since there is only a window between them," he said.

Unlike a traditional haunted house, where guests can flee if frightened, customers are confined to their cars and cannot escape the horrors during the 13-minute performance.

With no actual contact between the audience and performers, the risk of transmitting the virus is virtually eliminated. And of course, inside their cars, customers can scream as loudly as they like.

Once the horror is over, instead of eating brains, these helpful zombies actually clean the blood off the cars they attacked just minutes earlier.

News from © The Associated Press, 2020
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