We recently learned that Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail WILL be open for the 2020 haunt season. In case you don’t know, Sir Henry’s is an awesome “Fear Park” located just off of I-4 in Plant City. Since 2014, the owners have offered unique, original haunted trails with volunteer actors, detailed sets, and special effects.
Yes, you read that correctly. Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail is entirely staffed with volunteer actors. Personally, I think this is really impressive. They’ve secured enough community support to successfully rely on a volunteer force. PLUS it means there are child actors utilized in their haunts. Last year, these kids really upped the “creep factor” for me. They brought incredible energy to their roles, and really added to the atmosphere!
This year, Sir Henry’s will offer a total of three unique haunted trails. While we don’t know all of themes yet, the first story was announced earlier this week. See the video below:
There’s no question this is a stand-out event each Halloween, and we’re so excited to see them return during this unprecedented time. But we have to wonder… What exactly will these scares look like in a post-pandemic world? Will I feel safe (at least from the virus) as I’m enjoying the house, or will I be uncomfortable? Will it still be worth the price of admission with these safety precautions, or will the experience be completely changed?
Well, earlier this week, we got to sit down with Zach Glaros, owner of Sir Henry’s Trail, and find out more about what guests can expect this Halloween season.
We’ll start with the most important question, “What will socially distanced haunted trails look like?”
- All Sir Henry’s Haunted Trails occur mostly outdoors, allowing for free flowing air.
- Guests will be sent through the trails with only their travel party. Parties will not be combined.
- Scaractors will remain six feet away from guests.
- All performers will wear special masks covering their nose and mouth.
- Because of the masks, scaractor dialogue will be minimized. Instead, props and speakers will create sound effects.
Other Social Distance Measures
Of course, social distancing and safety procedures are not only necessary inside the houses. Here are some of the changes you can expect when visiting Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail this year:
- ALL TICKETS WILL BE SOLD ONLINE! There will not be any tickets sold at the door. You must book an online ticket, with preset arrival window before you enter the property.
- Capacity will be controlled. Each night will operate at approximately 50% of normal operation.
- Guests will be subject to a temperature screening at the gate.
- All guests must wear face coverings.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the haunt, in addition to the entrance of every trail.
- Physical distancing will be encouraged and enforced throughout the property, including queue lines to the trails.
- Cleaning and sanitation procedures will be enhanced and maintained throughout the run.
- The escape room and laser tag experience (that normally take place during the Halloween event) will not be running for safety reasons.
Other Event Features
Although the laser tag game and escape room will not be running this year, there will be entertainment besides the three trails.
As in the past, the common area will be filled with monsters and characters ready to interact with guests. Of course, the manner and logistics of these interactions will need to be adjusted for safety and compliance with CDC guidelines.
Brand new for 2020, Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail will feature a beautiful new centerpiece. A tree with jack-o-lanterns will greet guests as they arrive and enchant them with a spooky light show after nightfall. Keep your eyes peeled, as you might catch a glimpse of a new character as well!
While the official calendar for the event has not been released, we do know that Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail will open to the public on October 2 and run for a total of 13 nights! We can’t wait to experience this responsible and thrilling haunt!