By: Vanessa Lauren
Over 250 events have been canceled or postponed since March 15th, 2020 due to COVID-19. Halloween will not be one of them.
Although many industries have been affected by COVID-19 the entertainment industry is one that has been hit the hardest especially here in Las Vegas. From shows like Blue Man Group, Human Nature, and Le Reve calling it quits to the closing of The SmithCenter the entertainment capital of the world has been struggling to find ways to keep entertaining.
These events are what formed The Back Stage Hope Charity organization earlier this year. Their goal is to provide direct support to the Las Vegas entertainment industry workers hit hard by the pandemic.
One of the ways they are accomplishing this is by partnering with local entertainment group HallowheelsLV to bring an immersive haunted house right here to Las Vegas. Located at the Industrial Event Space on the corner of Industrial and Sahara, Trapped is the only drive-thru Halloween attraction in the city. The post-apocalyptic themed show uses special effects like fog, strobe lights, and actors to bring the experience to life.
How does it work? Upon arrival, guests check-in without having to leave their vehicle. Once directed to the pre-show area everything else is communicated through the radio including the storyline and instructions. The pre-show can last anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes and the only visual is a giant black curtain.
Victims from the apocalypse pace around the vehicles slowly building anticipation as guests wait for the curtain to be pulled back. Once the curtain is pulled back themed pods and more actors are revealed. Vehicles are directed forward and asked to be turned off. Shortly after that the real show begins and lasts for 10 immersive minutes. All while keeping guests safe.
Drive-thru experiences are on the rise this Halloween all over the country due to COVID-19 restrictions. Locally the Nevada Guidance for Safe Gatherings states in-person gatherings must adhere to the 6-foot physical distance protocols which would make a traditional haunted house very difficult.
And with case numbers hitting all-time highs it seems to be the only way to continue through the holiday. As of October 18th, the CDC has reported a total of 8,081,489 COVID-19 cases in the United States with a total of 218,511 deaths. Of those 74,950 cases have been reported here in Clark County resulting in 6,961 hospitalizations and 1.469 deaths according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
This has not discouraged people from wanting to celebrate Halloween. According to The National Retail Federation who took a look at 2020 Halloween trends 58% of people plan to still celebrate and 33% of those individuals are looking for a haunted experience in some way shape or form. With 1.5 acres and the capability to fit up to 3,000 guests and 200 vehicles, The Industrial Event Space is a perfect place to host this type of COVID-19 safe experience.
Trapped runs now through October 31st. 7 P.M. to midnight expanding hours the final three nights till 1 A.M. the 29th & 30th and till 2 A.M. on the 31st. Tickets are sold by vehicle, not per person for $54.99 and the experience is recommended for ages 10 and up.