Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Boo! The Right Thing


     As we sit on the eve of another October, it is undeniable that this season of the shadows is different. We are all in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, with a new normal designed to keep us all as healthy and safe as we can be. Even now, as we face the COVID-19 pandemic and go into October, many don't know exactly what or how or if Halloween will look like in their communities. 

    The Ghost haunts upstate New York, and we have had a year. While our state was faced astronomical loss and infection earlier this year, our cases are, thankfully, not what they were, and trending down. Masks are mandatory, and so is social distancing. 

      And our hometown mega success of a haunted attraction, Steve Szortyka's Frightworld, has made the difficult decision to do the right thing and cancel their 2020 season. The structure of a haunted attraction-- a haunted house-- is by its nature a risk. You are entering closed quarters with people who jump out at you and do other things to scare you-- and make you scream. Being scared from a careful distance, even with masks, does not seem worth the effort-- or the risk to patrons, actors and other workers. We here at the Ghost commend Steven and his team for making the right call-- and we look forward to joining them again-- in safer times-- next year. 

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