Bernie Baxter’s Travelling Sideshow, a neighborhood haunted house operating in Algiers, announced it will not open for the 2020 Halloween season.
According to a statement posted on Facebook, haunted house operators said they could not determine a safe way to open during the pandemic within City and State guidelines.
“Please understand that this is extremely frustrating and sad for us. We were forced to cancel last year due to road work and now we have to postpone again due to the ongoing pandemic,” the co-founders said in the statement.
Haunted house creators said they’ve exhausted all options of opening safely before deciding to close.
Bernie Baxter explored “retrofitting the haunt and the line to enforce social distancing and minimize contact.” They also looked at implementing timed-ticketing.
“We will keep the Halloween spirit alive and we promise to scare everyone in 2021,” the statement said.
Instead of the annual haunt, Bernie Baxter will debut an all-new yard display for visitors to enjoy safely from the car. The location will also offer socially-distanced trick-or-treating featuring Bernie, if allowed by City guidelines.
The co-founders will post updates about the drive-by yard display on the Bernie Baxter Facebook page.
This is the second year that unforeseen safety concerns forced Bernie Baxter’s Travelling Sideshow to close. In 2019, road construction forced the haunt to shut down out of an abundance of caution.
Since 2005, Bernie Baxter’s Travelling Sideshow, located at 44 Vivian Court, has scared fright fans inside the small neighborhood haunt in Algiers. The free haunt is also one of New Orleans’ oldest haunted attractions, opening each year for Halloween weekend.
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