Bernie Baxter’s, a home haunted attraction that has operated in Algiers since 2005, will be closed for the 2019 Halloween season. Haunted house producers say road construction is forcing them to shut down this year.
The cause of the closure is due to road construction on Vivian Court and neighboring streets that both create traffic issues and safety concerns for visitors.
Though work on the haunted attraction has been underway for several months, the Department of Public Works says roadwork will not be complete in time for Halloween. The haunt plans to reopen in 2020 using the theme planned for this year.
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Co-founders Jonathan Bailey and Crystal Ramey posted a statement on Facebook:
“Dear Friends and Supporters,
It is with great heartbreak that we are forced to announce that Bernie Baxter will not be able to open for the 2019 season.
We have been hard at work on the haunt for several months and have come a very long way with the build. However, road work ongoing in our neighborhood and, more specifically, on our street, means that we can not guarantee a safe place for our over 1,000 visitors, including 100’s of children.
As recently as July we were told by the city that the work on our road would be completed by the end of September. However, as September wore on and that became clearly not possible, we wrote back and learned that the end date has been pushed back to past Halloween, leaving us with a street that can neither handle the traffic nor be a safe place for hundreds of visitors.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have opted to close for the season. However, as long as the construction is done in time, we will be open in 2020 and look forward to seeing you then!”
The co-founders posted a heartfelt video discussing the challenges causing them to close for the 2019 season.
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