Ghost Manor, the popular Magazine Street mansion known for its innovative Halloween displays, announced it will not return for the first time in nine years due to COVID-19.
According to a statement posted on Facebook, the creators say it wouldn’t be responsible for them to bring back the crowd-attracting spectacle this year.
“The show draws hundreds of people, and there’s no practical way to limit attendance or enforce social distancing or other measures on a public sidewalk,” the Facebook post said.
Creators say they’ve “agonized over the decision for months.”
Located at the corner of Magazine and Second Street, the high-tech display draws crowds each year for its family-friendly, Halloween-inspired show. Ghost Manor utilizes sound, lighting, projections and animatronics to create a spectacle for neighbors each October.
“We’ve been deeply touched by the amount of support from the community in past years and know it has become a special part of October for so many people, both locally and for fans around the world,” the post said.
Instead of its typical show, Ghost Manor will still decorate the home. However, this year creators will showcase an “ambitious and completely different” static display for the Halloween season.
“Events may get canceled, but Halloween itself will always remain – it’s both a date and a spirit,” the statement goes on to say.
Ghost Manor says it plans to return “better than ever” in 2021 for its tenth season.
“There will be new animated characters and special effects, new scenes, and we’ll be pushing the limits even further,” the statement said.
Since Ghost Manor began its shows in 2012, the whimsical displays evolve in complexity each year. Homeowner David Gentry is known as the mastermind bringing skeletons, ghosts and goblins to life to celebrate the holiday.
Find out more about Ghost Manor at the official website.