PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Halloween is nearly a week away, and one of Portland’s longest-running Halloween haunted houses has incorporated some new means to scare people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fear PDX has added changes that scare-seekers may not even notice — including many more animatronic robots to perform the scares actors have traditionally done. The haunted house has also added several screaming, shaking ghouls to its lineup of scares, along with an emphasis to lighting and animation this year.
The laser swamp uses a combination of green laser light and a fog machine to give the impression you’re wading through a swamp — and what could be more appropriate in a green swamp than a robot clown dropping down from the ceiling?
Fear PDX owner Brian Mudgett says they’re only getting allowing 30%of their normal attendance this year in an effort to keep people spaced apart. Plus, they’ve done things to the sets to minimize people’s exposure to the virus.
“We’ve taken out all the draperies, all the bodies — we’re very known for bodies and props and what not — nothing you can come in contact with,” Mudgett said. “All of the actors we have are behind barriers so they do not come into contact with you as well.”
All reservations for a trip through the haunt are done online and are by reservation to avoid having any walk up traffic. Fear PDX is located at North 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street in the Menlo Park Shopping Plaza.
Find a full list of safety measures and ticketing information online.