The Olde Courthouse Catacombs and the House of Lecter ready to scare with COVID-19 guidelines

Two of the most popular haunted houses in the Tri-State won’t let the pandemic scare them away from fright fans this Halloween season.

The Olde Courthouse Catacombs and The House of Lecter are opening for their season of screams this weekend starting Friday, September 25 with new COVID-19 guidelines.

The event organizers are said in a Facebook post that all “guests, ghouls, spooks, and staff will follow strict CDC guidelines for a safe, scary experience.”

The Haunted Houses WILL BE OPEN this year and we're taking everyone's safety very seriously. All guests, ghouls, spooks…

Posted by The Olde Courthouse Catacombs/The House of Lecter on Monday, September 14, 2020

They released a safety strategy in the same Facebook post saying that they’ll be following these COVID-19 guidelines:

  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask
  • Groups going into each haunted house will be in groups of ten or less
  • Each group will stay six feet apart
  • Team members will have daily temperature checks

Organizers also said they will be placing hand sanitizer at the entrance and exit of each haunted house.

We WILL be open starting September 25th! All staff, spooks and visitors will follow the CDC guidelines for a safe, creepy and scary fun experience for all! Stay tuned for more details and ticket information.

Posted by The Olde Courthouse Catacombs/The House of Lecter on Monday, August 31, 2020

Each year the scream factories release an overall theme for the haunted houses. Last year’s theme featured a clown resembling Pennywise from Stephen King’s “It”. For 2020, the haunted houses will freak out horror fans with nightwalkers and ghostly spirits disguised in masks.

“In the eerie spine chilling underworld of downtown Evansville’s DARKEST CORNERS mysterious Night Walkers have been in isolation…and quarantined with ghosts who wear MASKS!”

Tickets are available online. Go through one house for $20 or buy an unlimited pass for $25 and go through both houses as many times as you want for the night that your ticket is valid.

The houses will be open each Friday and Saturday through October, 31 with a select number of Thursdays and Sundays leading up to Halloween.  Click here to see the full schedule.


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