COVID-19 won’t stop students from hitting haunted houses


Denycely Cante

Pennywise and other actresses will be present inside the Haunted houses.

Denycely Cante, reporter

Haunted houses are still enjoyable — even with pandemic precautions in place, students say.

Are haunted house precautious?  According to the 13th Floor Haunted House, they will remain open for October. You can purchase the tickets online and reserve the date. To purchase a ticket you would find it through the website. Each tickets are $34 per person and if you want to skip line it would be 10 dollars more. If you’re wondering how 13th Floor Haunted House would will be precautious during COVID well, if you and your friends are planning to go they will have on the floor red tapes for every party to be 6 feet away and they will have everything sanitize everything that can be touch by staff or guests. Staff will be checking staffs and guests temperature before they start forming in line. If you aren’t sure about getting touch or scare from the actresses  or being around other parties don’t worry! 13th Floor Haunted House has a virtual building where only your group can enter and experience like the if you were actually inside the haunted house. The price for virtual is $29.99 you can locate both of these events at 13th Floor Haunted house at 1940 George St Melrose Park, IL 60160. In a random survey of 50 Morton East students, 40% students reported they will enjoy haunted house with COVID procedures in place.

“I feel like a haunted house shouldn’t be opened during this pandemic because the number of cases of COVID-19 has been increasing.  Instead of avoiding getting the virus spreading, (these places are) doing the opposite. I wouldn’t enjoy it; I would be thinking, ‘Am I safe?’ or ‘Are the people that are working inside the haunted house negative from the virus?’  My head wouldn’t be in the moment; it would be overwhelmed with the feeling of not being safe,” senior Michelle Velazquez said.

Would Morton East bring back their Haunted House?

“The reason we don’t have the haunted house anymore is it really doesn’t align with the curriculum. This caused many behavioral issues with students as they didn’t know what they were supposed to do during maze construction. Idle hands are the work of the…… It was enjoyable to a point, but it was way too dramatic dealing with students that didn’t take the experience in as young adults and just wanted to cause havoc,” Morton East carpentry teacher Mr. Rogerson said.

Therefore, Have people gone to Haunted houses this year?

“It’s been years since I’ve been to a haunted house, when my children were young, too many full moons ago to remember,” Mr. Rogerson said.

“I have went to a drive thru haunted house this month. It was very enjoyable because everyone was separated from each other, each party went with their own car and staff was wearing their mask,” Senior Nathan Boreja said.

Overall,  many students from Morton East High School would go to a haunted houses this year with COVID-19 in place.