Drive-in haunted house adhering to social distancing norms opens in Tokyo

A Japanese company has created an attraction that follows social distancing guidelines yet remains absolutely terrifying – a drive-in haunted house.

Kowagarasetai, a Japanese haunted house and horror event production company, claims the concept is the first of its kind.

“When I read that drive-through theaters were making a comeback, it was my ‘aha’ moment,” Kenta Iwana, Kowagarasetai’s founder said.

The haunted house drive-in, located in a covered parking garage in a non-descript building in downtown Tokyo, gives visitors a 360-degree, front-row experience that simulates being stuck in a car during a zombie outbreak.

Users can use their own car by buying a US$ 75 ticket or they could be provided one with US$ 85.

Visitors turn off the engine and the garage shutter closes, plunging the vehicle into total darkness. Drivers receive a set of Bluetooth speakers and the spooky tale begins.

For the next 17 minutes, blood-soaked ghouls and zombies press up against the windows and rock the car.

The drive-in haunted house experience started out as a summer-only attraction in July, with tickets selling out the day they went on sale. Now, there’s a waiting list of more than 1,000 people.