By Nichole Harwood
In your car, no one can hear you scream. Dragon’s House of Horror is turning up the chills and thrills this year with one of the most exciting new events of the season, the “Mile of Terror.”
New Mexico’s premier drive-thru haunted house will feature the return of Dragon’s House of Horror’s iconic character Bo Bo the Butcher Clown, as well as a whole plethora of new frights that will keep your grip on the steering wheel white-knuckled and tight.
With COVID-19 keeping many glued firmly to their seats at home, Ron Gideon, owner of Dragon’s House of Horror, said he felt it was important to inject creativity into this year’s haunt in order to ensure it was an event everyone could attend safely during the pandemic.
“I believe it’s very important to get out,” Gideon said. “I’m stir-crazy sitting at home. So, if I can do something, or I can get out and do something, I’m building it. But I still want to keep my staff safe. So, we created the Mile of Terror, a drive-through haunted attraction.”
Kicking off on September 4, the event will be taking place every Friday and Saturday from dusk until midnight at the Santa Ana Star Center. Dragon’s will be providing New Mexicans a safe and thrilling experience to look forward to for the fall season on through to October 31.
Gideon said that the event would be similar to the popular hayrides of yesteryear as attendees travel through the haunted house from the safety of their own cars. Playing on the frights that go with driving while drawing inspiration from popular horror films, Gideon has designed a maze of terrifying and popular tropes to entertain attendees.
While the haunt is scheduled to end nightly at midnight, Gideon assures all attendees that he will not close the gates to those waiting in line, ensuring all who come will get a chance to drive through. In addition, Gideon emphasized that Dragon’s ‘haunters’ will not touch attendees vehicles.
“While driving, the average speed you want to be at is around 2-5 miles per hour,” Gideon said. “You want to make sure that you’re paying attention. If you get scared, you want to make sure you’re pressing the brake and not the gas for both the safety of our staff as well as yourself. We will not be touching your car. That’s a very important point we want to emphasize. Out of respect for people’s cars there will be no touching of vehicles. We will walk by it, but we’re not going to touch people’s cars.”
Gideon’s son, Harold Gideon, is excited to showcase the haunt’s mascot, Bo Bo the Butcher Clown, in a new terrifying environment. Having once been afraid of clowns himself, Harold said he knows how to play on people’s fears, creating new scares and stunts that both old patrons and newcomers can enjoy.
“We can alter our haunted house, we can change mid-scare. We want to make sure we give everyone the best experience that we can, and the best way to do that is to always be on our toes,” he said. Harold hopes to expand the clown family in the future as the haunted attraction’s experience continues to grow and excite people of all ages.
“Come and have fun, and make sure to bring an extra pair of underwear,” Harold said with a laugh and a big grin.
Tickets are only $40 per vehicle. Interested parties can grab their ticket online today at holdmyticket.com.
**To ensure the event is safe for both haunters and hauntees Dragon’s House of Horror will accept cash at the door, but not credit cards. Those interested in paying by card can pre-order their tickets online today.
Photos by Editor in Chief Kori Kobayashi and ABQ-Live Photographer Thomas Harwood