CALABASAS, CA — The "Nights of the Jack," a longtime, Halloween tradition in the San Fernando Valley with its massive display of illuminated, hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns, is returning this year to Calabasas' King Gillette Ranch, but with a new drive-thru format, due to the cornonavirus pandemic.
"Due to Covid-19 and our concern for everyone’s health and safety, we have shifted 'Nights of the Jack' to a drive-thru Halloween experience for this season," organizers said.
The family-friendly attraction opens Oct. 1 and runs Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 1, plus one full week from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31.
Tickets are on sale at $69 per vehicle, with no motorcycles, limos, RVs or buses permitted.
In past years, the event featured a walking trail, lit by the intricately carved pumpkins, along with food trucks, a gift shop, pumpkin carver and a "The Spookeasy Bar" with libations for grown-ups.
But this year, attendees still can enjoy a Halloween wonderland, operators said. "Expect to see some larger-than-life pumpkin installations, as well as detailed, artist depictions of your favorite movie stars, sports heroes and animated characters."
In the Greater L.A. region, King Gillette Ranch is not alone in revamping its Halloween entertainment due to COVID-19 woes. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, an annual terror fest typically held at Griffith Park's Old Zoo, also recently announced it was switching to a drive-thru format and moving operations to the larger Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas.
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