If you and the family are looking for a good scare this Halloween, you can't go wrong with a trip to a local haunted house. But, if you're looking to do something a little bit different this year, Rainforest Car Wash in Brunswick, Ohio has been offering a fresh take on the classic Halloween tradition in the form of a haunted car wash.
For several dates in October, Rainforest Car Wash customers will be able to get their cars washed "while enjoying a slow, spooky ride through our wash."
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"We have roughly 10 to 15 staff on site. Several of our staff are interacting with the cars inside the tunnel, popping out and hiding behind the soap machines," marketing manager Tara Baugher told ABC News back in 2019. "The rest are outside engaging with the line and we have people in costumes running around scaring people waiting."
Besides a clean car and creepy fun, Rainforest Car Wash also provides customers with an air freshener as well as a trick-or-treat bag with coupons to other local businesses. According to Baugher, customers with freshly cleaned cars have come back to the car wash just for the scares.
"We've had a couple people come back on repeat days just to go through again. The response has been overwhelming," Baugher said. "Kids really love it."
On top of a car wash being pretty terrifying in general (come on, you know it just looks and sounds like one big death trap), Rainforest customers have to deal with ghosts, clowns, and goblins popping out from under the suds. One Rainforest employee added, "We have people in various positions throughout the tunnel peeling soap away, scaring people, we have various props and scenes set up."
Anthony Bencivenni, Rainforest Car Wash's District Manager, promises that 2021's event (October 15th, 16th, 17th and 22nd, 23rd, 24th; 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.) should be even better than previous years'.
"We have had so much demand for this event. It's been a real blessing. This year we are going to make traffic more manageable for ourselves and the city by making the event pre-sale only," Bencivenni said.
"We will have more scares, more decorations, more lights, and an even better show. We encourage people to reserve their tickets early. We will sell out quickly."
The haunted car wash concept isn't just limited to Brunswick, Ohio, as similar businesses have popped up in several other locations around the country, including Daphne, Alabama, and Wichita Falls, Texas. Is there a haunted car wash near you?
This post was originally published on October 24, 2019.