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Drive-In Movies Acquire a Spooky Twist

The Cinema of Horrors Drive-In is located at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington. 17402 N.E. Delfel Road (Nicki Parker/The Indy

The Cinema of Horrors Drive-In returns to the Clark County Fairgrounds just in time for spooky season.  

Ronald Morris, 25, or better known by many as Pumpkin Guy loves being fully immersed in his character. “It’s the most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he said. (Nicki Parker/The Indy)

From the comfort of their own cars, people can watch horror movies shown on screen and tune in on their car radio for the sound. While watching the movie, costumed actors creep around the parking lot scaring unsuspecting movie-goers while maintaining a safe social distance.

This live-action horror experience was one of the only active Halloween themed events of 2020. With many being scared to leave their homes in the height of the pandemic, this drive-in was something that brought comfort and fun to a lot of people, including the many monsters of the events.

Sarah, 19, has been playing as the character Joe for the past four years and loves being around people.

“Being able to give people a little bit of an escape is what keeps me doing this,” she said.

Some of the first cars lined up for the film “Beetlejuice” showing for family night Thursday, Oct. 21. (Nicki Parker/The Indy)

In years past, Cinema of Horrors has hosted a haunted house at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso, Washington. Due to COVID-19 restrictions they have only been offering the drive-in event.

Brittany Hummel, 26, has been working with Cinema of Horrors for the past six years and is optimistic about the return of the haunted house.

“We have been getting responses from people that they feel safer,” Hummel said. “That they’re not in large groups of people. But we do know people who would want to go back to the in-person haunted house.”

Many people working the event dressed up as various spooky characters to scare people in their cars. (Nicki Parker/The Indy)


The Cinema of Horrors Drive-In is continuing through Oct. 23 – 24 and finishing up in Ridgefield the weekend of Oct. 28 – 31.

Visit the Cinema of Horrors website to purchase tickets for your favorite horror flick.  Gates open at 5 p.m. each night and shows start at 7 p.m.

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