On Your Side: Is that haunted attraction legit?

Published: Sep. 12, 2019 at 5:36 PM CDT
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Doors will open at many haunted attractions this weekend.

While spooky, how do you know if those pop-up events are safe for you and your friends?

Derick Moore and Stephen Greninger can't wait to freak you out at Field of Screams 417 in Christian County.

"It's a three-quarter mile long trail. It has been mulched for a nice even surface," said Greninger.

The goal is to scare you, but not put you in danger. They have a county event permit.

"Keeping the agencies such as the fire department, police department all them alert to what's going on ... especially something of this scale is really important. That way, no matter the situation we are able to get the appropriate response and make sure everything is safe for everybody," said Greninger.

If an event does not have the proper credentials, like a permit, your safety could be risk and the event coordinators could face a fine.

"We are looking for crowds, exits in and out. Is it in a building? Field? Outdoor venues? We do have some say and can give them advice and recommendations," said Whitney Weaver with the Nixa Fire Protection District.

Field of Screams will have security.

You can always ask to see the permit if it's not displayed.

Health departments typically need to inspect food trucks.

Expect to sign a liability waiver. Many events put that waiver on their website so you can read before you arrive. It's basically -- enter at your own risk and obey their rules.

Don't forget, you'll want to wear the proper shoes.

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