This haunted car wash in Maple Shade offers good, clean fun
Dave Newman has been collecting Halloween decorations for 25 years and encourages people to visit his front yard at 100 Raymond Ave., Evesham, NJ. Cherry Hill Courier-Post
If you've debated taking a haunted hayride, but aren't so sure those zombies and psychotic clowns won't try to grab you and drag you off into the woods, then we've got good news.
Would you rather (or is it lather?) opt for a haunted car wash?
The Tunnel of Terror is the most socially distant, squeaky clean fun you can have this Halloween season, while getting all that pesky green pollen off your vehicle.
Sammy's Car Wash in Maple Shade had a big hit during the COVID-19 lockdown last year with its haunted car wash.
It only costs $20 (reservations are required), which buys you about 30 minutes of foamy fun (longer if the line is long), and you'll drive away with shiny car.
The chills and thrills start as soon as you get in line, as all manner of scary characters will peer through your smudgy windshield and tap on your dusty windows. Expect plenty of jump scares long before you get to the car wash entrance.
Yes, there are scary clowns keeping company with werewolves, zombies and — well, something trying to escape from within the walls of the car wash that I would rather not see in the flesh.
There's also lots of fun seasonal music and, since you are staying in our car, your own mask use is purely optional.
Most of the fun happens while you wait your turn. The actual car wash (the part with the water and foam and fuzzy rollers) doesn't take long, but there are some final surprises in store, multicolored, soapy surprises.
If this all sounds like your kind of fun, visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/sammysexpresscarwash/585359# to book your timed entry. Timed tickets are available Friday Oct. 22; Saturday, Oct. 23; Sunday, Oct. 24; Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Sammy's Express Car Wash is located on 491 Route 38 West, Maple Shade.
Don't sleep on this holiday attraction. Space is limited, and once October ends, well, it's back to zombie-less lines and standard soap bubbles — at least until next Halloween.
Tammy Paolino is Features Editor for the Atlantic South region of the USA Today Network. She’s an award-winning reporter and editor who loves to cover trends, diversity, the arts, food and drink. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-486-2477 or on Twitter @CP_TammyPaolino. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription.