Clown scares forcing local haunted houses to make changes this year

SANDUSKY, OH - In the wake of the recent incidents involving creepy clowns in northeast Ohio, local haunted houses are being forced to make some changes this year.

Billy Criscione runs the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky, which hosts the Lake Erie Fear Fest every year.

Criscione says he made changes this year thanks to the creepy clown craze.

"It does kind of hit us. Haunted houses have clowns and stuff like that. we have a clown room in our year-round haunted house and we have a couple actors that dress up as clowns during fear fest," said Criscione.

But this year, Criscione says the actors who dress up as clowns will not chase customers or greet them in the parking lot.

"I really don't let them off the venue. Just because I don't want it to be an issue and for people to get really scared and call the cops," said Criscione.

Meaning, there will be clowns inside but none outside.

Lake Erie Fear Fest has not seen a decline in ticket sales.

In fact, they say they are on track to have record sales this year.