Frights to go on at popular Rome attraction


The show — make that the spooky, scary and generally frightening Halloween show — will go on.

With fresh approval from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office, the haunted attraction — run by Cayo Industrial Horror Realm that moved into Rome last year — has received the go ahead to reopen this year, with safety measures in place, despite shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cayo had reached out to the governor’s office writing to them discussing not just Cayo Industrial Horror attraction, but many Halloween activities happening during the Fall season, which many of us live for,” read a Facebook statement from the business, which is owned by Josh Reale.

“The letter was describing various businesses and discussing how we can take measures to safely operate under the pandemic,” the statement adds. “Regardless if it had any impact, we had just received notification that haunted houses, corn mazes, hayrides, pick your own fruits, etc. are allowed to happen under state safety guidelines!”

While preparations are under way for the Halloween season at the Rome location, “the Atrophy Escape Ward is opening on 9/11 - 9/27, which is a theatrical style escape room adventure in an asylum,” the Facebook post adds.

The attraction operates in Rome under the water tower near Bellamy Harbor at 530 Harbor Way.

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