Liberty University cancels October ‘Scaremare’ event due to concerns about COVID-19 restrictions


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Liberty University made an announcement Friday afternoon that, due to concerns about Virginia’s coronavirus restrictions, “Scaremare” has been canceled for 2020.

According to school officials, Scaremare was previously scheduled for three weekends in October. However, Liberty University shared the following statement from the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity on Friday, Aug. 14:

“Scaremare has been a long-standing tradition in Central Virginia that draws visitors from every state east of the Mississippi River since 1972. The mission of Scaremare has remained the same for the past 48 years. Scaremare presents fun-house rooms and scenes of death in order to confront people with the question, ‘What happens after I die?’

This event has offered over 300 Liberty students an opportunity to serve and see an eternal impact for the cause of the Gospel. However, it is our desire to keep the health, well-being, and safety of our students, staff, and patrons our utmost priority. We anticipated that by now Virginia’s Governor would have ended the temporary restrictions on events and activities due to COVID-19. 

As we approach September, Governor Northam shows no indication that Virginia will complete Phase 3 of the temporary restrictions in time for Scaremare this year so we will be unable to host this harvest time event that receives over 25,000 people each year. We look forward to Scaremare #49 in October 2021!”

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