There will be some slight changes this year, but Scream-A-Geddon, the creepy Halloween haunt set in the backwoods of Pasco County, will return starting Sept. 11.Scream-A-Geddon opened on St. Joe Road west of Dade City in 2015 and the cluster of haunted houses immediately became a popular Halloween attraction. They added a zombie paintball assault in recent years, a carnival midway and a beer garden. Haunts came with eerie names like Blackpool Prison and Infected: Ground Zero.In planning this year’s scares, organizers said they benefited from the 20-acre setting, which gives them plenty of space to let guests keep their distance.“Every year, and even more so this year, we’ve always sent people through the haunted houses with just their group. That’s been a selling point in past years, but this year it’s more of a safety point,” said Winston McDaniel, marketing manager for Scream-A-Geddon.The houses are essentially open-air scare zones, McDaniel said, even though they don’t feel like it. There’s no ceiling for the churchlike setting of Demon’s Revenge, for example, but the design of the passageways and screens make it feel like a contained house, McDaniel said.Every guest and staffer will get a temperature check upon arrival. Everyone will be required to wear face masks except when eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer will be plentiful, McDaniel said, and it must be used before entering a haunted house. At the end of the night, the whole facility will be fogged with disinfectant to get every nook and cranny clean.The park’s capacity will be reduced by 50 percent to make it easier to space out the visitors, McDaniel said. The houses have been tweaked to remove touch points, and scare actors are still around to jump out and startle guests, but not as in your face as before.One of the selling points of Scream-A-Geddon was guests who wore a glow necklace were agreeing that they could be grabbed by a scare actor. McDaniel said that element will still be in play because it never was as rough as it sounds, more like a guest was hustled into a jail cell or sent off to a separate section. That can still happen without physically touching them, he said.“It has never been that forceful,” he said. “It’s more like being part of the show.”There are five haunted houses, and for an upcharge that starts at $10, you can shoot zombies with a paintball gun. There is also a beer garden and a midway with carnival games, food and roaming scare actors.Organizers looked at what ZooTampa and Busch Gardens are doing for their Halloween events, where the majority of the scares are outdoors. McDaniel said he also visited theme parks in recent weeks to observe how they have managed to reopen safely.“It’s going to be a normal-ish year and people have been overwhelmingly positive about this,” McDaniel said. “I think people are ready to do something, especially around Halloween time. While the theme park attendance has been down they have been able to stay open without anything terrible happening so we thought we could do this and do it right.”They have a security staff that has always had to be on alert for rowdy guests, so this year they will add to their duties enforcing face mask and distancing rules.“Anybody who is not adhering to the rules will simply be asked to leave,” McDaniel said, “because we want to keep things as safe as possible and as scary as possible — but our way of scary, not COVID scary.” Scream-A-Geddon: The horror park opens Sept. 11, running weekends through the end of September and then every day in October, ending Nov. 1. It has a carnival midway, beer garden, five haunted houses and, for an additional charge, Zombie Paintball Assault ($10 and up). Admission: $21.95 and up at screamageddon.com . 27839 St. Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412.