The drive-in is alive in 2020. Carnival of Darkness: The Haunted Pamlico Film Festival returns in October as a drive-in-movie experience. The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity. Tickets cost $10 per vehicle and will be available Sept. 1 on FilmFreeway.com. Tickets may be purchased at the gate, but attendees must have exact change. “This year our festival will honor about 35 horror and science-fiction films from all over the world,” said S. Kruger, host of Carnival of Darkness. “Though not all of these films will be screened on the night, we’re finding ways to recognize selected entries online.” Added attractions include vocalist Leah Moore; the Haunted Pamlico Dancers from Moulin Rouge studio in Washington; the Haunted Pamlico family, a troupe of costumed horror actors; and live-streamed interviews with local celebrities. Patrons may view all of the action from their vehicles, in socially distant fashion. “We had to cancel our food and craft vendors because of the virus,” said Kruger. “Yet, the show we developed will be immersive and exciting for the audience.” Kruger credits Stuart Lannon with converting the indoor festival to a drive-in. Lannon is the president of Alternative Stage, the developing nonprofit under which Haunted Pamlico operates. Based in Washington, Haunted Pamlico is a Halloween-centered entity that produces horror films and public events. For more information, visit hauntedpamlico.com.