Fright Nights Returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Halloween is more than a month away but the staff of Fright Nights is already busy preparing to scare the life out of its attendees. The South Florida Fairgrounds will transform into this fright-filled event over four weekends, with carnival rides and three haunted houses. Creative Director Craig McInnis takes pleasure in figuring out how and what will scare the guests. In preparation for Fright Nights, he and Alex Rodriquez, operations director, visit others haunts and also attend the annual National Haunters Convention. “Scary is what we spend most of our time concentrating on,” said McInnis, who expects up to 50,000 people to come to the event over the course of the month. “Some of the places we’ve visited have cool looking haunts but they’re not scary. We want our guests to leave with their heart racing. Other haunts may only last for 15 minutes but you can make a whole evening of entertainment here for one set price.” The event will feature three newly-themed and designed haunts: New World Order, Vile, and Flamingo Hotel. There also will be one or two scare zones where unsuspecting guests will be surprised to encounter strange and creepy characters. It isn’t possible to avoid the scare zones. “We continue to reimagine our scares,” said McInnis. “We don’t take it easy on anyone. I like the challenge of scaring the full-grown adult males who come here thinking they can’t be scared. They’re the toughest.” Admission is $25 for three haunted houses and unlimited carnival rides, $15 for three haunted houses and no rides, or $10 for an unlimited rides wristband. An R.I.P. pass, a fast pass to skip to the front of the line, is $5. Fright Nights also will present a Monster Bash Costume Party on Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. until midnight. Admission to the ball is $10, and will give guests the chance to meet the cast and crew, enjoy food and drink, and dance. Prizes from $100 to $500 will be awarded in a costume contest. For more information about Halloween Fright Nights in West Palm Beach, call 561- 793-0333, visit www.southfloridafair.com, or www.myfrightnights.com.