Fright at the Fort returns the last two Friday and Saturday nights this October at the Fort Knox State Historic site, in Prospect, where the 19th century bastion is transformed into a bad nightmare designed to put a chill into the bravest of living souls. Visitors are guided through the dark, fog filled twists and turns of the massive granite fortification where the senses are bombarded by sights, sounds and lights that may as well have crawled out of the scariest horror movie.

Event organizers work to ensure that each version of Fright is different from the year before, and add different elements on each of the four-night run. For those who have not been to Fright before and would like a sense of what the experience may be like, visit the Friends of Fort Knox website at

Fright takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30, from 5:30 p.m. through 9 p.m. (visitors should arrive by 8:30 p.m.). The nightly schedule follows.

• Friday, Oct. 21, is being called “crew night’, because groups attending Fright with four or more people will receive a free pumpkin (while they last).

• Saturday, Oct. 22, will feature fireworks at the conclusion of Fright, at 9:15 p.m. (fireworks may be viewed from the Bucksport waterfront, not the Fort). Ghostport activities in neighboring Bucksport will be taking place all day Saturday, Oct. 22, and will include a coffin race, trebuchet pumpkin chucking, pumpkin carving, and a chili cook-off, concluding with the original George Romero,” Night of the Living Dead” movie (go to for Ghostport details).

• Friday, Oct. 28, the Pirates of the Dark Rose (dead pirates that is) will be joining the other zombies, monsters and ghouls to ratchet up the scare factor.

• Saturday, Oct. 29, is come in costume night as a warm up for Halloween the following day. Cap off your Fright evening with a trip to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport.

Tickets for Fright are $5 per person and advanced express line tickets are available for $7 per person. Fright express tickets allow people to avoid waiting in line and may be obtained by calling the Friends of Fort Knox at 469-6553.

Friends of Fort Knox Executive Director Leon Seymour said, “This may be the last year we can keep Fright at $5 per person, because the complexity and cost of the event keeps rising each event.

Proceeds from Fright at the Fort helps the Friends of Fort Knox fulfill its mission to restore Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine. The state Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands manage Fort Knox on behalf of citizens. For more information on Fright at the Fort and the Friends of Fort Knox, go to their website