Fright at the Fort, the annual Halloween scarefest, will wrap up its 13th year Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Knox State Historic site, off Route 174. Last year, more than 9,000 brave visitors traveled the dark, twisting turns of the granite fortification where they were met by sights and sounds, which might have been taken right from the scariest movie or horror book.

This year’s Fright at the Fort theme is, appropriately enough for 2012, the zombie apocalypse. Event organizers said they have invested twice as much into this year’s Fright, hinting about a single prop that was brought in from California and arrived on a flatbed truck.

“I think people coming to Fright this year will experience a significant upgrade to the production,” said operations director Leon Seymour, executive director of Friends of Fort Knox. It takes dozens of volunteers to pull off a successful Fright, he added..

Each night of the final weekend has its chilling charms. Friday is Pirate Night, featuring the Pirates of the Dark Rose from Rockport. And everyone is invited to come in costume on the final night Saturday — those who really want to get in the seasonal spirit should head over to Bucksport afterwards for the 9:30 p.m. showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Alamo Theatre.

The last tour departs 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10, $5 for those younger than age 12. To avoid waiting in line, purchase Express Tix in advance for $12 by calling the Friends at 469-6553. Proceeds from Fright are used for Fort Knox improvements.

For more information on Fright and the Friends of Fort Knox, visit visit Fort Knox is owned by the Maine Department of Conservation's Bureau of Parks and Lands on behalf of the people of Maine.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or