Fright Nights, the largest haunted attraction in South Florida, has something new to offer when it kicks off on Oct. 7 this year: two horror-themed escape rooms. “Escape Fright Nights” will have live actors that interact with, and even scare, players as they try to solve puzzles and escape the rooms. As a bonus, participants will be given access to the midway, so they can enjoy rides, food and entertainment after they escape the room. Video game designer and horror enthusiast, Glennis McClellan, is heading up the project.
“Because I have an interest in both practical and digital effects, this is a natural transition for me,” said McClellan. “Escape room design combines core video game mechanics with real-life application. They are the literal physical embodiment of video games, which is what makes them so darn fun to design.”
McClellan also has access to Hollywood-caliber props and professional actors at Fright Nights, so the production value will be high.
“We will be able to offer a blockbuster-quality experience that you won’t be able to get anywhere else in South Florida,” added McClellan.
Alex Rodriguez, operations head of Fright Nights, is excited about this addition to his lineup.
“As with our four haunted houses, we will offer a truly unique and immersive experience for ‘Escape Fright Nights,’” said Rodriguez. “Right now, it is slated to run only for the duration of Fright Nights, so participants are encouraged to book online right away as space will be limited.”
There are two Escape Room scenarios to choose from – each one is an hour long. Outbreak is a lab has released a deadly virus and is overrun by zombies – participants will have one hour to find the cure. Those brave enough should beware, as this escape room features the undead lurking around every corner. McClellan claims this is the scariest of the two rooms and not for the faint of heart.
The second Escape Room is Freakshow. The Smith’s Traveling Circus is back in town, and now someone is dead. Guests are advised to find the murderer before he finds them. This room will feature a sinister clown who may help or hinder participants – depending on the game play.
Reservations are recommended for the Escape Rooms for a one-hour experience, which costs $25 per themed room, and includes admission to Fright Nights and unlimited Midway rides. The haunts are an additional $5 per house. Various cost-saving promotions will be offered on the website. To make reservations, go to http://tickets.escapefrightnights.com.
Fright Nights is slated for multiple nights: October 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, and 27-29 from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. on Thursday and 6 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. The haunted houses open at 7 p.m. Children under 12 require parental supervision.
In addition to the Escape Rooms, Fright Nights will feature four new haunted houses this year: Sunnyville School House, where the children come out, but not to play; Pestilence: an age of plagues and vampires; The Doll Factory, where evil lurks behind their glassy eyes; and The Void, a terrifying trip into darkness. In addition, guests can enjoy rides on the family-friendly “Monster Midway” – complete with live entertainment featuring magic and sideshows, local and regional bands and food and beverages.
Online advance discount tickets are on sale now through Oct. 6 at www.myfrightnights.com. A $20 general admission ticket includes entrance admission and includes three haunted houses and unlimited Midway rides. A $25 “Terror Ticket” includes four haunted houses and unlimited Midway rides. Prices will increase at the gate by $5. Parental discretion for the haunted houses and escape rooms is advised for those younger than 12 years old.