In September and October each year Fort Henry is transformed into
Fort Fright - it's a spook-tacular event!
The magnificent old limestone building echoes
with screams, moans, clanking chains and every horror filled sound
imaginable. Spooks abound as you cautiously explore eerie
tunnels leading to out-of-the-way store rooms which have become the
lairs of a horde of ghosts, goblins, ghouls and gargoyles.
The moment you enter the Advance Battery the
terror begins to build as you pass by a cemetery littered with bones
and skulls. Wait . . . what's that? Are some of those
When you move down the ramp-way toward the lower
Fort, approaching the Equipoise Bridge and the gate, you see a
macabre sight . . . bones and barbed wire hang from the gate!
We passed on the opportunity to ride an authentic
coffin. If you are brave enough you can climb into the coffin
and spend a few minutes pretending to be buried alive. Sorry,
but that's just a bit too spooky for me . . . but lots of folks give
it a whirl!
The officers barracks are full of skeletons and
as you feel your way through dimly lit corridors enjoying the eerie
decor - don't be surprised it you encounter a real live goblin
lurking in the dark!
skeleton invites you to climb down a gloomy stone staircase and
follow a narrow stone-lined tunnel leading to a remote corner of the
Fort. Caution - it's haunted down there!
Curdling screams emanate from dark casemates, dampness hangs at your
feet and the Fort feels colder than ever before.
Enter if you dare!
We climbed back up to the main level of the lower
Fort and headed to the eerily lit outdoor parade ground. It
was filled with corpses and skeletons. Zombies roamed and
screamed as we explored. A man was groaning and strenuously
fighting to free himself from the gallows.
This is a very old video but it gives
you an idea what to expect at Fort Fright.
Hollywood-style animatronics, special audio/video effects, live scare
actors, creatures and ghouls are everywhere!
room features an inflated device - it's totally black and you hold
your arms out in front as you squeeze through a totally dark area
with the soft inflated walls pushing in firmly on either side.
Another room features a footbridge surrounded by
a revolving drum covered with colored lights. You are invited
to cross the footbridge. Ouch, neither Carol not I could do
this one, those revolving lights were just too disorienting for us.
It was an amazing effect!
There's even a shooting gallery where you can
hone your kill-skills by shooting at ghouls, goblins and monsters!
the new Discovery Centre you can hop aboard a Haunted Hayride down
the Great Waterway Panic Pathway!
wonder that Fort Fright has won awards!
We had a
great time - try to work Fort Fright into your plans soon.
It's well worth a visit!
complete details go to the Fort Henry web site here: