Fort Fright opens for twelfth season — be prepared to be scared!

Every fall, Fort Henry transforms from a mild mannered historical fort to the terrifying Fort Fright. Tonight, Friday Oct. 4, 2019, is opening night, and your first opportunity to be properly frightened this Halloween season.

This year’s storyline will take you to the Mindset Research facility where you will witness the aftermath of a failed research project. Researchers conducted tests to see how radiation and technology will affect all living things over time. By dramatically increasing these levels, devastating outcomes were witnessed, and the project was quickly shut down. Test subjects are mutated and aggressive, insects are over-sized, and researchers have gone missing…

Fort Fright takes place in the dry ditch and inner walls of Fort Henry. This year’s experience is set to be more immersive than ever!

“We heard from our visitors last year that they wanted us to return to the Fort Fright footprint of years past, and that is what will be delivered. Prepare to be scared!” said Dawn Ellis-Thornton, Manager of Fort Henry.

For those wanting the experience with a little less “scare,” Fort Fright offers Safety Amulets, for a small fee. Those who wear these amulets keep the Fort Fright Scare Actors at bay, and they allow for a somewhat less frightful experience. (While Fort Fright suggests it is not recommended to bring children, the Safety Amulet would allow for a less frightening experience for your brave little ones.)

After your experience in the outer fort, explore the Haunted Harvest area in the Lower Fort parade square. You’ll find refreshments, photo opportunities, and a fire pit to complete your evening. It is suggested that the Fort Fright walk will take approximately twenty minutes, but you are free to spend as much time as you wish inside the Lower Fort exploring and enjoying all of the experiences. 

Be sure to pop over to my blog and read about the evening we spent exploring the scares of Fort Fright: Fort Fright – go ahead and take the kids!

Spoiler: No one was overly frightened! (We did spring for two amulets for the girls to help “protect” them from the scares.)

Everything you need to know about Fort Fright is available on their website, Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Fort Fright does run rain or shine, so dress for the weather, and the potentially uneven terrain in the outer wall area. Get your tickets, and Safety Amulets here.

Dates & Pricing

  • Open October 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, and November 1 and 2. 
  • General Admission is $25 plus tax and service fees
  • Military Admission with ID is $15 plus tax and service fees

Fort Fright is run by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the government of Ontario. They operate facilities across Easter Ontario from Kingston to the Quebec border. Included are Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Skywood Eco Adventure, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and 14 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkway.

Jessica is a busy working mom and writer who enjoys covering local interest stories. Contact her through her website A Modern Mom’s Life if you have a story to be shared.  She loves living, working, and playing in Kingston.  You can see what she gets up to with her family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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