The air at Fright Night was filled with fearful excitement last Thursday as guests strolled down the long dirt path leading to Boone Hall Plantation. The local event, a Charleston staple for over ten years now, is bringing the fear like never before. This year’s Fright Night has four creepy, frightfully fun attractions: The Cemetery of Lost Souls, The Crypt, The Gateway, and the infamous Haunted Hayride.
The Crypt is a Haunted House-style attraction, where a ghoul leads you into a house as you stumble amid darkness and strobe lights. As you blindly stumble through the maze of a house, monsters of all sorts fall in your wake or wait behind the next door to jump out at you.The Cemetery was a clever addition; the attraction is a more independent trek through an old cemetery, complete with headstones and zombies. The actors at all of the attractions are lively and truly great at their jobs. However, the best part of Fright Night was the hayride. A cart pulled by a tractor and filled with about 20 people slowly rolls its way through the woods. The haunted woods contain everything from cannibals to huge animatronic creatures that loomed over you from the trees. And, of course, at the end of the ride, a couple of corn farmers with chainsaws chase the hayriders, yelling aggressively to get out of their cornfield.
The whole event was just the right mix of scary and campy. Though the lines were long, the attractions were worth the wait. However, the lines are much shorter on weekdays than weekends, so if you can go on a Wednesday or Thursday (check which days they’re open), do it. Also, if you can spring for the VIP pass that allows you to cut in front of every line, it’d be worth it.
Kip Casto, an employee of Fright Night, said, “The best part is getting to scare people.” Kip has been working Fright Night since 2007. “I love Halloween,” he said, “It’s my favorite holiday.” When other staff members were asked what the most difficult part about working Fright Night is, they nearly unanimously replied “crowd control.” Two Saturdays ago, the head count at Fright Night was over 3,500 people.
One great thing about this year’s Fright Night is that if you pay for all four attractions and don’t have time to do the all in one night, you can come back any time this season and partake in the other events you missed.
Ryan Neal, the event director, said, “Fright Night is a Halloween tradition.” According the Ryan Neal, Fright Night sees about 30,000 people in a single season. It’s the largest multiple attraction haunted event in South Carolina.
Fright Night is like the Fair—you can’t not go. And this year, prepare to have the wits scared out of you while having a great time. Fright Night runs until Halloween, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not making time to attend. Last chance to be scared senseless TONIGHT at Boone Hall Plantation.
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