Fright Nights, haunted jail tours bring Halloween fun to Cornwall

October 25, 2013

Fright Nights

Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park will be filled with eerie sights and sounds in the lead up to Halloween as Fright Nights take over the waterfront park.

The fright-filled community event will run from Friday, October 25th to Thursday, October 31st between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm.

Spectators can enjoy a walk of fear through the park featuring witches, zombies and other creatures before stopping by the ‘haunted’ Mocktails Patio for some added thrills and some ghoulish treats like spider wieners and a witches’ brew. The walks will take place every 20 minutes beginning at the Clock Tower.

Admission is $2 or a non-perishable food item, with the proceeds going to support the Canadian Cancer Society and the Agape Centre.

“It’s going to be a great event,” said Paul St. Onge, event organizer and owner of Mocktails Patio. “We’re starting Fright Nights early so that younger children can enjoy the festivities as well. Things will become scarier as the night goes on.”

Meanwhile, the nearby Historic Cornwall Jail at Pitt and Water Streets will once again be given a scary makeover and open its doors for haunted jail tours.

The jail has an inherent eeriness to it throughout the year, but at Halloween, it turns to full-on fright! This year's theme is the chilling "Saw" horror films, so be prepared for Jigsaw to keep you on your toes, and your knees chattering.

"This is a great event and we look forward to it every year," said Linda Wilson, Executive Director of Cornwall and the Counties Tourism. "The screams that come out of the jail from visitors really sets the stage for all of us. I think we have as much fun watching people go through the jail as they do themselves."

Small groups (up to 6 at a time) are guided through the jail by volunteers dressed to capture the theme. One never knows what one might find in a haunted jail, but at one point people might expect to be held captive in one of the cells. With ghouls wondering about - is the cell a sanctuary or a trap?

The cost to enter the jail is $5 and there are different "fright levels" to ensure the experience is fun for all ages. It usually takes about 15 – 20 minutes to go through the jail.

"This event is the 'baby" of our volunteer Lucie Hart," noted Ms. Wilson. "Lucie works very hard to make this event successful, and her enthusiasm is second to none."

The event was first held in 2010, and can attract upwards of 1000 attendees, depending on the theme. A tent will be set up at the entrance to the jail where people can buy drinks/hot dogs while waiting to enter the jail.

Schedule
There are appropriate "fright levels" for different audiences. Ranging from the least scary (Level 1) to Level 2/3 for those looking for a little bit of a scare, and Level 3, the scariest, for the truly brave.

Take a look at the schedule below and choose which night/level is right for you. Admission is $5 for all ages.

Level 3: October 25-26: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Level 1 (Youngsters): October 27: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Level 2/3: October 27-30: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 

 

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