Central New York

Face fear at Fright Nights at the Fair

NCC's Brianna Adams travels to Fright Nights to preview what the horror trails have in store this Halloween weekend.

By Brianna Adams, SYRACUSE, NY (NCC News)—If you’re looking for something spooky to do during your Halloweekend, Fright Nights at the Fair is sure to set fear in your bones with its lifelike features and movie-quality props.

Fright Nights at the Fair, the annual event, is finishing up their season this weekend leading up to Monday’s main event, Halloween. Owner Grazi Zazzara puts a unique twist on his haunted houses by using actual movie props from popular horror films.

There are over 88 movie props in the trails, including a John Travolta mask. (c) 2016 Brianna Adams

There are over 88 movie props in the trails, including a John Travolta mask. (c) 2016 Brianna Adams

“Something as simple as an arm laying on a table or somebody’s guts on a table, those are actually real movie props that we bought out of Hollywood at an auction,” Zazzara said.

Props from a giant shark head to a John Travolta mask can be seen throughout the houses.

The haunting experience has been going on for the month of October. Those who choose to enter walk through a clown’s mouth to get to the lobby. At Fright Nights, visitors can experience three different haunted houses, the Haunted Mansion, the Clown Prison and the Hostel. Each house with its own theme to ensure a frightening experience.

Props seen in the kitchen scene at Fright Nights. (c) 2016 Brianna Adams

Props seen in the kitchen scene at Fright Nights. (c) 2016 Brianna Adams

“You’ll never see the same scare year after year we try to change it up”, Fright Nights Owner Zazzara said.

Zazzara has been the owner since the beginning, over a decade ago. Each year he can choose from over fifteen different haunted houses to use that year. The Clown Prison, Zazzara said, is one of the more popular attractions due to the publicity clowns have gotten in the news.

Each year, Zazzara brings in new elements to his houses with this year creating a new interactive experience, Paintball Zombie Hunt. Fright Night goers will defend themselves against zombies using paintball guns. If players do not get all the zombies, the zombies follow you throughout the rest of the trail and will chase you out.

“I’m thinking about taking my brother its his birthday on Halloween,” Fright Night visitor Todd Kirby said. “So I’m thinking about taking him to the fair for the paintball experience.”

Fright Nights will be open from Friday until Sunday starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per trail or $25 to experience all three and Paintball Zombie Hunt.