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Prepare for Scare: Fright Nights is Back

Fright Nights at the Fair is open at 7 PM every weekend night in October. (c) 2017 Jordan Capozzi

By Jordan Capozzi SYRACUSE. N.Y. (NCC News) – Fright Nights at the Fair has returned for its twelfth season of terrifying fun.

Fright Nights brings five different houses this year, including the new 3-D Pirate Ship exhibit. Dead Pirates is the favorite house of Operations and Building Coordinator Tony Liberatore. Also the production manager, Liberatore says he’s been holding this idea back for years.

“I like to switch it up and not bring one for a while so that by the time the next generation comes it’s like starting over every seven to ten years,” Liberatore said.

The Pirate Ship is made out of two gutted-out boats put together. Many of the materials are restored items from country clubs and closed down stores.  The ship is decked out with black lights on the inside to enhance the 3-D effects.

Other houses at Fright Nights include the Insane Asylum, the Haunted Mansion, and the Revenge of “It”. When you walk in, the houses turn into haunted mazes, giving them the appearance of looking bigger on the inside than the outside.

Builders work on the exhibits throughout the duration of Fright Nights. Set builder John Thomas said the crew works on the project every day until November. Thomas, known by his crew as “The Welder”, says that people’s scared reactions are the best part of the experience for him.

“I really enjoy watching people screaming and hollering in and out of the houses,” Thomas said. “When they come out: Oh, this is the scariest thing ever.”

Fright Nights also features photo opportunities, concession stands and a miniature carnival for kids. The event runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October.

Doors open at 7 pm on all three days and close at midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for one house and $25 for all five. There are discounts available for groups of more than 12.