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On The Fright Night’s Facebook page you’ll find the following:

Coulrophobia: fear of clowns

Phasmophobia: fear of ghosts

Aichmophobia: fear of sharp objects

Necrophobia: fear of death and dead things

And there are plenty more “phobias” in the dictionary. And it just might be The Fright Night’s goal to sneak every single one of them into your experience!

What is it in us that makes us actually *enjoy* the experience of a good scare?

According to some scientists, it’s a combination of mastery and hormones – our bodies react to fear by increasing adrenaline and epinephrine, even dopamine. In short spurts, this feeling can be a thrilling “natural high.” In the right context, this “fight or flight” feeling can make us feel strong and almost euphoric. And we get a sense of conquering our own fright reaction when we “handle” a scary thrill. 

If that’s the case, then do yourself a favor and head over to Fright Nights on LePage Place this October, and pick your pleasure.

For over 20 years, owner/operator Grazzi Zazzara has been making it (at least part of) his business to put together a fall fun ride of scares in that season of the witch. Up until a few years ago, Fright Nights headquarters was at the Fairgrounds as a seasonal venue. But once Zazzara acquired an old factory grounds, with huge old buildings – over 80K square feet – to fill with thrills, the ante has gone up on what makes for a good “haunted” attraction here in Central New York. And for that matter, Fright Nights is one of the top fifteen attractions in the country!

Each year, the gang at Fright Nights tries to outdo themselves. That includes the actors, the designers, builders and technicians who specialize in maximizing the terror, while throwing in a good laugh or two at the same time.

If you’ve sampled Fright Nights before, be prepared for some of your old favorites – Lady Lamson’s Cursed Voyage, Burgen Manor, Penny’s Playhouse, and the Devil’s Dungeon Slide to Hell. And new this year Monster Movie Matinee, a throwback from the original, featuring 9 movie-themed scares including Skull Island, Wizard of Oz Flying Monkeys, Resident Evil, Ghostbusters, Jeepers Creepers, Jurassic Dark, Earthquake, Mary Krampus and Dracula vs. Frankenstein. Part of the fun for both hosts and guests is coming up with a new way to make patrons jump, scream, and giggle. The team uses talented actors along with 3-D technology, an amazing sound system, the dark and sudden lights, and the sheer thrill of the unknown to keep you on your toes throughout your experience.

Your entrance fee gets you into all 5 houses, and you can guarantee a specific entrance time for yourself and a few of your fiends – that would be friends – by reserving online.

So join us for a devilishly great Halloween season scare. But don’t say we didn’t warn you.

The Fright Nights

1 LePage Place off James St.



Open every weekend in October

Friday & Saturday: 7pm–12am; Sunday: 7pm–11pm

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