Plague comes to Waldo County

Oct 11, 2013
It’s baaaack: Fright at the Fort is set for Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 18 through 26, at Fort Knox in Prospect.

Prospect — Fright at the Fort, which transforms the Fort Knox State Historic site into a bad nightmare designed to put a chill into the bravest of living souls, returns for the the last two Friday and Saturday nights in October. This year’s edition — dubbed “What’s Plaguing You?” — runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at the 19th-century granite bastion off Route 174. The last tour departs 8:30 p.m.

Visitors are guided through the dark, fog-filled twists and turns of the massive granite fortification, where the senses are bombarded by sights, sounds and lights that may as well have crawled out of the scariest horror movie. In homage to the Black Plague, this year’s visitors will time trip back to the 14th-century Europe. Rats and plague victims will abound, and an eerie call will be heard throughout the Fort casemates: “Bring out your dead!”

Event organizers work to ensure that each version of Fright is different from the year before and add different elements on each of the four-night run. Those who have not been to Fright before and would like a sense of what the experience may be like are encouraged to visit the Friends of the Fort’s website at fortknox.maineguide.com/fright.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children younger than 12. Advanced express line tickets are available for $12 per person. Express tickets allow people to avoid waiting in line and may be obtained by calling the Friends of Fort Knox at 469-6553 or at Spirit Halloween stores in Brewer, Augusta and South Portland. Following are the special events for this year.

Friday, Oct. 18

Crew Night means groups of four or more will receive a free pumpkin (while they last).

Saturday, Oct. 19

Across the river, the fifth annual spook-tacular Ghostport festival takes place in downtown Bucksport. Timed to coincide with Fright at the Fort, this Halloween-themed event offers something for all ages, from the children’s costume parade down Main Street and a bone-warming chili cook-off to the infamous Jonathan Buck’s Race to the Grave coffin race. Thanks to the Friends of Fort Knox, Atlas Fireworks and WKIT, an epic fireworks display synced to music and simulcast on Stephen King’s WKIT radio station will cap the day. For the full schedule, visit ghostportme.com.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Costume night is a way to get a jump on Halloween. Random prizes will be awarded.

All for a good cause

Proceeds from Fright at the Fort helps the Friends of Fort Knox fulfill their mission to restore Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine. Funding from last year’s Fright is currently being used for masonry work on the National Historic landmark. For more information, visit fortknox.maineguide.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Bubonic Plague gets its name from swollen lymph glands known as “buboes,” fiendishly recreated by some of the volunteer spooks at this year’s plague-ridden Fright at the Fort.
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