Fright at the Fort returns Saturday, Oct. 15, and continuing on the last two Friday and Saturday nights of the month at the Fort Knox State Historic site, Route 174.

Every October, the 19th-century granite bastion is transformed into a bad nightmare designed to put a chill into the bravest of living souls. 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.

One of the themes to this year’s Fright is an homage to visitors from space and time. Visitors will be immersed in outer space scenarios, confronting beings that are not from this planet (aliens will be encouraged not to abduct Fright visitors).

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, they are encouraged to visit the Friends’ website,

Fright at the Fort 2016 takes place Saturday, Oct. 15; and Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.; attendees should arrive by 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for those younger than 12. For those who want to avoid waiting in the ticket line, advanced tickets are $13/$7 and may be bought online at

Proceeds from Fright help the Friends of Fort Knox fulfill its mission to restore Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.

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