Official casting call will be on September 17th, 2016 at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, 12:00pm.
Want to join the family of creeps?! Come on out!
Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds will be selecting actors for hired and volunteered positions for the 2016 season.
For paid positions, we require actors to work all 11 nights. Age requirements are 16+
For volunteer positions, actors select their own nights. Age requirements are 16+. If under the age of 16, the actor may volunteer along with their parent/guardian. The parent/guardian MUST volunteer in the haunt along with their child.
***VOLUNTEERS may receive volunteer hours if needed. ***
Incentives for both volunteers and paid actors may be awarded with our actor on-site contests.
Dressing up is not mandatory, but will definitely get you noticed from those who will be hiring.
**Please bring TWO forms of ID!!!!!**
Saturday, September 17th 12 Noon Perfect Vodka Ampitheater Enter through Main Gate, bring 2 forms of ID
It’s almost that time of the year again… Halloween! The closer we get to Halloween also means it’s time for Haunted House season. Our friends at Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds recently unveiled the theme of this year’s 4 houses… Doll Factory, Pestilence, Sunnyville & Pestilence.
Gears grind as production at the Doll Factory lurches forward with a sole purpose: the creation of maniacal porcelain demons for distribution into the unsuspecting world. They live in the toy boxes and closets and they sleep under your children’s beds. The dolls are bent for blood and thrive on your fear, reflected back to you through their empty glassy eyes.
The Russian ship “The Demeter” washed ashore from a sudden and violent storm with its foreign passenger Count Orlok. After some time, the townsfolk began to wonder if he was to blame for the Black Death ravaging the land. The rats continued to spread the disease and within days the plague doctors took over the city to rid it of the infected. While the stench of burning flesh still hanging in the air from the pyres, the reign of Nosferatu was about to begin. The town could not prepare for the terror about to unfold.
The Dry Fork Mines closed in 1954 after an explosion ripped through the deep caverns. Hundreds of miners lost their lives in the calamity, their bodies were never recovered. 62 years later, the ML Mining Corporation has plans to reopen the site, hoping to attract jobs and commerce to the now economically depressed area. The team of miners and scientists sent in to assess the safety and viability of the mines reported seeing strange organisms before losing communication topside. Your job is to recover that team – dead or alive.
Through the entrance, the smell of stale soot arises from the ground. Walls plastered with decades of muck. The eerie laughing of children bouncing down the hallways. Abandoned classrooms remaining as time capsules. Lights flicker throughout the war-torn building. Daylight fading quickly through the windows. As night approaches, the children’s voices grow louder. Eyes following every step taken. A spine tingling chill runs its course…
In addition to the four announced houses there will be TWO “Escape Rooms”. The Smiths Freak Show and Outbreak. We’ll let you know about them as soon as more info is released!
After getting a peek at the new houses I have to say i’m personally psyched to check out Pestilence. I dig the setting and the plague doctors look great and the unexpected addition of Nosferatu? Yes!
THIS FRIDAY – Morbid Movies will be at Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds promoting the Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series screening of Re-Animator for it’s 30th Anniversary!
Fright Nights is the premier haunted house attraction in South Florida and 2015 is going to be chock full of scares! With 4 full haunts, crazy midway scare zones, theme park rides, live music, food, and entertainment, Fright Nights should be your number one Screampark destination in 2015!
The Midway opens at 6PM, the Haunted Houses open at 7PM and everything keeps going ’til midnight!
Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds is a labor of love. Each November, the haunt designers and event organizers begin planning and crafting the next year’s event. They plot and plan and scheme, all in the hopes of creating the most terrifying experiences in South Florida.
The haunt creators then work tirelessly for two months, from August thru September, for hundreds of hours, to bring their labors of love and terror to life.
“I put in eight to 12 hours a day for the last two months,” said Kelly Goodman, co-creator and designer of this year’s New Orleans themed haunt, Memento Mori. She created this year’s haunt with designer and actor Brad Cain.
To give you an idea of the level of planning that goes into these houses, whose existence are as brief and brilliant as the colors of autumnal trees in the north, the idea for Memento Mori goes back three years to when Goodman attended the Legendary Haunt Tour. The Legendary Haunt Tour is an annual event which tours a different city each year, taken its attendees to two or three local haunted attractions that have achieved legendary status either within the city, state or have garnered national attention. The tour three years ago was in New Orleans. Goodman said she fell in love with the city and the haunts therein, with ideas and inspiration almost immediately swirling cyclonically around her mind. Three years later, the ideas that the event inspired within Goodman have finally gestated into what promises to be a creeptastic and terrifying haunt, complete with a ghost and monster filled bayou and an incredible replica of the streets of the French Quarter.
Memento Mori continues the story that Goodman started two years ago. “Each year I like to continue the story I started two years ago with Sunnyville Orphanage, where I had these twins who escaped. The next year they took up residence in the Flamingo Hotel and wreaked havoc there. This year they have moved on to New Orleans and become witches,” said Goodman.
In addition to Memento Mori, there are three more haunts this year for guests to explore: Meadow Lakes, Beyond the Gates and Animal Farm.
Meadow Lakes was designed by first year creator Travis Martin. It tells the tale of a sickness spreading through suburbia and the government’s attempts to contain the spread of infection. Filled with fine details and splashes of gore in all the right places, Martin proves that he has what it takes to hang with the other haunt designers.
Beyond the Gates was the brainchild of Jeremy Schroader and offers guests a stroll through the afterlife. This offers some very unique and ambitious scares, including one that those of you with claustrophobia will want to avoid. Couple that with increasingly surreal details and scenes and you have yourself one awesome haunt.
Animal Farm is a twisted journey through a farm in which the animals have decided that Man’s dominion is no longer applicable. The haunt is outdoors and filled with places for creatures to hide. Be warned, creators Glennis McClellan and Craig McInnis and their vast cast (over 30 actors and volunteers are involved) are out to get you.
“Our main focus is the scare. We spend endless hours pouring over the details of the houses; from the flow, to the extravagant sets, to the character design and wardrobe,” said McInnis “Nothing is left to chance when it comes to ensuring our guests get an overdose of adrenaline and fear.”
So what makes Fright Nights stand out? It’s not just their exceptional attention to detail or the hard work of Technicians Kevin Moore and Bill Goodman (who handle all the lighting and sound among other responsibilities) or their level of commitment, it’s the way event is run. Unlike other big attractions, the crew at Fright Nights will only send in groups of eight at a time. They want your terror to be maximized, and the only way to do so is to limit the size of the group being terrified.
“We care about that,” said McClellan. “We want our actors to surround you and terrify you.”
Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds runs through Halloween weekend and costs $5 per haunt, $20 for all four and $25 for special RIP access. There is also a haunted midway with rides for children who are of an age not appropriate for such intense experiences as those this year’s haunts are offering.