Remembering when I began loving all things creepy and kooky isn’t difficult- it began when I was in first grade. Stuck on the couch compliments of a vicious case of Strep one Halloween, my father rigged a speaker outside of our front door and, using his p.a. system, proceeded to scare the bejeezus out of trick-or-treaters that came to our door. Laying in our pull-out sofa couch, I remember thinking it was the coolest thing I’d ever heard- and seen!
I’m still in love with Halloween. I decorate my house to the hilts and look forward to October each year compliments of the haunted hayrides, pumpkin patches, and Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood Park. This season is better than ever and what made it the best one yet for my family is that The Kid is old enough to attend!
There’s so many additional reasons why this season is the best one so far but I’ve narrowed it down to my six top reasons.
1. Haunted Houses and Walk Throughs
This season, Kennywood is bringing back its popular haunted houses:
Voodoo Bayou This one was The Kid’s favorite compliments of the Southern Bayou theme. Voodoo Bayou has a brand new layout this year and opens at dusk (this one’s an open-air haunted house). Kennywood location: Raging Rapids
Fear Fest Creepy clowns do their best to scare you in this circus-themed walk through. Kennywood location: Kangaroo
Gory Park If creepy can be an pretty site then Gory Park’s a looker. A zombie apocolypse themed walk through with a ton of jump scares. Kennywood location: Lost Kennywood
Death Valley A wild west theme with a fun photo op. Kennywood location: Ghostwood Estates
Kennywood Cemetery An outdoor walkthrough, Kennywood Cemetery opens at dusk and has both asphalt and mulch paths and creepers in the bushes. Kennywood location: Near Dancing Waters
2. Ark in the Dark
New In 2015 Ark in the Dark – From 11pm to 12am, the Ark turns into a creepy, black walk through that will give all of your senses a run for their money. Ark in the Dark requires special admission and is an additional charge to Phantom Fright Nights Admission.
If Ark in the Dark is on your must-do list, sign up early because admission is limited.
3. The Phantom’s Fright Pass
Love Phantom Fright night as much as we do? The Phantom’s Fright Pass is a no brainer! For $49.99, the pass includes unlimited visits for the 2015 season. If you’re planning on visiting twice or more this year, the pass will pay for itself. Each pass also includes one R.I.P. Haunt tour as well.
4. Ride in the Dark
There’s just something about riding the Kennywood coasters without the bright lights that normally deck the walkways and light up the sky. This time of year is our favorite time to ride because, even though we may know each twist and turn, there’s that little extra oomph that comes from the dark night rides.
Here’s a fun video that Mr. Locke took from the front seat of Kennywood Racer on opening night:
The rides open for Phantom Fright Nights include:
- Aero 360
- Bayern Kurve
- Black Widow
- Cosmic Chaos
- Ghostwood Estates
- Gran Prix
- Jack Rabbit
- Musik Express
- Sky Rocket
- Swing Shot
- Phantom’s Revenge (One train in operation during PFN
5. Pre-Scare Dinner
Pre-Scare dinners may be booked for October 17 & 24, 2015. After a meal of hearty ribs, burgers, and more, head into the park for an early screening of Friday the 13th 4-D and meet some of the creepy characters that walk the park during the haunt. dinner begins at 4pm with a movie showing at 5pm.
Dinner includes admission to Phantom Fright Nights and is $42.99 (plus any processing fees) per person.
6. Friday the 13th in 4-D
Jason Voorhees makes an appearance in Kennywood’s 4-D Theater during Phantom Fright Nights. The movie rises to an all new frightening height with its 4-D effects and is definitely not for the faint of heart. Movie is shown during Phantom Fright nights and contains graphic & violent content. Not recommended for guests under the age of 13.
Words to the Wise
- Phantom Fright Nights 2015 is every Friday and Saturday night in October.
- Park opens for PFN at 6pm and closes at 12am.
- Outside costumes, theatrical make-up, and masks are NOT permitted to be worn into the park during Phantom Fright Nights
- No outside food or beverages are permitted.
- Heavy fog and strobe effects are in use throughout the park during Phantom Fright Nights.
- Phantom Fright Nights is not recommend for children under 13 years of age.