Fright Nights Brings Gut Wrenching Horror to the Wellington – Review of the Fright Nights Event at the South Florida Fairgrounds (West Palm Beach, FL)
The annual “Fright Nights” held at the South Florida Fairgrounds is one of those events that every local looks forward to, right there up alongside SunFest and the South Florida Fair (which should also be co-opting the fairgrounds in a few short months). Now in its fourteenth iteration, what began as a small “haunted house” attraction on Clematis Street has now become the go-to destination for local residents looking to get their fright on in a festival atmosphere. Each year the event takes over the Fairgrounds for the month of October, bringing carnival rides, delicious food, and an incredible ensemble of terrifying characters wandering around delivering frights to unsuspecting guests.
Every year, one of the large convention center buildings on the property gets a makeover and becomes the backbone of the four brand-new haunted houses that are built every year. Each house is a terrifying maze filled with twisted props and haunting actors that torment the “victims” going through each themed house.
This year features four very different, yet equally creepily chilling haunted houses. The first one we went though, Shutter, took us through the lair (and mind) of a serial killer. Body bags adorned the cramped hallways as terrifying killers reached out to the attendees. The next one, Metamorphosis, brought us through an eerie carnival full of creeps and creatures, along with a mad scientist hell-bent on playing God. The third, Occoltus, was an inside look at a coven of human sacrificing witches, complete with toil and trouble. And last but not least, my personal favorite, the Coockoo’s Nest, a psychiatric hospital seemingly taken over by killer clowns. As you struggle to make your way thought the hospital themed maze, strobe lights distract you from the terrifying clowns stalking the hallway, making it all the more surprising when they jump out at your from behind their hiding spots.
Overall, it was a very interesting (and terrifying!) adventure, and a great place to take the family or even a date. There are only two nights left before the carnival closes up shop so head on down to the Fairgrounds today and experience the horror yourself today!