Tickets for Fright Nights 2015 on Sale Now: 7 Haunted Houses, 15 Rides, Infinite Screams

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

The scariest thing about this year’s Fright Nights in Vancouver may be how fast tickets will sell out.

The freakish Halloween tradition, which transforms family-friendly Playland into a gruesome haunted amusement park, is back for another gory instalment this Oct. 9-Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale this week for Fright Nights 2015, which promises to be creepier than ever – with an ensemble of haunted mansions, trained “roving scarers,” hideous sideshow acts and, of course, Playland’s scariest rides.

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

This year, no fewer than seven specially designed “fright houses” will haunt the Playland grounds. Stumble into the dank confines of Asylum, where doctors perform cruel experiments on the criminally insane, or confront your innermost nightmares inside Fear, where you’ll risk being buried alive, visit a mad dentist and be hounded by packs of wild animals. Other menacingly named houses include Darkness, Car-N-Evil, Haunted Mansion, Keepers Doll Factory and Hollywood Horrors.

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Outside, there’s no relief from the onslaught of terror. Costumed scarers lurk throughout the park, sneaking up on groups just when they’re least expecting it, then screaming and leering from behind mangled, bloodied faces. The sideshow Monsters of Schlock disgusts and amazes with gruesome physical humour. Watch as its two stars are burned, blistered, bloodied, pierced, stapled and hammered all in the name of comedy. New this year, the Radiant Heat Fire Troupe combines acrobatics and pyrotechnics, with phantoms and zombies mixed in for good measure.

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Of course, there are also the Playland rides. If you think they’re scary on a bright summer day, wait until you take a ride after dark with the lights off. Playland’s newest ride, The Beast, consists of one giant pendulum arm, which swings riders almost 40 metres high (nearly 12 storeys) at a brisk speed of 90 kilometres per hour. In addition, Atmosfear, the Corkscrew, Hell’s Gate and plenty of other other attractions are all included with the price of admission. You can even ride Playland’s notorious, creaky-0ld Wooden Roller Coaster in the dark. Is this the year it finally jumps the rails and plunges its passengers to their doom? Maybe.

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

This year Fright Nights runs Oct. 9-Nov. 1. Admission rates and operating times vary depending on the day. Hours range from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. to 7 p.m.-1 a.m., with prices fluctuating from $25-$37. (See the full calendar here.) You can also opt for the special Rapid Pass, which lets you cut lines, for $55-$79. Rates are slightly discounted when ordering online or picking up tickets at 7-Eleven. Just a final note: Fright Nights is genuinely scary and not suitable for small children.

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