Crazy clowns and creepy dolls, experience Fright Nights at Playland

Fright nights 2014

Image courtesy of John Biehler |

I have never been one for haunted houses. I love Halloween itself–the increase in skull-themed merchandise, dressing up in a comfortable onesie for work, eating lots and lots of leftover candy. But, its the “scary” part of Halloween that I just can’t stand. Which, to many, really is the point of Halloween. (ugh)

So, for some unknown reason, I decided to volunteer and check out Playland’s 2014 version of Fright Nights. My biggest nightmare, going to a dark, creepy, amusement park (with professional “scarers” shuffling around) to line up and go into dark, creepy, horrible houses to scare myself.

Why!? Peer pressure, if I have to be honest!

The night started normally enough, entrance to the park was quick and easy on its opening night (Fright Nights is open on select days throughout October — mainly on weekends until the last week leading up to Halloween).

But, as my anxiety started to skyrocket, it seemed like I was sending out fear-rays to the random clowns and creepy things that were walking around — ready to torture anyone who showed the slightest sign of fear.

Have you ever been chased by an entertainer carrying a chainsaw? No!? I hadn’t either, until that night. It wasn’t pleasant!

I’ve got to hand it to them though, Fright Nights is the perfect place to take a date. I couldn’t stop clinging on to mine, burying my head into his shoulder when I couldn’t stand it anymore. If you’re looking for a first, second, or hundredth date idea, this is definitely the place to go!

Fright Nights Vancouver 2014

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After getting chased by a maniac and ambushed by a bloody doll girl, it was time to try a haunted house. My first haunted house since 2007 when I was told that I was being a baby by “screaming too loud”. No wonder it’s a traumatic experience!

My reaction to haunted houses is similar to that of Andy, the viral video sensation that was sent to a haunted house by Ellen Degeneres. He hated it! I hate it! But there I was–in line.

I’m not going to spoil the houses for you, it’s a special experience for everyone. There are 7 haunted houses in total, including: Asylum, Darkness, FEAR, Car-N-Evil, Haunted Mansion, Hollywood Horrors, and the new Keepers Doll Factory. If you need to take a break from the haunts, you can also try out the 13 rides that are open or check out a grotesque night show.

Fright Nights Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of John Biehler |

I have to admit that the “scarers” won, I could only handle 2 haunted houses before chickening out and getting too scared to try more. The adrenaline rush was amazing, but not worth the soar throat that I was experiencing from screaming my head off.

If you really like getting scared, or if you really like scaring other people, you’ve got to visit Fright Nights at Playland this year. You’ll definitely get a good scare — I can almost guarantee it.

Have you been to Fright Nights at Playland? Which was your favourite haunted house? Which one scared you the most? Let us know in the comment section below!

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