When CIS first wrote about Fright Island – the “Spooky World” type Halloween festival that was proposed for 19 days at Fort Independence – it seemed almost like one of our April Fool’s jokes. Included in the Fright Island proposal: 3-4 Haunted Attractions, 3 outdoor “scare zones” and “Macabre Village” – a food court which would serve beer and wine. Not to mention the Jack-lantern Walk – and “Monster Midway” which consisted of carnival games.
After community meetings, letters, emails and phone calls opposing Fright Night, The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has decided not to approve the permit for the event.
Opposition reason ranged from public safety to traffic to the fact Fort Independence is a historic landmark and shouldn’t be used for such an event.
So it looks like Fright Island is dead in the water.