Fortress of Nightmares
Haunted houses pop up just about everywhere in October, with costumed actors popping out to scare you (and mostly the kids) half to death. But some places are more genuinely haunting than others – like Newport’s historic Fort Adams, which becomes the Fortress of Nightmares starting October 11.
Fort Adams is large enough so several shows can go on at once, and there are four of them here. Mayhem 3D walks you through the South Wall of Fort Adams with 3D glasses, creating mayhem as you try to make your way through some twisted scenes. Tunnels of Terror is an interactive maze that weaves through underground tunnels, daring you to take the next turn. Spirits Rising is a high-tech haunted house, co-produced by Haunts for the Homeless. But best of all (for a slight extra charge), you can experience Paranormal360, a virtual reality experience where over two dozen VR headsets are linked, with everyone collectively watching a horror movie with live special effects.
Fortress of Nightmares plays on just three October weekends – October 11 and 12, 18 and 19, and 25 and 26 – all from 7-10 pm. General admission tickets are $15, but it’s worth ponying up the five extra bucks for the $20 Paranormal 360 show, which has to be reserved in advance, and gets you front-of-the-line access to the other attractions. Another nice thing here: 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Fort Adams Trust, and Spirits Rising also benefits the homeless.