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Fright Night in downtown Fort Wayne promises a hauntingly good time

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Fright Night highlights:

Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St.
Braineater's Ball, 6 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy music and dancing in the Spooky Spectator Lounge with Bravas serving up refreshments while "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit" plays in the theater.
Admission: Free

Downtown Improvement District's Zombie Walk, 900 Library Plaza
Zombie Machine & Zombie Walk, 2 to 5:30 p.m.
Come get your zombie on at the DID Zombie Machine before you parade the streets of downtown! While you wait for the walk to start at 5:30 p.m., you can enjoy spooky tunes, tasty food truck fare and other fun activities on the Library Plaza.
Admission: Free

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
Pumpkin Zone, 10 to 3 p.m.
Learn fun facts about pumpkins while you play pumpkin putt-putt and other games, make pumpkin crafts, taste pumpkin seeds and watch a pumpkin carver.
Admission: 2 years and under are free, $3 for ages 3-17, $5 for adults

Grand Wayne Convention Center/Hilton Hotel, 120 W. Jefferson St.
Ghostly Gala, 6 to 8 p.m.
A not-too-scary, family-friendly costume dance and parade. DJ La-La keeps the little monsters groovin', coloring sheets will be available for busy little fingers, and Science Central whips up a batch of Zombie Snot. Concessions available.
Admission: Free

Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Embassy Tunnel Tours, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m., tours run every 10 minutes.
Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers enthralls patrons during a tour of the belly of the Embassy with haunted tales about the resident ghost and other frightful historic legends.
Admission: $5 per person

Check out a Fright Night map and full schedule here

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:01 am

Fright Night, organized by the Downtown Improvement District, will bring spooks, ghouls, zombies and the like to downtown Fort Wayne Oct. 19.

In its sixth year, Fright Night will bring even more Halloween havoc to downtown than ever before, said Anita Homco, DID events and marketing coordinator. This year will feature new events, such as the Spooktacular Car Show, a Fall Festival at Barr Street Market, a haunted museum at the African/African-American Historical Museum and more.

“We have tons of new stuff going on this year, but we also have a lot of returning favorites like the Ghostly Gala,” Homco said. “It's … fun for the entire family. We have stuff for all ages that begins at 10 in the morning and adult activities that end at 2 in the morning.”

Per usual, it wouldn't be a Fright Night without zombies. Stop out to Library Plaza starting at 2 p.m. to get zombified for the Zombie Walk along Wayne, Calhoun, Columbia and Harrison streets later that night.

If zombies are a little too much for you, there are plenty of other activities like the live music and a scavenger hunt at Parkview Field, the Ghostly Gala at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, a bonfire at the Marriott Courtyard hotel downtown and the Braineaters' Ball at Cinema Center.

If you're worn out from the Fright Night fun, float from place to place on the CTN Spooky Shuttle from 2 to 5 p.m. or the terrifying trolley service from 6 to 11 p.m.

Some Fright Night activities have a small admission price, but many events are free.

For more information on Fright Night, visit http://frightnightdowntown.com.

Fright Night is sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District, Catalyst Marketing, Do it Best, The IPFW Communicator, CTN, The Allen County Public Library, TAG Art Company, MAJIC 95.1 and The Gay and Lesbian Gift Fund.

Fright Night schedule

Braineaters' Ball, 6 to 9 p.m.

Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St.

Enjoy music and dancing in the Spooky Spectator Lounge with Bravas serving up refreshments while “Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit" plays in the theater.

Admission: Free

'Phantom of the Woods,' 9:15 p.m.

Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St.

Screening of the local film “Phantom of the Woods,” directed by Michael Storch. This film is not for all ages.

Admission: $5

Old Fort Lantern Tours, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

The Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run

Lantern light tours with tales of encounters with the ghosts of The Old Fort. Keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman!

Admission: $2 for adults, children 12 and under get in free with an adult

Zombie Machine & Zombie Walk, 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Downtown Improvement District's Zombie Walk, 900 Library Plaza

Come get your zombie on at the DID Zombie Machine before you parade the streets of downtown. While you wait for the walk to start at 5:30 p.m. you can enjoy spooky tunes, tasty food truck fare and other fun activities on the Library Plaza.

Admission: Free

Not So Frightening Fun, 2 to 4 p.m.

Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza

Stop by Children's Services for some not so frightening fun and craft making!

Admission: Free

Halloween Button Making, 2 to 4 p.m.

Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza

Stop by Young Adults' Services at the Main Library to make the perfect spooky, glamorous or ghoulish button to complete your Halloween ensemble.

Admission: Free

Pumpkin Zone, 10 to 3 p.m.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Learn fun facts about pumpkins while you play pumpkin putt-putt and other games, make pumpkin crafts, taste pumpkin seeds, and watch a pumpkin carver.

Admission: Free, ages 2 and under; $3, ages 3-17; $5, adults

'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' doors open at 8 p.m., movie begins at 9:15 p.m.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Let's do the time warp agaaaaain! Brad and Janet seek shelter on a rainy night from the bizarre Dr. Frank N. Furter.

Admission: $1 for ages 3-17, and $2, adults. Ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Food and drinks, 6 to 9 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Fort Wayne, 1150 South Harrison Street

There will be a bonfire serving Fright Dogs, Blood Soup, cider and hot chocolate. All items $2 and proceeds will be donated to Back on My Feet, a charity organization.

Admission: Free

Old Jail tour, 5 to 9 p.m.

The History Center, 302 E. Berry St.

Explore the Old Jail in The History Center and see the history of what was once termed by the Chicago Tribune “the most lawless city in Indiana.”

Admission: $2 per person

Scavenger Hunt and Music, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Parkview Field and Fort Wayne TinCaps, 1301 Ewing St.

Enjoy a scavenger hunt around Parkview Field and spend time with your favorite mascot, Johnny. Stick around and enjoy live music while sipping on 'Blood Light' and other concessions for $1 and $2.

Admission: Free

Ghostly Gala, 6 to 8 p.m.

Grand Wayne Center/Hilton Hotel, 120 W. Jefferson St.

A not-too-scary, family-friendly costume dance and parade. DJ La-La keeps the little monsters groovin', coloring sheets are available for busy little fingers and Science Central whips up a batch of Zombie Snot. Concessions available.

Admission: Free

Science Central's Zombie Snot, 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Allen County Public Library Plaza, 900 Library Plaza

Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson, 6 to 8 p.m.

Kids can make their own disgustingly gross batch of Zombie Snot! This activity is free, while supplies last on the Allen County Public Library plaza and at the Grand Wayne Center Ghostly Gala.

Admission: Free

Science on a Sphere, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Science Central, 1950 North Clinton St.

Stop in to see the world's biggest eyeball and take a look at some of the greatest catastrophes to hit our planet.

Admission: Ages 3 and older, $8; ages 2 and under, free; and ages 65 and older, $7

Halloween Haunt, 2 to 5 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Community Center for an afternoon of frightful fun including cornhole, pumpkin bowling, face painting and more!

Admission: Free, but some games are an additional cost

'The Phantom of the Opera' featuring Dennis James on the Grande Page Organ, 7 p.m.

Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

This 1925 black-and-white film starred Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star!

Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for students

Embassy Tunnel Tours, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m., tours run every 10 minutes.

Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers enthrall patrons during a tour of the belly of the Embassy with haunted tales about the resident ghost and other frightful historic legends.

Admission: $5 per person

Spooky Stories, 6 to 8 p.m.

Embassy Theatre, Indiana Hotel Lobby 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Sit for a spell in the Indiana Hotel Lobby and listen to spooky stories.

Admission: Free

Indiana Paranormal Inquisitor's Hunt for the Embassy Ghost, 11 p.m.

to 4 a.m.

Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

This special offering for ghost-hunt enthusiasts is a rare opportunity to spend the night at the Embassy Theatre.

Admission: $60, includes ghost hunt and T-shirt, but reservations through the Embassy box office.

“Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: Historic Tales of Fort Wayne's Nefarious Past” walking tours, 6 to 10 p.m., tours will go out every hour on the hour

ARCH, Indiana Hotel Lobby, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

This tour is not another ghost tour. Instead, you will learn the true dark history of Fort Wayne, from disastrous building collapses to hangings and bloody battles. This tour may not be suitable for all ages, however, all ages are welcome.

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17 and free for ages 5 and under

ARCH Haunted Sites Bus Tours, 6 to 10 p.m., tours depart 6 p.m., 8 p.m.

and 10 p.m.

ARCH, Indiana Hotel Lobby 125 W. Jefferson Blvd

Three spooky bus tours whisk you away to historic sites full of frightening delight. Seating is limited, so get your tickets before they are sold out!

Admission: $15 for adults and $10 for ages 5-17

You can purchase tickets at 426-5117 or at www.archfw.org.

Car Show Spooktacular, 5 to 8 p.m.

Cindy's Diner, 830 S. Harrison St.

Check out all of the spooky rides cruisin' in at Cindy's Diner and enjoy Trunk of Treat, tunes from DJ Fast Eddie and lots of contests brought to you by Kroozin Calendar!

Admission: Free

Blood Drive, 2 to 5 p.m.

American Red Cross, 900 Library Plaza

They want your blood! Stop down while you're downtown and donate. All donors will receive a Haunted Cave or Haunted Castle ticket!

Admission: Free

YLNI Barr Street Market, 302 E. Berry St.

Fall Festival, 3 to 5 p.m.

The Barr Street Market will be back for a one-day fall market including fresh and unique local produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts!

Admission: Free

Warfield's Haunted Museum House of Mystery, 6 to 9 p.m.

African/African-American Historical Museum, 436 E. Douglas Ave.

The museum will be transformed into a haunted house that draws on African and African-American ghost stories and actual historical figures with a recreation of Jordan Crossing's tombstones, from the historic African-American section of Lindenwood Cemetery.

Admission: $2

Zombie Prom

A Better Fort at the Thirsty Camel, 120 W. Washington Blvd.

Proceeds benefiting the Fort Wayne chapter of Foundation Fighting Blindness

Admission: $5 cover after 10 p.m., $5 pitchers of “Blood” Lite, $3 Zombie Bombs

'Into the Dark(ness),' 7 to 9 p.m.

Fort Wayne Dance Collective at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

Fort Wayne Dance Collective presents its fifth annual Halloween dance concert, “Into the Dark(ness),” an event to chill your bones.

Admission: $15, adults, and $12, ages 12 and younger. Tickets available at the Artstix Community box office, 422-4226 or https://tickets.artstix.org.