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‘Fright Night’ returns Oct. 19

Fright Night will return Oct. 19.

Presented by First Federal Bank and the Downtown Improvement District, the annual Halloween event features more than 30 activities throughout the day and evening.

“Fright Night is an awesome day and evening of activities with something for everyone,” Downtown Improvement District Interim President Frank Howard said in a statement. “All the partners do an amazing job producing an event that is lively, engaging and fun for all ages. We invite you to come and experience all the great things that are happening in everyone’s new neighborhood, downtown Fort Wayne.”

Howard said that before you join the ranks of the undead in this year’s “Zombie Walk,” don’t forget to check out the pre-parade activities all around downtown, then head to Allen County Public Library Plaza for everything from the T.A.G. Art Zombie Machine and First Federal Bank Photo Booooth to ilve musical performances as well as the annual Brain (cake) Eating Contest! Then, at 5:30 p.m., the Zombie Walk will begin its crawl through the streets of downtown Fort Wayne.

New activities this year include:

JINKIES! A SCOOBY MYSTERY TO SOLVE

Head to Teen Department at the Downtown Allen County Public Library to find a horror mystery themed game where players sift through clues to solve a series of puzzles. Do you think you can solve mysteries like Velma? Are you as witless and hungry as Shaggy? Are you talking to a dog like Scooby? Players will sift through the clues to solve a mystery.

GET TO THE ROOFTOP FOR SAFETY OR GET YOUR ZOMBIE FILL UP DOWNSTAIRS

Race to the Rooftop for your life and enjoy one of the drink specials. Sit back in safety and watch the Zombies crawl through the streets. Rooftop 21+ after 7 p.m. Fuel your walk on with a zombie shake or brains burger from the Conner’s Burger Bar on Jefferson Street. Conner’s Rooftop and Burger Bar will offer specialty items and drinks all day to celebrate Fright Night.

GHOSTLY GALA: RISE OF THE VILLAINS

New at the Grand Wayne! Bring your little villains for a fun, family-friendly evening of “bad guy” fun and games. It’s a Maleficent opportunity for you and your little ones to hook into a great photo opportunity. Who knows what villains may descend upon us? Dr. Feelgood will bring the funky, fresh dance’s beat to move those little feet. Science Central will be here to cook up some villainous fun. Be sure to take a moment and enjoy up-close magic, face painting and balloon art as well as some Witchy treats. While all are welcome, this evening will be best enjoyed by those 8 and under.

MURDER MYSTERY, NEVERMORE: “THE TELL-TALE HEART”

Your help is needed at Promenade Park to solve the originally crafted murder mystery inspired by the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. You will be set loose in the park to explore the murder scene, collect evidence, solve puzzles, and interrogate the suspects as you enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres. Costumes are encouraged (but not required) and prizes will be given for best costumes and best mystery-solvers. Tickets are required, and you must be 21 and older.

CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC

Head to the Embassy to experience the “magic” of theater! Champions of Magic features five world-class illusionists who present a mind-bending theatrical production. This cast of top magicians includes mind reading, close-up magic and large-scale illusions, including an escape from Houdini’s water torture cell and levitation high above the stage.

Fright Night is also sponsored by Fort Wayne Newspapers, Lutheran Health Network, WANE 15, Majic 95.1/Classic 101.7/ALT 102.3, Hanning & Bean TNT Sound, T.A.G. Art Company and the Allen County Public Library. For more information: www.FrightNightDowntown.com

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