(October 5, 2015) Youngstown, N.Y. - The 1727 French Castle and historic military grounds at Old Fort Niagara will creep with ghosts, ghouls and haunts on Saturdays, October 17 and 24, starting at 7 p.m., for the annual "Haunted Fortress." Tickets are $20 per person and available by presale only by calling (716) 745-7611 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
"This unique experience at the fort is a popular attraction that sells out fast," remarked Robert Emerson, Old Fort Niagara's Executive Director. "It is also our largest fundraiser for our educational programs. We look forward to scaring the living daylights out of our guests!"
The event offers visitors a nocturnal tour of the fort, complete with ghosts from the fort's violent past. Visitors can also linger by a bonfire and hear true stories of unexplained supernatural sighting on the fort grounds. As a finale, fort volunteers will offer tours of the post's graveyard, which dates to 1755.
The success of this fundraiser relies on volunteers to help create the haunted scenes. Volunteers are still needed to dress up as ghosts, ghouls and spooks. The time commitment is up to five hours per night and costumes and make-up are done at the fort before each event. Food is provided for all volunteers after the visitors leave. Please call (716) 745-7611 ext. 221 to volunteer or for more information.
Calendar of Upcoming Events:
October 17 and 24, Haunted Fortress
November 6, French Heritage Day
December 5 and 12, Castle by Candlelight
January 9, 2016, Twelfth Night Ball
Old Fort Niagara (www.oldfortniagara.org) is located in Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, N.Y., which is 14 miles north of Niagara Falls via the Robert Moses Parkway North. The fort is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (admissions end at 4:30 p.m.). Old Fort Niagara is a Registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association (a not-for-profit organization) in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.