One of our followers posted this information on our Facebook page this week.
“Fright Night,” a haunted house held at Diamond Lake Resort (7301 Hobbs Road), starts its 2015 season this Friday night at 7pm.
This is the fifth year that Robby Derrington II has organized and promoted Fright Night, which is held back in the former “swim city” area of Diamond Lake. Robby says the trail is a good mixture of outside and inside elements. The haunted trail starts in the old concession stand, then takes participants outside and twists through enclosed pavilions.
Between 40-45 volunteer actors help put on the haunted house each year.
Fright Night is open from 7:00-10:00pm every weekend in October; Oct. 2nd & 3rd, Oct. 9th & 10th, Oct. 16th & 17th, Oct. 23rd & 24th, and Oct. 30th & Oct.31st.
Tickets are $10.
There’s a pretty cool backstory here, too. Fright Night indirectly started years ago when Derrington used to camp at Diamond Lake in October and began decorating his campsite more and more elaborately for Halloween. He won “best decorated” campsite several times.
“This whole thing just sort of grew from that,” he said. When Diamond Lake was looking for someone to take over their haunted trail, they pitched the idea to Derrington and it seemed like a natural fit.
That first year, Derrington and some friends and other volunteers threw Fright Night together in three weeks and went for it. Attendance has grown steadily each year, from 300 the first year to over 1,000 last year. Word is beginning to spread, Derrington says, and Fright Night is starting to gain a reputation in the region. “I’ve been getting phone calls from people out of state who want to come check it out this year,” he said.
Fright Night coincides with Diamond Lake’s “Boo Fest,” which takes place the last four Saturdays in October. “Starting at 11am, we’ll have activities for the kids all day long,” says Diamond Lake’s Janice Smith. “At 1pm we have a hayride, the costume contest is at 2pm, and at 3:30 we have trick or treating.” There are also pony rides for $5 and other activities.
“Plus, it’s just fun to walk around and look at how all the campsites are decorated,” Smith said.
On Saturday, October 31, Diamond Lake is bringing in a storyteller for ghost stories around the bonfire at 7pm. WBKR will also be having a giant pumpkin smash at 10am.
Read about Diamond Lake being named one of Kentucky’s best spots to camp here.
To volunteer as an actor for Fright Night, or for more information, call Robby at 270-315-3100 or find more info on Facebook.