Fright Night actors Thea Speake, York Tate, Gracie Mcwing, Mackenzie Gardner, Clementine Lotter, Jasmine Turner, Kane Chilton, Lucio Heathfield, Adam Stewart and Manu Wotton. Photo: Erin Bradnock.

Fright Night returns bigger and spookier


Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s Fright Night event and the young actors behind the costumes are ready to scare the life out of young Nelsonians.

Fright Night is a youth event for 13 to 17-year-olds in partnership with the Nelson City Council and the YMCA where ticketholders follow a haunted path through Founders Park with a few scary surprises.

The event is running a little differently this year, extending its ‘scare zone’ to be its largest yet.

Mitchell Andrews is one of the young people working behind the scenes at Fright Night who has worked on the event for four years as a tech manager.

“It’s all safe but it looks scary,” assures Mitchell.

Young actor Mackenzie Gardner is another Fright Night returnee who scared with so much dedication last year that she lost her voice.

“I thought ‘hey, I want to scream at some folks’. It’s quite therapeutic.”

This year’s scare zone will feature clowns, skeletons and ‘twisted Teletubbies’.

Event organiser Jasmine Turner says it’s not only good fun for the young people attending the event but for the talented young people involved behind the scenes.

Fright Night will take place on October 31 and tickets are available for $10 at