Frightworld Fantatics Get Lucky on Friday the 13th

Jason Voorhees mask giveaway part of "Camp Massacre" fun

Mike Baggerman
October 13, 2017 - 3:00 am

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TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) – Friday the 13th is, generally, a day where people are superstitious about the happenings in the day. It’s the day where Murphy’s Law will probably take the most effect.

For Frightworld, the award-winning haunted house attraction in Tonawanda, it’s a day of celebration.

“We have not had a Friday the 13th in over ten years in October,” Stephen Szortyka, the General Manager and Director of Operations at Frightworld, told WBEN. “We are extremely excited. We have our brand new attraction Camp Massacre.”

The first 100 people courageous enough to wait in line at Frightworld on Friday will receive a free Jason Voorhees mask. Voorhees was the killer in the Friday the 13th movies who wears a retro, but deformed, hockey mask and goes on a murdering spree using his machete along with his superhuman strength.

Camp Massacre, as Szortyka explained, features a maniac wielding a machete (sound familiar?) who wants to kill your group.

“You and your group need to make your way through the abandoned campgrounds and through the woods to get out before he brings you into his pool of victims,” he said.

Szortyka explained that the attraction is safe and that nobody is actually trying to kill you.

“This is family-fun entertainment,” he said. “This is a controlled environment. Completely immersive.”

Frightworld has garnered accolades over the years including being ranked third on Buzzfeed’s “19 Insane Haunted Houses That’ll Literally Scare The Shit Out of You”, first on’s list of Best Haunted Attractions in the Northeast, and more.

“This is our 16th year of operation,” he said. “This all started out as a backyard Halloween party. That party turned bigger and bigger every year. Eventually our group of friends said ‘I think you guys have something.’ From there we rented a tent and put a little attraction together in a parking lot.”

Creating fresh ideas every year comes from the customer reviews, with Szortyka explaining that they look at every review, good or bad.

Szortyka added that Thursday’s and Sunday’s have the most unique crowds and more one-on-one interaction.

“Friday’s and Saturday’s the place is rocking and it’s a really good idea,” he said.

Information about Frightworld can be found at


LISTEN: Stephen Szortyka on Friday the 13th at Frightworld

Frightworld - Steve Szortyka RAW.mp3

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