By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Sep 29, 2020 at 7:46 PM

The newly revived tradition of the drive-in movie theater is still lighting up the night sky with spectacular safely distanced entertainment – and, in the case of The Milky Way Drive-In, fright-ing up the night sky as well with its Fright Nights horror movie series throughout the month of October.

Hosted Thursdays through Sundays at the freshly installed drive-in screen at Ballpark Commons in Franklin, Fright Nights will feature scary movies of all varieties, from kid-friendly creep-outs like "The Addams Family" (both the animated and live-action versions), "Goosebumps" and "Beetlejuice"; to throwback terrors like "Scream," "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Ring"; to boo-filled blockbusters such as "It," "The Conjuring," "Insidious" and "The Invisible Man"; and small-scale scream-inducers like "The Strangers," and "The Babadook." There's even a documentary on the list: "Room 237," a bizarre dive into the oddball fan theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece "The Shining."

“For a whole generation of us, the drive-in was where you saw the really, really scary movies,” said Mike Zimmerman, CEO of ROC Ventures, developer of Ballpark Commons, in a press relelase. “We are excited about offering a safe Halloween outdoor movie experience the entire month of October."

Here's the full line-up coming to creep you out at The Milky Way next montth:

Thursday, Oct. 1 (double feature)

  • 6:30 p.m. – "Sinister"
  • 9:15 p.m. – "The Strangers"

Friday, Oct. 2

  • 9:30 p.m. – "Freddy vs. Jason"

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • 9:15 p.m. – "Sleepy Hollow"

Sunday, Oct. 4

  • 5 p.m. – "Corpse Bride"

Thursday, Oct. 8 (double feature)

  • 6:30 p.m. – "Happy Death Day"
  • 9:15 p.m. – "Room 237"

Friday, Oct. 9 

  • 6:30 p.m. – "The Goonies"
  • 9:15: p.m. – "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (the remake)

Saturday, Oct. 10

  • 5 p.m. – "The Addams Family" (the 2019 animated movie)
  • 7:45 p.m. – "The Ring"
  • 10:30 p.m. – "It"

Sunday, Oct. 11

  • 5 p.m. – "Goosebumps"

Thursday, Oct. 15 (double feature)

  • 6:30 p.m. – "Scream"
  • 9:15 p.m. – "It: Chapter Two"

Friday, Oct. 16

  • 6:30 p.m. – "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween"
  • 9:15 p.m. – "Friday the 13th" (the remake)

Saturday, Oct. 17

  • 7:45 p.m. – "Insidious"
  • 10:30 p.m. – "The Invisible Man"

Sunday, Oct. 18

  • 5 pm. – "Monster House"

Thursday, Oct. 22 (double feature)

  • 6:30 p.m. – "Ghostbusters"
  • 9:15 p.m. – "The Purge: Election Year"

Friday, Oct. 23

  • 6:30 p.m. – "Beetlejuice"
  • 9:15 p.m. – "The Blair Witch Project"

Saturday, Oct. 24

  • 5 p.m. – "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
  • 7:45 p.m. – "Lights Out"
  • 10:30 p.m. – "Halloween" (the 2018 sequel)

Sunday, Oct. 25

  • 5 p.m. – "Hotel Transylvania"

Thursday, Oct. 29 (double feature)

  • 6:30 p.m. – "The Babadook"
  • 9:15 p.m. – "The Conjuring"

Friday, Oct. 30

  • 6:30 p.m. – "Ghostbusters"

Saturday, Oct. 31

  • 5 p.m. – "Casper"
  • 7:45 p.m. – "The Cabin in the Woods"
  • 10:30 p.m. – "Jigsaw"

Sunday, Nov. 1

  • 5 p.m. – "The Addams Family"

Tickets for each show cost $35 per carload – except for on Thursday nights, which will score you a double feature for the same price. Gates open an hour before showtime, audio for the movies is available over the radio at 89.1 FM and concessions are available both at the vending stand as well as through a carhop delivery system via an app.

To buy tickets and to learn more about the drive-in experience, visit The Milky Way's website

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.