Thrills and Chills at Six Flags Great America's Fright Fest

Thrills By Day, Fright By Night!  Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest in Gurnee is in full-swing scaring, appealing and entertaining the masses until November 1, 2015.  I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the park and getting a sneak peek of all the fearful festivities.  I even had the opportunity to ride Vertical Velocity with some scary characters and my photos are below.

This season, Six Flags Fright Fest features six haunted attractions, six fright-filled shows during their six weekend-long production.  Dameon Nelson, Director of Operations for Six Flags Great America says “This is a new kind of Fright fest – a no mercy type of event.  For years we have gone bigger and scarier, but now we have a new no-holds-barred philosophy and once the sun sets we are not backing down.  This will be an immersive haunted experience that you cannot get anywhere else.”

My favorite Fright Fest musical, Love At First Fright, is celebrating their 25th anniversary.  It is an award-winning family musical where you join Jack and Kate on their dare to spend the night in the cemetery.  I always make it a point to catch this show every season.  The characters are comical, the tunes are a treat and they change it up every year with little satirical jokes and one liners to match the current news.

Children can enjoy trick-or-treating in the Character Candy Trail every Saturday and Sunday in the Mardi Gras area and other scare-free zones like Camp Cartoon, Kidzopolis and Hometown Park.  These areas stay clear of fear every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.

As you meander through Fright Fest, you’ll be sure to see many of their 250+ zombies and monsters who wander the midways and reside in the haunted attractions.  These characters are carefully crafted by 30 master makeup artists who use an astounding 2,500 ounces of makeup and fake blood. 

Speaking of characters, new this year, and by far the scariest addition to Fright Fest, is NOX, who serves as the overlord of Fright Fest.  His home is in the Gates of Hell, another new eerie element of this production.  The Gates of Hell replaces the infamous Necropolis on the east side of the park, and features six different haunted houses.  An additional fee is required to revel in the new home of NOX.

Other Fright by Night spooky spectacles include Apocalypse: Zombie Experience, LightMosFEAR, The Abyss, Fear Haunted House, Massacre Medical Center and Manslaughter Manor.  Get more info on all of these features HERE.

Fright Fest runs until November 1, 2015.  Hours are Fridays 5 pm – 11 pm, Saturdays 11 am – midnight, Sundays 11 am – 10 pm and they will be open on Columbus Day (October 12, 2015) 11 am – 7 pm.  Please note that Fright Fest remains family-friendly until 6 pm.

Also, 2016 Season Passes are now on sale and provide unlimited visit for the rest of the 2015 season (including Fright Fest) and all of the 2016 season.  For a limited time, with the purchase of a Season Pass four-pack, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass, which includes free admission and free season parking to any Six Flags theme park with every pass.  Season Passes must be purchased and processed at the park by November 1, 2015.

Take our Fright Fest Test

(Answers below)

  1. How many flaming torches glow all over the park?
    1. 75
    2. 100
    3. 125
  2. _____ gallons of fog juice are used throughout the Fright Fest grounds.
    1. 800
    2. 900
    3. 1,000
  3. How many stalks of corn decorate the park?
    1. 25,200
    2. 28,200
    3. 31,200
  4. Tiny, the giant spider that is perched on the American Eagle weighs how much?
    1. 150 pounds
    2. 200 pounds
    3. 250 pounds
  5. The 600 pound gorilla atop Sky Trek Tower is how many feet long?
    1. 53 feet
    2. 63 feet
    3. 73 feet
  6. How many tons of pumpkins adorn Six Flags Great America?
    1. 4 tons
    2. 4.5 tons
    3. 5 tons



Answers 1. – b., 2. – c., 3. – a., 4. – b., 5. – a., 6. – b.






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