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Fright Fest 2012 Overview At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 09/13/2012

Six Flags Fright Fest

It’s that time of year again, when all the ghouls and goblins come out at night and transform Six Flags Magic Mountain into a “scream” park. It’s the 20th anniversary of Fright Fest Presented by Snickers and it sounds like it’s going to be the best one yet. There are three new mazes, a new show, a new transformed area, and extended hours. Below are all of the details for the annual event.


  • October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 – 10:30 am to Midnight
  • October 7, 14 21, 28 – 10:30 am to 11:00 pm

Haunted Mazes

There are three brand new mazes this year, but we also lost three, so there is no net change in the number of mazes. There are still a total of eight. A maze pass will be required to get into the mazes and can be bought online or at the park. A regular maze pass, which is good at all mazes for one night only, will cost you $10 if you have a season pass, or $13 if you don’t. An express maze pass, which is like a Flash Pass for the mazes, will cost $25 and $30, respectively. Here is a breakdown of the mazes:

Willoughby’s Resurrected – New for 2012, Willoughby’s Resurrected is a brand new maze that is based on the perennial favorite, Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion. The old maze, which was basically built on top of the old Magic Pagoda fun house, was completely gutted and built from scratch for 2012. It should be epic!

Black Widow – Another new maze for 2012, Black Widow replaces the former maze known as Bite II. Sounds like it’s going to be a massive Black Widows nest that you must make your way through. If you’re afraid of spiders, enter at your own risk.

Blackout – The third and final new maze for 2012 is Blackout, which replaces Warehouse 13 from last year. Located in the former Log Jammer station, Warehouse 13 was very weak. With the station having been gutted in preparation for the upcoming roller coaster Full Throttle, a brand new maze has been built from scratch from plywood walls. Even though it’s a one-time maze, I suspect it will be way better then Warehouse 13 was.

The Aftermath – One of the new mazes in 2011, The Aftermath ended up being very popular. Located in the former Street Sports Action Theater, you must make your way through a post-apocalyptic city where nomads and zombies stalk the living.

Chupacabra – Located in the old Revolution queue at the top of Baja Ridge, you must avoid the blood thirsty creature known as Chupacabra.

Cursed – Just as bad as Warehouse 13 was, Cursed is located in the Tidal Wave queue. You basically walk through from one end to the other. When I went through it last year, there was only one scare actor in the entire maze, and she wasn’t even hidden. Perhaps I had a bad experience, but it was a very lame maze.

Lecter’s Slaughterhouse – This slaughterhouse doesn’t butcher beef. Located in one of the service building tucked into DC Universe, this family run business specializes in human treats. Make sure your entire party is accounted for when you exit the building.

Jokester’s Hideout 3D – This is one of the most visually appealing mazes. Bright colors, black lights, and 3D make for a very interesting combination. Add to that some scary clowns and you’ve got yourself a Halloween maze. Oh, there is also a spinning tunnel that you must walk through that really messes with your head!

Scare Zones

Separate from the mazes, certain areas of the park become “scare zones,” where you must keep a watchful eye for things that go bump in the night. The scare zones usually start when it gets dark, around 7:00 pm. Enter at your own risk. Here is where they will be located:

Gypsy Hollow – Located between Thumper Bumpers and Center Ring Games

The Wastelands – Located outside the entrance to The Aftermath, inside The Movie District plaza

Nightmares – Located next to Revolution

Hillbilly Massacre – Located next to Katy’s Kettle

City Under Siege – Located in the streets of DC Universe

Exile Hill – Located up on Samurai Summit

Stage Shows

Dr. Fright’s Happily Never After – New for 2012, replacing Dr. Fright’s CarnEvil, this is a dark and sexy Halloween song and dance review.

Off With Your Head – A pop/glam rock musical spectacular located on the Sierra Stage.

High Sierra Hypnotist – Suzy Haner returns to put unsuspecting audience members under her spell and makes them do funny things on stage that they wouldn’t do in real life. Located in the Golden Bear Theater.

gRAVE – Dancing, RAVE style, in DC Universe.

Thrills By Night

There are lots of thrills and chills located all over the park when the sun goes down.

Festival Fanta – New for 2012, dance to the rhythm of the night with spirited DJs, rockin’ ghouls, and a light display guaranteed to add a bit of fright to your night.

X2: Area 19 – Get launched into a high-speed, heart-pounding journey through an abandoned facility captured by aliens.

Colossus—BACKWARDS! – Only available during Fright Fest, take a ride on the iconic white roller coaster backwards.

Spinning Thumper Bumpers – Pulsating rock music puts a whole new spin on Sand Blasters.

Terror Tracks – Take a ride on Apocalypse, Tatsu, Viper, The Riddler’s Revenge, Goliath, and Batman: The Ride with the lights off.

Meet RIP Morgue – Get your photo taken with RIP, the Willoughby’s chauffeur, in front of their infamous hearse.

Pint-sized Frights

Lots of fun for the little ones, and during the safety of daylight.

Witch Hazel’s Pumpkin Patch Crafts – Located in Whistlestop Park

A Looney Tunes Trick or Treat Adventure – The tiny tikes and their parents get to trick-or-treat through Bugs Bunny World with the Looney Tunes characters.

Looney Tunes Characters – Take pictures of the Looney Tunes characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes.

Demonic Dining

Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s – After a very successful debut in 2011, the all-you-can-eat Fright Feast buffet has returned. However, it’s moved from the Mooseburger Lodge up the hill to the old Laughing Dragon Pizza building. You will dine with the characters from the new Willoughby’s Resurrected maze. It’s limited seating during specific dates and times, so make your reservations early. The cost is $24.99 per person. Beer and wine will be available for an additional fee.

Here is the official Six Flags 2012 Fright Fest video:

I can see myself in the illuminated Goliath train as it goes by in slow motion. We had a blast filming that. You can see the making of that footage here.

For the most up-to-date information on the Fright Fest event, and to buy tickets, please visit the official Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest page, located here.


  1. Andrew

    09/13/2012 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve never been able to find the Nightmares Scare Zone. Have you?

    • SFMMCrazy

      09/13/2012 at 6:58 pm

      Its under the lift of revolution to the first hill.It’s a Black Light ScareZone,fairly small but cool!

      • Andrew

        09/14/2012 at 5:43 pm

        Oh, I thought that was Hillbilly Massacre.

  2. DC Marvel

    09/13/2012 at 6:45 pm

    I LOVE FRIGHT FEST SOOO MUCH!!! What will make it even better this year is they’re going to start construction on Full Throttle right after fright fest ends!

  3. Zac

    09/14/2012 at 12:55 am

    absolute favorite time of the year! sounds awesome this year!

  4. sara c

    09/30/2012 at 3:48 am

    hey everyone, my fiance and i will be going to magic mountain during fright fest it turnz out, and have some questions if any of you all can answer. we have previously bought reg tix good till the end of the year. with them being advance purchase tix, will there be any probs other than the maze fee. also, we will be going on a sunday. should we stay away from the first sunday date of october 7th bc it will be the first sunday date for the fright fest? would oct 14 or 21st be better for busiest for lines? whats ur guys experience on that. and the ten dollar fee, that is for all the eight mazes, right? are there any other fees associated? any other help for two beginners would be appreciated! Thanks!!!!

    • Kurt

      09/30/2012 at 7:04 am

      Hi Sara, the three main fees you will have are for parking, park entrance, and the Fright Fest mazes. Parking is $17 and it sounds like you already have your park tickets. The $10 is for the mazes, but of course they are purely optional. There’s still lots of Fright Fest activities w/o the mazes. I’d say the second or third Sunday would be your better bet, but that’s purely a guess. Have fun!!

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