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Fright Fest 2015 Opens At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 09/29/2015

Once again, it’s not even October yet and all of the theme park Halloween haunts are now in full swing. Six Flags Magic Mountain opened the crypt and released their annual Fright Fest event on Saturday, September 26th. With the exception of one new scare zone, most everything else touted as new is basically just a re-theme of something from last year. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth checking out. It’s still an awesome event and one you should not skip.

The Fright Fest event is included with your daily park admission, so no separate ticket is required. However, the actual Fright Fest festivities don’t start until 7:00 pm each night, so don’t expect to see any monsters lurking about until darkness settles in.

We arrived a little early, so it was still light outside. The new Screampunk District, which just opened last May with the introduction of Twisted Colossus, is now home to a brand-new scare zone called TERRORtory Twisted. There were lots of great Fright Fest themed items on display, like mechanical spiders and human remains caught in steampunk-esque machinery:

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We caught the very first showing of Unleashed in the Gearworks Theatre, which is basically a Fright Fest makeover of the previous show Kwerk, which ran all summer:

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While each of the acts were basically the same as Kwerk, they were all tweaked just a bit. For example, instead of just one aerial acrobat, there were two performing in tandem:

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After the Unleashed show, it was now dark outside with monsters lurking around every corner. The bloody fountain is your warning:

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No place in the park is safe. You’ve been warned:

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One of my absolute favorite haunted mazes is Willoughby’s Resurrected, at the top of Samurai Summit. This creepy looking mansion is full of all kinds of evil:

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When you exit the Willoughby’s mansion, just hop in their family wagon and have their chauffeur RIP drive you over to the family garden:

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Located close to the mansion, the Garden of Darkness is one of my least favorite mazes. It’s basically a very long indoor hedge labyrinth with nothing to really see or places for the monsters to hide:

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The perennial favorite City Under Siege scare zone, in DC Universe, was renamed this year to Sinister Circuit. After the insanely popular LED light show in this area during Holiday in the Park last year, they decided to bring the lights back and retheme them for Fright Fest. Unfortunately, I was so busy looking at the clowns and other monsters running amuck that I didn’t actually take in the light show to see what it said or showed. I’ll have to go back and check it out:

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The clowns in Sinister Circuit are my absolute favorite characters in all of Fright Fest. Not only are they funny, but they’re also colorful and polite, often stopping to pose for photos:

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The best outdoor haunted maze you’ll find, and the largest in Southern California, is The Aftermath. Taking up the entire outdoor theater, it’s a post-apocalyptic city run amok with people wanting to do you harm:

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Another awesome Fright Fest haunted maze that made its debut last year is Red’s Revenge. See how Little Red Riding Hood gets justice for what the wolves did to poor granny:

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The lines are very long this year, so expect to wait up to two hours depending on the crowds. I highly recommend you buy an Express Maze Pass, which lets’ you bypass the long line and go straight to the front. They’re a little spendy, but well worth it for an enjoyable evening:

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If you want to experience both Six Flags Magic Mountain and Fright Fest the best way possible, come to Mountain Madness 2015 this Friday, October 2nd! We have ERT on Twisted Colossus, Fright Fest maze tours, Express Maze Pass wristbands, and much, much more. Buy your tickets on Magic Mountain’s web site today!

Although entry to Fright Fest is included with your park admission, you do need to pay for a wristband to get into the haunted mazes. If you choose not to, you can still have a good time with lots to see and do. This is part of the Demon’s Door scare zone, located just inside the park’s main gate:

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You’ll also find lots of friendly folks to take pictures with:

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One of the most colorful scare zones is Nightmares – A Twisted Fantasy. Everything is very colorful and lit up with black lights:

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Several of the roller coasters in the park operate during Fright Fest with the track lights turned off. Called Terror Tracks, it provides a unique experience as you never know where and when the track is going to change. You can experience Terror Tracks on Full Throttle, Tatsu, Viper, The Riddler’s Revenge, Batman, Goliath, and Twisted Colossus:

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Another popular Fright Fest tradition is VooDoo Nights, lots of live singing and dancing in the Full Throttle Plaza, featuring the VooDoo Dolls:

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VooDoo Nights wouldn’t be complete without BamBam banging away on the drums…errr, I mean Ricky Rocks:

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And of course, Dr. Fright providing the pulse:

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(Sorry guys, I’ll get better photos of you soon)

Something a little different this year is an advertising overlay that somewhat ties into Fright Fest. Apocalypse: The Ride was rethemed to Shadows of Evil: The Ride, which is actually a video game promotion for Call of Duty: Black Ops III, featuring zombies:

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As you walk through the queue, there are different vignettes that relate to the video game. For example, this scene ties into one of the four main characters known as The Boxer:

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The entrance to the station represents the red light district of Morg City, where the game takes place, and this character is the Femme Fatale:

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Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain is always a lot of fun. Rest assured that when you step through these gates after dark, something will jump out at you eventually:

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Fright Fest runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from now until November 1st. Hours are 10:30 am-1:00 am on Fri & Sat, and 10:30 am-11:00 pm on Sunday. Don’t forget to grab a 2015 Fright Guide on the way in so that you don’t miss out on everything there is to see and do:

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While Fright Fest may be for the more grown-up crowd, Six Flags hasn’t forgotten about all the little zombies in training. During the day, Harvest Fest provides plenty of age-appropriate activities, including Witch Hazel’s Pumpkin Patch Crafts or Looney Tunes Trick or Treat Masquerade, where kids can trick or treat their way through Bugs Bunny World:

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Are you a Fright Fest fan? Are you joining us for Mountain Madness 2015? Leave a comment below with your favorite part or what you’re most looking forward to!

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8 Comments

  1. tina

    09/29/2015 at 5:10 pm

    I went to Fright Fest on Sat. as well. My friends and I made ghosts at Witch Hazel’s Pumpkin Patch Crafts! (note: employees frown upon and/or refuse adults and teenagers coming to make crafts without a small child accompanying you)

    • Ryan

      10/21/2015 at 2:47 pm

      Place blows

  2. Robert

    10/20/2015 at 12:31 pm

    If I bought a season pass during the flash sale does that work for fright nights as well?

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/26/2015 at 9:02 pm

      Absolutely!! Just not the mazes. Those require the purchase of a maze wristband.

  3. dodie

    10/29/2015 at 10:34 am

    If we go on Halloween night is it busy?

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/29/2015 at 12:00 pm

      Considering that it falls in a Saturday thus year, I suspect it’ll be the busiest Fright Fest night of the season.

  4. Bernadine Lockhoff

    09/19/2016 at 3:28 pm

    Do I need to purchase a maze pass AND an express maze pass? I am hearing conflicting information and having difficulty reaching guest services to answer my question. Any info you may have would be greatly appreciated.

    • The Coaster Guy

      09/19/2016 at 3:36 pm

      No. A maze pass will get you into all of the mazes. If you want quicker access to the mazes, via much shorter lines, then buy an Express maze pass. However, you don’t need to buy a regular maze pass first if you buy an express pass.

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