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Fright Fest 2017 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 09/21/2017

It’s that time of year again, when all the ghosts and goblins come out to play. Fright Fest 2017 at Six Flags Magic Mountain opened on September 16th, and I was there to experience it all. There are some new things this year, which I will point out. Six Flags Magic Mountain just keeps upping their game each year, and I think this is going to be another record Halloween season for them.

Fright Fest officially starts at 7:00 pm each night the park is open. Since we were there a bit early, we decided to hang out in Club 6 Feet Under, which is what the Metro Park Pub has been rechristened for Fright Fest:

In addition to food and drink, there’s also a live DJ spinning the tunes all night long:

Since this was media night, we were treated to a few monsters before the official event began. These are the goblins, and a stray demon, that roam the park in the dark:

Speaking of food, they sell a flatbread pizza in the pub that is fantastic:

Just me clowning around with Cuddles and Tweak:

At 7:00 pm, Fright Fest officially begins with “The Surge.” All of the Fright Fest monsters stream into the park through DC Universe. People line the midway for the show and to snap some pictures of their favorite characters as they come by:

These are some new characters that made their debut this year:

The brand new scare zone this year is called Damned ‘N Disguise, and it’s located in the new Metropolis section of the park:

After The Surge, most people make their way to this scare zone first:

It’s hard to describe this one, but it starts out as a masquerade ball, with the new characters you saw above waltzing to ballroom music. Then things begin to change. The music, the lights, and even the costumes…something goes terribly wrong:

Before you know it, all hell breaks loose and the monsters are running amok:

Since it’s such an open area, this is a great scare zone to get pics of your favorite characters, like fan favorite clowns Peaches and Tweak, seen here:

Cuddles the Clown was a new addition to the family this year. I don’t trust her:

I finally got to meet Dat Dude Blaze in the Demon’s Door scare zone this year:

The blacklight scare zone known as Nightmares: A Twisted Fantasy is still a very fun place to visit and soak up all the weirdness:

You never know who you’ll run into from your childhood fairy tales:

Let me introduce you to the Big Bad Wolf:

On top of the hill, you’ll find Exile Hill, where the Willoughby’s live. You can have your picture taken with their chauffeur, RIP:

(hey maintenance: if we need something to keep the car from rolling away, can we lose the tacky 2×4 that shows up in every single photo taken and replace it with something themed, like a severed leg? Just a thought.)

Down in DC Universe, the Suicide Squad is back, along with the kingpin Mr. J:

Of course, Mr. J doesn’t go far without his favorite gal pal, Harley Quinn:

Riding the roller coasters at night during Fright Fest is pretty cool as well. Sometimes you’ll ride them in complete darkness, or get some great special effects, like all the fog you see here rolling through the Revolution station:

If you like collection unique Fright Fest merchandise, I noticed this skull mug for sale, with the purchase of a beer, in the Ace O’ Clubs:

(don’t ask me why the watermark is so huge on that photo. I couldn’t fix it)

Over on the Voo Doo Nights stage, Dr. Fright is back with a vengeance:

If you’re lucky, you’ll be there on a night when Ricky Rocks is on the drums:

No disrespect, Ricky, but you’re looking a bit more like Ricky Raccoon this year. 😉

The Cursed is back on stage, rocking out your favorite music:

Of course, it wouldn’t be Fright Fest without the beloved Voo Doo Dolls dancing:

Everything you see above is included free of charge with your park admission. The only thing extra you’ll need to pay for, if you so choose, is the haunted mazes. There are seven of them this year and you’ll need a wristband to go through them, which can be purchased at the front of the park or at various shops throughout the park:

The biggest maze is outdoor and called Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising:

Red’s Revenge is another popular maze, themed to Little Red Riding Hood:

Vault 666 is a genetics lab where something goes terribly wrong:

My personal favorite maze is Toys of Terror, an abandoned toy factory where the toys are now running the place. It’s in 3D and the colors are absolutely amazing:

The Willoughby’s Mansion on top of the hill continues to be a fan favorite:

A revamped maze this year is called Dead End. It’s basically a blackout maze. Not only is the entrance so dark that you can’t get a picture of the sign, but people line up in front of it so you can’t see it anyway. Lots of people asking questions where it even was.

The last maze I hate to even post a picture of, because I’m not a fan of it at all. Chupacabra is a maze that is located in Revolution’s old queue. It’s small, it’s old, and it’s not scary at all. It’s really time to retire it and try something else;

On the way in and out, you must pass through the Demon’s Door scare zone:

On the way back to my car, I captured a really cool photo of all the fog lingering inside the park:

Here is a video compilation I put together of the entire event:

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  1. Chris V.

    09/25/2017 at 8:41 am

    excellent site; thanks for this.

    My daughter and I visited the park again (we’re season holders) this past Saturday (9/23/17) and at around 4:00PM (we were close to the Twisted Colossus ride) an announcement was made about Fright Fest.

    The announcement was a warning for parents that at 7:00PM Fright Fest will start and mentioned that there would be ghouls, zombies and such walking around the park. It was very entertaining as it blended in well with the theme of that particular area of the park and came across as being authentic (real zombies) from a seven year olds perspective.

    Anyway, thought I’d mention this for anyone interested in hearing it – I would expect it’s only played on the evenings when Fright Fest is on.


  2. Christine Barger

    09/30/2017 at 1:33 am

    This footage is great!!

  3. Edward

    10/07/2017 at 2:17 pm

    When are the pictures gonna go up?

  4. Becky

    10/08/2017 at 1:51 pm

    We are going to be there this Saturday the 14th to celebrate my 40th 🙂 Hope all the coasters are open and running smoothly!!

  5. Katherine

    10/10/2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hi there! Could you please let me know the free friend dates for the rest of October. I just bought a season pass online but I because I don’t have the actual card yet, I can’t log on because it is asking me for the season pass number located on the card, which I gotta redeem in person.
    Thank you!

    • Larry K

      10/16/2017 at 9:53 am

      Use the number on the paper pass to login. Its long but it works.

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