Six Flags Great America kicked off its 23rd season of annual Halloween themed Fright Fest on Sept. 28, 2013. Fright Fest, presented by Snickers, returns with the resurrection of Tiny the Spider, new haunts and more scares than ever before, according to media information from Six Flags Great America, located in Gurnee in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Ill.
Fright Fest opened on Sat., Sept. 28 and will run weekends throughout the month of Oct.. The popular theme park is transformed into a 100-acre, fog-filled land of shadows, ghosts and ghouls that offers thrills by day and fright by night.
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Fright Fest is the Chicagoland area’s premier Halloween event. This season of Fright Fest has six haunted attractions, eleven horrific scare zones, eight hair-raising shows and nearly 300 monsters throughout the park. Guests can also enjoy all of their favorite rides with an eerie makeover.
“We are unveiling our biggest Fright Fest event ever,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “In response to our huge success in 2012, we are expanding this year’s Fright Fest into Hurricane Harbor to create the Bermuda Triangle scare zone with two new houses, The Abyss and Total Darkness. You simply cannot find a more immersive haunt experience than Six Flags’ Fright Fest.”
In addition to the new attractions in the Bermuda Triangle, new attractions this year include the Wicked Woods, Deadwood Cove, Skull Valley, Grim Hallow, and Purgatory Plaza.
This year also brings the return of several Fright Fest favorites, including the award-winning show “Love at
First Fright,” the world-renowned hypnotist Susan Rosen, scare zone Necropolis, haunted house Mausoleum of Terror and scare-free areas including the Character Candy Trail. Fright Fest staple, the 500-pound inflatable gorilla will take his reign atop Sky Trek Tower and Six Flags welcomes the return of “Tiny” the spider.
Fright Fest started Sept.28 and runs weekends through October. Two Thurs. nights of Fright Fest have been added to the schedule, offering more fright at night.
Fright Fest is open later, to scare later. Hours are Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Columbus Day 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursday (Oct. 17 and 24) 6-10 p.m..
Fright Fest remains family-friendly until 4 p.m. with the children’s areas kept scare-free and a trick-or-treat trail in Wicked Woods. .
Fright Fest haunted houses and mazes are not included in general admission, although a combo-haunt deal provides an unlimited day of access to all six Fright Fest attractions. For more information, visit the website at Frightfest.sixflags Great America
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