In full disclosure as members of the media we were invited to experience Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest at no charge. For this article we decided to focus on Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night activities for those readers who are interested in scary Halloween events in New Jersey.
We’ve always enjoyed the fun that comes from visiting Six Flags Great Adventure’s media events. It’s cool to be the first to go on their new rides, see how holiday lights transform the park, or how one year’s Halloween Fright Fest event will be better than the previous one. This year marked a new milestone for my oldest son. As the media event for Fright Fest fell on his 12th birthday, we decided it was the perfect time for him to check out the thrills and chills of Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night. We brought a friend and the two tweens definitely enjoyed how scary Fright Fest can be.
Before proceeding to read about Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright After Dark, please know that this blog post does contain scary images reflective of what we saw at Great Adventure’s Fright Fest.
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night Notes to Know
- Guests older than 12 are not allowed to wear costumes, face coverings, or masks. That includes hoods and full face makeup.
- Leave the scarring to Fright Fest characters. Guests are not allowed to taunt, touch, or harass Fright Fest characters, Great Adventure staff, or other guests.
- Photographs and video is not allowed during most of the Fright by Night activities or in the attractions. As media, we were given special permission which therefore allowed us to provide the photos and video you see below.
As a mom, I will say that I felt within the haunted mazes that the Fright Fest entertainers adapted their antics to their audience, their ages, and their appetite for scares. That’s not to say the characters in and of themselves aren’t scary, they are. Some are more horrific than others. There will be loud taunts in some areas and quiet whispers in others. Some zombies will creep behind you and others might pop out ahead of you. A few might follow you. I did feel, at times, that some of the activities could be scarier, but I suspect that those activities were tamed down for my two tweens. (It’s also possible it’s because I was in blogger mom mode taking photos and keeping my eyes on the kids so as not to lose them.) It was scary enough to have them jumping, on edge, and laughing, but no one was so scared that they were in tears or afraid to do more. Everyone went to bed exhausted from the fun, with no nightmares to report.
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night Entertainment
These scary Great Adventure Fright Fest shows and activities happen after 6 pm, when Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest gets scarier. They are free and included with your Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest ticket.
- The Awakening ~ After 6 pm, the area near the Batman and Dark Night rides becomes the Demon District. With graveyard decor and the sun going down, Dr. Fright comes alive and awakens his zombies to unleash Fright by Night. It’s a Halloween parade complete with zombies, ghosts, ghouls, and more. The parade starts at Great Adventure’s fountain and makes its way down to the arena. The parades characters differ by their level of scariness. Security does serve as a buffer between guests and Fright Fest actors; most characters will not approach park guests.
- Dead Man’s Party: Graveyard Rock ~ As the Fright Fest Fright by Night parade makes its way towards the arena area of the park, the zombies enter into the arena. I found this show thrilling. The dance productions and signature songs were perfect for the after dark thrills of Fright Fest Fright by Night. The fireworks, blasting fire, and other effects added to the excitement of this Halloween show. Due to the nature of some of the dancing, I would recommend the show for tweens and teens. There is floor seating near the front of the stage for seeing the best action. During our showing, the characters stayed on the stage. Dead Man’s Party plays 3-4 times an evening. Each show is 20-25 minutes long. You can watch our video highlights below.
- Slash ~ Slash is a new scary Fright Fest show described as an “unsettling program of hard rock violence, mixing gore and dark gallows humor. Illusionists John Bundy and Morgan blur the line between reality and horror making this show truly to die for.” We did not see this show, but please note it is recommended for mature audiences only. This show is not intended for children under 12. The Slash show is available 3-4 times an evening in the Showcase Theater.
- The Donniker Bros. Worlds of Mirth ~ The Donniker Bros. Worlds of Mirth is another new scary show at Fright Fest. The show is 4 times an evening in the Circus Psycho Slingshot Plaza. Sinister clowns will entertain you or scare you during this thrilling new show. We also didn’t see this show.
- Bilkum, Burnham & Haughs’s Sideshow Spectacular ~ This last scary Fright Fest show is another new way for Great Adventure guests to get thrilled. It happens 4 times a night in the Circus Psycho Superhero Plaza. It starts 30 minutes before the Donniker Bros. Worlds of Mirth, so it may be possible to can see both shows back to back. In Bilkum, Burnham & Haughs’s Sideshow Spectacular, masters of mayhem Murrugun the Mystic, the Lizardman, and sorceress Catalina Askew entertain guests in a jaw-dropping freak show.
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night Random Scares
- Bloody Fountain ~ Zombies roam around the Liberty Fountain from 6:30 pm to closing.
- Circus Psycho ~ Scary, crazy clowns take over the boardwalk section of Great Adventure from 6:30 pm to 1 hour before closing.
- Demon District ~ As you make your away around the Demon District, beware of villains attempting to take control of the city area from 6:30 pm to 1 hour before closing.
- Bone Butcher Terry-Tory ~ Wild West zombies will be disturbing and possibly menacing guests from 6:30 pm to 1 hour before closing.
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night Scary Rides
- General Six Flags Great Adventure Rides ~ After 6 pm, beware. Many of the creatures creeping through the park, find their way onto the roller coasters and other Great Adventure rides. You just might find that as you are twisting and turning around a loop, something grotesque is right beside you.
- Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality Coaster ~ During Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Skull Mountain becomes the Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality Coaster. Guests with season passes or haunted maze passes AND certain Samsung phones will be outfitted with Samsung virtual reality gear. As guests ride this coaster at the lakefront, they will feel as if they are battling demonic creatures. This Fright Fest ride is available all day. See our video below.
Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality Coaster Video
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night Haunted Mazes & Scary Attractions
These scary Great Adventure haunted mazes and scary attractions do require tickets for an extra fee. The tickets can be purchased at a four locations throughout Great Adventure.
- The Haunted Heist ~ Can you find the cursed artifacts? The Haunted Heist, located near the Big Wheel, challenges guests to creep their way through a laser maze. Guests can go through the maze alone or compete against a friend. This Great Adventure activity does require an additional ticket in addition to the Haunted Maze ticket.
This rest of these Fright Fest Fright by Night scary mazes and haunted attractions are not intended for children under 12.
- Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival 3D ~ Think fun house. Think carnival. Now add an element of creepiness, scariness, and horrific freaks trying to escape and you’ve got the Big Top Terror. While this haunted maze offers scary thrills, it is well lit enough that finding your way out is not tricky once you get past the crazy carnival creatures. The Big Top Terror is open 3 pm to closing, near the boardwalk games area. It is an inside activity.
- Blood Shed ~ Blood Shed is a nightmarish farm with animals you probably hope to never find on your local farm. While we didn’t see it ourselves we heard tales of the half-human, half-animal mutants who are hungry for supper. Here’s hoping you don’t become part of their next meal. Blood Shed is open from dusk to closing in the Golden Kingdom.
- The Manor ~ The Manor is located right next to Total Darkness. While you can do both, my kids opted for the Total Darkness. The Manor is a haunted maze with cobwebbed halls. Nightmarish zombies crawl, stalk, and creep around every corner. It’s open 3 pm to closing behind the Circus Psycho Sling Shot. This is an indoor activity.
- Total Darkness ~ Total Darkness located adjacent to The Manor, is a very dark maze. You’ll travel through the maze with a faint flashlight. We found the flashlight to provide very little lighting. The boys and I held tightly to a rope as we made our way around twists and turns in the path. The scare here is in trying to find our way out in the dark with voices whispering for us to go this way or that. There were very few scary images in the Total Darkness. There were plenty of emergency exits in case you do need to get out. Total Darkness is an indoor activity available at Fright Fest from 3 pm to closing.
- Voodoo Island ~ Voodoo Island is described as “a remote island hideaway of voodoo practitioners demonically possessed through ritual incantation.” It’s located near the Log Flume and is open daily from dusk to closing. We did not experience Voodoo Island.
- Wasteland ~ Enter a wasteland where toxic spills, contamination, and nuclear radiation have created an area of mutants waiting to pull you in. We missed this area, but it’s open from dusk to closing, in the Adventure Seaport area.
- Cell Block 6 ~ New to Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest Fright by Night is Cell Block 6. Of the Great Adventure scary attractions we visited, this one provided the greatest scares to my tweens. Imagine being locked in a prison with every scary character you’ve ever seen from thriller movies, that’s Cell Block 6. As you make your way around Cell Block 6’s prison you’ll see a gruesome creature in a kitchen, menacing characters trying to escape from cells, horrific doctors in the exam room, and more guaranteed to have you jumping and proceeding cautiously while still eager to make your escape. Cell Block 6 is open dusk to closing in the Demon District near the theaters. Keep in mind during the daytime hours it is gated off and there is no signage for it. After 6 pm the gates open revealing the hauntedness that lies beyond its gates.
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Are you ready for the thrills of Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright After Dark? What scare will you experience first?