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. A few years back attending Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest 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. That was 3 years ago. Since then, it’s become a family tradition for us to visit Fright Fest. He might be older, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten scared or spooked by the monsters and creatures at this New Jersey Haunted Halloween attraction. As a mom, I get some of my best laughs hearing my oldest teenagers and his friends getting spooked and scared.
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 have seen at Great Adventure’s Fright Fest over the past few years.
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. (That was confirmed this year as my boys were older and it did get a little creepier for them.) It is 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. As in past years, 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 & The Arrival Ghoul Parade ~ After 6 pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 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 in the Demon Districe. 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. Some will though.
- Dead Man’s Party 20th Season ~ 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. It is my favorite part of Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure. The dance productions and signature songs are 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 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Each show is 20-25 minutes long. You can watch our video highlights from 2017 below. The show for 2019 has been updated with new songs and choreography. You can watch our Facebook Live highlights here.
- Blood Drums – See the amazing talents of fire artistry with a demonic twist, accompanied by the somber beat of the blood drums. Show takes place near the Fender Bender Bumper Cars in Adventure Alley and is included with theme park admission. Standing room only on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Unleashed ~ In the Showcase Theater, come raise the dead in this underground steampunk world filled with unique cirque variety like you’ve never seen before. We watched it in 2018, but ran out of time to see it this year. All of us enjoyed it! The astonishing feats of acrobatic artistry and energizing dance stylings, left us amazed. While our jaws dropped to witness the death defying feats. How these performers were able to do some of the stunts we saw, we’ll never know. It’s definitely a must-watch show that happens 3-4 times a night on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night Scare Zones
- Bloody Fountain ~ Colonial zombies roam the Liberty Fountain and Main Street area, from 6:30 pm to closing, waiting to feast on the brains of guests who pass too close. A troop of over 30 zombies roam the streets of the park. They can’t control themselves, and these blood-thirsty creatures in blue and red coats are hungry for their next meal. They often split up, biting into anyone that gets in their way. As they wander around the Liberty Fountain and Main Street, they can’t wait to feast on living guests who pass too close.
- CarnEvil ~ Scary, crazy clowns take over the boardwalk section of Great Adventure from 6:30 pm to closing.
- Demon District ~ Under a green haze, you make your away around Movietown, beware of mutant villains attempting to take control of the city area from 6:30 pm to closing.
- Bone Butcher Terry-Tory ~ Wild West zombies have returned from the ground to seek revenge on the living and terrorize those who travel through Frontier Adventures. Beware from 6:30 pm to closing.
- Lady of the Lake Cemetery ~ Guinevere was a humble young woman who loved to walk along the lake front in the evening. She later would fall in love with a man only to have him reveal himself as the Jersey Devil on their wedding day. In horror, she ran into the lake and drowned. The Jersey Devil brought her to her demise that night and ever since, her spirit haunts the lake front. In the 200 years since this fateful night, the lake front has been turned into a graveyard. Mourning families looking to honor the dead under the full moon report sightings and eerie happenings throughout the area. Will you brave the walk along the shore that forever belongs to Guinevere? Lady Guinevere haunts the area nightly from 6:30 pm to 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.
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest Fright by Night Haunted Mazes & Haunted 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.
- Blood Shed – Mama welcomes you to her nightmarish farm of half-human, half animal mutants. They’re hungry for blood and gore and they’re hoping you’ll join them for dinner as the main course. Haunted maze pass required. The Blood Shed is located in the Golden Kingdom next to Discovery Gifts. It is open dark through closing.
- Aftermath – This raw, post-apocalyptic world crawling with barbaric mutant scavengers has a new location in Metropolis and features new scares for 2019. Humans are charged with escaping this global catastrophe. Haunted maze pass required. Aftermath is located in Metropolis near CYBORG Cyber Spin. It’s open dark through closing.
- Fears – Everyone has that one thing that terrifies them. Guests become immersed in the most paralyzing phobias and living nightmares, from creepy, crawly spiders to cramped spaces, from popping balloons to squirting blood. Not sure what you’re afraid of? You might just figure it out in Fears. Located in CarnEvil behind sling shot from 4 pm to park closing.
- Reflections of the Dead – Guests come face-to-face with themselves as they desperately try to escape this modern-day mirror maze holding spirits from beyond the grave. This labyrinth of mystery and mayhem includes glowing LED lights, vanishing images, and confusion around every corner. Located in Adventure Alley near the Big Wheel, open from 4 pm to park closing.
- 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 and a must do haunted maze when we visit Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure. It’s open in the CarnEvil red tent from 4 pm to closing.
- The Manor ~ The Manor is a haunted maze with cobwebbed halls. Nightmarish zombies crawl, stalk, and creep around every corner. We enjoyed this terrifying maze with not just zombies but also surprises popping out of different areas. It’s open 4 pm to closing. This is an indoor activity located in CarnEvil behind Sling Shot. You can catch some of the highlights in the featured video in this blog post or see it again here on Instagram TV.
- Wicked Woods ~ Beware and don’t say we didn’t warn you! DO NOT walk alone in the woods at night. The Wicked Woods got their name from the horrifying stories that take place within their sharp branches. Williams Woods had always been a hot topic of debate in Winston, Named for Troy Williams who went missing there 50 years ago on a camping trip. Through the years the area had become quite the legend, attracting more and more young people to challenge themselves and their friends to survive a night in the woods, something Troy had not done. Some have even emerged with bloody knees and scraped hands, falling in their escape from whatever they claim was chasing them. Last year was the 50th anniversary of Troy Williams’ disappearance. Take caution in the Wicked Woods, whatever got him may be looking to strike again this Halloween season. Located in Bone Butcher Terror Tory next to the Log Flume, it’s open from dark to park closing.
- Cell Block 6 ~ Returning to Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest Fright by Night is Cell Block 6. Of the Great Adventure scary attractions we have 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 dark to closing in the Golden Kingdom near the Kingda Ka roller coaster. 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.
Tips for the horrific haunted mazes
- Make sure you are toward the middle of your group and you’ll know what’s coming before it happens. Most scares happen as a group approaches or when they are walking away.
- A Haunted Maze pass is required for admission to the scariest parts of Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest:
- Blood Shed
- Reflections of the Dead
- Cell Block 6
- Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival 3-D
- The Manor
- Wicked Woods
- If you’re not ready to commit to the extra price for the extra scary stuff, even without the pass you can see zombies walking the park and experience some special Fright Fest shows. Not all are terrifying either – these after 6 PM activities are listed in the guide as “a little scary”:
- The Awakening (zombie parade at 6 PM)
- Dead Man’s Party
- Doc Swan’s Sideshow of Oddities
If you visit Fright Fest at Great Adventure:
- Costumes are allowed for ages 12 and under only.
- It’s fall, so of course it gets cold at night. Pack your sweatshirt but don’t pack any food, as no outside food is allowed inside the park. But that means you have room for the special Ghoul Funnel Cake and Hot Chocolate with Peeps! There’s even kettle corn near the carousel.
- Don’t miss the Sky Ride for a beautiful overview of the park and all its decor.
- Circus of Thrills (motorcycle and other stunts)
Fright Fest is open weekends from September 13 – November 3 plus Fridays in October and Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day). Terror Trails and Haunted Houses are an additional cost. Learn more and buy your advance tickets at www.sixflags.com.
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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?