Fright Fest is the scary version of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, a popular attraction in the Chicago area. During the month of October, the amusement park is haunted with monsters and zombies in anticipation of Halloween. There are just two more weekends to attend the park this season because it will close for the season after Oct. 27, 2013. Fright Fest will run Thurs.-Sun. on Oct. 17-20 and Oct. 24-27, so there is still time to experience the fright.
Over 300 monsters and zombies wander the grounds, so be careful. Be advised that the park is kid-friendly is certain areas during the day, but after 4 p.m. the attraction is not appropriate for young children. Attached is a slideshow of pictures from Fright Fest.
Six Flags has expanded Fright Fest into Hurricane Harbor to create the Bermuda Triangle scare zone with two new houses, The Abyss and Total Darkness. Following are the descriptions of the Haunted Harbor attractions:
- Bermuda Triangle – Many brave souls have dared to venture into the Bermuda Triangle only to become lost and swallowed up by the mysterious forces that live within.
- The Abyss – Hundreds of people have been unaccounted for in this mysterious part of the Atlantic and they all want you to join them. Remember that passenger ship that never returned? They are still there. Waiting.
- Total Darkness – It is said that in complete darkness the mind will begin to play tricks and all senses are heightened. With no concept of direction and misleading corners and blocked hallways guests will face their worst fears.
In addition, there are newly themed haunted attractions, including Wicked Woods, Deadwood Cove, Skull Valley, Grim Hollow and Purgatory Plaza.
Newly Themed Haunted Attractions
- Wicked Woods - The infection has spread and humans are now outnumbered by the zombies. The undead have taken up camp in Wicked Woods guarding the human’s last refuge. The only chance for survival is to get past them.
- Deadwood Grove has taken over the former Yukon Territory. Deadwood Grove is a place no one wants to find themselves. Once a bustling "plaid collar" lumber mill town, Deadwood Grove is now a complete ghost town.
- Skull Valley, in the former Southwest Territory, is the mission graveyard, but the dead have risen for the day of the dead and they are seeking vengeance.
- Grim Hollow is in the former County Fair Train Station Area. On the outskirts of every farm town, in the darkness beyond the safety of neighborhoods and street lights, strange things happen in the cornfields that can only be explained by legends and nightmares.
- Purgatory Plaza is the former Carousel Plaza. Cross through the gates of Fright Fest into Purgatory Plaza, and face some of the most notorious haunts of Halloween nightmares.
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 Six Flags Fright Fest.
Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor are located between Chicago and Milwaukee.