JACKSON — Celebrating two decades of frightfully fun entertainment, Six Flags Great Adventure kicks off “The Northeast’s Largest Halloween Party” — Fright Fest presented by Snickers® on Oct. 1. Fright Fest offers two dozen “thrills by day” family-friendly activities and terrifying “fright by night” attractions, including four new features debuting for the event’s 20th anniversary.
In addition to the world-class line-up of monster thrill rides and Halloween attractions, the theme park transforms into a 140-acre “scream park” with elaborate decorations. The month-long celebration takes place Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October plus Columbus Day, Oct. 10.
The park unearths several new shows and attractions in celebration of Fright Fest’s 20th anniversary including Doc Swan’s Magical Comedy show and Haunted Wagon Tales ride for families, Demon Barber of Main Street featuring haunting Broadway songs and the bone-chilling Project XI – Mortuary Manor walk-through for only the bravest guests. In addition, after 6 p.m. there will be more zombies stalking the midways in Main Street, Fantasy Forest and Boardwalk to enhance the creepy vibe.
By day, families can enjoy the return of favorites such as Professor Slither’s Creepy Critters animal show, Trick-or-Treat Trail featuring their favorite characters, Mr. Six Spooktacular Street Party, Monster Mash Bash musical and Dolphin Discovery Summer Spook-tacular show. They can also catch a glimpse of the park’s newest pair of adorable lion cubs five times per day in Safari Discoveries along with bear cub and sea lion presentations.
When the clock strikes 6 p.m., the park takes a ghastly turn and transforms from “thrills by day” to “fright by night” with The Awakening, a dramatic procession of the walking dead, a Thriller performance and the resurrection of Dr. Fright, the father of Fright Fest. Other popular shows set to return include Dead Man’s Party dance show, Hypnosteria comic hypnotist show, The Ghoulmaster’s Ghosts stage show, Zambora side show, Fright Fest Freakshow featuring Coney Island freaks, Lakefront Graveyard and Dead & Local music showcase. Haunted attractions will also include the return of Demented Forest and Escape from the Asylum terror trails, where guests must face their darkest fears as they walk through ghastly scenes and escape angry zombies.
Six Flags Great Adventure hosts the 5th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 2 – New Jersey’s largest 5k run/walk. The day honors breast cancer survivors, those lost, and unites a community in the fight against breast cancer. In 2010, more than 15,000 participants and spectators turned out to support the Race for the Cure. Six Flags hopes to raise $1.7 million in 2011. For more information, log onto sixflags.com/greatadventure and go to the events tab.
Six Flags hosts the ninth-annual American Red Cross Blood Drive Oct. 8. Guests can donate a pint of blood to earn a free ticket to Fright Fest. Reservations must be made by calling 1-732-928-2000, ext. 2836. Up to 200 donors are needed and will be taken on a first call, first serve basis.
During the final weekend of Fright Fest, Six Flags brings back a popular, stomach-churning promotion featuring giant, Madagascar hissing cockroaches. To commemorate Fright Fest’s 20th anniversary, Six Flags will invite 20 guests to eat a giant, live cockroach for the chance to experience the new Project XI-Mortuary Manor terror trail for free and with front-of-the-line access. Cockroach consumption will begin Oct. 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., and those wishing to participate should line up at the specially-marked sign in The Golden Kingdom section.
Fright Fest 2012 season passes are currently on sale at $59.99 per person, which includes the theme park and free admission to the Wild Safari; and for just $10 more provides admission to Hurricane Harbor water park. All season passes include free tickets for friends and unlimited access to this season’s Fright Fest Halloween celebration in October. Guests who process their passes by Oct. 30, receive one free parking pass with every four season passes purchased-a $50 value. Limited time offer. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call 1-732-928-1821.
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