Fright Fest Starts Scares Early On Friday The 13th

JACKSON—Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS® promises the longest run in its 22-year history plus four new attractions at the world’s largest scream park. The event features family-friendly “thrills by day,” while an amped-up “fright by night” will deliver more scare zones, terror trails and haunted mazes plus nearly 200 zombies. Now seven weeks long, Fright Fest begins Friday the 13th of September and runs weekends through Oct. 27 with 25 Halloween-themed shows and attractions.

By day, families can enjoy favorites like the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Professor Slithers’ Creepy Critters animal show and Spooky Kooky Magic Show plus the new Monster Maze, a corn maze including some of Halloween’s most famous characters. At the Wilderness Theater, guests can enjoy the new Doc Snooker’s Halloween Time Machine, a zany show for all ages. Guests can also challenge the park’s famous line-up of thrill rides including El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro, and the new Safari Off Road Adventure.

After 6 pm, the festival transitions to “fright by night” as nearly 200 zombies are released into the park. This fall, the park will introduce a new terror trail – Total Darkness, a blackout maze. Lakefront will be home to a new scare zone, Straw-Man Stalkers, with blood-thirsty scarecrows. Terror Trail favorites like Voodoo Island, Asylum, Wasteland and The Manor, now indoors, will return to terrorize guests. In total, Six Flags will offer six haunted walk-throughs and four scare zones.

Nighttime shows, known as “monstertainment,” will include the return of the iconic Dead Man’s Party, Ghoulmaster’s Ghosts, The Awakening, Circus of Thrills and more. Terror trails require an additional fee, while all scare zones and monstertainment are included with park admission.

Fright by Night is not recommended for children under 12 and those who scare easily.

Spooktacular Events

On Sept. 14, Zombie Takeover Day will feature the park’s first Zombie Run. Participants can choose to chase or be chased. Human competitors will race for their lives in this 5K run by dodging zombies to stay alive. Registering as a zombie will put participants in the shoes of the undead with the goal of hunting down their human prey. More details will be made available at

Six Flags will host its second triathlon Sept. 22 at 7:15 a.m. During The Great Six Flags Triathlon, competitors will swim, bike and run through the world’s largest “scream” park. Information and registration are available at

On Sept. 28, Six Flags will host the eleventh-annual American Red Cross Blood Drive and Wild Safari Run. At the blood drive, Guests can donate a pint of blood to earn a free ticket to Fright Fest between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling 732-928-2000, ext. 2834. Up to 200 donors are needed and will be taken on a first call, first serve basis. Must be 16 or older, at least 110 lbs. and in good health to donate. The Wild Safari Run is a 3.1-mile cross country meet sponsored by Powerade and Kelly’s Sports. The race features high school cross country competitors from surrounding states running through the safari. Registration information is available at

Six Flags Great Adventure will host the 7th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 6 – 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 2012, more than 8,000 participants and spectators turned out to support the Race for the Cure.

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