What is Six Flags Fright Fest? | Easily Explained

In this guide we'll cover what Fright Fest at Six Flags is, how the Six Flags park changes to accommodate it, and everything that you must do when you visit.

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What is Six Flags Fright Fest?

Fright Fest is a limited time event that occurs around the Halloween season featuring rides, haunted houses, scare zones, entertainment, shows, and ghouls prowling the park. 

what is Six Flags Fright Fest

As the sun goes down, the monsters come out, and the park transforms from Six Flags to Fright Fest.

Is it Included With Admission?

All Fright Fest shows, scare zones, and world-class thrill rides are included with park admission, Memberships and Season Passes.

However, Haunted Houses are an additional cost (Add-on) which are sold separately from your park admission.

You must have park admission and a Haunted House Add-On to visit the haunted houses.

You can find more information on this in our What is Included in a Fright Fest ticket guide.

Who is Fright Fest Not For?

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

When Does it Start?

Fright Fest at all Six Flags parks typically begin in the middle of September, and last through the end of October.

At most parks, they begin on September 18th - October 31st.

You'll be able to see the exact dates that Fright Fest is available at each Six Flags park, directly from their site.

six flags fright fest at all locations

You'll simply go to the above link, select the location of the Six Flags park that you're planning on visiting, and select 'Park Hours & Calendar' on the top left-hand corner of the screen.

That'll take you to the calendar for the park, and from there you'll be able to see what dates the Fright Fest event runs through.

fright fest schedule

Scare Zones

What are They?

Scare Zones are specific zones with much less lighting, and lots of fog, where 'monsters', aka workers dressed up in scary costumes and walk up to you when you least expect it, to give you a scare!

six flags fright fest scare zones

These zones are popular in all theme parks around Halloween season, as it's very unpredictable where these monsters will come from, leaving you in constant suspense.

Be prepared to hear screams in the scare zones!

Scare Zones only occur in certain parts of the park.

The unique aspect is that each scare zone is uniquely themed, meaning you'll notice they're very different as you walk across each zone.

Haunted Houses

What Are They?

Halloween themed houses (each house has a different theme) full of screams, fog, and evil laughter, where visitors can walk through and see scary sights in each house.

fright fest haunted house

These houses typically have loud music blaring to distract your senses.

As visitors make their way through, they'll realize there are 'scarers' ready to jump out when you least expect it.

So watch out for corners!

Additional Cost

As mentioned earlier, Haunted Houses are an additional cost (Add-on) which are sold separately from your park admission.

Someone created a video of themselves walking through all of the houses at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and if you're considering purchasing the add-on, it's a must-watch.

It will give you a unique insight on what to expect inside of a Haunted House at Fright Fest before purchasing a ticket.


Although these monsters are featured through every part of the park including mazes, haunted houses, and scare zones, they are even in the shows!

six flags fright fest monsters doing shows

There’s plenty of spooky sing-a-longs and scary skits to catch during their special Fright Fest shows.

How to Get in For Free

According to the Six Flags site:

All levels of Six Flags Memberships allow you to visit both Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park an unlimited number of times.

Some levels of Memberships come with extra benefits at Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park. For example, with a Diamond Membership you can visit one haunted house at no additional charge.

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