Wicked Wednesday: Six Flags Great America Fright Fest

*I’m trying a new theme for the month of October called Wicked Wednesday. Each Wednesday until Halloween, I’ll post about a fun Halloween activity in Chicago to try.*


The normally bright and happy theme park is transformed into a Halloween horror in October
Photo from timeoutchicago.com

The Halloween season is in full swing now that it’s October. If you’re in the mood for a scare, Six Flags Great America Fright Fest is the perfect place for a screaming good time.

This nationally known theme park is located in Gurnee, Il., about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago. Yes, it’s a bit of a drive, but if you’re into the Halloween spirit, the short drive is worth it!

Fright Fest is offering six terrifyingly fun haunted houses this season…that is, if you’re brave enough to try them:

  • The Abyss
  • Total Darkness
  • Wicked Woods
  • Manslaughter Manner
  • Massacre Medical Center
  • The Mausoleum of Terror

The good news: if you’re looking for a good scare, these haunted houses are promised to scare the life out of you!

The bad news: each house requires a fee to enter.


Beware: some of the rides become haunted during Fright Fest!
Photo from timeoutchicagokids.com

If you don’t want to spend extra money at the park for some scares, there’s still plenty of things you can do for no extra cost. Each section of the park features a scare zone, in which goblins, ghouls and the ever-popular zombies terrorize you as you walk around.

For the thrill-seekers looking for the rides rather than haunted houses, be sure to try the Terror Twister 2,  the seemingly harmless teacup ride, but with a Halloween twist: it’s pitch black with techno remixes and a brilliant light show.

Or how about the Giant Drop of Doom? This ride takes you to the top of a massive tower, but the ghosts operating the ride decide when you take your plunge straight down.

Another fan favorite ride is the Black Widow, a good old-fashioned wooden roller coaster that every coaster fanatic needs to try…unless you’re afraid of spiders!

Looking for something not quite so scary? Fright Fest has a number of family-friendly shows that everyone will enjoy.

Join Jack and Katie and their dare to spend the night in a graveyard in this family-friendly musical

Sing and dance along with these silly goblins and ghouls in the family musical “Love at First Fright”
Photo by Stephanie Lynn

You cannot leave the park without seeing the Halloween musical Love at First Fright. Join Jack and Katie on their dare to spend the night in a cemetery. This award-winning musical is filled with familiar songs, jokes and some not-so-scary monsters.

If you’re in the mood for a laugh, be sure to check out hypnotist Susan Rosen: Mistress of Mesmerism. This show is fun for the whole family, and relies entirely on audience participation as Rosen hypnotizes them; you are guaranteed to leave laughing.

If you’re looking for a good scare, Fright Fest is currently running Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays until October 27. For more details, visit the Great America Fright Fest website.

Happy haunting!


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