by Michelle Sandoval
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the haunted holiday than to get out to Santa Clarita’s premiere theme park, Six Flags Magic Mountain, for their annual “Fright Fest.” I had the opportunity to attend the spooky happenings at the park recently, along with my brave little nephew, and we had an eerily entertaining time rubbing elbows with the ghouls and partaking in the numerous Halloween themed events scattered throughout the park. Open now through November 3rd, this Halloween Haunt boasts several mazes and designated scare zones with hundreds of monsters roaming the grounds to keep everyone cowering in fearful fun.
My nephew and I consider ourselves seasoned Halloween attraction enthusiasts (funny that he’s only 9-years-old), and “Fear Fest” is his personal favorite. Not only does the park go all out for the holiday, they also keep all of their regular attractions open throughout the evening, with the exception of Bugs Bunny World. They have also chosen to run a number of their most popular roller coasters in the dark, to keep the experience especially chilling.
Haunted mazes this year see the return of fan favorites Willoughby’s Resurrected, a Victorian mansion inhabited by evil spirits, and Red’s Revenge, where you will find yourself inside of a fairy tale that turns the tables on the bad guy. Also back are Condemned — Forever Damned, Sewer of Souls and Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising. A new addition to the haunted horde for 2019 is Vault 666 Unlocked, an abandoned antique store full of sinister oddities with a life of their own. I recommend not leaving the park without checking out Willoughby’s Resurrected, Red’s Revenge and Vault 666 – these three will surely leave you shivering in the night.
There are six scare zones thrown throughout the park, so if you’re at the theme park just to enjoy the rides, note that once the sun goes down it will be hard to navigate to the rides without running into some kind of macabre mayhem. Standout scare zones are the Witches Lair, where you will be lucky to make it out without some kind of black magic cast upon you, City Under Siege, where evil clowns run the streets, and Exile Hill, where your soul will be the most sought after commodity. Exile Hill is also where you will find Sliders of the Night, as these ghoulish fiends will scrape their way across the ground towards you leaving a trail of sparks behind them – my nephew gets an absolute kick out of these guys.
Those looking for some refuge from the screaming scares can head on over to Full Throttle Plaza towards the front of the park to experience VooDoo Nights, with live music and dancing. This dark party starts at 7 pm and goes full force until the park closes. There is also the High Sierra Hypnotist who performs two shows a night on select nights. Adventure seekers can become part of the show if they choose, and fall prey to the comical hypnotist who will make them partake in some hilarious acts.
Admission to the “Fright Fest” is an additional charge from a regular park ticket and can be purchased online or on site. You can also opt to purchase an Express Maze Pass which will allow you to skip the lines – take note this will only apply to the mazes, rides are not included.
Overall, we had a ghoulishly good time. Magic Mountain is already action-packed as it is – with some of the world’s most extreme rides, so the addition of these seasonal scares just adds to the adrenaline. “Fright Fest” is not recommended for kids 13 and under, so unless you have a pint-sized avid scare seeker, I recommend enjoying the park during the safety of the sunlight, and start making your way home once darkness starts to set in. Because beware – Six Flags has issued a jestful warning reminding us all that during “Fright Fest,” “There is no place to hide and the screams never die!”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.sixflags.com/magicmountain