“Let them out!” came chants from people lining the streets on the opening night of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest.
When the large wooden gate swung open at 7 p.m. sharp, zombies, demons, and ghouls ran out and vanished into the night for the start of the biggest, most terrifying Halloween celebration yet at the Valencia amusement park.
Now in its 25th year, Fright Fest returns weekends through Oct. 31 with seven haunted mazes, six scare zones and more than 500 monsters on the prowl. And this year there’s no place to hide.
“When we flip the switch to Fright Fest it is a scary, scary environment,” said Bonnie Sherman Weber, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain who encourages guests “embrace the scare.”
New this year is the blackout maze “Dead End,” an offshoot of the “Willoughby’s Resurrected” story about the decaying mansion on the hill that has been taken over by evil spirits. In the new maze, which is located near Ninja, guests are lured into pitch black corridors armed only with faulty flashlights that seem to fail just as ghouls jump out.
“This one was kind of different because I didn’t expect them to control the torch,” said Sabhbh O’Dwyer, a 13-year-old girl from Santa Clarita who had just exited the maze with Teia Salvino, 11. “In other mazes, you can see the scenery but with this one not really knowing where to go was probably the scariest part.”
Entering the mazes requires a wristband for an additional cost. But guests can ride Six Flags Magic Mountain’s biggest roller coasters in the dark or walk through a fog-thick scare zone.
The City of Metropolis sets the stage for the “Damned ‘N Disguise” masquerade ball, a scare zone where the one thing you don’t want to be is the life of the party. When the music changes, the masks come off to reveal monsters whose one goal is to scare off the guests.
Fortunately, the Metro Park Pub’s new Club 6-Feet Under is welcoming to all.
Stop into this pop-up party central anytime for food and drinks. It features a DJ spinning into the wee hours of Fright Fest. You can shake your booty while getting scared out of your socks at the same time. You may even invent a new dance.
For an extra thrill, Six Flags Magic Mountain has also added the behind-the-scenes experience “Hidden Haunts VIP Tour” of remote areas of the park for real-life ghost stories. Of course, there are no such things as ghosts, right? Or are there?
Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest
When: Weekends through Oct. 31, as well as Oct. 30 and 31.
Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia
Tickets: $84.99 for admission and $99.99 for admission plus the mazes if purchased on-site. $55.99 for admission and $76.99 for admission plus the mazes if purchased online. Hidden Haunts VIP Tour pricing starts at $399.99.
Information: 661-255-4100. www.sixflags.com/magicmountain
source: daily news