Fright Fest is underway at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ with scary new twists
It's time to get spooky and scared as Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson is underway as we start marking the days leading into Halloween at the Jersey Shore!
From what we hear, things will be bigger and better, and scarier than ever before this fall at Fright Fest.
For an inside look at what to expect at Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest, Gabriel Darretta, the PR Supervisor for Six Flags in Jackson joined us on 'Shore Time with Vin and Dave' on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk on Sunday morning.
"This year is going to be the scariest one yet, so, you better watch out," Darretta said. "We've taken the idea of 'Thrills by day, Chills by night', and given it a name."
Things are divided for Halloween festivities with Fright Fest where activities during the day are geared toward kids and at night for adults.
"During the day, you experience Kid's Boo Fest, it's completely geared towards families and kids, we've got an entire area with corn mazes, actually called 'Cornstalk National Park', there's a trick-or-treat maze with characters and different face characters as well, you go through, get some candy," Darretta said. "We've got two great shows we do with that, we have 'Witches Brew', which is one of my favorite daytime shows, it's literally the friendliest witch you'll ever meet and she tells stories about Halloween and different characters -- it's really fantastic -- and the other show we have is the 'Spooktacular Dance Party, so, periodically during the day you get to have a little dance with some really made up characters over by the Liberty Fountain in the middle of Scarecrow Street, which is perfectly named."
When the sun goes down at Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest, things get super spooky and scary.
"At night, things get a little bit crazy here, we launched our Fright Fest and we've got six different houses, we've got five different scare zones, and this year we've gone full steam ahead with these houses, they are amazing, and then we've got our two favorite shows that are coming back -- we've got 'Dead Man’s Party: Grave Stories' which is a really great rock and roll show with singing and dancing and pyrotechnics and lasers. Then, we have 'Unleashed' which is essentially acrobatics and different types of stunts done to music."
That's just the beginning, there is much, much more going on at Fright Fest including at these Haunted Houses.
"We've got six in total, so, there's 'Blood Shed' which used to be named 'Mamma's Farm' and you've got a bunch of grotesque freaks going to mamma's house and the freaks want to eat you. We've got 'Reflections of the Dead' which is a giant mirror maze that's completely made up for Fright Fest with different spooky tricks that happen -- I can't give those away -- 'Fears' (type of haunted house) which is essentially a play on all of your fears, so, imagine the worst nightmares you could possibly have -- I'll give you one word -- cockroaches -- (and) there's an entire room where it's pitch black," Darretta said. "Then, we have 'The Manor' which is essentially a bunch of grotesque ghouls that have kind of taken over the manor, they're coming out for you. We've got 'Aftermath' which is essentially a post-apocalyptic scenario where you're walking through a neighborhood that's been kind of traumatized -- lots of zombies -- and then, finally, my personal favorite out of all of them is 'Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival 3D' which is essentially a haunted carnival with 3D glasses all in black light -- it's fantastic."
In addition to the scares around the park and in the haunted houses, there are a few shows to check out at Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest.
"We have 'Dead Man’s Party: Grave Stories' -- we've got 'Unleashed' -- we also have 'Freak Show' which is new for this year which is amazing -- I mean, when I tell you I've never seen somebody pierce their skin with more needles in my life, but, fantastic. And then, 'Blood Drums' which is returning, as always, it's one of our, again, super popular cult following shows we do for Fright Fest every year with pyrotechnics and tin cans," Darretta said. "We also do a massive Arrival Parade, where all of our ghouls including the Dead Man's Party Cast and the Unleashed cast -- they have a procession through the park, so, it really kind of sets the tone. At 5:50 -- that procession starts, and if you don't want to be scared, you better get out of the park."
Outside of Fright Fest, there is another fun adult event underway as well in Oktoberfest at Six Flags Great Adventure.
"This is something we used to do in the past and we're bringing it back," Darretta said. "We've got 10 different food items and 10 different beer and lager choices from around the world."
You can learn more about Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest and more from Gabriel Darretta on 'Shore Time with Vin and Dave' on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk, right here.