Fright Fest endures at Six Flags Great America
BY DAN MORAN firstname.lastname@example.org October 5, 2012 3:20PM
Stingy Jack The Pumpkin King played by Raven Bonham of Antioch poses in front of the bloody reflecting pond at Fright Fest preview night. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
If you go
◆ Hours for Fright Fest are 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Columbus Day and Oct. 25.
◆ Ticket prices at the main gate are $61.99 for adults, $41.99 for children less than 48 inches tall and free for children age 2 and younger.
◆ One-day Internet ticket sales start at $30.99.
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Updated: November 7, 2012 6:03AM
GURNEE — Tiny the Spider may no longer welcome guests to Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America, but her memory lives on.
“Considered the icon of Fright Fest, Tiny will be missed by the staff and guests alike,” read an obituary issued by park officials. “She is survived by her three babies that will remain on the American Eagle as tribute to their mother.” A funeral was held opening day Sept. 30.
A death notice has also been posted on the west side of the Eagle, where the 40-ft inflatable black widow had been displayed every autumn since 1991. The last rites ushered in the 22nd annual edition of Great America’s seasonal transformation, which extends for the first time into not only Hurricane Harbor but also the Roaring Rapids thrill ride, which has been drained for the occasion.
Among the scheduled highlights of Fright Fest, which runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28, with special operating dates of Oct. 8 (Columbus Day) and Oct. 25:
Wicked Woods: The new walk-through, separate-admission attraction in Roaring Rapids is touted as a haunted forest featuring Sasquatch, Mothman, the Jerzy Devil and Chupacabra. Opens Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.
Manslaughter Manor and The Dead Line: Also new separate-admission offerings for 2012, the first is a haunted house and the second is a revamped version of the park’s Scenic Railroad. Along with two returning additional-fee haunted houses — the Mausoleum of Terror and Massacre Medical Center — all five of the park’s haunted areas can be visited in one night for $19.99 (and for $9.99 on Columbus Day) through tickets purchased at frightfest.sixflags.com/greatamerica.
Fright Club NC-17: The new Hurricane Harbor attraction is an “outdoor club experience” restricted to guests 17 years and older, with identification required.
Madagascar hissing cockroach-eating contest: A return engagement featured every Friday at 5 p.m. Ten participants can sign up for on a first-come, first-served basis to compete for 2013 season passes. All the winner has to do is consume five of the arthropods.
Thrills by Day, Fright by Night: Park officials are again setting 4 p.m. as a switch-over point between more family-friendly daytime fare and a darker, teen-friendly “scream park.”
For the younger set, afternoon attractions include a Character Candy Trail in the Southwest Amphitheater on Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All of the park’s theme areas and most of the non-water rides remain open for Fright Fest, though under different names. Among the monikers for 2012 are Bayou du Vaudou (Orleans Place), Port Dread (Yankee Harbor), The Dying Trapeze (King Chaos) and The Last Stop: Burn ’Em and Buried Circus (Mardi Gras).