Haunted Halloween Theme Park Attraction
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
661-255-4100 or 818-367-5965
2014 FRIGHT FEST DATES:
- September 27-28
- October 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31
- November 1.
FRIGHT FEST HOURS:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain is open 10:30am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10:30am to 11:00pm on Sundays and on Monday.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN TICKETS: Regular admission tickets allow you into the Six Flags Magic Mountain all day, even before the Halloween fun starts at night; however, you will have to pay extra for the privilege of visiting the night-time haunts.
- $69.99 General Admission at the gate
- $44.99 for children under 48 inches tall
- Children under 2 years old are free
- $79.99 for a Season Pass
- $6.65 a month for annual membership
FRIGHT FEST PASSES
- Regular Maze pass: $15 in advance; $13 for Season Passholders (available at gate only)
- Express Maze pass: $30 in advance
MAGIC MOUNTAIN COMBOS & DISCOUNTS: Advance tickets are available online, at considerable savings. There are also discounts for Season Passholders, available only at the gate
- General Admission: $44.99 five days in advance; $46.99 three days in advance; $49.99 day-of.
- Last year, General Admission with Maze Pass was available starting at $50.99 in advance; General Admission with Express Maze Pass started at $70.99 in advance. 2014 prices are yet to be posted.
- Typically, discount coupons are available in the advertising sections of major newspapers; you can usually find coupons at Jack in the Box restaurants or Burger King.
2014 MAGIC MOUNTAIN GROUP RATES:
- Groups of 15 to 99 visitors can purchase tickets at considerable discount.
- Groups of 50 or more can enjoy a Picnic in the Park with admission and all you can eat menu (select days only). Call 661-255-4501.
- For groups of 100 or more, Six Flags will customize events for you personally. Call 661-255-4806.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN PARKING:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain charges approximately $20 for one-day parking, $35 for valet parking, $65 for season pass parking.
FRIGHT FEST FEATURES:
- All the usual Six Flags Magic Mountain rides and attractions are open for business, but Magic Mountain promises to transform them into eerie, haunted Halloween versions of your usual favoites. During the day there are family-friendly events such as pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, costume parties and photo ops with Looney Tunes characters. After dark, there are dance parties, music, magic shows, and other demented entertainment, in additional to multiple mazes and scare zones.
2013 FRIGHT FEST HALLOWEEN MAZES:
Since 2012, Six Flags Magic Mountain has been upgrading its annual Fright Fest, adding new mazes (e.g. Toys of Terror and Total Darkness in 2013) and revamping old favorites (such as the Haunted Willoughby Mansion). 2014’s Fright Fest entertainment guide has yet to be published, but we expect several past attractions to return. Which ones? We do not know yet, but take a lot below at what 2013 had to offer:
- TOYS OF TERROR. An abandoned toy factory with a psychotic inventor.
- TOTAL DARKNESS. Ghosts haunted a darkened theatre. Can you find your way out – with literally no light to guide you? (Though billed as new, this maze uses the same concept – total darkness – as last Halloween’s Blackout maze.)
- WEEPY HILLS INSANETORIUM. The inmates are running the asylum.
- WILLOUGHBY’S RESURRECTED. The revamped version the venerable haunted house maze returns for 2013 … now the beloved family has resurrected and renovated their eerie home with more hair-raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long harrowing hallways.
- BLACK WIDOW. Tangled in a web of terror, even the dead struggle to survive the Black Widow’s nest. In the shadow of Willoughby’s mansion, it is permanently shrouded in darkness and the infestation has grown and is now ground zero for an ever-growing spider army that hunts at night.
- THE AFTERMATH. Enter a post apocalyptic city where nomad warriors rule with bone-crushing iron fists and the dead stalk the living. (This was the best of 2011’s Halloween mazes; we are glad to see it back.)
- CHUPACABRA. Come face to face with this elusive blood-thirsty creature as it terrorizes a local Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.
- CURSED. There is always a full moon over this cursed land where gypsies roam and werewolves hunt for blood.
- LECTER’S SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Step on these deadly docks and enter the world of the celebrity butcher taking wretched revenge on the bowels of society.
2013 SCARE ZONES:
The Halloween ambiance of Magic Mountain has tended to be restricted to discrete areas of the park during previous Fright Fests. More recently Six Flags unleashed monsters throughout the park, expanding the number of scare zones to seven in 2013. 2014 scare zones have not been announced yet, but several from Halloween 2013 are likely to return:
- DEMON’S DOOR. This one made its debut in 2013, so it is likely to be back this Halloween.
- ZOMBIE XING. Another newcomer from 2013; expect it to return.
- GYPSY HOLLOW: Evil gypsies and werewolves own this territory and blood is their bounty.
- THE WASTELANDS: Barbarian humanoids rule this land and dare you to enter The Aftermath.
- NIGHTMARES – A TWISTED FANTASY: This evil nightmare has never been so edgy as your favorite bedtime stories take on a new and twisted tale.
- CITY UNDER SIEGE: The insane and unruly run rampant in the streets of DC UNIVERSE. Prepare to feel really uncomfortable with these comic-like characters running amuck.
- EXILE HILL: Banished from mortality, creatures haunt the grounds as caretakers of the Willoughby estate.
RIDES: Enjoy the Six Flags roller-coasters by day – and by night!
- COLOSSUS—BACKWARDS! (A Fright Fest Exclusive). Experience one of the largest, most celebrated coasters in the world – BACKWARDS! That’s right, back by popular demand. Travel nearly one mile on this dual track wooden coaster all while sitting completely backwards!
- TERROR TRACKS – IN THE DARK! Face your fears with the lights off! Your favorite thrills in the dark on Apocalypse, Tatsu, Viper, The Riddler’s Revenge, Batman The Ride, Full Throttle, and Goliath. Something so “twisted” would only happen during Fright Fest.
2013 FRIGHT FEST SHOWS:
- Hypnotist: This amusing show stars the members of the audience. Guests who are chosen to be put “under hypnosis” will perform hysterical exploits never to be imitated “under consciousness.”
- Voodoo Nights: Dance, trance, resurrection! This is the gRAVE everyone is dying for.
CHILLS BY DAY: Six Flags Magic Mountain offers family-friendly Halloween fun during daylight hours. Bring the little trick-or-treaters!
- WITCH HAZEL’S PUMPKIN PATCH CRAFTS: Crafted especially for our younger guests to stretch their imaginations.
- A LOONEY TUNES TRICK OR TREAT ADVENTURE: Kids (under 48”) and parents walk with Looney Tunes friends through Bugs Bunny World where they will find tantalizing treats along the way.
- LOONEY TUNES CHARACTERS: Grab your camera and meet your favorite Looney Tunes characters in their Halloween costumes.
SIX FLAGS FRIGHT FEST HISTORY:
In years past, Six Flags Magic Mountain took rather a “business as usual” approach to its annual Halloween event, which was basically the regular park, with a handful of mazes and shows added. There was a distinct advantage in this: unlike rival Theme Park Halloween events, which typically charge a separate admission for their night-time shows. Six Flags Magic Mountain offered its regular rides and its season attractions for a single ticket price, so you could spend all day screaming on roller-coasters, then spend all evening screaming in haunted houses. Unfortunately, Six Flags began charging an additional fee for their walk-through haunted Halloween mazes in 2008.
2011 saw Magic Mountain actively trumpeting its elaborate October horror show in no uncertain terms. Offering “thrills by day” and “frights by night,” the 2011 Fright Fest emphasized adult scares and de-emphasized the family-friendly aspect highlighted during previous Halloweens. The goal apparently was to position Fright Fest shoulder-to-shoulder with the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, and the Queen Mary Dark Harbor.Mountain.
FRIGHT FEST HALLOWEEN ATTRACTIONS GONE TO THE GRAVE:
These mazes and rides were offered in year’s past.
- Dead Man’s Bog – the dumping ground for Willoughby’s failed experiments
- Brutal Planet – the highlight of the 2004 haunt, with extensive industrial-strength scares, a great variety of rooms, and a sense of mass pandemonium
- Bite II – The sexy and sinister are out for a BITE in this recently uncovered nest of the undead. Will you be the one to get bit? (Not intended for children under 10, ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
- Willoughby’s Haunted Manion: Not really gone, just resurrected in a new form. Horror awaits you at the Granddaddy of all Six Flags Magic Mountain mazes … there’s hair-raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long twisting hallways. (This attraction is not intended for children.)
- Warehouse 13 – The ultimate test of bravery is at the toxic warehouse where employees are less than happy about seeing visitors. Be forewarned, work is mandatory and escape impossible. Not recommended for children under 12.
- Foggy Nights – Batman the Ride goes upside down and inside out when a notorious Gotham villain releases toxins into the air.
- Lecter’s Slaughterhouse. Step on these deadly docks and enter the world of the celebrity butcher taking wretched revenge on the bowels of society.
- Jokester’s Hide out 3D. Sneak through an all black-light hideout and catch a 3D peek of the funny projects on which the Jokester and his crew are working. But watch your back…sideshow clowns run amuck!
FRIGHT FEST ADVANTAGES:
- Like Knott’s “Scary” Farm, the Halloween scares are not limited to the walk-through mazes; there are ghouls roaming free in a couple areas of the park. Often, the usual Six Flags Magic Mountain rides will be altered for Halloween. Unlike the Knott’s Halloween Haunt, your ticket allows you into Magic Mountain all day: the park does not close in the evening and then re-open at night in its haunted version. This gives you time to stand in line for all the roller-coasters by the day and enjoy the Halloween attractions by night. Unfortunately, the decision to charge extra for the haunted mazes negates the one big advantage that Six Flags had over the competition, which was the Halloween events were a free value-added attraction on top of the usual rides.
OTHER FRIGHT FEST INFORMATION:
- Children under 12 are allowed to wear Halloween costumes.
FRIGHT FEST DRAWBACKS:
- You have to drive to Valencia. Six Flags Magic Mountain closes relatively early — at 10:00pm. Most of the Halloween attractions do no open until 5:30 or 6:30pm; consequently, even if you finish with the roller-coasters by dark, long lines can still make it difficult, even impossible, to get into all the haunted mazes during the evening. Typically, the mazes are filled with brightly uniformed park staff helpfull pointing you in the right direction; their presence often undermines the atmosphere.
FRIGHT FEST BOTTOM LINE:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain has not been celebrating Halloween as long as Knott’s Scary Farm and the Queen Mary Shipwreck, so it has not developed its Fright Fest attractions as extensively; it also lacks the built-in atmosphere that benefits those theme parks on Halloween. It may or may not be worth the drive out to Valencia if you’re only interested in the Halloween attractions, but it may be worth your time if you’re also interested in the extensive variety of roller-coasters.
FRIGHT FEST PHOTOGRAPHS: