FRIGHT FEST 2018 : Chicago's Most Terrifying Halloween Event
Do the scariest stories tell you everything up front? NO. Does the jack-in-the-box pop out on the first turn of the handle? NO. Well, we're not telling you everything...yet. Good things come to those who wait. And by "good" we mean "horrifying."
We're giving away a pair of tickets to Six Flags EVERY DAY until the end of Fright Fest! Simply sign up for the park newsletter below and we'll INSTANTLY tell you if you've won a free pair of ticket to Six Flags, valid until the end of the 2018 Season. Enter once per day!
There is no "leisurely stroll" during Fright Fest. Terror isn't confined to Haunted Attractions. The ghouls have spread into the streets to "greet" you as you make your way to your next fright. There are zombies and ghouls lurking in every corner just waiting for you. Stay Alert!
Never before has Six Flags offered so many different live performances during Fright Fest. Our Fright Fest shows will leave you howling for more.
If you get lost, no one can hear you scream!
Only the bravest of souls dare to enter our haunted mazes. You'll be blindsided by darkness as you find your way through the labyrinth all while being hunted -- never knowing what is around the next corner. Are you ready to face your worst fears?
We're known for pulse-pounding coasters that deliver intense thrills all season, but these rides ramp up the fear during Fright Fest.
Our physical location is 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL, 60031
Located on I-94 at Route 132 (Grand Ave.)An alternate entrance for our Guests is available on Washington Street. There is typically little or no wait to access the park through this convenient alternative. Beware. Convenience has its trade-offs.
Whatever direction you’re coming from, the Great ghosts of America are gathering. Just for you.Lodging Information
Take I-94 or I-294 West. Exit on Grand Avenue (Rt. 132) east in Gurnee, Illinois. Six Flags is located immediately on the right. Approximate driving time: 45 minutes.
Take I-94 East. Exit on Grand Avenue (Rt. 132) east in Gurnee, Illinois. Six Flags is located immediately on the right. Ignore the wails coming from the parking lot. Approximate driving time: 45 minutes.
FROM FROM WESTERN ILLINOIS AND IOWA
Take I-88 East to I-294 North in Illinois. Take I-294 North until it becomes I-94 West. Continue on I-94 West and exit on Grand Avenue (Rt. 132) east in Gurnee, Illinois. Six Flags is located on the right. Scarecrows not as friendly as they are at home. Approximate driving time: 3 hours.
FROM INDIANA AND MICHIGAN
Take Tri-State Hwy. 80/94 West. Continue into Illinois and take I-294 West. Stay on I-294 West until it becomes I-94 West. Continue on I-94 West and exit on Grand Avenue (Rt. 132) east in Gurnee, Illinois. Six Flags is located on the right. If you see a “No U-turn” sign, don’t obey it. It’s best you turn around now, while you still have a chance. Approximate driving time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.OR Take the Skyway (I-90 West) through Chicago to the Dan Ryan Expwy.
(I-90/94 West). Continue on I-90/94 West; it will become the Kennedy Expressway. 90/94 West near downtown Chicago. When 90/94 splits, continue on I-94 West and exit on Grand Avenue (Rt. 132) east in Gurnee, Illinois. Six Flags Great America is located on the right. Maybe you should have taken that other road? Approximate driving time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Take I-55 North to I-294 West. Take I-294 West until it becomes I-94 West. Continue on I-94 West and exit on Grand Avenue (Rt. 132) east in Gurnee, Illinois. Six Flags is located on the right. What you find here isn’t playing in Peoria! Approximate driving time: 3 hours.
Pace Suburban Bus provides direct service from Schaumburg and from Rosemont to Six Flags Great America on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June to Labor Day, and every Friday and Saturday in October. Schedule may vary depending on park hours. For fare and schedule information, call (847) 228-2416 or get more information here. For last rites, Dial a Prayer.
Pace is now accepting the Summer Student Haul pass on the Six Flags Great America Express! Visit pacebus.com for details.
For train schedules, please visit metrarail.com or call (312) 322-6777 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or (312) 838-7000 after 5 p.m.
If, at any time, you find yourself at risk — or the thought of Fright Fest is too much to stomach — turn around. Return home, if you can. Better scared than sorry.
Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about making the most of a day at Six Flags. These tips will help ensure that you have a fun and memorable experience.
To check park operating hours call us at 666-666-6666. Demons are standing by. Or you can also check our online calendar.
Visit the park on nights when it is closed! You won’t be able to get in but we will have someone there to meet you. Come alone, and don’t tell anyone where you are going.
Bring a jacket or sweatshirt for cool evenings. We wouldn’t want you to catch your death of cold! Store it in one of the lockers located in the small dark shed behind the food stand closest to Guest Services.
Our park is a smoke-free facility. This is a safety measure — smoking attracts demons and werewolves, and you really don’t want to do that. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas only. You won’t be safe from demons and werewolves, but at least everyone else will.
If you get lost we will eat you.
When arriving, note the location of the exits and other places that might be helpful when hiding from zombies, flying creatures and blood-sucking fiends. Look hard. One really good place to hide is the dark shed behind the food stand located closest to Guest Services. Just close your eyes and come on in. . It’s the safest place in the park! We promise.
Stop by Stroller Rental if you need a stroller, wheelchair, wooden stakes, silver bullets, garlic, or holy water.
Weapons are not allowed in the park so please leave wooden stakes, silver bullets, garlic and holy water at home. It will be more fun for you if you are completely defenseless.
Review the park map. You may think you know where everything is but you don’t. We rearranged everything since your last visit. Just to make it more fun for you.
Pick up a show schedule at the small dark shed behind the food stand closest to Guest Services.
Start your day at attractions farthest from the exits. Your best bet for a good time is to stay as far away from the exits as possible. Bad things happen at the exits. Good thing happen in remote locations deep within the park.
Respect your loved ones: make all of your final arrangements in advance.
To save time eat at non-traditional lunch and dinner hours.
Last year we surveyed a few of the survivors following their escape from the park. Before we ate them they recommended that the most important thing to ensure that you have a fun, safe evening is to wear a hat. They also told us that screaming is your only defense. The louder you scream, the safer you’ll be.
Expect to hear lots and lots of screaming. If you hear any of it coming from the shed located behind the food stand closest to Guest Services don’t worry. It probably just means that someone is being safe.
In all seriousness for those with young kids, Camp Cartoon, Kidzopolis and Hometown Park areas are not open on Friday nights and after 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. All areas of the park are not recommended for children or those with timid spirits after 6 p.m.
What are your operating hours?
Fright Fest hours are listed in the calendar above. You may also view our operating calendar.
What are the current ticket prices?
We are pleased to offer a variety of gruesome ticket packages. Specific pricing for Fright Fest tickets and season passes will be posted shortly. Check back soon!
Are there any rides at Fright Fest that won’t scare me?
How many scary things happen during Fright Fest?
There is no way of knowing. Those who have tried to count were found in a corner, sobbing with fright.
I’m not afraid of Fright Fest. Is that okay?
Keep telling yourself that if it helps. The truth is something that will speak for itself.
Can I wear a costume, mask, or makeup?
No. While you may enjoy making fun of our ghosts, demons and zombies by dressing up like them, doing so is clearly insensitive to their feelings. They can’t help the way they look and you ought to be ashamed of yourself for even asking the question. Jokes aside — this is a safety issue. If you wear a costume or mask into the park our monsters will get confused and might accidentally start eating each other instead of you.
Are Zombies real?
That is the kind of question that is going to set you apart from the others and act as a magnet for everything you will wish you’d never met. Fortunately for you there are dozens of free roaming zombies at the park would be more than happy to answer your question.
Which ride is the least scary?
The ride to the park.
How long has Fright Fest been going on?
It’s like time; there was never a start. It has always been there. A better question is: when will it end?
Will my boyfriend or girlfriend be eaten?
It depends how full we are after we finish eating you.