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Six Flags Great America Kicks Off 21st Season of Fright Fest (video)


GURNEE, Ill. — October 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Thrills by day, Fright by night. Six Flags Great America kicks off its 21st season of Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® with new haunts, new shows and more scares. Starting October 1 and running weekends throughout October the theme park transforms into a 100 acre fog-filled shadow-land of ghosts and ghouls. Fright Fest returns this season with three haunted houses, five horrific scare zones, eight hair-raising shows and nearly 200 roaming monsters throughout the park. 

“We are pushing the envelope with this year’s Fright Fest,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “Fright Fest returns for its 21st season with more monsters, scare zones, shows and an all-new haunted house, Massacre Medical Center. Fright Fest is going to be bigger and scarier than ever before.”

New this fall, the all-new haunted house, Massacre Medical Center. It’s a fight to survive for all who enter the 10,000 square foot abandoned hospital located in County Fair. “Massacre Medical Center is by far our scariest haunted house yet,” said entertainment manager, Kris Jones who has been with the park since the first Fright Fest in 1991. “No detail is overlooked from the hospital kitchen and hallway elevators to the operating room. The equipment is real, the actors are real and the scare factor is off the charts.”

This year also brings the return of several Fright Fest classics including the award-winning show “Love at First Fright,” Susan Rosen the world-renowned hypnotist, scare zone Necropolis, haunted house Mausoleum of Terror and scare-free areas including the Character Candy Trail. Fright Fest staples, “Tiny” the famous 200 lb spider makes her return to the side of the America Eagle coaster as the 500 lb. inflatable gorilla takes his reign atop Sky Trek Tower.

Fright Fest runs weekends through October with more fright at night. This year Fright Fest is open later, to scare later. Hours are Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-9pm and Columbus Day 10am-6pm. Fright Fest remains family-friendly until 3pm with the children’s areas kept scare-free and a trick-or-treat trail in the Southwest Amphitheater. 

Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America offers endless adventures for the entire family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free 20-acre water park, spectacular shows, a nighttime illuminated parade and three children’s areas. Get ready to take flight! Coming in 2012, Six Flags Great America welcomes X-Flight, a ground-breaking wing coaster with no track above or below. X-Flight is scheduled to open spring of 2012.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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