Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest features six attractions throughout the park, with several zombie-ridden spaces between them.
Voodoo Island was the best attraction. On this island, the haunting creatures work in pairs to elicit screams and jumps. Some distract for others to go in for the scare. The costumes and makeup are clever and well done, and the actors are able to separate people, preventing large groups from forming.
The Manor also had actors with good makeup, costumes and clever props. There was lots to look at, but again, lacked in scaring. Some air machines and sudden thuds against a wall gave this reviewer the biggest small jumps so far.
Total Darkness was totally lame. Groups of four were handed a rope with a glow stick tied to the end. The group was told to not let go of the rope otherwise risk getting lost in a terror maze. The glow stick allowed us to spot all 6 ghouls dressed in black. There were several parts of the maze that had no scare tactic at all. Wasn’t worth the 20-plus-minutes wait.
Wasteland had potential, but allowing a group of 20 to cluster takes away any fear and creates frustration and annoyance.
Asylum started out promising. Lots of fog, upbeat music, lights and crazy people bouncing off walls. It quickly went downhill after the first couple of turns, though. Instead of being scared, we saw the actors returning to their spots, maybe having already elicited a scream or two.
The newest addition, Crop Circles, had the most potential but failed to deliver. Aliens seem to be an underrated Halloween creature this year, so we had high hopes for Crop Circles. A group of about 12 or more are let loose in a corn maze, which has beams of colored lights shining through. We caught a slight glimpse of a fairly well-done extraterrestrial under a sad-excuse version of a UFO. There was one zombie scarecrow who seemed to be hurrying back to his designated spot, getting ready to scare the next group. There were some other farmer zombies who screamed in your face if you got close.
Rides are still open during Fright Fest, so purchase the least-expensive Flash pass, check into one of the roller coasters, and wait on line for one of the haunted attractions. By the time you get through the haunt, you’ll be ready to check in to Nitro.
It’s not hard to get screams from this reviewer. Sometimes, just the thought of a zombie around the next corner is enough to get me jumping. The scariest part of Fright Fest after the lines for these attractions were the teenaged boys jumping out from the bushes, trying to scare their friends.
Rating: 1 Tombstone out of 5