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Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America
Chicago, Illinois
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FRIGHT FEST 2017 : Chicago's Most Terrifying Halloween Event

Fright By Night
Fright Fest, presented by SNICKERS®, is back for select days September 16-October 31* at Six Flags Great America. It's a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals. BEWARE! There is no place to hide!
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Underworld

Hell on earth has come out to play.

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The Ringmasters Cabaret

These oddities have put on a show just for you!

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Instantly Win Fright Fest Tickets

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 2017 Season. Enter once per day!

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Scare Zones

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!

Entertainment

Never before has Six Flags offered so many different live performances during Fright Fest. Our Fright Fest shows will leave you howling for more.

Haunted Attractions

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?

Thrilling Rides

We're known for pulse-pounding coasters that deliver intense thrills all season, but these rides ramp up the fear during Fright Fest.

Plan Your Trip
Don't come to Fright Fest unprepared--it's not for the faint of heart. Find the details you need for planning your trip, then plan your escape!
September 16-October 31.
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SEPT 11
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11:00am to 11:00pm
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11:00am to 9:00pm
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11:00am to 11:00pm
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11:00am to 9:00pm
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5:00pm to 11:00pm
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11:00am to 11:00pm
OCT 1
11:00am to 9:00pm
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5:00pm to 11:00pm
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11:00am to midnight
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11:00am to 10:00pm
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11:00am to 7:00pm*
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5:00pm to 11:00pm
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11:00am to midnight
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11:00am to 10:00pm
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5:00pm to 11:00pm
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11:00am to midnight
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11:00am to 10:00pm
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6:00pm to 11:00pm
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5:00pm to 11:00pm
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11:00am to midnight
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11:00am to 10:00pm
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6:00pm to 11:00pm
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6:00pm to 11:00pm
NOV 1
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Tickets & Passes
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Season Passes

Prices start at $67.99
Buy now and get unlimited visits for the rest of 2017 including park admission during Fright Fest PLUS all of 2018! A Season Pass also includes free tickets for friends on select days, in-park discounts, access to VIP only events and admission to all Six Flags theme parks.
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Daily Admission

Prices start at: $49.99
Visiting after Oct. 1? Save up to $25 when you buy your tickets at least one day in advance of your visit. Additional Haunted Maze wristband required for Maze admission Buy Now
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Group Tickets

Prices start at: $36.89
Groups of 15 or more get really big discounts when tickets are purchased in advance. Learn More
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Express Haunted House Wristband

Now only: $50
An Express Haunted House Wristband significantly cuts your wait in line for our Haunted Houses. Buy Now
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All Season Haunted House Pass

Now only: $35
Unlimited visits through all haunted houses on every night of Fright Fest 2017. *Exclusively for Pass Holders. Buy Now
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Haunted House Wristband

Now only: $35
Unlimited visits through all haunted houses on the night of your visit. Buy Now
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Directions to the Park

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
FROM CHICAGO

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.

FROM MILWAUKEE

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.

FROM PEORIA/BLOOMINGTON

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.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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! Visitpacebus.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.

Park Map
Plan your visit to Six Flags Great America by viewing our Park Map. You may also pick up a copy at the Front Gate on the day of your visit.
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Tips for Enjoying Fright Fest
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fright Fest

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.

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.

Can I wear a costume or mask?

Guests 12 Years & Younger

  • May wear a full costume to include masks and full face painting if accompanied by an adult. If they are alone or with other same age children, then no masks or full facial makeup will be allowed (no more than ½ of the face may be painted if not accompanied by an adult).
  • Masks must be immediately removed if instructed to do so by park personnel.

Guests 13 Years & Older may wear costumes with the following provisions, NO EXCEPTIONS:

  • No Masks
  • Partial face paint is allowed as long as it does not disguise the facial features (no more than ½ of the face may be painted).

ALL GUESTS:

  • Costumes must meet the Six Flags Dress Code policies.  All Costumes must be appropriate for a family oriented environment and must not have inappropriate language, photos, or imagery.
  • Accessories such as tiaras, cat or devil ears, and any accessories sold at the park are permitted, but must be pliable and made of non-sharp plastic.  Accessories such as replica guns, knives, or other weapons are not permitted.
  • All accessories, masks, and loose articles must be removed and secured prior to riding any rides.  Riders must meet all rider restrictions and follow all ride rules.
  • Six Flags reserves the right to approve or deny any and all costumes.  Judgments regarding appropriateness of body art, attire, grooming, makeup, or accessories are solely the discretion of the management of Six Flags Over Texas and said management reserves the right to deny entrance to any individual or group not conforming to these standards.
  • A ghoul’s job is to scare you–not the reverse.  Guests who taunt, touch or yell at ghouls or other guests will be ejected from the park without refund.  

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?

No.

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.

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