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Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain 2016 Offers Big Halloween Chills and Thrills

six-flags-fright-fest-2016_1463Most people on the West Coast know that Six Flags Magic Mountain is the place to be when it comes to world-class thrill rides and the best roller coasters. What Southern California fans are finding out more and more each year, is that Magic Mountain is also home to one of the biggest and best Halloween events in the country as well – Fright Fest!

Fright Fest isn’t new; it’s been taking place for more than two decades at the Valencia thrill park just a short distance from Los Angeles. Not only does the event encompass the entire park, Fright Fest features some of the most amazing character makeup we’ve ever seen at any Halloween event, courtesy of Scott Ramp and his ridiculously talented crew at The Scream Team.

This year, Fright Fest at Magic Mountain features 7 mazes, 7 scare zones with their own unique themes, and a high-energy stage show that features multiple performers and a DJ throughout the night in Full Throttle Plaza near the entrance of the park. With a lineup of this scale, Fright Fest finds itself on the same playing field as Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. That said, Fright Fest simply doesn’t throw the same budget at its mazes that Knott’s and Universal do – very few parks to, honestly. Design-wise, I would say that the level of Fright Fest’s mazes are about on par with Dark Harbor – which is definitely nothing to dismiss.

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Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain Gets Twisted for 2015 Halloween Season

SFMM Fright Fest 2015_4496Six Flags Magic Mountain has transformed once again into Fright Fest, a large-scale Halloween event featuring 7 mazes, 7 scare zones, and several stage shows. Monsters lurk throughout the park once the sun goes down, showcasing the world-class makeup of Scott Ramp and his amazing team of artists that work to transform more than 100 men and women into terrors of the night.

We’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again (and again and again) – Fright Fest here in Southern California is a truly underrated event that always seems to linger in the shadows of other theme park haunts in the region. It shouldn’t, because what Magic Mountain does each Halloween season is truly great – and deserves to be on everyone’s To-Do list for October scare stops. This was our second year attending Fright Fest, and we had just as much fun this time around as we did in 2014 because of the scale of the event and the added fun of some world-class roller coasters thrown into the evening’s mix.

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Decayed Brigade Slides Back Into ScareLA 2015

Decayed Brigade LogoSlider fans, here’s some news that will excite you: the Decayed Brigade will return to ScareLA 2015, with three shows per day August 8 – 9, at the Pasadena Convention Center!

If you’ve attended a haunted attraction just about anywhere in the world, chances are, you’ve witnessed a “slider” in action – a monster (usually on the streets/in a scare zone) that lunges out of the shadows, sliding on its hands and knees toward screaming guests huddled together in the darkness and fog.

The technique of sliding dates back decades, and can be traced to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. There, during its annual Halloween event, Knott’s Scary Farm, the art of sliding at people to terrify them was born in Ghost Town. It has quite literally spread around the globe and is a widely-used scare tactic used in haunted houses and attractions of all sizes.

Decayed Brigade is a diverse team of male and female sliders from across Southern California’s broad spectrum of haunts and attractions. The 2015 Decayed Brigade is sponsored by Scott Ramp’s The Scream Team.

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REVIEW: Fright Fest 2014 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fright_Fest_2014_3561Large-scale theme park Halloween events are commonplace here in Southern California. After all, this is where the haunted attraction industry was born; we expect our world-famous theme parks to step up at Halloween and put on a good show for the tens of thousands of tourists and locals that flood through their gates each night looking for intense scares and thrills. Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain has been one such event since it began in earnest in 1993; one year before Theme Park Adventure was founded. TPA actually visited the event a few years later, and then had not returned until this year, after nearly two decades. Why the huge gap in time since our last visit, and why now all of a sudden? It’s a really interesting subject; one that needs explanation to coincide with our 2014 review of Magic Mountain’s event.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2014 Media Preview

FrightFest2Six Flags Magic Mountain recently offered the media a sneak preview of its 2014 Fright Fest Halloween Event. The evening’s preview was divided into two portions – a multimedia roll-out of this year’s mazes, shows and attractions associated with Fright Fest (which was also open to any Season Pass holders that wanted to attend), and then an on-site tour of one of the new mazes for this year – Vault 666 (which was for media guests only).

I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that it’s been a long time since Theme Park Adventure has attended a media event of any type at Magic Mountain; even longer when it comes to Fright Fest. Thinking back, I believe the last time I personally attended Fright Fest at Magic Mountain was in 1997; without a doubt, a lot has changed as the event and industry as a whole has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 17 years. With that in mind, I was one of the only attendees who had just about zero knowledge of the event’s history, Fright Fest’s creative team, or park managers that were part of the presentation. It’s beyond rare that TPA is flying blind when it comes to a Halloween event here in Southern California that’s been around and is as high-profile as Fright Fest – but, there you are. I was – and am – a noob when it comes to this particular event.

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Making Monsters Panel Announced for ScareLA 2014

makingmonstersHalloween fans are in for a huge treat during ScareLA 2014! On Saturday, August 9th, representatives from four major theme park Halloween events will take to the stage together to discuss the behind-the-scenes logistics of creating an army of undead to unleash each night here in Southern California! Titled “Making Monsters“, this unique panel will feature the individuals who oversee the makeup operations for Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor!

This is an unprecedented collaborative presentation that for the first time, sees Southern California’s major theme parks coming together as a collective group to share stories, ideas and engage fans in a Q&A session from the same stage.

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