NEW FOR 2016
NOX RETURNS FOR MORE SOULS
The demon overlord of Fright Fest is no stranger to the shrill screams of the lost souls that wander through our park. Last year he emerged from hell with his hoards of terrifying creatures. This year, Nox is familiar with the lay of the land and has brought even more horrific beasts to terrorize you. This is your warning.Learn More
ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE
Fright Fest after dark is only for the bravest. You never want to be caught alone after 6pm; Nox and his hoards from the underworld will show no mercy on a single soul.
If you don’t leave screaming in terror, that means you probably didn’t make it out.
FRIGHT FEST RETURNS FOR 19 DAYS OF TERROR.
SELECT DAYS, SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 31
The park is family-friendly by day, but we turn up the terror at dusk! Fright Fest at night is not recommended for children under 13 or anyone who scares easily.
|Saturday, September 24||11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 25||11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 1||11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 2||11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday, October 7||5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 8||11:00 a.m. to midnight|
|Sunday, October 9||11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Monday, October 10||11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
|Friday, October 14||5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 15||11:00 a.m. to midnight|
|Sunday, October 16||11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Friday, October 21||5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 22||11:00 a.m. to midnight|
|Sunday, October 23||11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Friday, October 28||5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 29||11:00 a.m. to midnight|
|Sunday, October 30||11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Monday, October 31||5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
Our address is:
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee (Gurney?), 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.
Wasn’t it scary enough for you there?
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! 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.
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.
We try to make the Fright Fest experience as confusing as possible to keep our guests in a terrorized, zombie-like state. However, for those who like to stare into the void, here are a few answers.
What are your operating hours?
For more information, see our operating calendar.
What are the current ticket prices?
We are pleased to offer a variety of gruesome ticket packages. See our tickets page for information and prices on nightly admission, season passes and other options.
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.
Aren’t you making up all this Fright stuff?
Keep telling yourself that if it helps.
Can I wear a costume or mask?
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 would be more than happy to answer your question.
Which ride is the least scary?
The one 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 Fright Fest scare my parents?
They’re already scared.
What kinds of food does the park have?
It depends: do you prefer to be fried, baked or just eaten raw?
Will my boyfriend or girlfriend be eaten?
It depends how full we are after we finish eating you.
Find out first-hand what guests have to say about Fright Fest…from some actual survivors
“It’s a scary fun event. You get to enjoy Six Flags with the added thrill of creepy clowns and zombies popping out to give you a scare. I love it!”
-Annabelle R., Chicago, Illinois
“The park changes into a scary Halloween city. It’s awesome!”
-Christine B., Crystal Lake, Illinois
“At Fright Fest, they have a bunch of cool Halloween decorations all around the park. They also rename the regular rides and areas with fun, spooky titles. At night, people dressed up in scary costumes come out and you can try out the haunted houses if you pay a little extra. It’s all pretty great!”
-Kyle L., Libertyville, Illinois
“The park is decorated for Halloween and there are ghouls and zombies everywhere. I really liked events and special attractions like the haunted houses.”
-Jose K., Chicago, Illinois
“Not only are there scary characters running around scaring you, there’s also multiple haunted houses and horror-related props. It’s my favorite time to go to Six Flags because of the awesome festivities!”
-Marcus G., Paddock Lake, Illinois
REAL HAUNTED HOUSES.
IF YOU GET LOST, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM FOR HELP.
Only the bravest of souls dare to enter our haunted houses. You’ll be blindsided by darkness as you find your way through the labyrinth while being hunted — never knowing what is lurking around the next corner. Are you ready to face your worst fears?
Will you ever make it out of this circus? Only time will tell…
The circus came into town bursting life and energy into the drab place. One by one families came to see the incredible feats of trapeze artists, contortionists and of course clowns and one by one, they were never seen again. Trapped under the big top, driven mad at the sight of the ravenous clowns the entire town lost their minds and the circus gained many a new member on that stop.
Now for anyone passing by, thinking they will make a stop by to see the circus are sorely mistaken, because once they collect your ticket here., you are a permanent (dis)member of the Slasher Circus.
You feel something crawl across the back of your neck. Your hand instinctively pulls back to get it off. Your hand touches nothing but flesh, but you were sure something was there.
You continue through this dark and dingy corner of nowhere and feel it again. Grasping the back of your neck quicker now you feel flesh… and a bump. Your are in the midst of your worst possible nightmare. What’s gotten under your skin?
Rat’s scurry across your feet hissing as they look for something to devour. You begin to hear a buzzing, quiet at first but as you continue your escape attempt it becomes deafening. Out of nowhere bees invade, trapping you, drowning you.
Infestation is where your primitive fears live – those of rats. snakes, insects. Be careful or you yourself may become infested!
All hell has broken loose with Nox – Fright Fest Overlord.
Nox is searching for more souls to take down into the depths of hell. If you think you are brave enough you can enter his realm in the Gates of Hell! The Gates of Hell is an experience like no other. This complex will not just be composed of one haunted attraction, but six. All these experiences bring you to the House of Torment, Nox’s home.
As you enter the Gates of Hell beware, all vile creatures long to impress their ruler Nox and will stop at nothing to capture the most souls to deliver to him.
You will be lucky to escape with your soul so enter only if you dare.
The infection has spread and humans are now outnumbered by the zombies.
The undead have taken up camp in Wicked Woods guarding the human’s last refuge. Your only chance for survival is to shoot or get infected!
As you enter the woods with your guide, you are reminded of the dangers that lurk just ahead of you. If you stay behind, you face certain infection, but if you go forward, you know that you are marching into a hot spot of activity. Keep your eyes open for what might be lurking in the dark shadows around you!
As you trek on deeper into the woods, you begin to encounter the undead at every turn. Familiar faces of people you once knew are now just a shell. As you twist your way through the wooded trail, you may find yourself face-to-face with a blood-hungry camper. In the woods, it is everyone for themselves as you try to maneuver your way through the unknown territory as zombies await their next meal.
Sure, you may be brave enough to travel the creepy Wicked Woods, but are you strong enough to make it out uninfected?
This manor tucked away in the Southwest Hills has the reputation for being cursed.
A group of supernatural investigators have been brought in to try and capture evidence of this curse, and they are giving tours of the house during the Halloween Season as their investigation is proceeds.
The townsfolk of Southwest Hills believe it is cursed due to a history of deaths related to the house. While the house was being built in the late 60s, there was a ceiling collapse that killed a workman and his apprentice, but their bodies were never found.
Since that time numerous deaths have taken place in the house. Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick, the original owners, as well as their maid all died inside the house. Years later a real estate investor bought the home. It was there that he took the lives of six girls he had kidnapped, only to be killed himself by the seventh.
Today the house is now owned by the bank and has been vacant for years. The townspeople are convinced it is haunted and that the ghost of the homes past will kill anyone who lives there. The supernatural investigators are here to try and find out the truth. Is the house haunted or cursed. Dare to follow them inside and find out for yourself?
The local asylum housed the most precise lobotomy doctors, the most understanding therapists, and the most insane patients.
The residents felt like they were treated like prisoners, locked in their empty rooms most of the day and forced to follow strict schedules. They became angry and often looked for ways to riot against the staff.
On a stormy night during a group therapy session, a lightning strike hit the facility and caused a power outage throughout the building. All the lights went dark, computer systems crashed, and automatic room locks opened, giving all the patients a chance to overpower the workers and escape.
The inmates rebelled against the staff, seeking revenge for locking them up in the clinic. They grabbed scalpels and scissors from the operating rooms and roamed the halls of the asylum. Every therapist, doctor, security guard, and staff member was caught and tortured in the dark corridors. The maniacs sliced into their faces and bodies as blood sprayed along the walls and pooled on the floor.
Some staff members died from their pain and wounds, while others were left permanently disfigured. All the murderous psychiatric residents managed to escape to the theme park across the street. Some people believe they still wander the property, searching for “normal” people to attack, dissect, or disfigure.
THRILLS AT EVERY CORNER.
SIX FLAGS SCARE ZONES ENSURE THE YOU NEVER CATCH A BREAK FROM THE FRIGHTS.
As you walk throughout the park, be prepared as you enter the next scare zone. You’re just trying to pass through, to get to the next ride or maze, but NO! First you must come face to face with elusive bloody-thirsty creatures as they hunt down their next victims. Hopefully you’ll make it through to tell the tale!
GHOULS? ZOMBIES? DANCING MONSTERS? COME SEE IT ALL.
NEVER BEFORE HAS SIX FLAGS OFFERED SO MANY DIFFERENT LIVE PERFORMANCES DURING FRIGHT FEST.
Our Fright Fest shows will leave you howling for more.See All Shows
The Witching Hour
You may feel relief that the end of the night is here but… not so fast. Nox’s army of fear gathers at the end of each night. There is no escaping without facing these terrors.Learn More
Enter Fright Fest to the world’s largest synchronized LED light show on the world’s largest carousel!Learn More
The Uprising Parade: Nightly Call of the Dead
This is not your typical parade. This is the rising of the dead.Learn More
Love at First Fright
Join Jack and Katie on their dare to spend a night in the cemetery and be thoroughly entertained along the way.Learn More
Dead Man's Party - Unleashed
While some dead men can’t indulge in the chaos and torture that happens in hell, all bets are off in the human realm. These dead men take advantage of Fright Fest and try to grow their army with demons…and maybe even a few humans.
In between the crops you find a lonely scarecrow, but Nox has brought them all to life. They have united around County Fair Bridge, and Fiddler’s Flung is where they choose their victims.
Lonely, frustrated, and bitter — for reasons nobody can explain — the demons underneath are on a mission to bring others into the mud pit of misery they call home.
Hometown Fun Machine
As ground zero for the nuclear explosion, this is easily the most dangerous location in the entire Chicago area. Toxic waste still haunts the site and the zombies here are the most infected in the city.
After the reactor core directly next to Whizzer exploded, strange things began to happen to the lake behind it.
Viper: Snakes on a Train
Colonel Alexander has been breading snakes for his infamous elixir for years.
Formerly Ricochet – The local butcher has come up with one easy way to grind up all of his meat.
Giant Drop of Doom
Formerly The Giant Drop – This is not the same ride you are used to during the summer. The ghosts of past employees have taken over the ride.
Black Widow: The American Eagle
In this part of Illinois the convoluted surfaces of some of our rides are unfortunately an attractive nesting place for insects.
Hear the slashing blades of the pendulum?
King Chaos: Blood Bath
Formerly King Chaos – The performers from one of their star attractions were lost in the Great Last Stop Fire while their trapeze sat dormant most of the summer.
Rue Le Morgue
Those brave enough to venture into the back room of Lady Laveau’s shop may have their breath taken away… permanently.
It may seem like the safest place at the park, but it isn’t. Condor is the home of the blackbirds, wicked and evil, they will pick you to death.
Terror Twister 2: A Turn for the Worse
With enhanced lighting, equipment, and effects, Terror Twister 2 – A Turn for the Worse, will be sure to disorient riders as they spin through DJ Terror’s club.
TICKETS & PASSES
2017 SEASON PASSES
Purchase 4 or more 2017 Season Passes now and get:
- Free visits for the rest of 2016 including admission to Fright Fest
- Free upgrade to Gold and free parking
- Save 74%!
$65.99 Learn More
Daily Admission Only
Price starts at:
Buy daily tickets online and save up to $25 when you purchase at least a day in advance. Not sure when you’ll visit? Buy an Any Day Ticket.
One-day admission for all day and Fright Fest at night.
Some haunted attractions require the purchase of a separate Haunted House wristband.
A Season Pass gives you unlimited visits for the rest of the 2016 season and all of 2017.
A Season Pass also includes in-park discounts, free tickets for friends on select days and admission to all Six Flags theme parks.
Some haunted attractions require the purchase of a separate Haunted House wristband.
Price starts at:
A Membership features the same benefits* as a Season Pass but you can pay for it one month at a time and keep it as long as you like after 12 months.
A Membership has minimum upfront costs and immediate activation.
Some haunted attractions require the purchase of a separate Haunted House wristband.
HAUNTED HOUSE WRISTBAND
Unlimited trips through all haunted attractions on a single visit to the park. Park admission is additional.
EXPRESS HAUNTED HOUSE WRISTBAND
Reduced Wait Time
For just a little more, an Express Haunted Attraction Wristband is your solution for speedy frights at all six of our haunted attractions. Significantly cut your wait in line and enjoy more of the park. Park admission is additional.
HAUNTED HOUSE SEASON PASS
Unlimited visits through all haunted attractions on every night of Fright Fest. Exclusively for Pass Holders.
General Admission at the Park
One-day park admission purchased at the front gate. Buy online instead and save! Some haunted attractions require the purchase of a separate Haunted House wristband.
Child Admission at the Park
Admission for kids under 48″, children two and under are free. The park is family-friendly by day but Fright Fest at night is not recommended for children under 13.
Price starts at:
Groups of 20 or more get really big discounts when tickets are purchased in advance.Learn More
*Free visits for the rest of 2016 does not apply to Membership Passes.
Season Passes are valid through the 2017 season. Memberships are available online only and require a 12 month minimum commitment. Some Memberships require a refundable security deposit. Read our Membership FAQs. Season Passes and Memberships may be used on public operating days, not valid for private parties or some events.
A valid email address is REQUIRED to receive some free tickets for friends, discounts and other Season Pass special benefits. Six Flags will never share your email address without your consent and will only use it for park-related correspondence. For members of your family under the age of 13, please enter a parent/guardian’s email address. Children 2 years and under are free. Prices are only available online, do not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Service fee applies to online orders. Some concerts and special events require an upcharge. Access to ecoupons will be provided to Pass Holders on their first visit. Four of the same type of pass must be purchased in one transaction to qualify for discounted pricing or other special offers. A Season Pass or Membership provides unlimited visits and access to most rides but does not include food, games, shopping, additional fee attractions such as go-karts and Skycoasters, premium Fright Fest haunted attractions and some concerts, shows and special events.
Please note: Additional entry fees apply to some Fright Fest experiences. Check the tickets information or each attraction description for more details. Prices. operating schedule and park policies are subject to change without notice. Processing fees apply to online orders.