Six Flags Fright Fest: fun or flop?

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Skylar Stagaard

Billboards, commercials, signs, radio advertisements. Six Flags Fright Fest has invaded the media and taken it by storm.  After the end of the summer season, guests are allowed to enjoy the park once again with additional events.
The ‘Fright Night’ activities do not begin until sun down, letting day guests of the park continue to enjoy the rides without any fright. 
“The mood was very light at Fright Fest, very family friendly with a lot of fun activities going on besides just the rides,” senior Katherine Chouinard said. 
Six Flags is separated into different areas with different themes for who or what is haunting the park. For instance, there is a specific “demon district” where the only haunts looking to spook will be demons. In the boardwalk area of the park, there are only scary clowns seeking to scare people passing by. 
As opposed to common misconceptions, the employees seeking to scare are not disbursed through every inch of the park. There are specific no-scare zones that protect guests from any haunts while they are eating or waiting in line. Also, there are no employees riding rides with guests in order to scare them as shown in multiple commercials. 
“I went to Fright Fest because I wanted to be scared,” senior Aleezah Madraswalla said. “I have been on the rides before and have experienced the fun of the park, but I wanted to be spooked by the ‘scary monsters.’”
Overall, Fright Fest is an event that can be enjoyed by nearly anyone. Of course, younger children may have more of an issue with the staff roaming the park looking to scare than teenagers would be. Safety is not a concern, making the frights genuine and temporary. 
Although the experience is very unique, the park was extremely crowded and the lines were long. Without the benefit of attending with someone who has an annual pass, the price of admission does not seem worth it. 
“Compared to previous years, this year seemed to be far less focused on scary things and more focused on extra add-ons,” senior Megan Sheehy said. “There were still Halloween decorations and monsters roaming the park, but definitely less than in the past.”
Spending four hours in the park to only have the option to ride a maximum of six rides may not seem as valuable. However, the experience of getting genuinely scared in the Halloween season without any safety concerns can be extremely relevant.  
Generally, the pros and cons must be weighed – which is more important: rides or scares? From there, the decision can be made between whether or not to attend Six Flags: Fright Fest this Halloween season.