Fright Fest officially began in 1989 at Six Flags Over Texas and expanded to several other parks within the Six Flags chain in the seasons to follow. Six Flags spent many seasons in the 1970s and 1980s testing out Halloween-themed events and finally landed on Fright Fest. The event has always had haunted houses and other related live entertainment. In 1999, the Six Flags chain had a series of haunted houses themed around Alice Cooper. Over the years, several Six Flags parks have had other popular themed houses as well. However, as of 2017, all haunted houses are specially themed by each park.
One staple of Six Flags Over Texas is the show Welcome to Arania's Nightmare in the Southern Palace Theatre. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, this show has a become a cult classic and yearly fan-favorite for park guests. Today, Six Flags Over Texas boasts many scare zones, haunted houses, and live entertainment.
Six Flags Over Texas features a number of live entertainment options during Fright Fest. All shows are free with entry to the park.
Haunted houses have been a Fright Fest staple since the event’s first season in 1989. These attractions can be enjoyed at an additional fee.
||Single House Pass (Entry into one haunted house, one time.)|
||One-Day Pass (Regular unlimited entry to all haunted houses on the day of purchase.)|
||All-Season Pass (Regular unlimited entry to all haunted houses each Fright Fest visit.)|
||VIP Express (Express unlimited entry to all haunted houses on the day of purchase.)|
Scare zones are themed areas of the park that feature monsters whom frighten those walking through. The park recommends that guests sensitive to these conditions enjoy the park during the day. Scare zones are “activated” at 7:15pm each evening.
During the day, younger guests can enjoy the following kid-friendly activities prior to the evening’s intense environment.
Looney Tunes Spooky Town - Kids can meet the Looney Tunes characters and engage in a trick or treat event.
Kid’s Costume Party - A supermodel zombie walk show that is exclusively for guests 10 and under.
Six Flags Spooktacular Street Party - A kid-friendly dance party full of ghouls and zombies.
Scary-Oke - A Halloween twist on guest-driven karaoke.
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Guests 12 Years Old & Under
Guests 13 Years & Older
The park is offering perks for these membership levels during their Fright Fest event:
|During the day, Six Flags Over Texas offers an atmosphere that is suitable for guests of all age. There are many activities available, such as karaoke and trick-or-treating, that are geared towards children. However, once evening sets on the park, the atmosphere turns into a more frightening experience. Once night falls the park experience is recommended for guests older than 12 years.|
|The park offers a handful of haunted houses at an extra charge. Guests can purchase single-house tickets or a wristband for entry to all houses. Other upgraded packages are available that will cut your wait time in half. If you are planning on enjoying the haunted houses we recommend looking at one of these upgraded packages once you arrive to the park. Pricing for haunted houses can be found in the "Haunted Houses" section above.|
|The park provides a great line-up of live entertainment to enjoy throughout the day. Shows such as Welcome to Arania's Nightmare are a huge hit and will play multiple times a day. We recommend arriving at theatres earlier than usual as Fright Fest shows are quite popular. More information regarding live shows can be found going to the "Live Entertainment" section above.|
We do not have a 100% guaranteed solution for avoiding crowds. This is one of the busiest times of the year to visit a Six Flags park. However, there are a few methods we have tried in the past that have helped:
|As seasons progress, Six Flags Over Texas has added many more scare zones. During the day they remain untouched like most of the park. However, once night falls, all scare zones are filled with scary characters with the sole intent to frighten the guests around them. Please note that many park attractions cannot be accessed without traveling through various scare zones within the park.|
|Since the park turns into a more mature-themed nature at night, there are a handful of ride closures. Happening at 6:00pm each evening, attractions such as Bugs Bunny Boomtown, other children rides, and water rides close for the day. Did you know? We have a page listing all rides and attractions. Each dedicated ride page has the ability to show special information, such as scheduled ride closures, so be sure to check them out for special Fright Fest-related information.|
|Fright Fest will take place on select dates from September 21 through November 3. Please visit the park's official website for a full calendar of park hours.|