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.


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

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.

Haunted House Pricing

Haunted houses at Six Flags Over Texas are up-charge attractions. Available house admission is broken up into four different options: single day regular access, all-season regular access, single-day express, and all-season express. Admission is available to all visitors, though having a membership or season pass decreases the overall cost of each option. Base pricing for haunted house passes will fluctuate depending on the month and day.

Single-Day Passes
Starting At $19.99 General Access
Starting At $39.99 VIP Express Access
Each Visit $9.99 Diamond Elite Member VIP Express Upgrade
All-Season Passes
Starting At $29.99 General Access
Starting At $49.99 VIP Express Access

Scare Zones

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 7:30pm each evening after The Awakening.

Kid-Friendly Activities

During the day, younger guests can enjoy the following kid-friendly activities prior to the evening’s intense environment.

Fright Fest Media

Helpful Tips

Dress Code
Guests 12 Years Old & Under
  • Can wear a full costume, mask, and face painting if accompanied by an adult family member.
  • If this guest is alone or with same-aged children, then no masks or face makeup is allowed.
  • Masks with "bloody" features are not allowed.
  • Guests this age may only partially paint their face (no more than half the face can be painted).
  • Can bring toy accessories including plastic swords, magic wands, crowns, and wearable ears. Toy guns, pitchforks, and objects with "bloody" features are not permitted. All toy accessories must pliable and non-sharp plastic.

Guests 13 Years & Older
  • These guests can wear costumes.
  • There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these rules: no masks, costumes cannot have inappropriate language or imagery, partial face paint is allowed as long as it does not disguise facial features (no more than half the face painted), no handheld accessories (guns, chains, swords, wands, etc.) of any kind are permitted.
  • All costumes must be appropriate and family-friendly.
Diamond/Diamond Elite Fright Fest Perks
Haunted Houses
Diamond members receive entry into one haunted house, one time, for free. Diamond Elite members receive a general admission wristband for unlimited visits through all houses each visit to the park.

Early Show Entry
Both Diamond and Diamond Elite members are granted priority show entry for Welcome to Arania's Nightmare, located at Southern Palace Theatre during Fright Fest.

Thrills by Day, Fright by Night
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.

Haunted Houses
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.

Fright Fest Entertainment
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.
Tips for Avoiding Crowds
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:
  • Go earlier in the season. Fright Fest starts in September. You will likely not run into the heavy crowds that are present the closer it gets to Halloween.
  • Go on an off-day. Have you thought about going to Fright Fest during the week on a Friday? This has sometimes been a great way to avoid the weekend crowd.
  • Do not go on coupon dates. If there is a deal for bringing friends free or discounted tickets we highly recommend that you do not go to the park if you are bothered by large crowds.
  • Try going on a Sunday. This isn't always the case, but sometimes Sunday is a less-crowded day than Saturday. We still think the closer it gets to Halloween the busier Sundays will inevitably get.

Unavoidable Scare Zones
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.

Nightly Ride Closures
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.

When does Fright Fest operate?
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.