Fright Fest introduces new maze, scare zones
VALLEJO — It’s back and scarier than ever.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom kicks off its annual Fright Fest Saturday. It will run weekends and three Fridays through Oct. 27.
New this year is Total Darkness where guests will meander in the deepest recesses of blackness in a darkened maze without a hint of what’s to come.
Two new scare zones, Arachnid Alley, featuring super-sized spiders, and Mt. Rotting Cemetery, quite possibly home to the living dead, will be introduced.
The park retains its family atmosphere during the day. Kids can trick-or-treat, decorate cookies and join in a costume contest with children-themes. Shows include a sea lion show, dubbed Pirates of the Dead Sea; Witch’s Brew; and an Island Zoo wildlife show.
As the sun sets, a shadow land of ghouls and evil creatures come out to scare.
The Awakening kicks off the evening at 5:45 p.m. with a chilling opening ceremony. Throughout the night, Dance Macabre, a deadly dance party, takes place. The evening ends with The Aftermath, a final freaky performance.
Haunted mazes and scare zones also include:
- Massacre Mine: An abandoned gold rush mine where terror lurks around every corner.
- Cirkus Berzerkus: Odds are guests will meet a murderous clown in the moonlight.
- Arsenic and Arania’s Nightmare Manor: Living alone in this 13-room manor drove twin sisters to insanity.
- Slaughter House Pig Farm: This formerly condemned family owned pork processing plant once served human flesh to unsuspecting customers. The slaughterhouse has reopened but the mystery meat remains just that.
- Captain Bloat’s Shipwreck of Horror: The remnants of a 200-year-old shipwreck are guarded by the ghost of evil pirate Captain Bloat, who’s determined to ensure no one gets close enough to find the treasure.
- Scrapyard of the Dead: The workers at this junkyard are dead, but they don’t know it.
- Bloodbath Bayou: A not-so-tranquil lagoon filled with monstrous crocodiles, decaying zombies, scaly beasts and other unexpected inhabitants.
- The Last Ride: A simulated coffin attraction that gives the feeling of being loaded into a hearse, the quake and shake of a wild hearse ride and then being tossed and buried in the coffin.
In addition to the animal shows with Halloween themes, the entertainment offerings include Jim Mackenzie’s Intrepid Comedy Sideshow Spectacular, sword-swallowing, the nail through the nose and other oddities.
Hypnotist Steve Bayner will also entertain.
A blood donor drive to benefit the Blood Centers of the Pacific is slated from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26.
For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.
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- 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 27
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairground Drive, Vallejo
Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time.
Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom.
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