When I first got word that Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest would not be happening in 2020, I pretty much had a heart attack.

BUT....it is not exactly what you think.

Instead of upholding their annual tradition, Six Flags is hosting "Hallowfest" in the place of Fright Fest because things are going to have to be a little different this year.

The Halloween fun will kick off on September 18th and runs every weekend through November 1st! (Plus October 12th)

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The park hours will be 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The fun will start at 5:00 PM on Fridays but be aware that the park closes at different times each week just on this day.

IMPORTANT: You will NOT be allowed to enter the park without a reservation. Six Flags must be able to limit the park's capacity to remain open and in business.

Reservations can be made starting on September 3rd at 12:00 PM but that is just for Members and Season Pass Holders. The general public can make their reservations starting at September 4th at 12:00 PM. CLICK HERE to make a reservation.

Here is how each day of Hallowfest will work:

From 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM during the day, attendees are promised "Thrills By Day" which will include family-friendly activities. Here is what  "Thrills by Day" will include:

  • Elaborate fall landscaping displays of pumpkins, colorful mums, cornstalks, hay bales, gourds, and festive inflatables;
  • Back by popular demand, a Trick-or-Treat Trail with kid-friendly Halloween monsters and individually packaged candy and treats;
  • Kid-centric hay bale maze in one direction;
  • Fun rides for all ages in the crisp, fall air; and
  • Halloween-themed specialty treats, like gooey caramel apples and funnel cakes made with Snickers candy, available for purchase.

Then beginning at 6:00 PM, prepare yourselves for "Chills by Night" with rides on monster coasters and other spoooooooky adventures which will include:  

  • Creepy fog, eerie lighting, and sinister music will create the perfect backdrop for nighttime scares and chills including three haunted trails, four themed zones and street entertainment;
  • Six Flags’ signature collection of world-class roller coasters ramp up the fear factor for a heart-pounding Hallowfest experience as guests fly through the air at high speeds in total darkness; and
  • Halloween gear, such as themed masks, witch headbands, light-up devil horns, and scary apparel, will be on sale along with everybody’s favorite glow-in-the-dark necklaces, bracelets, and light sticks.

This is probably not a surprise but Six Flags Great Adventure will continue to adhere to the safety protocols that they have in place. They include:

  • All team members (including scare-actors) and all guests 2 years and up will be required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth while in the parks;
  • No indoor mazes, haunted houses, or indoor shows will be operated; some haunted trails and scare zones will be operated outdoors with social distancing strictly enforced;
  • A limited number of nighttime scare-actors will remain at least six feet away from guests and each other;
  • Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by at least six feet;
  • Props, rides, restraints, handrails, and dining and restroom facilities will be cleaned and sanitized regularly; and
  • Multiple alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the parks for guest and team member usage.

I know it is not exactly how we pictured but at least there is still a Halloween celebration to attend at Six Flags this year. Let's just make the most of it!

So, what are you going to be this year?

Take a look at the original articles at NJ.com and 94.3 The Point!