A Frighteningly Good Time at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest

by Jennifer Wieland


I was invited to an event at Six Flags Great America but all thoughts and opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Recently my family and I were invited to attend a behind the scenes look at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest. My two youngest boys have wanted to go to this for years now. They love all things that scare the bejeezus out of me. I am not known for loving anything of the spooky variety. I chalk it up to being a nervous Nelly who also grew up across the street from a famously haunted cemetery. I was game for this though since it was bright and early in the morning and we were getting a chance to see what went into making it all a frighteningly good time at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest. 

Fright Fest

While both of my boys that went with me are into zombies it was fun for them to see all of the people made up for the various areas of the park. The costume work that goes into making Fright Fest so much fun is amazing! They costume area holds over 250 costumes for the cast and crew scare the guests. The makeup trailer boasts 25 makeup artists on staff to take the cast and crew from average Johns and Janes to something that looks like it just escaped a horror movie set. 

A Frighteningly Good Time at Six Flags Great America #FrightFest #NoMercy

We were even given the chance to have ourselves made over into a monster from one of the many talented makeup artists. The boys were a bit leery of that but I went for it. I asked to be made into a zombie. It was amazing how quickly they were able to take me from regular old sweets eating me to a moaning, brain munching fiend. 

A Frighteningly Good Time at Six Flags Great America #FrightFest #NoMercy

This year there is a new haunted house and it is called The Gates of Hell. I wish I could report on this but as the boys and I entered and the doors closed behind us, they decided it really wasn’t necessary. In other words, we all chickened out in my group. 

A Frighteningly Good Time at Six Flags Great America #FrightFest #NoMercy

There was one ride open and it was one of the roller coasters, Vertical Velocity. To many people, like my 11-year-old, going on a roller coaster is one of the most frightening things anyone can do. My 8-year-old though has been dying to go in this particular roller coaster. Lucky, for him he finally hit that lucky height of 54″ and was able to ride on it. I rode with him on it and the wonderful folks at Six Flags were kind enough to record him on it. Watch below to see one of Jackson’s roller coaster adventures.  

If you enjoyed that video of Jackson’s Roller Coaster adventures then check out another one below from earlier this year at Six Flags Great America.


For more information on the frighteningly, good fun at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest be sure to check out their website



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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

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