Review of Six Flags Fright Fest NJ Haunted Attraction

Review of Six Flags Fright Fest NJ Haunted Attraction

Review of Six Flags Fright Fest NJ Haunted Attraction

Six Flags Fright Fest NJ

Six Flags Fright Fest NJ is a Haunted Attraction located in Jackson, NJ.

1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527
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Haunt Type(s):

1ThemePark

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Features:

Paid Parking, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, Optional Games/Midway, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction


Team Crypt Creepers reviewed this attraction on October 10, 2016.

Final Score: 7.6

Summary:

Frightfest is Six Flags’ Halloween event, adding 7 haunts, 4 scare zones and 5 Halloween-themed shows to the park. The water in the massive fountain is dyed red, they decorate to the nines and they let loose roving bands of actors. You can enjoy the atmosphere, scare zones, and shows with park admission, but if you want to do the haunts, you’ll need to purchase a haunt admission wristband potentially bringing admission up near $100.

On the night of our visit (10/10), 2 of the 7 haunts were closed. They gave us $5 off for the inconvenience.


Cast: 7.5

The cast was all over the place. Cell Block and Big Top’s actors were wonderfully creepy and interactive, but the majority of actors in Manor and Bloodshed both fell into the “pop out and say boo” category. Total darkness suffered from a total lack of people.

The cast in the scare zones were all on point though! I think they gave me better scares than half of the houses!


Costuming: 8.5

All of the costumes (in haunt and in the scare zones) were well done, in theme, and complete.


Customer Service: 7.5

Customer service for the haunts themselves were fine, but we had some less-than-stellar interactions with ride operators and box office workers.


Atmosphere: 8.5

Fright Fest does a great job of creating an atmosphere of fear within the park. Scare zones are well decorated and the blood fountain is super cool. Some areas feature scary sound effects while others have pop-y Halloween music piped in.


Special Effects: 7.5

Fright Fest has a lot of the new, cooler scare tools like air guns, animatronics and 3D and puts them all to good use. I feel that their blackout house was a missed opportunity, however.


Theme: 8

Each of the haunts and scare zones convey their respective themes well. Sets and costumes are detailed and well thought out.


Fright Effect: 6.3

Cellblock 6: 8.5
New this year, Cellblock 6 is a take on the prisoners that are loose in the prison trope. The sets and sound effects give you a pretty good feeling of the Prison motif. Strategically-placed animatronics and air guns elicited several shrieks from me. Actors are costumed well, in character, and ready to mess with you. Kudos to the gal clinging to the wall and the upside down guy for using the sets for ultimate creepiness.

Make this house priority #1.

Wasteland: CLOSED
NOTE: In past visits, this was one of my favorites – really cool sets, animatronics, and fun, unexpected scares.

Big Top Terror: 8
Neon 3D seems to be the new hot gimmick for haunts (especially paired with clowns), so I didn’t have high hopes for anything new from this haunt. I was pleasantly surprised with a chill haunt that skipped the shrieking and jump scares and, instead, brought us into a really unique circus of paranoia. The 3D paint made some of the sets seem like they were moving out of the corner of your eye. Then there were the clowns; they had 3 modes of messing with you: babbling weird stuff/giggling, using distractions (including babbling cohorts), and just generally creating an aura of paranoia by making themselves known, but not actually going in for the kill (creeping). I was suspecting EVERYTHING by the end of the haunt.

I’d suggest making this haunt a priority as well.

Voodoo Island: CLOSED

BloodShed: 7
Welcome to the slaughterhouse – blood, dismembered bodies and chainsaws. The sets were well executed, costumes were good and the actors were all into it. A couple of good jump scares got me too. This haunt was perfectly adequate, but there was nothing in here interesting enough for me to say “let’s go again” or “make this a priority.”

The Manor: 5
Like BloodShed… while adequate, this haunt brings nothing interesting to the haunted house trope. Additionally, some weird set choices (funeral home attached to the haunted house?) and bored-looking actors really killed this one for me. It really felt like “let’s squish as many different scary house things in here as we can.”

Total Darkness: 3
Your group is given a flashlight tied to a rope and you’re sent to navigate a maze in almost total darkness. The flashlight is gimmicked to dim or cut out during the walk.

I don’t know if we caught it on a bad day/time, but this haunt fails on so many levels. I was the caboose of the rope train so I should have been a prime target (in the back, farthest from the light) – not one scare was made in my direction. I think we counted 2 actors in the entire walkthrough. 95% of the trip was walking through twisting black halls with no detail. The big effect was an area that had hanging string to hit you in the face!

Wrapup:
The houses vary in scare quality and I think real Haunt Fiends will be disappointed at a nearly $100 price tag. With that said, if you’re planning a trip to Six Fags for the coasters, the haunts are fun add-ons and are readily accessible for anyone.


Value: 7

None of the houses took more than 10 mins; however, some of the lines are massive. At the lowest price point of the season ($83.99), it works out to 0.83 minutes of entertainment per dollar spent (7 houses at 10 mins. divided by $83.99). Most of the Coasters are still running during Frightfest so you can enjoy other parts of the park with the admission.


Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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