Sunday, October 12, 2008
Spent my Saturday night in New Jersey at Six Flags Fright Fest. Not only was this my first time going to Fright Fest but it was also my first time going to Six Flags period. Ya see, every year around this time, Six Flags is taken over by all things Halloween. Shows, haunted attractions, musical acts, you name it. And if anythings gonna get me to venture out and risk the ridicule that comes along with the fear of amusement park rides, it's Halloween inspired chills.
There was all kinds of cool shit going on all night. The park itself is transformed, mostly through lighting and spider webs placed throughout, into one large haunted environment. The water fountain towards the center of the park was turned into a blood fountain, thanks to lighting and not mass amounts of food dye like I first believed...
They had an Elvira themed ride simulator, which I wanted to go on but the line was far too long. This was a continuing theme of the night as most of the really cool shit had lines way too long to even imagine waiting on. When ya spend 40 bucks to get in, you really don't wanna spend the whole time waiting on line for a couple minutes of thrills. Six Flags all around seems mostly like a waiting game and patience isn't exactly one of my strong points.
I did however manage to experience my first rollercoaster ride. As in, the first of my life. No, I didn't have a sheltered childhood, I was pretty much just too much of a pussy to ever brave one. After seeing Final Destination 3 and hearing about that dude who got his feet chopped off on the Batman ride, can you really blame me? I didn't go on anything major, but I am proud to say I went on both Skull Mountain and Runaway Mine Train, the only rides that allowed anyone under 44" to enjoy. If I don't see kids under the age of 5 waiting in line, count me out. Mine Train may be considered a "pussy ride" by amusement park veterans, but I was so pumped up after I got off that thing that I was ready to do just about anything, including eating bugs and various forms of larvae. They had a little set-up called the "Wheel of Fright" where such dreams could come true for the sake of winning unnamed prizes, but I was rudely told by a dude dressed as an undead pedophile skeleton that the fun had ended a half hour prior. Maybe next year...
For an extra 5 bucks you were allowed to wait on a 3 hour long line and step foot into the "Demented Forest" or "Escape From The Asylum", two attractions that promised haunted decadence. We only made it into the Demented Forest, which was pretty much an outdoor haunted house through the woods. It was pretty cool but not exactly scary. I guess Six Flags is more of a family environment so they toned down the real scares. It was mostly just guys dressed in costume walking up and staring at you for far too long to be considered not awkward.
Amongst all this, they had guys and gals dressed in various different costumes roaming free throughout the park scaring people whenever they so pleased and they were pretty effective in doing so.
All in all it was a hell of a good time, and i'm glad I can finally say I checked out Fright Fest. I think they could have gone all out and done a lot more to make it as cool as possible, but I can't complain. I'd definetly go back next year but I think next time i'd have to bite the bullet and pay the extra money to get the line cutting pass, as that seems to be the only way to enjoy the place the way it was intended to be enjoyed.
I wish I had some badass pictures of it all to show here, but they all came out pretty shitty thanks to the lighting. That and the camera battery was dead as soon as we arrived. You'd think it would've known to be on it's best behavior and thus charged itself. Apparently it doesn't work that way...
What do you have left to knock off of your Halloween bucket list?!