SF Fright Fest

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 7:58 PM

In almost every market that SF does there FF events, they market it as the regions "largest and most diverse Halloween extravaganza" then why has it gone to hell. They do the least amount of advertising for it. For instances all the other major parks that do halloween events have already launched there web sites for there events. How ever SF hasnt had a FF site in over three years. However as of today the old FF.com has popped back up at google, but its a dead link.

So has anyone else noticed there local SF park's FF start to go down hill in the last few years? ANd why doesnt SF try to put money back into it again. For three to four weekends every year, even when its rainy and cold they can pack in a large crowd (15 to 20,000 acc.) still. So why give the GP the same thing ever year or less and risk them not coming back.


Thursday, September 2, 2004 9:21 AM
Speak for yourself...The Fright Fests at SFGAm have been great the past three years.

The park has been packed all four times I have attended - and the weather has been less than stellar for all of them.

Perhaps they don't advertise the heck out of them because they don't need to...

Thursday, September 2, 2004 2:08 PM
ClubXJeff's avatar I couldn't agree more redman822. Boss, you pretty much answered your own question in your first sentence. Everyone knows late September comes rolling around (or perhaps when Tiny sits on the Eagle), then it's time for Fright Fest. A buddy of mine, just moved here from Texas, and when I told him that Fright Fest is my favorite time to go to the park, he screamed, "You guys have that up here too?!" I'm like, yeah, SFGAm was almost if not the first park to start Fright Fest. And, just a note, SFGAm's Fright Fest has always been a great time, packed...regardless of the weather.

They always do a fantastic job decorating and advertising, everyone and their mother knows about it.
So I guess, they can advertise on a small scale, because it's a well-known fact that Fright Fest IS every year, at the same time, same place.

F.Y.I. SFGAm's Fright Fest last year, (because it was the 13th season), did an outstanding job decorating...it really blew everyone away. One guy even mentioned how good it was at No Coaster Con, and everyone agreed and applauded.


Thursday, September 2, 2004 2:43 PM

ClubXJeff said:
I'm like, yeah, SFGAm was almost if not the first park to start Fright Fest. F.Y.I. SFGAm's Fright Fest last year, (because it was the 13th season)


Uh your timing is off.....

Astroworld debuted "Fright Nights", as it was originally called in 1986. So while SFGA might have been celebrating it 13th last year, we at AW were celebrating our 18th Halloween celebration!

Thursday, September 2, 2004 2:44 PM
SFGAm has advertisements up in the park. The Hometown Square train station already has decorations up and the Fright Fest limo sitting in front of it.

Thursday, September 2, 2004 3:26 PM
SFGADV and SFA FF suck! They are horrible! Those are the only 2 parks I've been to for FF. Both had lack of themeing and just wasn't good at all!


Thursday, September 2, 2004 4:03 PM
I (choosing not to flex my SFGAm season pass) am so anti paying extra for any of the FF features, like the haunted houses. I think I will stick with CP's instead (I had a blast last year). Besides the crowds are usually way too enormous at SFGAm during FF. If others want to front the extra $ and deal with large crowds, go for it.
Thursday, September 2, 2004 6:32 PM
There is a solution for that ltlbat.

Go on Friday evenings. Most admission paying customers don't feel it's worth shelling out money for 6 hours in the park. However, it is a great time for pass holders because the park is not crowded and most of the evening is when the sun is down creating a more halloween experience.

As others have mentioned here, SFGAm really decorated the park great last October.

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Thursday, September 2, 2004 6:46 PM
I also agree with ltlbat. I've never been to a FF myself, but I've seen where others have.

All of the regular rides are free to the public but when it comes to these fright fest rides or attractions, they all cost per person. I just don't understand the mentality behind that. Sure, it creates more revenue for Six Flags, but, when I got to theme parks I haven't once spent money on a pay-per-ride attraction.

Maybe that is one of the reasons I've never gone to a Fright Fest before. Other than the additional decorating around the park, nothing really has changed except a few more pay-rides that are available.

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Thursday, September 2, 2004 9:30 PM
Fright Fest is dead here in StL.
Thursday, September 2, 2004 10:26 PM
Exactly, and i wanna know is why is it that JPM the producers of the FF at SFGAM can do an OUTSTANDING job there. And even did a great job at SFOG while they were there. However I wanna know why did they suck at SFSTL between 99 and 02 when they did FF. THe park couldnt wait to get rid of them.

All I am saying is that SFSTL use to have great themeing and hords of monsters. However most of the stuff they have now are left overs slowly rotting away from those yester years. And the haunted houses are no more impressive then those at a church. I guess we in the STL region are spoiled with http://halloweenproductions.com/. They put on some stellar haunts. http://www.scarefest.com/

If I didnt already work at the park and at an office I would have taken a job with them this Augest.

Thursday, September 2, 2004 11:11 PM
Adventure world always had hallowscream prior to becoming SFA & back then it was better,due in part to the ops getting all decked out in costume.

Lately the events havn't been as good as during the past couple of seasons.....they need to bring back trail of terror haunted hay wagon instead of that halloween lights crap they've had the last two seasons.

Anyone know if they'll be doing the freddy vs jason theming on midnight express haunted train at SFA again this year?

Friday, September 3, 2004 9:07 AM
Vater's avatar I don't even bother with SFA's Fright Fest anymore, with PKD and (especially) BGW just down the road. Nothing in this area compares to BG's Howl-O-Scream.
Friday, September 3, 2004 9:23 AM
Frantic Ferret's avatar I don't think the StL Fright Fest is that bad. 2 haunted houses, troll(or evil clown) woods, haunted hayride, haunted train, plus the shows. They did cut back on their themeing a bit, but it's still pretty heavy in the front of the park. Rides are a walk-on on Fridays and the fall weather is usually nice. It's a better deal than the overpriced haunted houses in our area.
Friday, September 3, 2004 10:08 AM
Last year was the best year hands down for SFwoA's Fright Fest. I have to been to most SF Fright Fest, and I would definetly say SFWoA had the best. Yes, they had a few haunted houses that weren't what they could be, but they also had some new and improved ones last year, that were pretty good. And the themeing blew away the other SF parks.

Now the question is, how will The Haunt be...and GL has been advertising it with a pretty nice display at the front gate for a month now.

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Friday, September 3, 2004 5:00 PM
Six Flags Fright Fest - It's Fright Time is the slogan for the 2005 Fright Fest's at Six Flags parks.
Friday, September 3, 2004 6:34 PM

SFZIP said:
Six Flags Fright Fest - It's Fright Time is the slogan for the 2005 Fright Fest's at Six Flags parks.

Wait a second I have heard that before...oh wait they are jsut ripping them selves off. Get it "It's Play Time" = "It's Fright Time". And the thing that bothers me is that SF .inc paid a company more money then i have erned in my life to come up with that slogan. *Shakes head*

Friday, September 3, 2004 7:08 PM
Go here to see what Mr. Six will look like for Fright Fest. This will be the same for all of the Six Flags parks, but this is from Six Flags Great America. http://www.sfgamworld.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2561
Friday, September 3, 2004 8:16 PM
Yep, I live closest to the St. Louis location. I saw on one person's website pictures of the Fright Fest at St. Louis and to me, it was pretty dumb.

Now if they allowed for free admission to all the extra rides like the haunted houses and stuff, I could consider going. But with a price of past $40 for park entry, it isn't worth it to go back during the same year to ride the same rides that have been there for years now and pay for the other rides.

Brian S. http://www.vtdj.com
Friday, September 3, 2004 10:11 PM
I just go for the usual rides...to me it's simply an extension of the regular season.

To top it off while most folks are queing up for the hayride or haunted train it means shorter lines on all the coasters for the rest of us.


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