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Six Flags announces Hallowfest modified Halloween events for 2020

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Six Flags has announced modified Halloween events for 2020, known as Hallowfest, at several of its theme parks, including Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags St. Louis.

According to Six Flags, the horror will be reimagined at Hallowfest to reduce the spread of “both human and zombie germs” in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

All guests will be required to make a reservation to avoid overcrowding, and Six Flags will be adding “a monstrous amount of bewitching [health and safety] protocols”.

Visitors and employees, including scare actors, will be required to wear face masks, and guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by six feet.

There will be no indoor mazes, haunted houses or indoor shows, and some haunted trails and scare zones will be operated outdoors with social distancing.

Hallowfest will feature a limited number of nighttime scare actors, who will always remain six feet away from guests and each other.

Hallowfest will run on weekends at the following parks on the following dates:

  • Six Flags Great Adventure – September 18 through November 1
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas – September 19 through November 1
  • Six Flags Over Georgia – September 19 through November 1
  • Six Flags Over Texas – September 26 through November 1
  • Six Flags St. Louis – October 3 through November 1
  • Six Flags America – October 3 through November 1
  • Frontier City – October 2 through October 31

No indoor mazes or haunted houses at HallowFest

During the day, and depending on the park, Hallowfest will feature activities such as Trick-or-Treat Trail, child-friendly mazes, spooky magic shows, and costume contests.

At night, also depending on the park, there will be ghoul-filled scare zones with eerie fog and menacing music, outdoor trails, and exclusive Halloween-themed F&B.

“Our annual Fright Fest celebration is one of the most anticipated Halloween events of the season,” said Six Flags president and CEO, Mike Spanos.

“Given the current environment, we are taking special precautions this year and offering our guests a version that is still scary, provides lots of thrilling rides and Halloween fun, and most importantly, is safe for our guests and team members.

“We will operate Hallowfest the same way we have operated our parks all summer, with daily temperature checks and face masks required for guests and team members prior to entry, social distancing, and enhanced sanitization measures.”

Universal and Cedar Fair cancelled their Halloween events for this year, including Halloween Horror Nights and Knott’s Scary Farm. Walt Disney World resort announced in mid-June that it was cancelling Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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