Fans of the macabre, your time has arrived. The Six Flags Great Escape Fright Fest kicks off Saturday, Sept. 30 and continues each weekend through Oct. 29. The daylight hours are filled with kid-friendly fun including trick-or-treating and visits with costumed characters. As the sun goes down, the zombies rise. This year’s Fright Fest features four haunted houses, four scare zones and ghoulish entertainment. Admission includes unlimited rides on the Great Escape’s famous roller coasters and thrill rides.
The Great Escape has a few deals on admission to the 2017 Fright Fest. Opening weekend, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, tickets are discounted 40 percent. Purchase of a 2018 Season Pass includes admission to 2017 Fright Fest. Bring your dog in a costume on Oct. 1 for the Bark in the Park event and get in free with discounted admission for the rest of the family. Bark in the Park registration begins at noon and dogs must exit the park by 4 p.m. Any guest can receive a discounted admission on Oct. 1 by donating a dog toy or treat to benefit Friends of Phoebie Animal Rescue.
On Oct. 2, the Great Escape is hosting two American Red Cross blood drives, one at the Great Escape Lodge in Lake George and one at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, 33 Everett Rd., in Albany. The first 250 blood donors will get free tickets to Fright Fest. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Rodeo fans can snag Fright Fest tickets as part of the Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo combo ticket. The tickets are $20 and include admission to the rodeo, Nov. 3 or 4, at the Cool Insuring Arena (formally the Glens Falls Civic Center), a Fright Fest admission ticket and discounts for Adirondack Thunder Hockey and local businesses. Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo combo tickets are on sale at the Cool Insuring Arena, Noble Ace True Value in South Glens Falls and Walkers Farm Home and Tack.