Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain wins Best Theme Park Halloween Event


Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion takes second place

Looking for a scare this Halloween? Head to the nearest amusement park! Theme parks across the country are hosting ghastly, ghoulish events to celebrate the season, and you're invited. We asked a panel of theme park experts to pick their favorite Halloween events, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting daily for their favorites.

  • Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
    Valencia, Calif.

    Seventeen nights of horrifying mazes, roaming zombies and spooky shows await thrill seekers at this famed California theme park – threats so terrifying, in fact, you may just opt for the relative “calm” of riding the world-class roller coasters in the dark instead! Looney Tunes characters and holiday crafts delight wee ones by day, but all bets are off at night when cannibals, ghostly circus performers, man-eating plants and more darken every turn.
    Photo courtesy of Six Flags Magic Mountain

  • Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
    Doswell, Va.

    A host of haunts are on tap at this Virginia favorite, where dangers lurk in the eerie woods just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and the ghosts of criminally insane inmates are looking to satisfy their eternal bloodlust – though “Skareoke” at the Annex at Club Blood could prove the most frightening entertainment of all! Live shows, mazes and more are in store and each year the mayhem spreads like a Halloween virus. Kings Dominion’s fierce fans are most definitely infected.
    Photo courtesy of Kings Dominion

  • Fright Dome at Circus Circus Adventuredome
    Las Vegas

    The glitz and glamour of legendary Las Vegas morphs into murder and mayhem inside the fearsome Fright Dome, consistently ranked among the top Halloween attractions in the nation. Each year, this unique, indoor fear festival transforms the Circus Circus Adventuredome into a horror-lover’s playground; multiple houses and scare zones, 25 rides and attractions and live shows that bleed entertainment.... Literally. Think you can survive the murderous clutches of the Insanitarium or the murderous animals of the Slaughterhouse? Only time will tell.
    Photo courtesy of Fright Dome

  • SCarowinds at Carowinds

    Carowinds Theme Park turns into a scream park with 16 haunted attractions and shows and 500 monsters waiting to thrill and chill. Visitors to this year's event can walk the haunted Fleet Street, gather round for a berserk circus, revisit the horror classics of the '50s and '60s at Silver Scream Studios or swing by The Playground.
    Photo courtesy of Carowinds

  • Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood
    West Mifflin, Penn.

    For 16 years running, Phantom Fright Nights has been luring Kennywood fans back for Halloween-themed thrills they can’t get any other time of year as their favorite attractions go Jekyll-Hyde, transforming into dark, fearsome alter egos well suited for the holiday. Raging Rapids, for example, is drained to become Voodoo Bayou, a devastatingly dangerous attraction for those brave enough to enter. Also on tap: BioFear, Mortem Manor, Villa of the Vampires and more. Don’t come alone.
    Photo courtesy of Kennywood

  • Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas
    Arlington, Texas

    At the Six Flags Over Texas version of Fright Fest, visitors get spooked at scare zones and haunted houses like Zombie Infestation, Cirkus Berzerkus, Voodoo Swamp, Black Widow's Walk and Blackout (the last two are new this year).
    Photo courtesy of Six Flags Over Texas

  • The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce
    Bristol, Conn.

    Each weekend starting September 29, visitors to Lake Compounce will be entering The Haunted Graveyard, a mile-long nightmare journey featuring dark catacombs, a vampire's lair and an ancient temple hiding dark secrets. 
    Photo courtesy of Lake Compounce

  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, Va.

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s outdoor Terror-tories scare zones during Howl-O-Scream are fraught with fearsome frights. Creepy catacombs, sinister circus, terrifying corn maze and abandoned logging camp set the scene for serious scares.
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

  • HalloWeekends at Cedar Point
    Sandusky, Ohio

    Cedar Point rolls out the orange carpet for kids and grown-ups come Halloween time. When the sun goes down, its cheery exterior morphs into the stuff that haunts your dreams. Previous years have featured chemical-created mutants, mortuary miscreants, eerie Egyptian ghouls and proof that lycanthropes live among us. Bring the wee ones during the day for a family-friendly affair that’s trick-or-treat’tacular.
    Photo courtesy of Cedar Point

  • Fright Fest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
    San Antonio

    On select nights between September 15 and October 31, zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Fiesta Texas during Fright Fest. After sundown, guests enjoy several scare zones and haunted houses, including two new attractions in 2017, Blood Bayou and CarnEvil 3D.
    Photo courtesy of Six Flags Fiesta Texas

The top 10 winners in the category Best Theme Park Halloween Event are as follows:

  1. Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain - Valencia, Calif.
  2. Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion - Doswell, Va.
  3. Fright Dome at Circus Circus Adventuredome - Las Vegas
  4. SCarowinds at Carowinds - Charlotte
  5. Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood - West Mifflin, Penn.
  6. Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas - Arlington, Texas
  7. The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce - Bristol, Conn.
  8. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Va.
  9. HalloWeekends at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio
  10. Fright Fest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas - San Antonio

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Lance Hart (, Arthur Levine (Theme Parks Expert) and A.D. Thompson were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the American theme park landscape.

Congratulations to all these winning events. As Halloween approaches, remember to keep this list handy.

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