What to Expect at Darien Lake’s ‘Fright Fest’ Weekends in 2018
Spend a weekend riding roller coasters, going through haunted houses and mazes, watching unbelievable shows, enjoying amusement park food, getting scared by zombies, ghouls, and other creatures, and watching an awesomely-spooky laser light show. That could be your weekend if you head to Darien Lake Theme Park for their "Fright Fest" weekends, which happen to start this Friday.
Earlier today (Wednesday, September 26th), Darien Lake announced on their website, their scheduled lineup for Fright Fest 2018, including what kind of scares you can expect, and what haunted attractions they'll offer. According to Darien Lake, there will be three different haunted houses/walk-throughs and four different "scare zones." The scare zones are free attractions to enjoy while visiting the park, but the haunted houses require a "haunted house pass" which you can get for an extra fee.
Alright, so let's break this down a little more for you. The three haunted houses are: "Hotel Terror: 7 Deadly Sins," "Jungle Apocalypse," and "Camp Scumshine." This is which each one entails, according to Darien Lake,
- Hotel Terror: 7 Deadly Sins: Vengeful ghosts have taken over this dilapidated hotel. Navigate through dark rooms and come face-to-face with demonic guests. Get out before the doors lock you in forever.
- Jungle Apocalypse: Explore an abandoned island filled with mystery. Step carefully to explore ancient ruins, dark secrets, and human sacrifice.
- Camp Scumshine: Flesh-eating cannibals lurk in the shadows of this old campsite. Wind through desolate tents and simmering campfires as those ghost stories become all too real.
As for the four different scare zones, there's "Passage of the Damned," "Creep Show Freak Show," "Voodoo Curse," and "Screampunk." These spooky areas are filled with zombies, ghouls, freaky circus performers, demonic creatures, mutants, and other scary monstrosities. Of course, you won't be able to see ALL the creatures and things lurking about with the fog, strobe lights, and black lights, so be careful! And be ready to get scared!
Besides the haunted attractions, there are some crazy shows you can witness, like a sword-swallowing act and contortionism. And for the fall season, "Ignite the Night" has been replaced with a more spooky light and laser show. You can get more information on these shows during your stay at Darien Lake. The front office, front hotel desk, and camp store always have all the details.
Fright Fest at Darien Lake kicks off this Friday, September 28th. Here is a list of their "Fright Fest" hours for 2018:
Fri. 09/28: 6pm to 11pm
Sat. 09/29: 11am to 11pm
Sun. 09/30: 11am to 9pm
Fri. 10/05: 6pm to 11pm
Sat. 10/06: 11am to 11pm
Sun. 10/07: 11am to 9pm
Fri. 10/12: 6pm to 11pm
Sat. 10/13: 11am to 11pm
Sun. 10/14: 11am to 9pm
Fri. 10/19: 6pm to 11pm
Sat. 10/20: 11am to 11pm
Sun. 10/21: 11am to 9pm
Fri. 10/26: 6pm to 11pm
Sat. 10/27: 11am to 11pm
Sun. 10/28: 11am to 9pm
You can get more information about planning your "haunting stay" at Darien Lake by visiting: DarienLake.com. Yes, a drive to the western side of the state can be a little long, but with all the thrills and scares you can experience, we think it's more than worth it. Plus, this is the first year "Fright Fest" is officially back, seeing as Darien Lake is once again owned by Six Flags. So experience the haunts and scares for yourself and enjoy the fall season the only way a thrill-seeker really can.