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New haunted house at Great America's Fright Fest
Daily Herald staff reports

Jacqueline Goods adds fake spider webs around the park as Six Flags Great America employees prepare for Fright Fest, which started Saturday and runs weekends through Oct. 31.

 

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Nick Jones paints the underside of an alien spacecraft in the Alien 51 Haunted Maze as Six Flags Great America employees prepared the theme park for the start of Fright Fest.

 

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Emily Walsh paints the bathroom of the "Saw Live" Haunted House in anticipation of Fright Fest, which started Saturday.

 

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Six Flags Great America employees Leon Lake, left, and Paul Kawa spray flame retardant around the Mausoleum of Terror earlier in the week. Fright Fest runs through Oct. 31 at the theme park.

 

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Supervisor Kristen Centes places a rat in the Commissary in preparation for Six Flags Great America's 20th annual Fright Fest.

 

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What: Six Flags Great America's 20th annual Fright Fest

When: 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. Also 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11.

Where: I-94 and Grand Avenue in Gurnee

Cost: $56.99 for adults; $36.99 for children under 48 inches tall; free for kids 2 and younger

Details: sixflags.com/greatamerica

The traps are set! One of Hollywood's most notorious villains is on the loose at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, and he wants to play a game. Will you play along?

One of the most successful horror franchises in movie history comes to life in the new Saw Live haunted house during Great America's 20th annual Fright Fest, which runs now through Oct. 31. Come face-to-face with live actors and iconic traps based on scenes from the "Saw" films in nearly 4,000 square feet of Jigsaw's maniacal games in the new attraction. Saw Live was developed by the same team that produced the films and is the only haunted house of its kind in the Midwest.

But Saw Live isn't the only creepy attraction that will make visitors' blood curdle.

Over the last couple of weeks, workers have transformed Great America's theme park into a scream park with 200 pounds of blood-red dye, dozens of corpses and skeletons, hundreds of snakes, bats, rats and body parts, 2,000 corn stalks, 7 tons of pumpkins, 200 monsters, 300 bales of hay, a large 500-pound gorilla and one giant spider named "Tiny."

Many of the past favorites are returning, including the award-winning musical "Love at First Fright," world-renowned hypnotist Susan Rosen, the Mausoleum of Terror haunted house and the Area 51 haunted maze.

Fright Fest also includes special thrills for children and families where they can trick-or-treat with Looney Tunes characters on the Character Candy Trail, enjoy a Halloween-themed Wiggles show, and take part in family rides in Cartoon Camp and Wiggles World.

Great America, at I-94 and Grand Avenue in Gurnee, is open from 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11. Tickets cost $36.99 to $56.99. Check the website for discounts.

For details, see sixflags.com/greatamerica.