On August 17th, Six Flags announced that the company would be re-branding their Fright Fest Halloween event into Hallowfest. The new event will have a strong focus on outdoor scares, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the ongoing pandemic. So far the event has been announced for seven Six Flags parks: Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags America, and Frontier City.
The company is stressing the importance of different safety measures in place during the event, which is extremely important considering the rise in Covid-19 cases across the United States. Some of the different protocols are as follows:
- Team members and guests over the age of 3 are required to wear masks inside the park. These masks must cover both the mouth and the nose.
- There will be NO indoor scare mazes, haunted houses, or indoor shows during the event. All mazes will be outside with various social distancing measures in place.
- Nighttime scare actors will remain in the park. However, there will be a strictly limited number of them and they will all remain socially distant from guests.
- All outdoor entertainment must be viewed with a 6 foot distance between guests.
- All rides, props, and other accessible surfaces will be sanitized regularly.
- There will be hand washing and hand sanitizer stations available throughout the park.
These safety measures are standard for most theme parks during the pandemic, with the exception of the specific protocols related to the Halloween event. It is interesting to see Six Flags attempt to create a safe, socially-distant Halloween event while most theme parks have already canceled their own events. Earlier this year, Walt Disney World canceled Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Universal Studios canceled their Halloween Horror Night events, and Cedar Fair canceled their Halloween events. Only time will tell if a Halloween event is the smart and safe thing for Six Flags to do during a pandemic, or if it will be unsuccessful and place guests and employees at a greater risk.
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