By Kim Taylor
When the air turns cool and thoughts of autumnal family getaways spring to mind, consider a weekend whirl at Six Flags Great Adventure. In contrast to summer, lines are short and swift, and the theme park’s great performances are at their peak before the close of the season. Fright Night weekends are featured all throughout October, and do live up to their name after dusk.
What could be scarier for Halloween than a mind-blowing roller coaster with gut-wrenching twists and a succession of hair-raising drops? The Dark Knight coaster, Great American Scream Machine, Medusa, Rolling Thunder, Kingda Ka, Skull Mountain and Daredevil Dive provide enough record-breaking chills to sate the hardiest of thrill-seeking kids. Let yours soar over the park like Batman with nothing beneath them but air on the Dark Knight coaster for a day they’ll never forget.
Located an hour and a half from downtown Manhattan in NJ, Six Flags Great Adventure offers an array of delights to please everyone. The array of fresh food and restaurants is sure to sate any discerning group, and the park’s 350-acre wildlife preserve safari is the largest outside of Africa, featuring Bengal tigers, bears and frisky red-bottomed baboons. The 4.5 auto safari trail permits families to view some of the 1,200 animals that live on the preserve – many of which are curious enough to approach cars in order to gape back at the human animals within.
Live entertainment and theme characters round out the Six Flags experience, and if you visit on Halloween, you’ll see hundreds of inventive costumes on parade. When the sun sets on Halloween evening, the park turns ghoulish and festive, and frightful sights abound. Take your cameras and your garlic to ward off vampires, and don’t forget the souvenirs. Visit www.sixflags.com for more information and to view an events calendar.