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Kids Boo Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is Scare-Free

Did you know that Vallejo’s Six Flags Discovery Kingdom now offers scare-free Halloween fun for kids during the daytime (in addition to their nighttime screamy Fright Fest for teens and adults)? Here’s what you need to know.

Today’s guest writer is Jenny Hsu. Dr. Jenny is a pediatric dentist in Dublin, CA. She loves exploring the Bay Area with her young daughters, Audri and Mila (ages 4 and 7). She is excited to share their adventures with readers.

two kids in halloween costumes dressed as bees with hay in the background
Costumes are encouraged at Boo Fest | Photo: Jenny Hsu

From September 23-October 29, head to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for Boo Fest, a family-friendly Halloween event held on mostly weekend dates. This parkwide event is the daytime alternative to the after-hours jump-scare experience of Fright Fest.

Boo Fest has these spooky-ish fun activities

Kids at Six Flags’ Boo Fest can expect a crazy hay maze, riding the boo train, pumpkin painting, pedal-powered go-karting, cookie decorating, a foam pit (like soap suds all over!), a costume contest, a scream contest, and lawn games. Some of these activities cost extra.

Look for special Halloween-themed animal shows such as The Wildlife Halloween Experience, Drench! Halloween, and Ghoul School. My kids loved watching cute sea lions balancing pumpkins on their heads at Ghoul School. You can usually check the schedule in advance to pick a show or two for your kids.

sea lions perform in a halloween themed show with zombie humans
Various animal shows include costumed humans and funny animal tricks | Photo: Jenny Hsu

What else? The park always includes character Meet-and-Greets but now they’ll have treats to give away in Bugs Bunny World’s Trick or Treat Trail. Last year, there were only three treat stations, but they gave out a sizable amount of candy per station. Look for jugglers and magicians, too.
Parent tip: Bring your own bag for trick-or-treating. Most treats are chocolate, fyi.

Parent Tips for Six Flags at Halloween

  • Show times change regularly. Be sure to check the schedule after arriving at the park — especially if you have a special show in mind.
  • These fun activities require extra money so be prepared: face paint ($10), pumpkin painting ($10), cookie decorating ($10), foam party ($5 — my kids LOVED it, totally worth it!)
  • Six Flags recommends young children leave the park by 6 pm before Fright Fest starts.
  • A platinum pass for Discovery Kingdom AND Hurricane Harbor Concord is $89 through the end of 2024.

Plan your visit to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Boo Fest

Daily tickets start at $45 each but you can usually find discounts.

Find Boo Fest Details and buy tickets on the website >> (remember Fright Fest is NOT included)

See a giant list of Halloween Events and Activities in the Bay Area >

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