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This woman wins awards for scaring people at Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest

By in Press Enterprise on October 5, 2017

By Sandra Barrera

Margarita “Maggie” Barriga knows it doesn’t take much to scare people.

For the past four years, her unassuming terror tactic has been slow walking and approaching thrillseekers to Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest when they least expect it.

And it’s made the 46-year-old Inglewood woman, known as Innocence Willoughby, a favorite among guests and her fellow scare actors.

“Innocence is why I got into this,” says Tabitha Bennett, a scare actor from Santa Clarita. “With how awesome she is, she belongs here. This is her calling. She’s amazing.”

Innocence’s story

Innocence is a young girl in varying stages of decomposition. She terrorizes guests in the scare zone called Exile Hill where, as the story goes, she drowned at the hands of her father.

Now she’s hell-bent on revenge.

In a dark corner of the Valencia amusement park where graveyard ghouls, a rotting chauffeur and a zombie-like nursemaid pushing the corpse of a baby in a pram pop out at every corner, Innocence steps quietly and slowly through the night.

In full makeup, Margarita Barriga waits to scare the quests. Her character, Innocence, is one of the most popular scare actors at Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest attraction. Santa Clarita, CA 9/29/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

She wears a blue jumper dress, ballet flats and clutches Oliver, her decaying Teddy bear with skull face and insides that spill out from matted fur. She doesn’t speak except for the low growl only her victims can hear.

“I don’t know if anybody has picked up on it yet, but Innocence goes after men, especially anybody that looks like a father figure,” Barriga says. “She wants to tear into them.”

Of course, she doesn’t really.

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