Scarefest is returning to Alton Towers this October
ALTON Towers is a top leisure destination for kids and adults across the Midlands.
And better yet, it’s less than an hour’s drive away from Hinckley.
So, with Halloween coming up, you’re probably wondering what terrible treats the popular park has in store for the holiday this year.
Well, wonder no more - because the park has revealed what it has planned for its annual Scarefest.
A packed list of activities will offer everything from heart-stopping scare mazes to freakishly fun activities for younger guests.
A spokesperson for the popular attraction said: “Scare Mazes, Theme Park open until 9pm for Rides in the Dark and a travelling circus of roaming characters.
“Scarefest is back and has more spine-tingling terrors than ever before. Our three multi award winning scare mazes have been re-scarified for this year and we are adding another NEW maze to the line up!
“Dare you join us for our most terrifying year yet?”
There’s a brand new mystery maze. That’s right, the park is breaking with tradition of there being three adult scare mazes with the introduction of a fourth.
There are no further details on offer at this stage. It all seems very top secret though!
Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the legend of the skin snatchers (15+)
The newest addition to the Scarefest line-up last year, and one that terrified even the bravest of visitors.
Set in the bowels of a dark and claustrophobic mine, this is terror at its most extreme.
Before you even encounter any of the inhabitants you have to face your own fears as your mind plays tricks with you in the enveloping blackness.
You are armed only with a miner’s helmet, it’s eerie, and then some.
And then... well then, you meet the hillbillies.
This is the most extreme maze that has been at the resort to date. Freak Show: Scare Zone Clowns are Sinister. There’s no middle ground really is there?
Occupying an area of the park after dark is a travelling side-show of circus rejects that have descended upon the Alton Towers Resort.
And you will get to walk amongst the freakishly fascinating misfits.
In fairness, it is less sinister clowns - and more downright weird.
Expect to have your fortune told or be accosted by the bearded lady.
It’s fun rather than frights, but it did have some kids dashing for the ‘chicken run’ down the side.
There is something quite unique and fun about the actors roaming around open areas and it works well.
Sub Species: The End Games (15+)
The scare maze, set in a post-apocalyptic sewer, returns again for another outing.
Expect to be chased on your hands and knees in pitch black sewer pipes.
And a chainsaw wielding maniac in the pitch black of the night.
This maze won industry award for Scare Maze Of The Year, it’s well worth a visit. Terror Of The Towers (12+) The maze that first appeared in 2002 is still going strong as you walk through the deepest bowels of the park’s historic towers.
Deep inside the towers are a whole host of demonic monks waiting patiently for you to arrive, throw in some strobe lighting, pulsating music and plenty of twists and turns and you will be in for the scare of your life. Rides in the dark Rollercoaster enthusiasts love riding the front of a coaster, but they also love the whip of riding on the back carriage, just like some fans of Nemesis insist on taking their shoes and socks off to feel the wind in their feet.
The real buzz for any coaster fan though is to ride in the dark, that’s a big attraction with Scarefest and fans flock to the resort’s biggest steel beasts to get their thrills until 9pm.
It’s a different experience entirely riding them in the dark and if you have never done it, add it to your bucketlist.
What does Alton Towers offer for younger thrill-seekers?
Aside from the extreme frights and bumps in the night, Scarefest is a lot of fun for younger guests, too.
There are friendly characters all around the resort throughout the event and the decorations around the theme park and the hotels are fantastic.
Here’s a look at some of the family friendly special events...
House of Monsters (Family scare maze)
House of Monsters is the first family scare maze the park has launched.
Last year it was a huge hit and gave families the opportunity to join an up and coming online vlogger who turned into somewhat of a new-age monster hunter.
It’s a modern-day quest to discover the truth about monsters and his trail has led him to what is believed to be a disused house. But is it a case of mistaken identity or has he really discovered a groups of 21st century ghouls?
He hasn’t got the nerves to go alone so has asked his online followers to join him on a daring mission to the supposedly abandoned house.
Will you join him on the mission, what will you find? Will you discover that Monsters have a good side too?
Mild thrills guaranteed for all the family (£5 extra charge). Alton Ancestors The popular Alton Ancesters are back to greet guests and mingle with visitors throughout the park, a zany bunch of friendly ghosts from Alton Towers of old. Expect some very neat dance flashmobs. The Freaky Four Phil The Ghoul, Skelvin The Skeleton, Patch The Pumpkin and Phil (basically Frankenstein) are Scarefest regulars and pose for hundreds of pictures daily with people of all ages.
They also host a number of events between them - Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime, Phil & Franklyn’s Ghoul School, and Patch’s Trick-Or-Treat Party.
What dates can you go to Scarefest?
October 14 - 15, 20 - 31 October 2017. See the parks’ website for more details.