Monsters, zombies and creepy clowns are all in residence at Alton Towers for its Halloween celebrations this year.
Scarefest 2017 features a diverse range of family-friendly and adult-oriented attractions designed to cater for thrill-seekers of every age – and we had the night of our lives when we visited. Filled with thrills, howls and general family fun, you can expect jumps, goosebumps and rides in the dark.
To set the mood, themed decorations are scattered around the park and moody green up lighting is used to illuminate its central gothic mansion. It is a sinister presence and could genuinely be home to a ghoul or two!
Added to that the park has miles of pathways surrounded by gloomy woodland and, with sinister creatures lurking in the shadows, we were spooked before we even got started on the packed programme of spine-tingling activities on offer.
Scarefest’s line-up features a mix of attractions and the horror mazes are well worth a visit. Squarely aimed at adults and older teens with none being suitable for children, the new maze, The Welcoming: Be Chosen, is the resort’s scariest attraction yet.
There are plenty of trick and treats suitable for families of all ages and, while Ella, 10, and Amalie, 8, were too young to go into the maze to experience the extreme frights and bumps, they loved the family scare maze House of Monsters.
Launched last year, it was a huge hit and they loved every minute of it and the opportunity to ride some of the UK’s best rollercoasters (including Nemesis, Air, Oblivion and Rita) in the dark is fairly rare. In fact, the real buzz for any coaster fan is to ride in the dark and, as pure adrenalin-junkies, we took full advantage of this.
Spending nearly two hours in the park, it is open until 9:00pm on Scarefest nights, was enough time for us to get our Hallowe’en fix but it was equally as fun to return to the Alton Towers hotel.
The perfect place to stay, we stayed in one of their themed rooms (the moon voyage room) which is fantastic for young children and Ella and Amalie especially enjoyed playing on the Xbox 360 and watching TV from their bunk beds.
After a restful night, we had breakfast at the Secret Garden restaurant before heading back into the park to ride all of the other exciting attractions that the park has to offer.
We had an absolute blast and it was definitely worth the three hour drive up the M5 to the theme park in Staffordshire!
Scarefest at Alton Towers is on from 20th October to 31st October 2017. For more information about the ride visit: www.altontowers.com
Olivia Buxton has been working as a national newspaper journalist for the past 20 years and has held executive positions including that of Deputy Editor at Daily Express Saturday magazine. She currently writes culture and entertainment interviews for Mail on Sunday Event magazine, Mail on Sunday Health, The Mirror, The Sun and Closer Magazine.
Photographs courtesy of Alton Towers