The annual Scarefest event is set to descend upon Alton Towers for the 8th consecutive year. Every year sees a new line up of attractions, shows and stories across the resort, ranging from family frights to adult nightmares. Currently details of the 2013 event are top-secret but TowersStreet will bring you the latest Scarefest news as it is released.
The 2013 Scarefest event runs from Saturday 19th October, continuing until Sunday 3rd November daily. It’s also worth noting that during this event the park usually stays open until 9pm allowing for the added attraction of riding your favourite rides in the dark!
Below you can see our guide to the 2012 Scarefest event (please remember the event changes every year), be sure to check back here for more updates on the 2013 event as they are released.
The 2012 event sees a few changes to the Scarefest event, with a brand new maze and retooled versions of existing attractions. New attractions for this year include The Sanctuary and Phil and Franklyn’s Ghoul School, which join a range of familiar favourites.
Towers Street will be your first note of Halloween fun when you enter the park – scarecrows are poised for photos, pumpkins lay around the street, a Halloween soundtrack will fill the area and a hearse awaits on the lawns. Over in Franklyn’s Freaky Farm you will find more friendly scarecrow statues and a host of family attractions including a freaky farm and story time with the four Scarefest characters:
- Skelvin – Scarefest’s Skeleton, who is master of ceremonies as Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime
- Franklyn – a Frankenstein monster, who looks after his Freaky Farm
- Patch – when he’s not throwing a Trick-orTreat Party, this friendly Pumpkin can be found giving Freaky Farm Talks
- Phil – the park’s resident Mummy, who is one of the stars of Phil and Franklyn’s Ghoul School
Through the entire park you will find special Halloween touches to match the Scarefest event, from staff in costumes to special lighting. It’s not very often you’ll find the Nemesis pit lit up in a deep red colour, or be able to fly on Air in the dark, so make the most of the later openings to enjoy these rides and attractions in a whole new light!
Of course no trip to Scarefest is complete without experiencing one of the three scare-mazes or the scare-zone. If your brave enough to enter these fiendish lairs of creatures from the worst of your nightmares then we highly recommend trying these out, but you may want to check out our Scare attractions guide to learn more about what you are letting yourself in for!
Over at the resort side you’ll find the hotels in the full Scarefest spirit, with Scare-rooms in the ‘Altonville Motel’ (Located within the Alton Towers Hotel) and Splash Landings also transforms into “Patch’s Pumpkin Pad”. Special menus can be found in the restaurants and limited edition Halloween drinks in the bars. Also make sure you see the special shows in both hotels to add a bit of live music and fun to your stay.
Please be aware that the Early Ride Time is not available for the rest of the 2012 season.
Whilst most attractions open into the night, some will close at dusk for safety reasons. The Gardens, Skyride, The Flume, Squirrel Nutty Ride, Riverbank Eye-Spy and The Dung Heap will all therefore close at 3:30pm.