Halloween Thrills at Alton Towers

Alton Towers Scarefest 2015
Atmospheric and spooky: Scarefest at Alton Towers.

If you are looking for some frightful fun to celebrate Halloween this year, we recommend you enter the eerie and adventure-packed world of Alton Towers’ Scarefest.

Tribe visited the Staffordshire theme park last October and immersed ourselves into a whirlwind of mystical sceneries, adrenalin-pumping white knuckle rides and scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs live action mazes. And this weekend, we’ll be heading back to check out the park’s brand new thrills.

Many of us might remember Alton Towers from our school days, but you can have just as much fun revisiting the park as an adult, and, in our case, without kids.

And there’s still time to experience the grounds in all of their spooky glory! Running until November 1st, we say pack up your car or get yourself on a train armed with our hacks for making the most out of your Scarefest 2015 adventure… Go on, we dare you!

Stay over

Alton Towers Scarefest 2015
Did anyone say Pumpkin Spice Latte? No?

To explore the huge park in all of its awesomeness, you really need two days. Book yourself into the Alton Towers Hotel or Splash Landings, its Caribbean-themed neighbour, and get your second day tickets for free! This year there are more opportunities to crash at the resort than ever, with the Enchanted Village offering luxury tree houses and woodland lodges nestled on the outskirts of the resort. How cool?

Dress up

With the park staying open until 9pm during Scarefest, roaming the dark woods and foggy fields in a frightful costume is all the more fun. Lots of people dress up even during the daytime, so get creative! Strapped for time to organise yourself? There are face paint stalls and plenty of fancy dress merchandise dotted around all over the park.

Immerse yourself

Not sure how keen Miley Cyrus would be on meeting this Molly...
Not sure how keen Miley Cyrus would be on meeting this Molly…

Talking about theatrical experiences, we need to discuss the mazes. Set in the eerie surroundings of the manor house, The Terror of the Towers is freakily realistic and features an incredible production and cast, so be prepared to have your nerves stretched to the limit. The half-hour wander through the majestic building’s historic hallways, abandoned rooms and mysterious vaults follows a new route in 2015 and challenges visitors with strobe lighting, enclosed spaces and thick smoke – so don’t underestimate the experience.

This year also sees the arrival of a brand new, multi-sensory live action horror maze called The Haunting Of Molly Crowe.  Throwing you back in time to the exorcism of a cursed Victorian Manor House, you will be blindfolded for the majority of the experience, heightening your senses for one of Alton Tower’s most extreme and claustrophobic mazes to date.

Another extreme new horror challenge is Sub Species: The End Game, where you descend deep underground to a post-apocalyptic sewer system. Your group will be split up and you must choose your own route in an attempt to avoid the creatures that chase after you. We’re not even sure we dare to take this one on…

Take a selfie

Alton Towers Scarefest 2014
Tribe’s editor Liv – and a random girl – in full selfie mode.

From scarecrows to pumpkin men, oversized furniture and pirate ships, spooky characters and much more, one thing you will not be short of is the opportunity to take plenty of fun pics!

Extra time

With most of Alton Towers’ biggest rides open until 9pm during Scarefest so you can freak yourself out even more by riding the likes Oblivion, Thirteen, Rita and Nemesis Inferno in the dark, you can use the bonus daylight hours to explore other areas of the resort. Ride Splash Landing’s giant waterslide (almost as fast as a roller coaster, promise), hit the Crazy Golf course or marvel at exotic underwater life in the park’s Seaworld display… And did you know there are spa facilities and treatments? Exactly!

For more information and bookings go to www.altontowers.com/scarefest.

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