Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun for Halloween at Alton Towers
By Richard Jones
With its chilling new Darkest Depths, Attic & Skin Snatchers and Toxic Junkyard attractions, visitors described the 2020 Scarefest as ‘the best one yet’.
Nevertheless, the people at Alton Towers Resort have attempted to stay ‘ahead of the carve’ by providing even more spine-tingling frights and family-fun leading up to Halloween 2021.
Set across the massive theme park’s 500 acres, Scarefest is the UK’s largest autumnal attraction, as Alton Towers undergoes an annual spooktacular transformation, becoming the ultimate home of Halloween fun and entertainment.
From giant scarecrows and strings of eerie green lanterns to marauding creatures of the night and a band of ghosts, the whole park is given over to the festival of scariness.
Open until 9pm each day up to October 31, daring guests can experience a number of fang-tastic new rides and shows, while also facing their favourite head-spinning, hair-raising attractions, including Wicker Man and the Alton Towers Dungeon, in the darkness.
And if you are visiting, you may wish to get into the spirit of it as well and wander round the park dressed up as your favourite Halloween-inspired character.
Here, we look at some of the attractions on offer for this year’s Scarefest, which is bigger, better and more frightening than ever.
Let the screaming begin.
Trick O Treat Town
Every day is Halloween during October at Alton Towers and the townsfolk favourite pastime is trick-or-treating for visitors. Guests are given a tote bag upon entering the indoor attraction and start by taking a walk down Spooky Avenue before moving onto houses in Treat Street, Witchy Woods, The Graveyard and The Hill. Knock on the doors to collect sweet treats and other spooky surprises – but be careful as there are tricks a plenty. The entire fictitious town is suitable for all ages and little monsters are suitably rewarded for their bravery and will enjoy goblin up their Halloween goodies.
Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard
Set outside in what appears to be an abandoned junkyard, daring thrill-seekers are about to discover the dark and disturbing secret it is hiding. After being hunted and cast out of the community, the last of the Freak Show psycho clowns have gone into hiding, plotting their next ‘Big Show’ in secret. Will daredevils entering the junkyard be able to help stop their evil plan or will they become the main attraction of the next performance?
The Attic: Terror of the Towers
An unforgettable and truly chilling experience set in the eaves of the theme park’s famous and historical Tower ruins. Rumoured to be haunted by ‘the Governess’, local legend says this ‘ghostess with the mostest’ and ‘Hallow-queen’ is eternally trying to avenge the death of her charges by taking the spirits of the living as penance. But who will be her next victim?
Get ready for a terrifying new adventure aboard The Mutiny, a notoriously spine-chilling ghost ship. You’ll truly earn your golden piece of eight by venturing into the darkest depths, avoiding the hazardous calls of the treacherous Sirens, dodging the swords of terrifyingly ghoulish pirate mutineers and coming face to face with legendary monster of the seas, the Kraken.
Altonville Mine Tours
Uncover The Legend of the Skin Snatchers in a tale with a not-so-beautiful twist. Those brave enough can also head to Altonville, a recently re-opened mine at the resort, which holds a deep dark secret. Enter the damp, disused mine, which is believed to have once been home to a family of village outcasts. Nicknamed the Skin Snatchers by local residents, their spine-chilling secret is about to be unearthed.
Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls
A mysterious energy is said to run through the Alton Towers Gardens’ water, rumoured to bring lost souls back from the dead for all Hallows’ Eve. Listen closely and perhaps you might just be able to hear them. The illuminated Garden Lights Walk is free for guests to enjoy as part of the event’s family friendly frights line-up including the Alton Ancestors, Freaky Five and CBeebies Land Monster Ball.
For more information on Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort, please go to: altontowers.com