Building on the success of the previous year’s event, Scarefest 2016 saw the addition of a new scare maze, Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers, a new scare zone, Freak Show, and for the first time in the event’s history the line-up also included a family maze, House of Monsters. All of the mazes carried an additional charge, whilst the scare zones remained free and accessible to all.
Dates: 8th-9th, 15th-16th & 21st-31st October
Battle Galleons, Skyride and the Gardens shut at dusk.
CBeebies Land & Cloud Cuckoo Land closed at 7pm.
Other rides shut at 9pm daily.
Combined park and maze entry – £50.00
Single Ticket – £8.00
Double Ticket – £15.00
Combi Ticket – £20.00
House of Monsters – £5.00
Altonville Mine Tours
Sub Species: The End Games
Terror of the Towers
House of Monsters
Franklyn’s Freaky Fun Zone
Patch’s Trick or Treat Party
Phil and Franklyn’s Ghoul School
Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime
Gloomy Wood ALIVE
New for 2016 was Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers which was set in the disused mines of Altonville where guests were taken deep into the mineshafts to discover the truth behind the stories that it was once home to a family of outcasts who harboured a dark secret. The maze received much praise for its extensive theming and for its use of helmet mounted lights, provided by Haunted Lantern. The lights were remotely controlled so that at various points throughout the maze they would flicker or turn off completely, adding to the sense of tension and anticipation about where the next scare would come from. In fact the maze was awarded Best Halloween Scare Attraction at the 2017 ScareCON SCAR awards, while Haunted Lantern received the Award for Technical Excellence.
Given its overwhelming success after debuting during Scarefest 2015, it was no surprise that Sub Species: The End Games returned for a second year. Once again guests descended deep underground to a post-apocalyptic sewer system, where their group would become contestants in The End Games, with the sewer-dwellers betting on their survival as they chose their own route in an attempt to avoid the creatures that chased after them. Some changes were made to the maze for the 2016 event, with some improved scenes and the removal of the alien nest ending, meaning the maze no longer had its claim of two endings as it had in 2015.
Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within returned for another Scarefest, with guests following in the footsteps of the missing urban explorers once more which meant navigating the same route as 2015, although the route through the chapel scene was revised to allow for the removal of the elevated walkway.
The Resort continued with the scare zone format introduced in 2015, although did add a new scare zone, Freak Show, on the pathway between the Hospitality Suite and X Sector. A travelling side-show of circus rejects had descended upon the Resort, with only the bravest guests daring to walk amongst the freakishly fascinating misfits, desperate for their undivided attention.
The return of Dark Apocalypse saw a deadly virus spread across Forbidden Valley again where the infected showed signs of highly aggressive behaviour and rapid physical decomposition. Phalanx control quarantined the area, however a recent security breach questioned their ability to contain the virus and keep society safe. Come Scarefest 2017, it was evident that the virus had been successfully contained, with the scare zone not returning for third year.
Scarefest 2016 saw the Resort add a new type of attraction to the line-up, that being the family maze, House of Monsters. The attraction was set in the former Wobble World building and saw guests join a monster hunting vlogger on his quest to discover the truth about residents of a disused house. Using a room by room walkthrough format, guests made their way through a series of rooms, each one occupied by one of the residents of the house, who would give guests interactive tasks to complete in order to progress through the attraction. With all of the rooms themed to an incredibly high level of detail and a duration of approximately 25-30 minutes long, many surprisingly regarded it as one of the best attractions that Scarefest has seen.
The Freaky Four returned with Franklyn’s Freaky Fun Zone, which was located on the Front Lawns as it had been during 2015. Skelvin needed younger guests’ help to choose his Halloween costume in Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime. In Phil & Franklyn’s Ghoul School, guests joined Phil in reminding Franklyn how to spook. Then everyone was invited to Patch’s Trick-Or-Treat Party for the best Halloween ever, with a show that the whole family could dance along to. The Alton Ancestors also returned with their trademark flash-mobs on Towers Street in the morning, before moving to bring Gloomy Wood ALIVE during the afternoon and evening.
Unlike during previous events there was no overnight or late night experience available during Scarefest 2016, with the escape room experience, Sub Species: Operation Lockdown, not returning for a second year.
Over at the Resort’s accommodation there was a variety of entertainment suitable for guests of all ages. The Fabulous Scott Family appeared nightly in the Alton Towers Hotel in The Sinister Scott Family: Feeding Frenzy, that was guaranteed to get guests on their feet and dancing the night away. In Splash Landings Hotel, Día de Muertos led a spectacular party inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations! There was also a Magical Mayhem Magic Show in the Alton Towers Hotel, Ringo’s Halloween Party Games every evening in Splash Landings Hotel, and Enchanted Village guests were able to participate in a range of activities every afternoon and evening, including Spell School, Face Painting and Creepy Crawly Critters.
Two brand new spooky Scarefest attractions set for Alton Towers Resort
The re-opening of a dis-used mine with a dark secret to host spine chilling tours in Altonville Mine Tours
A family ‘scare’ maze is being launched for the very first time in House of Monsters
Scarefest takes place on 8th-9th, 15-16th and 21-31st October 2016
Alton Towers Resort has unveiled its spook-tacular plans for Scarefest 2016, which include the opportunity to tour the depths of a recently re-opened mine at the resort, which holds a deep dark secret. ‘Altonville Mine Tours: uncover the legend of the Skin Snatchers’ will see guests taken on a tour deep underground in a brand new live action horror maze.
Those brave enough can head to ‘Altonville’ and enter the, damp disused mine, which is believed to have once been home to a family of village outcasts with a dark secret. Nicknamed the ‘Skin Snatchers’ by local residents, their spine-chilling secret is about to be unearthed.
New attraction ‘House of Monsters’ will give families the opportunity to join an up and coming online vlogger who has turned into somewhat of a new-age monster hunter. He is on 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?
Other live mazes include the return of the hugely popular and award-winning ‘Sub Species: The End Games’, a post-apocalyptic experience where a sewer dwelling community have been infested by a species from another world.
Plus, the award-winning ‘Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within’ maze returns, taking those who enter through the undiscovered passageways of gothic towers to discover the dark secrets that await.
After dark Alton Towers Resort will also become home to two Scare Zones, Dark Apocalypse and the new Freak Show, each filled with its own free-roaming, gruesome and truly chilling residents.
Families will also get to enjoy Halloween frights at the Resort with Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime, Phil & Franklyn’s Ghoul School, and Patch’s Trick-Or-Treat Party.
During Scarefest, Alton Towers Resort is also open until 9pm giving guests the unique chance to experience all the amazing rides and attractions in the dark.
Gill Riley, Marketing Director at Alton Towers Resort said: “We are incredibly excited for this year’s Scarefest event as we feel the new additions to this year’s line-up make it the most spine-chilling yet.We have been working incredibly hard to prepare groundbreaking and breathtaking experiences for guests of all ages for a truly spectacular experience. There really will be no better place to enjoy Halloween.”
For a spooky short break, head to the fantastically themed hotels where there will be plenty of treats in store for the whole family including spooktacular live entertainment. Take part in the Enchanted Village Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt, join in the fun at Patch’s Pumpkin Party & Fancy Dress Parade or enjoy the Magical Mayhem Show with spooky tricks and twisted tales. Scarefest 2016 will take place on 8th-9th, 15th-16th and 21st-31st October.
To find out more information and pre-book tickets visit www.altontowers.com. Tickets start from £31.92 for a child and £36.12 for an adult. Hotel packages start from £42.50 per person per night based on 4 sharing.