Alton Towers’ Halloween Scarefest event is now a staple in the resorts limited calendar of special events and it has come to an end once more after a fortnight of fun for the whole family.
Already by Monday morning, all trace of Halloween had gone from Towers Street and much had gone from the Hotels too – as the entertainments team set about removing pumpkins, skeletons and hay bails.
The event seems to have been a massive success, with one of the busiest days in recent memory at the theme park on the 31st October – with a rumoured 27,000 or so guests resulting in the use of the overflow field car parks! This sort of figure was usually only reserved for fireworks displays which ended in 2006!
During the event, the park made some key changes – improving the Boiler House into a truly terrifying maze experience by the last weekend, and allowing Team Legend the chance to make Hex: Live become a reality.
Although many fans of the theme park continue to lament the lack of “on-park” attractions (indeed, there has been a reduction since Scarefest’s birth in 2007), the park did invest heavily to make Terror of the Towers one of the best loved mazes in recent years. The Field of 1000 Screams also made a welcome return. Families could test out Duel:Live or visit the Trick or Treat Doors. The musical feast in Alton Towers Hotel was another highlight.
The theme park continues to open for Adrenalin Week – with just thrill rides and the Gardens open from 10:00 to 16:00 until Saturday, 7th November. Admission on the day is only £15 or, book in advance for just £10 online. This event is not recommended for groups with people under 1.4m tall as only a small handful of rides are currently available with restrictions under this height.