Scarefest returned for its second season in 2008, with the park unleashing their customary array of spooky fun and frolics for days and night of family frights! Building upon the success of the previous year’s event the park introduced one or two new frights to leave guests quaking in their boots.

Key Information

Dates: 17th October – 2nd November

The Flume Unplugged, The Dung Heap, Squirrel Nutty, Riverbank Eye Spy, Skyride, UG Swinger, and the Gardens shut at 3.30pm. Other rides shut at 9pm daily.


Park – On-the-day/Online
Adult – £36.00/£29.00
Child – £27.00/£22.00
Senior – £18.00/£14.00
Disabled – £18.00/£14.00

The Boiler House- £5.00
Field of 1000 Screams – £5.00
Combined Maze Ticket – £8.00


In the Park
Duel: Live!
Giant Pumpkins
Halloween Characters
Haunted Hollow: Live!
The Haunting of Algenon’s Attic
Terror of the Towers
Trick and Treat Doors

In the Resort
The Boiler House
Dance with the Devil Show
Field of 1000 Screams
Ghost Hunt with Captain Bill
Scarefest Character Breakfasts
Trick or Treat Rooms

In the Park

Once again, the centrepiece of the park’s Halloween celebrations was Terror of the Towers, the horror maze set deep within the ruins of the Towers themselves. The most daring guests could enter this gothic labyrinth, despite the warnings that the Master did not care for trespassers, with he and his gruesome array of servants known to give chase to unwary souls.

Elsewhere the park’s spooky walkthrough was set to notch up the scares once again with Haunted Hollow: Live! Guests could join some of the Haunted Hollow’s residents as they were guided to Gloomy Wood along a short-cut that was sure to leave even the most intrepid explorer trembling in their boots. Also, the Haunted House really did strike back when the park’s ghoul-infester dark ride got a little bit darker for Duel: Live! This time the zombies really were coming to get you…

What Halloween celebration would be complete without Skelvin, Phil, Patch and Franklin, the park’s mischievous Halloween Characters, who were once again roaming the park to provide fun and frights for all the family. Brave young souls were also able to try for a prize or risk a surprise by knocking on one of the Trick or Treat Doors, with Millicent, Molly and naughty Meg. Guests could also join Lucy in the Cred Street Theatre as she discovered what’s going bump in the night in the new Scarefest show; The Haunting of Algenon’s Attic.

As ever, the park was transformed into a spook’s playground during Scarefest with the traditional decorations, but this year also saw the new Giant Pumpkin photo points, which could be found at various places around the park. The later closing time also meant that thrillseekers had the chance to ride some of their favourite rides in the Dark.

In the Resort

With reports of ghostly activity in Room 13 on the increase over the previous few years, in 2008 it was deemed too dangerous to let guests in, so its doors were sealed for good.

However, while the chains remained on the hotel’s old maze, there were reports of strange activity in the hotel’s defunct and dilapidated heating shack. So, in a new addition for 2008, Alton Towers invited guests to join them in discovering what really makes the pipes in the hotel rattle by exploring their terrifying new maze, The Boiler House!

Elsewhere in the hotels things were certain to go bump in the night in the resort’s new Trick or Treat Rooms. Guests could check in to one of these specially dedicated rooms and prepare for a night of family frights. Would Dad get a forfeit? Would Mum be in for a pleasant surprise? One thing was for sure, there was plenty of fun for all. What better way could there have been to round off a spooky stay in the hotels then with a Character Breakfast, where guests could meet one of the resort’s Halloween mascots over their Full English and a cup of tea!

Whatever happened to Constable Yates? Few who experienced them could forget the horrors that transpired down on Altonville Farm in 2007. But those guests who just couldn’t get enough could venture back to their sedate pastures for Field of a Thousand Screams: The Aftermath, a maze of maize where nothing was as it seems and the corn held some terrible secrets.

Once guests had their fill of scares, there was no better way to relax then with an evening of entertainment, with the all singing, all swinging Dance with the Devil show in the Alton Towers Hotel. Younger guests could go on a Ghost Hunt with Pirate Bill to banish the ghouls before they headed off to bed.


Days and Nights of Family Frights at the Alton Towers Scarefest! (17th October – 2nd November 2008)

Escape to the Alton Towers Resort this Halloween and share in the season of spooktacular fun! Be rattled, spooked, chilled and thrilled by the spine-tingling combination of tricks and treats for all the family.

There’s a bubbling cauldron of activities especially for little terrors to enjoy, plus a whole host of spooky shows and adventures to celebrate Scarefest.

  • Halloween Character Meet and Greets – find characters Patch, Franklin, Skelvin and Phil , our resident Scarefest spooky friends.
  • Trick or Treat Doors – surprises lie behind these darkened doors. Be careful what you wish for…..
  • The Haunting of Algenon’s Attic indoor show – dare to join Lucy as she investigates what is causing those bumps in the night. An indoor show to entertain all, but especially suited to under 10’s
  • Haunted Hollow and Duel: Live! – the spooky short-cut through Gloomy Wood and Duel – The Haunted House Strikes Back! will become inhabited by some extra special guests just for Scarefest
  • Late opening – till 9pm every night
  • Terror of the Towers – the Master gives chase to those invading his mansion. Suitable only for guests aged 14 and above

The fun continues into the evening over at the two Resort Hotels, with spooks and scares to suit all ages. Check into the new Trick or Treat Rooms in the Alton Towers Hotel and challenge the family to discover the hidden prizes…or forfeits! Book early to avoid disappointment on 0871 222 1644.

Youngsters can join Pirate Bill on his ghost hunt and enjoy the Dance with the Devil Show before joining one of our Scarefest characters for breakfast.

  • Ghost Hunt – Pirate Bill needs your help in finding those hidden ghosts and ghouls
  • Dance with the Devil Show – sing and dance along to the songs dedicated to the season in the atrium of the Alton Towers Hotel
  • Character Breakfasts – join our resident spooky but friendly characters for breakfast

Plus, for older children and parents with nerves of steel, two outdoor scare attractions** will be available for both theme park guests and hotel residents. The Boiler House and the Field of 1000 Screams: The Aftermath guarantee real terror, so enter at your own risk…

Prices and Info
Park entrance tickets start at £28 for adults and £21 for kids under 12, or £78 for a family of four when booked in advance online at

Ensure you experience all the Resort has to offer and stayover from just £41.50* pppn based on four sharing a family room. Trick or Treat rooms carry a £50 supplement. Call 0871 222 1644*** to book.

Terror of the Towers is not suitable for children under 14. Advance booking for special events is strongly recommended.
* Terms and Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
** An extra charge applies.
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