From October 17th, spooks galore descended on Alton Towers for 2009’s Scarefest, featuring a whole heap of frightful fun for every member of the family. The bravest of guests could enter the terrifying scare mazes, whilst younger visitors to join in Skelvin, Phil, Patch and Franklin’s celebrations!

Key Information

Dates: 17th October – 1st November

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


Park – On-the-day/Online
Adult – £37.00/£29.50
Child – £28.00/£22.50
Senior – £18.50/£14.80
Disabled – £18.50/£14.80

The Boiler House- £6.00
Field of 1000 Screams – £6.00
Combined Maze Ticket – £9.00

Park + Maze Combined Admission
Adults – £38.50 (online only)


In the Park
Duel: Live! (12-9pm)
Giant Pumpkins
Halloween Characters
Old MacDonald’s
Friendly Scarecrows
Rides in the Dark
Terror of the Towers(12-9pm)
Trick and Treat Doors

In the Resort
The Boiler House (5-11pm)
Field of 1000 Screams (5-11pm)
Patch’s Pumpkin Hide-Out
Pirate Bill’s Ghost Hunt
Ringo’s Spooktacular
Trick or Treat Rooms
Witches Show

In the Park

Lurking deep within the gothic ruins of the Earl of Shrewsbury’s mansion lies Terror of the Towers – What Lies Within, where a terrifying force has taken control. The park is looking for volunteers to investigate this latest evil activity, and you are on the invitation list, if you dare descend into this fearsome labyrinth.

But the Towers are not the only Victorian mansion coming alive for Halloween, as the spooks are back, taking over the park’s Haunted House for Duel: Live! The Gremlins have been let loose, disabling your blaster and leaving you at the mercy of the spirits within, guaranteeing you the ride of your life. Might you find out what happened to the wealthy family that once lived inside?

And what Halloween celebration would be complete without Skelvin, Phil, Patch and Franklin, the park’s mischievous Halloween Characters? All through Scarefest they’ll be roaming the park to provide fun and frights for all the family. Elsewhere brave young souls will also be 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.

As ever the park will be transformed into a spook’s playground during the Scarefest including the Giant Pumpkins, which will be found at various points around the park. New for this season, Old MacDonald’s Friendly Scarecrows have come to life and can be found having some spooky fun all around his farmyard and Towers Street. And of course closing later can mean only one thing, the chance to ride some of your favourite Rides in the Dark.

In the Resort

Over in the Hotels, the management thanked guests for helping them exorcise the spirits lurking within the resort’s maintenance areas in 2008, but now the doors of The Boiler House are rattling once again. Following a recent breakout from a local asylum, a pair of escaped serial killers were believed to be lurking in the abandoned facility.

Elsewhere in the hotels things were certain to go bump in the night in the resort’s 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.

Alongside the Alton Towers Hotel it seemed like it had been a lean year down at Altonville Farm; whilst the corn had grown strong and high it looked like no one had the chance to harvest it. It was thought that perhaps the hired help were too busy enjoying Scarefest, however guests could still venture down to these sedate pastures for Field of a Thousand Screams, to make sure nothing was amiss out in the fields. After all who knew what terrible secrets might have been concealed within this maze of maize.

Once guests had their fill of scares, there was no better way to relax than with an evening of entertainment, with the all new Witches Show in the Alton Towers Hotel. Meanwhile over at Splash Landings, one of the park’s friendly Halloween mascots set up shop in Patch’s Pumpkin Hide-Out, ready to supply the entire resort with pumpkins for the spookiest time of year. Younger guests could also go on a Ghost Hunt with Pirate Bill, to banish the ghouls before they headed off to bed, or alternatively join in with Ringo’s Spooktacular Celebration?

Alton Towers Scarefest! (17th October – 1st November 2009)

Celebrate the season of spooktacular fun and escape to the Alton Towers Resort this Halloween. Home to tricks, treats, ghosts and ghouls, there’s a whole host of spine-tingling spooks for all the family across the Resort during Scarefest.

  • Trick or Treat Doors – Meet Millicent, Molly and Meg at their spell-binding three door cottage. These peculiar witches return each Halloween to shower the children of Alton with tricks….and treats of course!
  • Scarefest Characters – Our resident spooky friends Patch, Franklin, Skelvin and Phil will be roaming the Resort. Pose for photographs with your favourite character – the perfect Scarefest souvenir!
  • Duel: Live! – Hidden in Gloomy Wood stands an eerie manor house. Once home to a wealthy Victorian family, the creepy residence is now inhabited by a host of extra spooky spirits – dare you step inside?
  • Late opening – Theme Park fun is extended to 9pm every night!

Pumpkin ratings will be applied to each Halloween attraction at the Resort to highlight their spook factor, making it easy for parents to choose the attractions most suited to their child’s age.

The fun continues into the evening over at the two Resort Hotels, with spooks and scares to suit all ages. The Alton Towers Hotel becomes inhabited by witches this Halloween, so join in the hocus-pocus and be on the look out for spells and potions….and of course hats and cats! Check into the specially themed Trick or Treat rooms** and challenge the family to discover the hidden prizes…or forfeits! With goody bags for the children and free spooky movies for the duration of your stay, these rooms are extremely popular so book early to avoid disappointment on 0871 222 6672.

Splash Landings Hotel will become Patch’s Pumpkin Hide-out! Help Patch on his mission to ensure the entire Resort is supplied with pumpkins big and small!

With entertainment throughout the evening, youngsters can join Pirate Bill on his ghost hunt, join the mischievous character in Ringo’s spooktacular celebration and dance along to the Witches Show.

  • Ghost Hunt – Pirate Bill needs your help in finding those hidden ghosts and ghouls
  • Witches Show – sing and dance along to the songs dedicated to the season in the atrium of the Alton Towers Hotel

Plus, for older children and parents with nerves of steel, one indoor and two outdoor scare attractions** will be available for both Theme Park guests and Hotel residents. Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within* is based within the Gothic Towers upon the Theme Park and challenges victims to brave the evil forces lurking within, whilst The Boiler House** and the Field of 1000 Screams** located alongside the Hotels guarantee real terror, so enter at your own risk…

Prices and Info
Park entrance tickets start at £29 for adults and £22 for kids under 12, or £83 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 £75 supplement. Call 0871 222 6672 to book.

*Terror of the Towers is not suitable for children under 14.
** An extra charge applies.
*** Terms and Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
****Calls to this number cost 10 pence per minute on the BT network, other carriers and mobiles may vary.

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