Whether guests were after freaky fun or terrifying thrills, Alton Towers Resort was once again the place to go this Halloween as they unleashed a whole host of things that go bump in the night for Scarefest.

Key Information

Dates: 15th-31st October

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


Adult – £40.80/£26.52
Child – £32.40/£21.06
Senior – £20.40/£15.30
Family – £30.00/£19.50

The Boiler House – £6.00
Carnival of Screams – £6.00
Combined Maze Ticket – £12.00


Thrill Attractions
The Boiler House
Carnival of Screams
Terror of the Towers
TH13TEEN: After Dark
Zombies! Scare Zone
Scare Rooms

Family Attractions
Franklyn’s Freaky Farm
Halloween Characters
Patch’s Trick or Treat Party
Phil’s Feathered Friends
Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime
Trick or Treat Rooms

In the Park

Even the undead could enjoy a good night out, with a horde have rising in the all new Zombies! Scare Zone. An abandoned road through the grounds of Alton Towers was overrun by the walking dead, who were ready to prey on any unsuspecting guest who happened upon this post-apocalyptic shortcut.

Elsewhere the fair rolled back into town and always keen to perform to a larger audience, this year these psychotic clowns brought their Carnival of Screams to X Sector, with it being situated partially in the Black Hole tent. Daring guests could step into the twisted corridors of this gruesome funhouse, which was teaming with shadowy figures and disorientating tricks of the eye.

Deep beneath the Carnival lay the terror of The Boiler House. In the gloomy depths, the murderous Hamble Twins brought this terrifying labyrinth to life. Always willing to meet new victims, the pairs’ latest scheme seemed to involve attempting to power the X Sector using nothing but the power of fear.

All was not at peaceful as it seemed in the gothic ruins either as once again Terror of the Towers let loose the demons from within. A deathly chill took over Pugin’s glorious mansion and at this spine tingling time of the year only the brave should have considered stepping inside to traverse its cavernous rooms and claustrophobic passages.

In a new experience for 2011, Alton Towers’ very own iconic Halloween gang took over Old MacDonald’s Farmyard, transforming it into Franklyn’s Freaky Farm, with each member of the gang bringing a different spooky activity to entertain all their friends. Skelvin searched the length of the land to put together a loopy library of spine-tingling stories for Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime. Having hunted high and low Phil was proud to unveil a very special bird of prey show featuring lots of Phil’s Feathered Friends. Meanwhile Franklyn kindly leant some of his freakiest pets to the park for Franklyn’s Freaky Friends, where guests could come face to face with some of the strangest creatures they were ever likely to meet. Finally Patch had been busiest of all, putting together a spooktacular show for all the family with there no better way to celebrate Halloween than with his Trick or Treat Party.

In the Resort

Guests who didn’t want the scares to end too soon could make a break of it and stay over in one of the hotels. Whilst there weren’t any mazes at the hotels this year, there was still plenty to keep them entertained after the park closed at 9pm.

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.

For those who wanted a less than restful night’s sleep, a Scare Room would have been right up their street. Only at Halloween did the resort think it was suitable to open up these most unfortunate of rooms, where things that go bump were the least of guests’ concerns and the only room service on offer was liable to leave them with nightmares.

10th October 2011