Scarefest 2017 saw the addition of a brand new fourth scare maze, The Welcoming: Be Chosen, dubbed the official prequel to Secret Weapon 8, alongside the return of some award winning attractions and Scarefest classics. All of the mazes carried an additional charge, whilst the Freak Show scare zone remained free and accessible to all.
Dates: 7th-8th, 14th-15th, 20th-31st October
Skyride, Battle Galleons, Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure, Tree Fu Tom Training Camp, Mr Bloom’s Allotment, Nina’s Science Lab, Charlie and Lola’s Moonsquirters and Green Drops, The Furchester Hotel Live, and the Gardens shut at dusk.
CBeebies Land & Cloud Cuckoo Land closed at 7pm.
Other rides shut at 9pm daily.
Combined park and three-maze entry – £50.00
Single Ticket – £8.00
Double Ticket – £15.00
Combi Ticket – £20.00
The Welcoming: Be Chosen – £8.00
House of Monsters – £5.00
The Welcoming: Be Chosen
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 2017 was The Welcoming: Be Chosen. Based around a mysterious group who had emerged from the woods around the village of Alton after being angered by people abusing the world’s natural resources, guests were invited to join the group at their festival which celebrated their own interpretation of Halloween, reconnecting with the earth, and celebrating the crossover between the living and the dead. Throughout the maze the theming and attention to detail was consistently impressive with a number of set pieces along the way. With the maze being the ‘prequel to SW8’, there were also a number of nods towards the Resort’s new wooden rollercoaster, with several sets of runes and the rollercoaster’s logo scattered throughout. The maze also included a short hooded section, for which guests were given a hood prior to entering the start of the maze. Some guests also caught sight of some of the maze’s inhabitants conducting what appeared to be a ritual on the front lawns…
Returning for a second year was Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers, as the pits re-opened for tours. Whilst the central storyline remained faithful to 2016’s version of the maze, there were a number of small changes and improvements, including a re-worked elevator scene, and a new ending. The Haunted Lantern technology also made a return with some adjustments to the settings to help further build the sense of tension and anticipation as they flickered or were even turned off completely.
Sub Species: The End Games returned for a third year, as, 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. The maze received a couple of changes, the most notable being the return of a second ending (although this was slightly different to the alternative ending seen in 2015), and both endings feeding into the same exit point.
Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within returned for what would be its final Scarefest, with guests following in the footsteps of the missing urban explorers one last time, which meant navigating the same route as the previous couple of years, although some sections were much tighter giving a much more claustrophobic feel to the maze, whilst the end strobe section also seemed much more disorientating.
The Resort continued with the scare zone format introduced in 2015, however this year only saw the inclusion of one scare zone in the line-up, this being 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. This would be the last year of Freak Show and this scare zone format, with 2018 seeing the introduction of a new programme of ‘Scaremosphere’.
Family maze House of Monsters returned for its second year, meaning guests could once again join a monster hunting vlogger on their quest to discover the truth about residents of a disused house. Whilst the characters encountered and the sequence of rooms remained the same, there were a number of changes to help improve the flow of the story. Gorgle the Mummy’s greenhouse was now home to Venus, a giant meat eating plant, instead of the shower used in 2015. The ending to the attraction was also revamped with it becoming a much more distinctive maze style ending featuring drop panels, plant tentacles dangling from the ceiling, and even some nods to past scare mazes.
The Freaky Four returned with Franklyn’s Freaky Fun Zone, which was located on the Front Lawns as it had been during the previous couple of years. 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.
As in 2016, there was no overnight or late night experience available during Scarefest 2017.
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 Phantasmagorical Scott Family Vaudeville Show, that was guaranteed to get guests on their feet and dancing the night away. In Splash Landings Hotel, the Dia De Muertos Live Show sees the Witch Doctor leading a spectacular party like no other with singing and dancing in memory of Ma Garrita’s ancestors. A live vocalist was also singing spooktacular songs in the Enchanted Village. There was also a Magical Mayhem Magic Show in Alton Towers Hotel, as well as Fantastical Spell School Halloween and Patch’s Pumpkin Party in Splash Landings Hotel.
New spine-tingling Welcoming at this year’s Scarefest
Award-winning Scarefest runs 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 20th-31st October.
New Scare Maze ‘The Welcoming: Be Chosen’ hints at new attraction for 2018.
Alton Towers Resort’s award-winning Scarefest event is returning for 2017, promising to deliver more spine-tingling terror than ever before. This year, a brand new Scare Maze, The Welcoming: Be Chosen, joins the terrifying line-up, set to not only be a petrifying experience in itself, but also providing a first glimpse into the Resort’s new attraction for 2018, currently codenamed ‘Secret Weapon 8’.
The woods surrounding the village of Alton harbor a mysterious group, which until recent sightings were unseen by the modern world. Whispers around the village say that the group are angered by people abusing the world’s natural resources and the rapid advance of technology. Every year the secluded group host a festival to celebrate their own interpretation of Halloween – paying homage to the earth and celebrating the crossover between the living world and the dead. The group have recently infiltrated the Alton Towers Resort and for the first time are allowing outsiders to celebrate with them. But what part will you (‘the outsiders’) play in this ritual?
Scarefest is the UK’s biggest and best Halloween event for all ages and this year sees the return of award winning Scare Mazes from previous years: Sub Species: The End Games, Altonville Mine Tours and Terror of the Towers – as well as the spooky walkthrough experience for families with children aged 8+, House Of Monsters, introduced last
Spooktacular entertainment awaits for all ages, with the Alton Ancestors flashmob taking place throughout the day, and the park’s own cast of silly spooks – the Freaky Four – performing energetic live shows perfect for younger guests. The park’s rides and attractions also stay open until 9pm every single night, meaning visitors can enjoy the added thrill of taking on these breathtaking rides in the dark.
Scarefest 2017 will take place on 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, and every day from 20th to 31st October at Alton Towers Resort. Visit altontowers.com/scarefest for more information and to book tickets.
More details about Alton Towers Resort’s mysterious new development, coming 2018, can be found at altontowers.com/sw8
Prices & Information
- Scare Maze tickets start from £8, and can be prebooked at altontowers.com/scarefest
- The Welcoming: Be Chosen, Sub Species: The End Games, Altonville Mine Tours and Terror Of The Towers all have a strict 15+ age limit
- Theme Park tickets available from £32 for an adult and £27.50 for a child when booked online at www.altontowers.com 5+ days prior to visit
- Hotel stays start from just £130 per person per night based on 4 sharing on a B&B basis when booked online at www.altontowers.com