Scarefest 2021 saw the debut of a new interactive family walkthrough attraction, alongside returning scare mazes and family-friendly entertainment. All of the mazes and the family walkthrough attraction carried an additional charge, while all other attractions were free and accessible to all.
Dates: 8th-10th, 15th-31st October
Skyride, Battle Galleons, Congo River Rapids, Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure, Tree Fu Tom Training Camp, Mr Bloom’s Allotment, The Furchester Hotel Live shut at dusk.
Other rides shut at 9pm daily.
Single Ticket – £8.00
Four Maze Ticket – £30.00
Trick O’ Treat Town – £10.00
Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard
The Attic: Terror of the Towers
Altonville Mine Tours
Trick O’ Treat Town
Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls
Franklyn’s Freaky Fun Zone
Patch’s Trick or Treat Party
Phil’s Halloween Dance Party
CBeebies Land ‘Monster Ball’
Scarefest 2021’s maze line-up was unchanged from 2020. Following its debut in the prior year, Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard made a return, in its location behind the Games Bunker. The notable change for 2021 was that the main area of the maze was enclosed, with the erection of a scaffold structure, in order to make the maze more weather-proof. Back for a third year was both The Attic: Terror of the Towers and Darkest Depths, giving guests another opportunity to enjoy the detailed sets that these mazes offered. After previously being marketed as a family maze, Darkest Depths was this year promoted as a fourth scare maze, although no major changes were noted as having been made to the experience. The final maze to make a return was Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers, now in its sixth year, making it the second longest-running scare maze at the Resort after Terror of the Towers. After their removal in 2020, it continued to be the case that the Haunted Lantern helmets were no longer being used. For eligible guests, Alton Towers added Ride Access Pass entrances to the mazes not located in the Towers themselves – Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard and Darkest Depths.
New for 2021 was the interactive family attraction, Trick O’ Treat Town. This indoor walkthrough was located in the area which had previously housed the Great Glass Elevator finale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride. Providing a trick or treat experience with a quirky Alton Towers twist, inside guests started by taking a walk down Spooky Avenue before moving onto houses in Treat Street, Witchy Woods, The Graveyard and The Hill. Paper bags were handed out at the start of the attraction so that the sweet treats that the town’s residents hand out after knocking on each door could be collected. As had come to be expected, this attraction featured some wonderful sets, sure to delight younger guests.
Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls returned to illuminate the gardens in an array of colourful lights and projections. With work also having been completed shortly before the start of Scarefest 2021 on the historic Banqueting Hall window at the front of the Towers themselves, the Resort also took the opportunity to light them so as to show off this fantastic feature.
The family shows and entertainment was this year located on the Front Lawns stage that had been used throughout the 2021 season. As well as including the traditional shows from the Freaky Five, a mix of live vocals and dance was provided by Sin Bin. The food and beverage units seen on the Front Lawns during Oktoberfest were once again retained, making this area a combined food and entertainment hub. In the Mutiny Bay Courtyard, the outdoor bar area was also used as an extension of The Welcom-Inn.
The Alton Ancestors also made a return with an updated dance routine, being found on Towers Street in the morning and Fountain Square later in the day.
CBeebies Land joined in the Scarefest festivities for a fourth year with the CBeebies Land Monster Ball.
A range of Scarefest merchandise was available in Towers Trading, with a popular new addition for this year being plushes of the Freaky Five characters.
As in the preceding years, there was no overnight or late night experience available during Scarefest 2021.
Over at the Resort’s accommodation there was a variety of entertainment suitable for guests of all ages, including live vocalists and magic shows.
Alton Towers Resort reveals brand new spooktacular ‘Trick O Treat Town’ family attraction to open at this year’s Scarefest
A video revealed today gives a glimpse of the terrifyingly fun interactive walkthrough family attraction
From Spooky Avenue to Witchy Woods, guests will walk through the indoor attraction and knock on doors to collect lots of treats, but beware there will be tricks a plenty
Tickets for the UK’s favourite event, Scarefest 2021 are now live
Alton Towers Resort has announced a brand new spooktacular family attraction for this year’s Scarefest, Trick O Treat Town, where every day is Halloween and the townsfolk favourite past time is trick-or-treating for the town’s visitors.
Guests will be given a tote bag upon entering the indoor attraction and start by taking a walk down Spooky Avenue before moving onto houses in Treat Street, Witchy Woods, The Graveyard and The Hill. Knock on the doors to collect lots of sweet treats and other spooky surprises but be careful as there will be tricks a plenty. The entire fictitious town is suitable for all ages and will reward little monsters for their bravery.
In a spooky promo video released today by the park (Tuesday 21st September), a family in Halloween fancy dress attire can be seen enjoying trick or treating. They take a walk through a wooded area and arrive at an old house. They knock on the door and it opens to reveal a bright green light.
The new family attraction is the latest addition to the Theme Park’s line-up of terrifyingly good scare mazes, including:
- Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard: Set outside in what appears to be an abandoned junkyard, daring thrillseekers will discover the dark and disturbing secret it hides in a truly chilling experience. After being hunted and cast out of the community, the last of the Freak Show psycho clowns have gone into hiding, plotting in secret their next “BIG SHOW”. Will dare devils entering the junkyard be able to help stop their evil plan or will they become the main attraction of the next performance?
- The Attic: Terror of the Towers: An unforgettable and truly chilling experience set in the eaves of the Theme Park’s famous and historical Tower ruins. Rumoured to be haunted by ‘the Governess’, local legend says she is eternally trying to avenge the death of her charges; taking the spirits of the living as penance…but who will be her next victim?
- Darkest Depths: Get ready for a terrifying new adventure aboard ‘The Mutiny’, a notoriously spine-chilling ghost ship. You’ll truly earn your golden piece of eight by venturing into the darkest depths, avoiding the hazardous calls of the treacherous Sirens, dodging the swords of terrifyingly ghoulish pirate mutineers and coming face to face with the Kraken – the legendary monster of the seas!
- Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover The Legend of the Skin Snatchers offering a tale with a not-so-beautiful twist. Those brave enough can also head to ‘Altonville’, a recently re-opened mine at the Resort, which holds a deep dark secret. Enter the damp, disused mine, which is believed to have once been home to a family of village outcasts. Nicknamed the ‘Skin Snatchers’ by local residents, their spine-chilling secret is about to be unearthed. Remember ‘Beauty is only skin deep’.
Also returning for 2021 is the opportunity to experience the Alton Towers Gardens as it comes to spooktacular life. ‘Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls’ is free for guests to enjoy as part of the event’s family friendly frights line-up of live entertainment including the Alton Ancestors, Freaky Five and CBeebies Land Monster Ball.
Open until 9pm each day, daring guests can also face the head-spinning, hair-raising rides and attractions in darkness including the Alton Towers Dungeon.
Chris Carter, Events and Entertainments Director at Alton Towers Resort, said:
“This year we promised to plan a host of fun and thrills for families and thrill-seekers throughout the season. We are excited to host our award-winning Halloween celebrations which will be bigger and better than ever.
“Trick or treat plays a huge part in people’s Halloween celebrations and we wanted to capture this fun, family activity with an exciting Alton Towers twist.
“We remain committed to creating a much-needed form of escapism for families and thrill-seekers across the UK and beyond. We’ve got an incredible line-up of spooky fun and thrills, live entertainment and never-ending fun, which we’re sure our guests will love.”
Scarefest will take place at Alton Towers Resort from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th October, then each day from Friday 15th to Sunday 31st October. To find out more and to book tickets, visit: www.altontowers.com/explore/events/scarefest/