As the Halloween period approaches, Alton Towers have announced further details regarding the annual Scarefest event.

Scare Mazes

As TowersTimes reported previously, all three mazes from last year are returning

[Carnival of Screams, The Sanctuary & Terror of The Towers] alongside the Zombies! Scarezone. This year however, entry to the Carnival of Screams is provided with park admission, whereas Terror of the Towers now requires a ticket to gain entry into the attraction.

The Carnival of Screams

Carnival of Screams returns for a fourth year after replacing Field of 1000 Screams in 2010. This year, the maze appears to revolve around the story of a performer known as ‘Jack Nife’, a knife throwing artist who accidentally killed his friend during an act. Now Jack wants revenge on every member of the audience, including YOU!

The Sanctuary

After the unprecedented success of The Smiler, Dr Kelman is throwing the doors open to The Sanctuary for the second year in a row to continue marmalising guests! Regarding the reopening of The Sanctuary for Scarefest 2013, Dr Kelman has this to say:

 ”I’m so glad to see you’re all enjoying the emphatic success of The Smiler! However, let’s not forget where it all started! The Sanctuary began this process and whilst there were failures, I truly believe we can still surpass modernistic approach of The Smiler! The Sanctuary will open its doors and will correct you in the most effectual way possible. book your appointment now to avoid bitter disappointment.Thank you.”


Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within

Despite the happenings of last year, two urban explorers have still decided to break into the Towers ruins. But now there are reports of them disappearing and it’s your turn to trace their footsteps and discover what lies within!

Zombies! Scarezone

The undead have returned to roam the Earth for the third Scarefest in a row, and the only safe place to hide is in a restricted military zone set up in the Alton Towers theme park. Will you survive the apocalypse?

All of the scare attractions will be returning to the same location they were situated in last year. However, the location of Carnival of Screams is yet to be confirmed. This means that Terror of the Towers and The Sanctuary will be situated inside the ruins of the Towers, and Zombies! Scarezone will be located behind the game stalls in the Dark Forest.

Extreme Scare Mazes

During the day, park guests simply encounter actors who are positioned in such ways to make you jump out of your skin. There are various signs before the maze and during the briefing at the start that remind you the actors will not touch you. However, the ‘extreme ticket’ will toss this statement into a boiling witch’s cauldron and a much more extreme experience will be offered.

2012 saw a similar addition added to The Sanctuary, where guests would pay a tad extra to be slightly more marmalised than they were expecting. The actors would fully interact with guests in a whole new hands on experience, offering a totally different level of scares! This variation of The Sanctuary was strictly for guests of eighteen years and above, and this rule applies again for the extreme mazes on hand this year. Tickets will be limited for these run throughs and are expected to sell out quickly!

Scarefest for the Families

Alongside the terrifying scare mazes, the Resort offer a broad range of entertainment to every family. This year, Franklyn’s Freaky Fun Zone is reborn within Fountain Square, in contrast to being located in the farm on previous years, further adding fuel to speculation that the Farmyard will be redeveloped for the 2014 season.

From the Alton Towers Resort website:

Join Franklyn, Skelvin, Patch and Phil as they take over Fountain Square and transform it into a colourful Halloween Playland, filled with spooky attractions, theming and activities that are perfect for young families! Attractions include:
“Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime” 
Join Skelvin as he shares silly spooky stories which are perfect for little ones. 
“Phil & Franklyn’s Ghoul School” 

Franklyn has forgotten how to spook, so Phil needs your help to remind him. Come and see their brand new show and stick around afterwards, as Phil and Franklyn might want to meet you! Be there early as this Skelvinspooktacular show is bound to be popular! 

”Patch’s Freaky Talks” 
Join Patch three times daily as he talks about the creepy creatures in Franklyn’s Freaky Fun Zone. Discover how these seemingly normal animals take a spooky twist, when the Scarefest moon casts its eerie shadows.  
”Character Meet and Greets with Franklyn and Friends” 
Joining in with all the spooktacular fun with meet and greets, photo opportunities and more, remember to keep your eyes peeled for the “Famous Freaky Four” whilst out and about!  

Altonville Motel Scare Rooms


The Scare Rooms have been a regular tradition up at the hotels, and this year is no exception. The Altonville Motel returns with yet another story that will unfold to guests who brave a night in one of the scare rooms. This year, the motel is reopening under new ownership, thanks to Caleb Winkles and Mary Miller, who just so happen to be celebrating their wedding at the same time! “Until Death do us part” suddenly seems to become a worryingly realistic truth.




Maze Tickets


A Combination ticket granting access to Terror of the Towers and The Sanctuary can be booked online from £10.00, or from £8.00 if you’re an annual pass holder.


A Freedom Ticket grants unlimited access to Terror of the Towers and The Sanctuary for an entire day. It can be booked online   from £20.00 or from £16.00  if you’re an annual pass holder.


A Freedom Pass grants unlimited access to Terror of the Towers and The Sanctuary throughout the entire duration of Scarefest. It can be booked online from £50.00, or from £40.00 if you’re an annual pass holder.

Altonville Motel dates and prices:

Scare Rooms are available between 24th October – 2nd November.
Supplement of £185 based on 2 sharing
Supplement of £202.50 based on 3 sharing
Supplement of £225 based on 4 sharing
Supplement of £237.50 based on 5 sharing (limited availabilty)
Entry to the theme park after 4pm costs £20 per person on the day, or £15 booked online.


In other news, here at TowersTimes, we are huge fans of the Scarefest season and this year, we intend to make it even more enjoyable for everyone! After the spectacular success of our Summer Sizzler event back in July, we will soon be revealing our plans for our next TowersTimes event:


TT Scaremazing


The final details are still being confirmed with the Resort, but stay tuned to our forums or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be kept up to date with all the latest news!