TowersTimes takes a look back at this year’s Scarefest as the annual Halloween event come to an end.
The annual Scarefest has come to the end of its 2013 incarnation at the Alton Towers Resort. Seventeen unforgettable days of terrifying scare mazes, silly spooks, costumes and decorations across the resort. There have been a wide variety of changes to Scarefest for 2013, so join us as we take a look back at the annual Halloween event.
A Petrifying Powercut and a Spine-Chilling Storm
Scarefest 2013 opened to the public on Saturday 19th October, with plenty of people flooding to the Box Office in order to collect their maze tickets and freedom passes. Each year has seen Towers Street blanketed in a range of decorations, and this year was no different.
With the inevitable queue times racking up and the park hosting thousands of people, parts of the theme park were stuck by a power cut; claiming the operational abilities of Sonic Spinball, Oblivion and The Smiler to name a few. Alongside this, the queue line for the Carnival of Screams was also evacuated, with the power cut sustaining a knock on effect for several more hours. Multiple cast illnesses also left Terror of the Towers somewhat lacking the spectacular performance it had offered on previous years, leaving very mixed opinions on the opening day of Scarefest.
The second day of the popular event looked to be more promising. With the mazes standing on full form, everything seemed to be going well until mid-afternoon, when the thousands of guests on the theme park became drenched after an incredible downpour of rain descended. The sudden shower left colossal puddles and rivers to run, even flooding several shops and the eating area of the Courtyard Tavern. Moreover, The Smiler’s queue line became so flooded that guests were made to use the extended temporary queue line outside of the attraction.
Despite the opening weekend blues, Scarefest was back in full force soon after for the remaining duration of the event.
Terrifying Scare Mazes
2013 saw Terror of the Towers become a paid maze for the very first time since it originally opened its doors in 2002. Carnival of Screams was therefore swapped in to become the free maze, alongside Zombies! Scare Zone.
The return of The Sanctuary was a replica of the version that opened in early 2013, to accommodate the late opening of The Smiler. The addition of a new cast