Need some information on Alton Towers Scarefest? Well you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together this page full of useful tips, essential information, and some insider hints about how to get the most out of your visit. Most information can be found in the tabs below and our insider tips are listed below that. If you’ve got any further questions we recommend contacting Alton Towers Resort directly and they’ll be able to assist.

Scarefest 2019 is on 5th-6th, 12th-13th, 18th October – 3rd November, with the Theme Park open from 10am until 9pm on every day of the event.

Please note, Early Ride Time is not available during Scarefest, however hotel guests will be given complimentary Fastrack to use during their stay. Most ride queues will close at 9pm, however, due to low lighting, Skyride, Battle Galleons, Congo River Rapids, 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 will close earlier, around dusk at approximately 3:30pm. Cloud Cuckoo Land and the remainder of CBeebies Land are open until 7pm during Scarefest.

Scare Mazes and Darkest Depths open at 1pm and remain open until park close. All other attractions will have varying opening and show times throughout the day.

Scare Mazes are not included in regular theme park admission, with a 3 Maze ticket for one entry into Project 42, Sub Species: The End Games and Altonville Mine Tours available for £20 (or £16 for Annual Passholders). Entry to two of the previously mentioned mazes is £15, while entry to just one is £8. An add-on ticket for The Attic: Terror of the Towers is also £8 (or £6.40 for Annual Passholders). Combined theme park admission and entry into three scare mazes (doesn’t include The Attic: Terror of the Towers) is available online for £52.

All family attractions, excluding Darkest Depths which is £6 entry (or £4.80 for Annual Passholders), are included with admission to the theme park.

The Alton Towers Dungeon is also open during Scarefest, with admission available online and on-the-day for £8.50.

For all ticket queries and for booking we recommend checking out the official Alton Towers Resort website.

When the Halloween season draws in, the Alton Towers Theme Park map undergoes a spooky transformation to include all of the Scarefest attractions and other Halloween information.


Alton Towers Resort is clearly signposted from the following motorway junctions:

M1: Junction 23a (Northbound) or Junction 28 (Southbound)
M6: Junction 15 (Northbound) or Junction 16 (Southbound)

The postcode for Sat Nav reference is: ST10 4DB. Please be aware that Sat Nav systems may try to send your car down single track roads, please always follow the brown signs to Alton Towers where possible.

Alton Towers Resort is also accessible by local bus services running from Stoke to Uttoxeter. Additionally, it is also accessible by train from Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter rail stations. For more information on public transport connections, visit the Alton Towers website. Please remember to check the times of the last return bus for Scarefest visits, as not all services will cover the 9pm theme park close.

TowersTimes Top Tips


Please be aware that Scarefest is likely to be very busy and queues will be large for many of the rides and attractions.

It is always advisable to ride the most popular rides (such as Galactica, The Smiler & Wicker Man) at the very start and end of the day. You will also find the park gets gradually quieter from 4pm onwards as guests get tired and decide to leave the park. Queue times for rides may also drop when the scare mazes open at 1pm.

Other methods and tips to avoid large queues are available on the TowersTimes website.

Handy Hints

  • Temperatures will drop as the park gets dark so remember to wrap up warm!
  • Scarefest is your chance to ride Wicker Man in the dark – the ceremony’s flames look even more intense at night!
  • Spinball Whizzer is generally much quieter in the afternoon and evening as many guests rush to ride it first in the morning.
  • Make sure to ride Oblivion to get a a great view of The Smiler at night!
  • Buy your parking token from a machine or ticket booth at the start of the day to beat the queues when leaving the park.
  • Join in the discussion on TTSP Forum for more Scarefest tips, photos and news!

Hotels & Resort Fun

Guests staying at the Resort’s on-site accommodation can enjoy extra Scarefest entertainment. Find out more here!