Scarefest 2017 has officially started at Alton Towers Resort and if you’re a wimp like me you won’t be queuing for the haunted houses – but fear not, there’s plenty of Halloween fun to get up to for free this October!

Take in the autumnal decorations

Towers Street has had a makeover, and you’ll find plenty of pumpkins lining your walk into the park. Throughout the day, you might even witness a flash mob as the residents of the street make their presence known. We had a stroll back over to the park entrance a few times over the course of the day and that’s where I snapped this cheeky tractor riding scarecrow.

Have a walk through the gardens

A lot of people overlook it, but Alton Towers Theme Park also features a garden section where you can take a stroll through the original grounds. There’s plenty of lovely picnic spots within the garden and you can get an aerial view from the skyride. If you want to challenge yourself this Halloween, you could even take a walk down the gloomy trail at nightfall. You might even bump into a forest resident or two…

Let the Sealife creepy crawlies get you

If you’re not a fan of the traditional creepy crawlies of Halloween, why not take some time to check out the free Sealife Aquarium which is on-site at Alton Towers. You can get up close and personal with a number of aquatic creatures, but my all time favourite has to be the touch pool. This is always one of my highlights – this cute little guy will clean the dead skin from your fingertips! A great way to creep out your younger companions.

Circus scare zone

In previous years, there did used to be a free haunted house every year but this year there is just one scare zone which is free to walk through. This circus themed scare zone opens every day during Scarefest at 5.30pm and though it’s not for the faint hearted, you may become acquainted with a clown or two.


Ride the rides in the dark

If you’re not there for the scare zones or the haunted houses, you can certainly make the most of your trip by staying until the final minute! With the park closing at 9pm every Scarefest evening, it’s one of the few chances Alton Towers offers for you to ride some of your favourite rides in the dark.


Have you ever visited Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort? What did you think of it?

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