Friday, 3 April, 2020

Alton Towers Scarefest 2019: Everything you need to know

Horrors and plenty of scares await visitors at this year’s Scarefest at Alton Towers.

On selected dates in October and November, Alton Towers hosts a spooktacular Halloween event, Scarefest, where the park remains open until late and has loads of extra entertainment that includes brand new scare maze experiences.

This year Scarefest is in its 12th year.

When is Scarefest 2019?

Alton Towers have confirmed that Scarefest 2019 will take place on October 5, 6, 12 and 13. Following those dates, the event will run every day between October 18 and November 3.

What is Scarefest?

This year Scarefest introduces new frights and family delights. There are a handful of ‘spine tingling’ mazes where you can put yourself through true horror experiences, as well family-friendly fun for all the family.

Alton Towers said: “Scarefest returns to Alton Towers Resort on selected dates in October/November with more spine-tingling terrors than ever before. The Resort’s multi award-winning scare mazes are scarier than ever plus there’s another NEW maze joining the line up.”

There is also entertainment scattered throughout the park, with the Alton Ancestors rising from the grave to perform energetic dance routines for guests entering the park on Towers Street and in the Gloomy Wood.

The Freaky Five have also returned this year with their ‘Freaky Fun Zone’ on the lawns at Towers Street. Gretyl, Franklin, Skelvin, Patch, and Phil perform four family-friendly shows at regular intervals throughout the day for all ages.

Also making its Halloween debut is Alton Towers’ new 2019 attraction, The Alton Towers Dungeon.

The mazes

Project 42 (Forbidden Valley)

The backstory: The Phalanx base has been compromised and the team is in demise. The base had been used for civilian tests on a unique virus but something’s gone wrong; the test subjects, now infected by the virus, have broken out. The Phalanx requires volunteers to enter the compound, find the vaccination and rescue the technician. Can you get out before contracting the infection? For ages 15+.

Altonville Mine Tours

The backstory: Tour the depths of a recently re-opened mine at the Resort, which holds a deep dark secret. Those brave enough can head to ‘Altonville’ and 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’. For ages 15+.

Sub Species

The backstory: A live action scare maze and unlike our other mazes, the creatures WILL touch you. Let the death race begin! Descend deep underground to a post-apocalyptic sewer system. Here your group will be split up and you will choose your own route in an attempt to avoid a sewer dwelling community. The community have to appease the creature that rules over them by sacrificing innocent people from the surface – your demise is now their entertainment! For ages 15+.

The Attic: Terror of the Towers (new for 2019)

The backstory: Dare you venture up to The Attic in this live action maze where you’ll discover the ghost of ‘The Governess’! According to local legend, she tries to avenge the death of her charges by taking the spirits of the living as penance – will you be her next victim? For ages 15+.

Darkest Depths (new for 2019)

The backstory: Board the infamous ghost ship ‘The Mutiny’ and journey into the darkest depths to earn your piece of eight. The treacherous Sirens will try to lure you into the ocean as you dodge the swords of the mutinous ghost pirates and come face to face with the sea’s meanest legend of all … the Kraken! (recommended for children aged 10+).

You can read our full review of each scare maze at this year’s Scarefest 2019 here.

Rides, in the dark

Throughout Scarefest, Alton Towers are open until late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark including their world-class coasters such as Wicker Man, Nemesis and Oblivion to name a few.

The Smiler at Alton Towers
The Smiler

Ride queues close at 9pm, so queue for your last ride at 8:50pm, and you’re guaranteed one last ride in the dark.

Things you should be aware of

Tickets for Alton Towers’ scare mazes can be purchased either online on their websites or from the Resort Box Office on the day.

A combo ticket for Sub Species, Project 42, and Altonville Mine Tours, costs £20.

The Attic: Terror of the Towers is sold separate to the combo ticket above, and that costs £8.

Darkest Depths also ticketed separately at £6pp.

Admission prices to The Alton Towers Dungeon can also be bought online or on-the-day costing £8.50 per person.

Parking is separate and costs £6.

Full details can be found on the website at

Scarefest: Tips

Scare zones open before it gets dark, it’s best to wait till after dark to enter the mazes for the full effect.

If you want, you can enter Project 42, Altonville Mine Tours and Sub Species before dark as these mazes are inside.

The Skyride is good transportation inside the park – Save your energy for the mazes.

Wicker Man will have the biggest wait time to ride in the dark, be prepared.

Download the official Alton Towers app for live queue times, offers and directions while you’re in the park.

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