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Alton Towers divulges details of upcoming annual Scarefest

Staffordshire, UK — It’s “Prepare for fright time” at the Alton Towers Resort this October as the annual Scarefest returns for its fifth year. Promising guests more terrifying thrills and spine-tingling chills than ever before, there’s something for everyone with a range of interactive attractions at Britain’s Greatest Escape this Halloween.

Taking place 15th – 31st October, Scarefest 2011 spooktacular will feature favourites such as the Boiler House, Carnival of Screams and the infamous Tower of Terror, as well as introducing some all new haunting horrors that will be sure to cater for all ages this Halloween.

Alongside spooks for younger guests and haunting horrors for thrill seekers, guests will also be able to experience the theme park’s adrenaline pumping rides including the five greats: Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Rita and the world’s first free fall drop coaster TH13TEEN. With late night opening until 9pm every night during Scarefest, visitors can expect the unexpected whilst wandering through the iconic Towers and riding a host of rollercoasters in the dark.

Attractions include:
Carnival of Screams* Following its hugely successful launch in 2010, the Carnival of Screams is back for the second year! Twisted terror has come back to town with the return of an old travelling funhouse overtaken by evil clowns. Guests make their way through the disorientating maze, complete with its terrifying and freakish troupe, to escape, but beware, a hidden surprise may be lurking at the end.

Terror of the Towers – Guests uncover a dark and horrifying secret, hidden for centuries as strange noises have been heard emanating from the imposing, menacing Towers in the dead of the night. Lurking deep within the ruins, guests weave their way through the darkened corridors to investigate the evil force of the Towers.

The Boiler House** Based at the Staffordshire site, an abandoned Boiler House is rumoured to be the grisly lair to a pair of violent and psychopathic serial killers and it remains unclear how many victims have been mercilessly slaughtered during their reign of terror. Dare guests explore the darkened corridors of the Boiler House and risk falling victim to the gruesome games of the “Hamble Twins”?

Scare Rooms – The frights continue over in the Resort hotels with overnight thrills that are sure to shock. Alton Towers Hotel guests will need to prepare for bumps in the night and terrifying scares in the most unexpected places.

Light-hearted spooky fun for younger guests and their families at the Alton Towers Resort Scarefest includes:

  • Trick or Treat Doors – Coming back to the Alton Towers Resort, Millie, Molly and Meg are three peculiar witches who will provide laughs and spooks with their amazing song and dance show
  • Franklin’s freaky farm – meet Franklin, one of the loveable Scarefest characters at spooky story time.
  • Scarefest Characters – Based around the Resort for the duration of Scarefest, Skelvin, Franklin, Patch, and Phil are on-hand to welcome guests to this year’s event. 
  • Spine tingling fun over at the Resort hotels with the Halloween kids club and spooky time with Darwin, everyone’s favourite Dodo! 

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is a leader location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Merlin now operates over 74 attractions, six hotels/two holiday villages in 17 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 43.6 million visitors worldwide, through its global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 15,000 employees. Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Heide Park, Earth Explorer, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Sydney Tower Observatory and Skywalk, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter Underwater World, Oceanworld Manly and Hamilton Island Koala Gallery. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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