Alton Towers has announced details of its Scarefest 2010 Halloween events, with a mixture of returning attractions and new additions set to make the line-up.
Scarefest 2010 will run from October 16-31, and as in previous years will see the park staying open until 9pm every evening. This will give guests a rare chance to experience the park's rides in near-darkness, before heading to two horror mazes located outside the park which stay open for several additional hours. Entry to the horror mazes is subject to an additional surcharge, which in 2009 was £6 each or £9 for a combined ticket.
As in previous years, Scarefest will feature a mix of adult horror mazes and family-oriented entertainment. The major new addition for 2010 will be the Carnival of Screams, which is expected to be a circus-themed horror maze. It will replace the popular Field of 1000 Screams, the zombie-infested maze which featured during the last two Scarefest events.
Returning from 2009 will be The Boiler House and Terror of the Towers. The Boiler House sees guests terrorised by two escaped serial killers, and is located outside the park itself in the grounds of the Alton Towers hotel. Terror of the Towers, meanwhile, takes guests inside the historic gothic mansion that lends the park its name, where they encounter a series of demon-like characters.
Also making a repeat appearance at Scarefest 2010 will be the Trick or Treat Doors, a minor family-oriented attraction. Meet-and-greets with Halloween characters Skelvin and friends will also be available, along with the child-friendly Skelvin's Haunted Adventure.
For the first time since Scarefest 2007, the park will offer special "Trick or Treat" rooms at its on-site hotels, which will include hidden surprises for guests to search for. Free scary movies and goody bags for children will also be provided, although guests will have to pay a higher rate than for standard rooms to receive the Halloween-themed experience.
Die-hard horror fans after an authentic experience can go one step further when staying at the hotels, with Scare Rooms also being available. These promise to keep guests awake for much of the night, with unexpected scares designed to keep them on their toes.
The details of this year's Scarefest were revealed by the park's public relations head, Morwenna Angove, in an interview on Facebook. Angove - criticised by some fans over the hype surrounding the new Thirteen rollercoaster - promised that the 2010 event will be the "scariest yet".
Theme Park Tourist will be attending the opening day of Scarefest 2010 and will feature a review on the site shortly afterwards. You can read what we thought of last year's event in our Scarefest 2009 review.