Alton Towers has begun selling tickets for the special horror maze attractions that will form part of its Scarefest 2012 Halloween events.
Scarefest 2012 will run from October 13-31, excluding October 15-18. As in previous years, it will see Alton Towers stay open until 9pm every evening, giving guests a rare chance to experience the park's rides in near-darkness. A range of free Halloween-themed attractions will be on offer alongside the usual array of rides and shows, along with two horror mazes that carry an additional upcharge.
Returning from 2011's Scarefest line-up will be the free Terror of the Towers - What Lies Within horror maze (hosted within the Alton Towers mansion itself) and the ZOMBIES! Scare Zone walkthrough attraction. The paid-for Carnival of Screams horror maze will also return for a third year, although it will move to a new location as last year's site is now part of the construction area for the park's new roller coaster.
The Boiler House maze, which had featured in Scarefest events since 2008, has been dropped this year. Alton Towers has promised that a new maze will replace it, although no details have been released as yet.
Tickets for Carnival of Screams and the new maze are now available from the Alton Towers website, with a combined ticket for both costing between £9 and £11 depending on the timeslot selected (later timeslots are more expensive). All of the other Scarefest attractions are included with the price of a standard Alton Towers admission ticket.
Alongside the adult-oriented horror mazes, a variety of child-friendly Halloween attractions will again form part of the Scarefest celebrations. This will include the Patch’s Trick-or-Treat Party show, a lively dance show which features Skelvin, Patch, Phil and Franklyn, the Scarefest mascots.
Theme Park Tourist will be attending Scarefest 2012 and will feature a review on the site shortly afterwards. You can read what we thought of last year's event in our Scarefest 2011 review.