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Alton Towers Scarefest entrance

Alton Towers has posted details of Scarefest 2013 to its official website, revealing a familiar format but with several changes from last year's Halloween events.

The most notable change is to the park's line-up of horror mazes. Although this will be identical to last year's event, featuring Carnival of Screams, The Sanctuary and Terror of the Towers, Carnival of Screams will now be free to all guests. Terror of the Towers, which has been free in previous years, will be a premium attraction.

The Sanctuary is hosted within the Alton Towers mansion itself, and features a plot focusing on the mysterious "Ministry of Joy", which ties in with the backstory for the recently-opened The Smiler roller coaster. Terror of the Towers, meanwhile, takes guests on a tour of the interior of the mansion, where they encounter a variety of spirits and ghouls. Pricing for the two premium horror mazes has yet to be confirmed.

Carnival of Screams was introduced for Scarefest 2010, and rumours had suggested that it could be replaced this year. Instead, it will once again take guests on a tour of a circus run by demented clowns. Also returning from 2012's Scarefest line-up will be the free ZOMBIES! Scare Zone walkthrough attraction.

Alongside the adult-oriented horror mazes, a variety of child-friendly Halloween attractions will again form part of the Scarefest celebrations. This will include Franklyn's Freaky Fun Zone, which will see Fountain Square transformed into a "colourful Halloween Playland". Popular characters Franklyn, Skelvin, Patch and Phil will be on-hand to greet young guests.

Scarefest 2013 will run from October 19 - November 3. Whereas the park has stayed open until 9pm during every night of the events in previous years, in 2013 the events from October 21-25 will instead end at 7pm.

Tickets for the Scarefest events can be booked in advance via the Alton Towers website and are priced at £34.65 for adults and £29.25 for children.

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