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UK Park News Halloween Guide 2011

UK Park News Halloween Guide 2011

The 2011 Halloween season is now well underway, with many of the parks putting in more effort than ever in to their annual scare festivities. These Halloween events have seen a huge increase in popularity over the last 10 years, with even some less than obvious attractions now hosting their own events. With so many scare attractions to choose from this Halloween we have compiled a creepy compendium of some of the best events available to park guests this October.


For Younger Children


Halloween Hocus Pocus at Chessington

Halloween Hocus Pocus at Chessington World of Adventure

Where: Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE
When: Everyday through to 31st of October
Opening Times: 10 am – 8 pm
What’s on offer:With 3 fun but slightly scary walkthrough attractions, shows, special Halloween decorations around the park plus a chance to ride their rides in the dark Chessington World of Adventures is the park for young families at Halloween. New for 2011 is The Krypt which is located in Wild Asia, with its mix of humour and mild scares it is a great starter maze to introduce brave young adventurers to the world of horror mazes.
For more information please visit the Halloween Hocus Pocus website:


Shriek Week at Colchester Zoo

Where: Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL
When: Everyday through to 31st of October
Opening Times: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm BUT open until 9 pm on the 29th & 31st of October
What’s on offer: Colchester Zoo have many special shows for children throughout the day, Creepy Crafts, themed animal talks & displays, Little Horror’s Spooky Road Train plus the spine-chilling Chamber of Nightmares walk through attraction. With even more on offer during their Late Night openings on the 29th & 31st of October including more shows, Terror Train! – Tanganyika Train where “the hunters can soon become the hunted!” and special late night animal feeds.
For more information please visit the Shriek Week website:


The Hills Have Eyes at Pleasurewood Hills

Where: Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5DZ
When: Everyday through to 30th of October
Opening Times: 10 am – 4 pm with the park staying open until 6pm on Sunday 30th of October
What’s on offer: This Halloween two evil witches have landed their house in the park and plan to take it over forever. But Woody Bear, his Uncle Fergus a great monster hunter and the park’s own Halloween character Stitch will join forces to try and banish the witches. The park is also celebrating Halloween with a special Eye Trail competition for the children and the opening of their new laser tag attraction The Laser Labyrinth. On the 30th of October the park will be open until 6pm as they host a special lantern parade plus a Firework and Laser show.
For more information please visit the Pleasurewood Hills website:


Family Scream Park at Twinlakes

Where: Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE14 4SB
When: Everyday through to 31st of October
Opening Times: Park opens daily from 10 am
What’s on offer: Twinlakes Family Scream Park is great fun for young families this Halloween. With a free pumpkin carving competition, workshops, face painting and several live horror experiences. Are you brave enough to enter Dungeon Quest, Haunted Castle Hunt or a maze full of Mutants? Guests can also get up close to many creepy crawlies and other twisted creatures in Creepy Critters.
For more information please visit the Family Scream Park website:


Scooby-Doo Fireworks – The Curse Of The Lake Monster at LEGOLAND Windsor

Fireworks at LEGOLAND Windsor

Where: Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY
When: 28th, 29th and 30th of October
Opening Times: 9.30 am – 7 pm
What’s on offer: LEGOLAND Windsor are celebrating Halloween Scooby-Doo style, with lots of attractions the whole family can enjoy. So come down to the park to meet Scooby-Doo himself, enter the Mystery Mansion, join in the Scooby-Doo and The Gang Character Hunt plus learn how to make creepy things at the Swamp Slime Workshop by Mad Science or at the Halloween Make & Take. Then finish your visit with a spectacular fireworks display featuring Scooby-Doo and the Gang as they discover the legend of the Lake Monster. The firework displays begin at 6.30 pm on the 28th & 29th and at 6 pm on Sunday 30th of October. LEGOLAND charge an extra £5 per person administration charge on top of their usual entry price for this event.
For more information please visit the Scooby-Doo Fireworks website:


Fun for all the Family


Spookfest at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park

Where: Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW
When: Everyday through to the 31st of October
Opening Times: 10 am – 6pm/7.30pm most evenings during Spookfest
What’s on offer: Enjoy Longleat Safari Park, Longleat House and their other attractions including their walk through Bat Cave, plus a number of special Halloween activities. These include Pumpkin Trail, close-up magic tricks, balloon modelling, spooky face painting and their new Nasty but Nice shows featuring some really creepy creatures. Also new for Spookfest is a special Ghost Tours of the famously haunted Longeleat House, Ghost Tours last approximately 1 hour, cost an extra £5 per person and online pre-booking is strongly recommended.
For more information please visit the Spookfest website:


Scarefest at Alton Towers

Scarefest at Alton Towers

Where: Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
When: Everyday through to 31st of October
Opening Times: 10 am – 9 pm
What’s on offer: With the chance to experience your favourite rides in the dark plus many special themed attractions and shows there really is something for everyone at Alton Towers this Halloween. This year there are many special shows and Meet and Greets with costume characters which are great fun for younger children. For families with slightly older children there is TH13TEEN After Dark and the new Zombies! Scare Zone both open from 5pm, Alton Towers recommended these for families with children over 8 years old. And for older thrill seekers there is Terror of the Towers – What Lies Within a free scare maze set in the famous Towers themselves, plus The Carnival of Screams and The Boiler House mazes based in the old Black Hole tent in X-Sector. Extra tickets must be purchased for The Carnival of Screams and The Boiler House mazes, with a combined ticket available for £12.
For more information please visit the Scarefest website:


Frightwater Valley at Lightwater Valley

Where: Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT
When: Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th of October
Opening Times: 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday & 7 pm on Sunday
What’s on offer: Frightwater Valley is back for 2011 with their Dracula’s Labyrinth horror maze, Raptor Attack LIVE! and The Haunting of Skeleton Cove plus a spooky UV puppet show for the children.
There will also be a fireworks display on both nights, starting at 6.30 pm on Saturday and 5.30 pm on the Sunday.
For more information please visit the Frightwater Valley website:


Vampire Beach at Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Where: Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ.
When: Monday 31st October
Opening Times: 11.30 am – 9 pm with Vampire Beach commencing at 4 pm
What’s on offer: For Halloween 2011 Vampires are taking over as all your favourite Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon Land rides are open to ride in the dark. Experience something truly scary in Pasaje del Terror or have a chilling time at the free Heart Beat Ice Skate Party. Pleasure Beach Blackpool are also offering free gifts for guests that arrive in Halloween costume, Trick or Treat candy gifts for children and Vampire Blood Cocktail for older guests.
For more information please visit the Vampire Beach website:


Broadwitch Hauntfest at Broadditch Farm

Where: Southfleet, Kent, DA13 9PU
When: Everyday through to the 31st of October
Opening Times: 10 am – 5 pm is fun for all ages, 6 pm – 10 pm is when things get really scary!
What’s on offer: Effectively two events at one location Broadwicth Hauntfest caters for families during the day time, but when the sun goes down it is time for some seriously scary mazes for older guests. Family activities during the day include 3 fun but spooky daylight walkthrough attractions, pumpkin carving workshops, a Ghoul Hunt and a pumpkin shy. After dark the live attractions include Spooky Castle, Containment, The Vault, Field of Fear and Terror Trailer Rides.
For more information please visit the Broadwitch Hauntfest website:


Extreme Scares


Fright Nights at THORPE PARK

Fright Nights at THORPE PARK

Where: Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN
When: Everyday through to the 31st of October
Opening Times: 10am – 10pm
What’s on offer: THORPE PARK are celebrating the 10th Birthday of their Fright Nights event with all of their great rides in the dark, live shows featuring the twisted magic of Barry and Stuart, plus 5 truly scary live action horror mazes. Mazes this year include The Asylum, The Curse, SAW Alive, SE7EN and brand new Experiment 10 a scare attraction the likes of which has not been seen before at a UK park. You can read more about Experiment 10 in our exclusive review. The horror mazes at THORPE PARK open from 4pm.
For more information please visit the Fright Nights website:


Phobophobia at The London Bridge Experience and the London Tombs

Where: London Bridge, London, SE1 2PF
When: Everyday through to 31st of October.
Opening Times: 7 pm – Late
What’s on offer: During the day The London Bridge Experience is hosting a family friendly look at over 2000 years of London’s dark Halloween history. But it is after 7 pm that things will really get exciting when Phobophobia opens. Described as Halloweens most hellish event, this is strictly for over 11’s only and will bring you face to face with many common phobias and even some stranger ones too. Walls that drip blood, confined spaces, many creepy creatures and spirits are not all you will encounter in the tombs this Halloween… as you will also come face to face with the Human Centipede (First Sequence) an exclusive to this event. Actor Dieter Laser, who played the disturbed Dr Heiter in the movie, will also be around for autographs on the evenings of 27th – 29th of October.
For more information please visit the Phobophobia website:



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