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The return of Halloween in 2006?

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Monday, 19th December 2005 By Dan Ketteringham

Hot on the heels of the Chocolate Towers news, we bring you more information on possible 2006 events.

Following its cancellation in 2004 and 2005, the Halloween event could well be back on in 2006.

Currently, the proposed idea is that for the last month of the 2006 open season, October, all rides (and presumably therefore the theme park) would only open at midday, but would stay open later than during the rest of the open season. So rather than having rides open from 10am to 5pm, they'd be open from 12pm to 6 or 7pm.

It remains to be seen whether or not the popular "Terror of the Towers", a haunted walk-through maze in the Towers themselves, will make a return.

The return of the Halloween event to Alton Towers would be welcomed by fans of the park, who have been unhappy at its absence for the past 2 years. In 2005, the event was seemingly set to return, only to be scaled down tremendously due to the uncertainty surrounding the Ropers court case. Still, many park staff dressed up in costume and the rides were also decorated in a 'spooky' theme, which was a nice touch.

In related news, the 2006 Christmas event (for hotel guests) is planned to be held in the Gardens, probably utilising the buildings around the Conservatories, and using artificial snow to create a 'Santa's Grotto'. A power supply and other utilities would have to be installed in the buildings down there.

We must stress that both events are in the very early planning stages, and as such all the above details are subject to change.


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