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Scarefest 2008 details released

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Tuesday, 8th July 2008 By Dan Ketteringham

Following on from last year's highly successful Hallowe'en event, the Alton Towers Scarefest will return in 2008.

The event, which will run from 17th October to 2nd November, will see the popular maze Terror of the Towers come back for another helping.

The outdoor haunted cornfield maze will also return in Field of 1000 Screams: The Aftermath, picking up where last year's maze left off. Indoor hotel maze 'Room 13' is replaced in 2008 by The Boiler House, which promises to be just as scary.

Throughout the event, the rides will stay open until 9pm, meaning plenty of time for rides in the dark. Haunted Hollow and Duel will both have actors in after a certain time of day to make them that little bit scarier.

The Cred Street Theatre show is also being revamped for the Scarefest and becomes The Haunting of Algenon's Attic. Suitable mainly for the under-10's, the show will see regular character Lucy investigating what is causing those bumps in the night. Younger children will also enjoy the return of the Trick or Treat Doors to Cred Street.

Scarefest characters Skelvin, Patch, Franklin and Phil are also coming back in this year's event.

Over at the hotels, as well as the two scare mazes mentioned previously, there will also be Trick or Treat Rooms, which appear to be tamed-down versions of last year's Scare Rooms, to appeal to a family audience. These will be available at the normal room rate plus an extra per-room charge of £50.

There will be a spooky show called Dance with the Devil in the Alton Towers Hotel, as well as a Voodoo Splash Party over at Cariba Creek waterpark. Pirate Bill will be leading the kiddies on a Ghost Hunt and there will be a chance to meet the Hallowe'en characters at breakfast times.

Overall it looks like this will be a solid second year of Hallowe'en festivities, although enthusiasts will be disappointed that there isn't a second maze in the park itself, and that the scare rooms aren't returning. Regardless, the Scarefest is well worth going for, and we've kick-started our 2008 Scarefest photo gallery with some snaps of the hearse that's recently appeared at the bottom of Towers Street.

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