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Alton Towers Resort celebrates 15 years of fear with the ultimate ‘invitation’…will you accept?

  • Friday October 7th 2022
  • Alton Towers Resort
  • Events

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The UK’s favourite spooktacular event has a brand-new scare attraction, The Invitation, where guests can descend into a burial chamber for a grave experience that will live with you for eternity.

The Invitation is a brand-new scare attraction that has never been seen or heard at Scarefest before. This horrifyingly unique and immersive attraction is an audio experience, most of which takes place in complete darkness. Guests are invited to visit the Lakeside Cemetery mausoleum where the friendly funeral director is dying to meet you. Enter the vault to choose your final resting place but proceed with caution, you will not be alone, some caskets have already been filled and their occupants are keen to meet you.  

In a chilling promo video released by the park, a man can be seen walking through the Lakeside Cemetery with headphones on and descending into the burial chamber, before disappearing into total darkness.

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The terrifying new scare attraction is the latest addition to the Theme Park’s line-up of thrilling frights and family spooks. This year guests can expect more creepy scares, shocks and spooktacular thrills than ever before with even more live entertainment across the Resort for all ages, plus experience the head-spinning, hair-raising rides and attractions in darkness.  

The Resort has confirmed the return of three multi-award winning, terrifying mazes, plus the family fave Trick O Treat Town is back for a second year and it just got a whole sweeter as it returns in partnership with HARIBO. The line-up of terrifyingly good scare maze and attractions include: 

  • The Attic: Terror of the Towers: An unforgettable and truly chilling experience set in the eaves of the Theme Park’s famous and historical Tower ruins. Rumoured to be haunted by ‘the Governess’, local legend says she is eternally trying to avenge the death of her charges; taking the spirits of the living as penance…but who will be her next victim? 
  • Darkest Depths: Get ready for a terrifying new adventure aboard ‘The Mutiny’, a notoriously spine-chilling ghost ship. You’ll truly earn your golden piece of eight by venturing into the darkest depths, avoiding the hazardous calls of the treacherous Sirens, dodging the swords of terrifyingly ghoulish pirate mutineers and coming face to face with the Kraken – the legendary monster of the seas!  
  • Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover The Legend of the Skin Snatchers offering a tale with a not-so-beautiful twist. Those brave enough can also head to ‘Altonville’, a recently re-opened mine at the Resort, which holds a deep dark secret. Enter the damp, disused mine, which is believed to have once been home to a family of village outcasts. Nicknamed the ‘Skin Snatchers’ by local residents, their spine-chilling secret is about to be unearthed. Remember ‘Beauty is only skin deep’.  
  • Trick O Treat Town with HARIBO where every day is Halloween and the townsfolk favourite pastime is trick-or-treating for the town’s visitors. Guests will be given a tote bag upon entering the indoor attraction and start by taking a walk down Spooky Avenue before moving onto houses in Treat Street, Witchy Woods, The Graveyard and The Hill. Knock on the doors to collect lots of sweet treats and other spooky surprises but be careful as there will be tricks aplenty.  


If one day just isn’t enough, guests can extend their stay with an overnight stay at the Resort’s iconic themed accommodation. From the UK’s only CBeebies Land Hotel and Caribbean themed Splash Landings Hotel, to enchanting log cabins and the eccentric Alton Towers Hotel, there are six delightfully themed accommodations to choose from, and with a buffet breakfast, live evening entertainment, free parking and a free round of Extraordinary Golf, it’s the perfect escape for friends and families.  

Chris Carter, Events and Entertainments Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating 15 years of our award-winning Scarefest and to celebrate, we have got a host of fun and thrills for families and thrill-seekers.  

“We are excited to bring a brand-new terrifying scare attraction to the event, as well as the return of our hugely popular scare mazes and family attractions.  

“We remain committed to creating a much-needed form of escapism for families and thrill-seekers across the UK and beyond. We are so excited to welcome guests to the Resort and to share our incredible line-up of seasonal entertainment, which we’re sure our guests will love.”  

David Rosenberg and Glen Neath from DARKFIELD, adds: “We’re really looking forward to bringing our work to Alton Towers Resort. It’s been a long-held dream of ours to be given the chance to make some work for theme parks and we hope we can add something to the wonderful mix of scare attractions the park is so well loved for.” 

Scarefest will take place at Alton Towers Resort from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October, then each day from Friday 14th to Monday 31st October. To find out more and to book tickets, visit: Scarefest Halloween Event | Alton Towers Resort  


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About Alton Towers Resort  Escape to Alton Towers Resort in 2022 and get ready to experience three new fantastical attractions at CBeebies Land! Hey Duggee’s Big Adventure Badge, Andy’s Adventures Dinosaur Dig, as well as JoJo & Gran Gran At Home will join the attractions in CBeebies Land; the perfect place for children to learn, play and inspire their imaginations, as well as meet some of their favourite CBeebies friends! Bingsters will also be able to enjoy the ultimate sleepover in brand-new Bing-themed bedrooms at the UK’s only CBeebies Land Hotel. Throughout 2022, as well as launching amazing new attractions, the Resort will be hosting a season of thrilliant events for the nation to enjoy including celebrating 15 years of Scarefest, as well as the return of Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest and Fireworks Spectacular, plus an exciting brand-new event, Festival of Thrills.  Alton Towers Resort provides the ultimate staycation option with five uniquely themed hotels and accommodation options for a truly unforgettable escape for friends, families and thrillseekers alike.  Alton Towers Resort will continue to have some additional hygiene and safety measures in place, designed to ensure a happy, safe and healthy experience for all guests and employees. The latest information on this can be found here For more information about Alton Towers Resort or to book your fantastical escape, please visit 

About Darkfield DARKFIELD is renowned for producing innovative immersive experiences at the forefront of technology and theatre - both location-based experiences and digital work. DARKFIELD’s location-based work utilises striking sets and shipping containers, binaural 360-degree sound, complete darkness and a variety of sensory effects, where each participant is situated at the centre of intense, evolving narratives. DARKFIELD's work has launched to critical acclaim, featuring in major film festivals such as Venice International Film Festival, IDFA, London Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW. Alongside partners around the world, DARKFIELD is touring work in the UK, Australia & New Zealand, China, US & Canada, South Korea and Mexico and reaching hundreds of thousands of audience members worldwide and counting. DARKFIELD is excited to have created our first ever experiences for Theme Parks in partnership with Merlin. 


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