Halloween is just around the corner, and if you want the fright of your life this October you need to act fast to secure a place at one of the UK’s scariest attractions.
There are lots of spooky experiences to look forward to this year, including the biggest Alton Tower’s Scarefest to date.
Many of the events will be running during the month of October, and you will encounter ghosts, zombies, clowns and more.Some events are so terrifying, they’re only open to guests aged 16 and over.
However, if you do have kids under 16, there are some family-friendly shows taking place across the UK, too.
We round up the best theme parks to get a scare this year.
Back again this year is Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights, starting from September 28 until November 01.
For five weeks, attractions featuring The Walking Dead, Blair Witch and Containment will make guests face their worst fears, such as being chased and being left in the dark.
The Creek Freak Massacre is 2019’s newest attraction, where guests have to navigate the attraction while separated from the group and being chased by someone wielding a chainsaw. As part of the event, rides such as Stealth, Saw and The Swarm will be open during the night for riders to experience the rollercoasters in the dark.
Tickets start from £33 per person.
The famous Scarefest will open again at Alton Towers this year, with three new attractions to give you a heart pounding night of terror.
The Alton Towers Dungeon, which opened earlier this year, will feature during the event, as well as two brand new mazes, The Attic and Darkest Depths. Last year’s top attractions Sub-Species and Project 42 will return to the park, along with Altonville Mine Tours.
For those who want to experience the thrill of the rides, the rollercoasters will also open at night for guests to ride in the dark, including the Wicker Man, which bursts into flames as part of the ride.
Tickets start from £34 per person.
Chessington World of Adventure
From October 12 to November 3, Chessington guests will be able to test out a number of spooky attractions.
A park favourite – Creepy Caves Unearthed – returns this year with guests being led through a snake enclosure by Secret Agents.
Perfect for those with younger children, a new attraction to Chessington this year is Spyders, where families must work together to infiltrate a group of giant spiders in the park.
Tickets start from £29.50 per person.
If you’re a fan of those little yellow bricks, this year Legoland guests can go ‘Brick or Treating’.
From October 17 to November 2, there will be a Brick or Treat trail, as well as a daily fancy dress competition and a Build-Your-Own-Pumpkin out of bricks.
Led by Lord Vampyre, there will also be a 3D fireworks show, followed by ride openings after dusk.
Tickets start from £39 per person.
One for the kids, little guests can still get a fright at Paulton Park from October 5 – but don’t worry, this won’t give them nightmares.
Peppa Pig and friends will be dressed up as witches and pumpkins for a spooky day, while The Big Boo Barn is great for trick or treaters. A special late night opening from October 29 to October 31 will feature 10,000 pumpkins, a fancy dress contest as well as a Little Monsters Ball.
Tickets start from £37.75.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Guests at Norfolk’s Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure park can face the thrilling 17-night attraction PrimEVIL.
Running from October 11 to November 3, experiences like the Mayhem Manor Hotel and Circus of Terror will play on guests’ deepest fears of ghouls and clowns.
Guests aged 18 years and over can also take advantage of the three-night PrimEVIL Extreme, which features even scarier experiences to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.
Tickets start from £21 per person, with guests over 16 only, unless with an adult.
If you want to combine Halloween with a splash of History, Warwick Castle’s The Haunted Castle event, running from October 19 to November 3, will take you on a terrifying trip through time. Inside the castle will be an army of the undead, which groups will have to try and escape through the Dead of Knight maze.
Other attractions include the Witches Tower and Haunted Hallows for younger guests, as well as spooky shows at the Dead Centre Stage.
Tickets start from £20 per person.
Blackpool Tower Dungeon
This October half term, Blackpool Tower Dungeon has a number of live-action stories set to both terrify and educate.
The 90 minute performances, of which there are nine different tales, will teach guests about Lancashire’s creepy history.
Witches and plague doctors are just some of the stories, with each one ending with the Drop Dead: Drop Ride.
Tickets start from £11.50 per person.