Alton Towers Scarefest; FAQ

August 28th, 2017 / Alton Towers, Heart of England / 60 Comments »

Alton Towers Scarefest has now come to an end for this year but we’ll bring you more details as they come in for 2018.  For cheap tickets to Alton Towers go to Alton Towers Deals.

Alton Towers Scarefest

Alton Towers Scarefest is now entering their 12th year of scares & thrills that continues to prove popular with theme park guests.  Running on select dates from 7 to 31 October 2017, this now legendary event is packed with live horror mazes, interactive scare zones and rides in the dark. Follow our Guide to Alton Towers Scarefest packed with information on 2 for 1 vouchers, horror maze charges and NEW horror attractions.


Scarefest Horror Mazes & attractions at Alton Towers

Alton Towers Scarefest


Alton Towers Scarefest Deals

1. Alton Towers Scarefest Tickets from £32pp

Book online in advance and you can pick up substantial savings on standard price tickets when you book online with Alton Towers.  With Alton Towers Scarefest tickets available from just £32pp it’s worth booking early to pick up the best deals.  Your ticket gains you entry to the theme park, access to the rides, (during the day & rides in the dark) plus use of the Freak Show Scare Zone.  There are additional charges in place for the scare mazes & House of Monsters.

2. Alton Towers Scarefest; The Thrill Hopper Ticket

The Thrill Hopper Ticket remains valid at Alton Towers during Scarefest & offers you the chance to enjoy 1 visit to the following 4 thrill attractions; Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Water World & Snowdome, (limited to specific activities). Single tickets are priced at £60pp or a family ticket, (2 adults & 2 children) for £170 and can offer value for money over October half term.  Thrill Hopper Tickets are valid during Scarefest at Alton Towers.

To book tickets go to Thrill Hopper Tik’s – Alton Towers, Drayton Manor +2 for £60pp.

3. Alton Towers Scarefest/Meal Deal from £39.50pp

Take advantage of this combined discounted package that offers a discounted Alton Towers tickets PLUS a meal deal from £39.50pp, (£33.50 a child). Opt for the Burger Kitchen or Fried Chicken Co meal that includes a soft drink. This package allows you to upload your expenditure upfront at Alton Towers whilst taking advantage of online savings too.

4. Alton Towers Scarefest Family Break

Why not extend your visit and enjoy hotel accommodation, Alton Towers tickets + entry to 2 other attractions in the area from just £235 per family of 4!  This offer includes the Scarefest season with plenty on offer for younger customers too including CBeebies Land.  With plenty of flexibility both on your choice of hotel & other attractions that includes WaterWorld, Trentham Monkey Forest & Churnet Valley Railway.


Terror at the Towers at Alton Towers Scarefest

Alton Towers Scarefest; Terror at the Towers


Alton Tower Scarefest; 2 for 1 Vouchers

There are plenty of valid 2 for 1 vouchers available for use at Alton Towers during Scarefest.  Worth noting that 2 for 1 voucher holders will not be guaranteed entry if Alton Towers reaches capacity on the day of your visit.  In previous years this has been more of a problem at Thorpe Park than at Alton Towers, but worth setting off in good time to avoid disappointment.

Kellogg’s 2 for 1 Vouchers; remain valid at Alton Towers throughout Scarefest 2017 and available on promotional packets of Kellogg’s cereals.

Vileda Kids Go Free Vouchers; these 2 for 1 vouchers remain valid for use during Alton Towers Scarefest 2017.

Carex Half Price Vouchers; these half price vouchers are available on promotional Carex items and remain valid during Alton Towers Scarefest 2017.

Alton Towers Scarefest; Dates

Alton Towers Scarefest is running on 7 & 8 October, 14 & 15 October and 20 – 31 October 2017.  The rides & attractions open from 10am, (mazes open mid afternoon), for a full day of thrills packed with live horror mazes and a chance to enjoy the rides in the dark..if you dare!

Scarefest Accommodation; look out for this Alton Towers Family Break; accommodation, tickets + 2 other attractions from £235 per family that offers value for money over October Half Term.


thirteen at alton towers

Alton Towers; Thirteen, (photo; Phil Loach)


Alton Towers Scarefest; Main Attractions 2017

1. NEW The Welcoming; Be Chosen – this latest horror attraction surrounds a secluded group that host a festival to celebrate their own interpretation of Halloween.  For the first time they are allowing outsiders to celebrate the crossover between the living world and the dead – but what part will the outsiders play in this ritual?  Located in Mutiny Bay, this scare maze is suitable only for those 15 years and over.

2. Altonville Mine Tours; Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers.  This latest live action horror maze has you touring the depths of a disused mine to discover the legend of the Skin Snatchers!  Keep your wits about you as attempts are made to capture ‘town folk’ so your skin can be removed & added to their own! Guests must be 15 years & above.

3. Sub Species: The End Games has you descending deep underground within a ‘post-apocalyptic sewer system’ where your group divides to choose your own route and ultimately your own ending.  Unlike other mazes, creatures may touch you in this award-winning maze! Suitable for those age 15 years & over.

4. Terror of the Towers is a firm favourite that allows you to venture around darkened corridors and forgotten ruins in small groups for the scares of your life.  This year, this attraction too is only suitable for those age 15 years & over.

5. Freak Show Scare Zone; this after-dark experience is filled with free roaming gruesome residents to ‘help’ you along your journey packed with props & live horror actors to bring a new dimension to your trek through the darkness.

Top Tip; find the latest Alton Towers Deals & Discounts that are valid over Scarefest including 2 for 1 vouchers & cheap ticket offers.


Rita coaster at alton towers

Alton Towers; Rita, (photo; Phil Loach)


Alton Towers Scarefest Costs

Entry to the horror mazes, (The Welcoming; Be Chosen, Altonville Mine Tours, Sub Species: The End Game & Terror of the Towers), are all additional to your theme park entry charges.  The Scare Zone is included within your theme park entrance ticket as are the rides in the dark.  Prices start from £50pp that includes theme park entry + entry to 3 scare mazes with an additional uplift for the The Welcoming.  Timed ticket entry will still require you to queue for each attraction.

Alton Towers Scarefest; Early Ride Time

Unfortunately, Early Ride Time is NOT running during Scarefest at Alton Towers. However, there are plenty of alternative ways & means to reduce your queue times during this busy time at Alton Towers including Single Rider, Fastrack options & navigation tips.

Alton Towers Scarefest; Age Restrictions

The Welcoming; Be Chosen, Altonville Mine Tours & Sub Species: The End Game  & The Terror of the Towers are all restricted to those age 15 years & over.  These are interactive horror mazes complete with live actors and can be particularly alarming for those with a nervous disposition.  If you don’t like scares, darkened rooms or enclosed spaces then this isn’t for you!

Check out our comprehensive Guide to Alton Towers Deals including 2 for 1 vouchers, short breaks and cheap ticket options.


Scarefest at Alton Towers

Alton Towers Scarefest For Younger Guests


Alton Towers Scarefest; Passholders

There are no additional entrance charges in place for passholders during Scarefest at Alton Towers.  Whilst there is an additional charge to access for the live horror mazes, passholder can take advantage of a 20% discount off the 3 maze package, (Altonville Mine Tours, Sub Species: The End Game & Terror of the Towers) but unfortunately there is no discount on the latest horror attraction; The Welcoming; Be Chosen.

Alton Towers Scarefest; Late Entrance Ticket

In previous years, Alton Towers have offered at a late entrance ticket on select dates during Scarefest for around £15pp for those booking online. Whilst this ticket does not include horror maze entrance, it does offer discounted entry to the park from around 4pm, (rides & attractions open until 9pm).  We’ll let you know if this late entrance tickets runs again during 2017.

Alton Towers Scarefest; Ride Times

During Scarefest, Alton Towers will be opening at 10am, (unfortunately no early ride time), with select rides opening until 9pm each evening.  CBeebies Land will be open until 7pm during Scarefest, (tbc).


Rita coaster at alton towers

Alton Towers; Rita, (photo; Phil Loach)













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  1. Hi can Kellogg 241 vouchers be used during Scarefest 2017 or the dairy milk one??? Thankyou

    • Hi Katie, yes you can use the Kellogg’s 2 for 1 voucher at Alton Towers Scarefest to gain entrance, (remember the horror mazes are an additional charge and the 2 for 1 voucher is not valid for the mazes just admission).

  2. Hi, I have looked everywhere and noticed that it doesn’t mention anywhere about having access with a Blue Peter badge. Can I use this badge for general admission and just pay for one scare maze? Thank you

    • Hi Hattie, unfortunately you cannot use this Blue Peter badge offer at Thorpe Park from 21-31 October:(

    • Hi Hattie, my apologies I’ve just realised that you are looking at Alton Towers! Yes you can use the blue Peter badge offer at Alton Towers during Scarefest subject to capacity limitations at the park, (just get there early). You will both need to pay standard entry chargrs for the scarefest mazes as this is not covered in the 2 for 1 voucher, (just your entry into the park is covered by a 2 for 1 offer).

  3. I have a cadbury 241 voucher can this be used for entrance to Alton towers as I would like to come up on thursday the 27th as I am travelling up from South Wales and don’t want to get hit with having to pay full price as there are 2 of us. thank you

    • Hi Jon, the Cadbury 2 for 1 vouchers are valid for use at Alton Towers during Scarefest. As with all 2 for 1 vouchers, they are subject to capacity limitations at the park so best getting there early to ensure entry.

  4. We were given free
    Tickets when we attended the park after the smiler incident. Are these valid to use today, we have purchased scare maze tickets separately?

    • Hi Amy, Topdogdays is independent of Alton Towers so I wouldn’t be able to advise you on your specific query but suggest you contact Alton Towers directly regarding valid dates of use for this ticket, sorry:(

  5. Hi can we use the 241 vouchers from Kellogg’s on the 7th November fireworks night?…

    • Hi Helen, my understanding is that you can use the Kellogg’s Adults Go Free vouchers during the fireworks at Alton Towers. All 2 for 1 vouchers are subject to capacity limitations at the park so best to get there early:)

  6. hello can I use the 241 voucher that is currently being printed in the sun for entrance to Alton towers park on the 30th October, I already have scare fest tickets but didn’t realise I had to pay to get into the actual park……duhh!!

    • Hi Selina, yes you pay an additional charge for the horror mazes at Alton Towers on top of your theme park entrance charges:(

      • thank you, so will I be OK to use the sun 241 voucher for entrance to the park on that date? ?

        • Yes, there are no specific exclusion dates within The Sun 2 for 1 voucher issued during October for Alton Towers, (you can see the full terms & conditions here; Just take note that 2 for 1 vouchers do not guarantee entry and are subject to capacity limitations at the park so best to get there early:)

  7. Hi,

    I have 4 tickets to the scarefest for tomorrow night. Can I use my 2for1 voucher for the £18 after 4pm price to enter the theme park?

    • Hi James, I like your thinking but unfortunately you cannot combine a 2 for 1 voucher with any other discounted ticket. 2 for 1 vouchers can only be redeemed with an accompanying person paying the full on-the-gate price ticket.

  8. Hi. We were given free tickets when we last visited as many of the rides were shut. We’re hoping to use them tomorrow but realised it’s scarefest. Can we still use then as they state they can’t be used for ‘special events and concerts’. Thanks, Suzanne.

    • Hi Suzanne, within the terms & conditions of the 2 for 1 vouchers there is usually an exclusion on special events & concerts. In the case of 2 for 1 vouchers, this does not exclude Scarefest dates. However, as this is slightly different in that these are free tickets issued directly by Alton Towers, it might be wise to contact Alton Towers directly just to double check before making any firm plans.

  9. hi, is there any 2 for 1 vouchers just for adults that also includes the scare fest? the only ones I’ve seen are for adults and children. thanks.

    • Hi Tonia, the Kellogg’s Adults Go Free vouchers are valid at Alton Towers over scarefest and offers 1 free adult entry when accompanied by a full paying child or adult ticket on the day of entry.

  10. jennifer peacock says:

    Hi there’s 4 of us coming on 31st October 2015. We want to do the rides and the late night rides and scarefest mazes etc. What’s gonna be cheapest way and can you use any 2 for 1 vouchers

    • Hi Jennifer, entrance to the mazes during Scarefest at Alton Towers is additional to theme park entry into the park. Alton Towers currently offer a 3 scare maze entry ticket for £20pp. The rides are of course included within your theme park ticket. Both the Kellogg’s Adults Go Free vouchers & Birds Eye voucher are valid during Scarefest but are subject to capacity limitations & do not guarantee entry. Best to arrive early if you are looking to use a valid 2 for 1 voucher.

  11. Hi I’m looking on going Alton towers on 18th October with partner and 2 children and have 2 4 1 vouchers how much will it cost me?

    • Hi Mark, full price on-the-gate tickets are just over £50pp, (12 years plus). Child full price tickets (4-11 years), are only slightly reduced at around £45pp. Children under 4 years are free of charge. Enjoy your day:)

  12. Hey I am going to use the 241 fri 31st just wondering because we have to use voucher there an can’t use it online doesn’t it cost more for the one ticket anyway so it’ll be 69 pounds and since we have to buy scare maze an tower of terror on top which is 15 pound each don’t that work out the same as buying two tickets on the actual Alton towers website would appreciate the help thanks.

    • Hi Alisha, yes you are right – if you use a 2 for 1 voucher you do have to pay the more expensive price ticket, (the on-the-gate price) & cannot take advantage of online discounts. Your 2 for 1 voucher cannot be used for the additional cost of the maze tickets:(

  13. Cheryl Holmes says:

    Hi I’m Cheryl me and a few other friends are thinking about coming to the scarefest this weekend.just wondered if we get half price entry on one packet of walkers per one person

    • Hi Cheryl, yes the Walkers half price vouchers for Alton Towers are valid for Scarefest. Unfortunately, it does state in the terms & conditions that ‘only one voucher can be used per person & per transaction’:(

  14. I bought return tickets earlier in the year, are these valid for scare

  15. Hi, me and 3 friends were thinking about coming down to alton towers next week (during scarefest) but we’re wondering, is it still possible to get any ‘adult free entry’ tickets from kellogs or somewhere else, will we be able to use these, and is it more expensive during the scarefest thing? Thanks.

  16. are the rustlers 2 for1 vouchers valid during scarefest ???

  17. I have a walkers half price voucher and on it it says ‘we’re sorry but this voucher cannot be used with any other promotion…’ Can I still use it at the scarefest?

    • Hi Mary, yes you can use half price vouchers from promotional single packs of Walkers Crisps at Alton Towers over the scarefest period. When they say they cannot be used with any other promotion they mean you cannot use this voucher in conjunction with any other offer, discount or online ticket concession.

  18. Sarah. Palmer says:

    Hi I have Kellogg’s 241 and 241 from the paper. Both say valid until the end of season. Can I use these tomorrow? Thanks

    • Hi Sarah, the 2014 Kelloggs Grown Up vouchers are valid at Scarefest at Alton Towers. With your paper 2 for 1 voucher, you will need to check for any exclusion dates on the full terms & conditions.

  19. Hi- I have a voucher from a Fairy washing powder box which states “1 pack= £24 off entry* x2. Can this be used to attend the scarefest? If so how does this work? is does say half price adult entry- but an adult entry is more than £24. Please can you advise? Thanks

    • Hi Sameena, yes you can use the Half Price Proctor & Gamble voucher at Alton Towers during Scarefest. Within the terms & conditions it states that ‘HALF PRICE ADULT ENTRIES to Alton Towers Theme Park depending on the pack bought (Saving of £24.60 on full value ticket of £49.20 per half price ticket entry).’ Simply take the voucher with you on the day of your visit and redeem at the ticket booths.

  20. Nigel Parsons says:

    How about free entry to Scarefest with a Blue Peter badge? Will that be ok?
    Many thanks

    • Hi Nigel, yes Blue Peter Badge Holders can pick up free entry to Alton Towers up to 7 November 2014 for this season. Badge Holders will need to present both the Blue Peter Badge & Badge Winner’s Card at the ticket booths on the day of your visit and must be accompanied by a ‘ticket-bearing adult’ to secure free entry.

  21. Hi can you use the kelloggs free adult entry when accompanied by a seperate adult or child on the fireworks night 9.11.14 at alton towers? Thanks

    • Hi Joanne, unfortunately you cannot use the Kelloggs Grown Up Go Free vouchers at Alton Towers for the firework events on 8 or 9 November:(

  22. I have a voucher off daz washing powder for half price x2 can these be used during scarefest?

    • Hi Josh, on the terms & conditions of the Procter & Gamble half price voucher it states that the voucher ‘is valid until 01.06.15 at the Alton Towers Resort excluding Theme Park closed dates (10.11.14-13.02.15 and 23.02.15-20.03.15).

  23. i have a 2 for 1 good fellas pizza offer and was looking to use it on saturday 25th october during scarefest will it be valid

    • Hi Andrew, in the terms & conditions for this 2 for 1 pizza offer, it simply states that ‘Voucher is valid to 01.06.15 excluding special events and concerts’. Scarefest is not usually deemed a ‘special event’ so should be fine:)

  24. I have the Kelloggs Grown Ups go free Voucher, can I use it for the Scarefest this year?

  25. Nicola Johnson says:

    Hi, Last year I used my tesco clubcard vouchers to pay for us to go to Scarefest. We are wanting to do the same this year. Can I still use them? 🙂

    • Hi Nicola, I contacted guest services at Alton Towers and they have confirmed that clubcard reward tokens are valid at Alton Towers during Scarefest.

  26. Hi Myself and my partner are planning on spending Saturday 18th October at Alton towers, We have a “adult free with every paying adult” coupon from a cereal box. When we decided to go to Alton towers we did not relies that it was the Scare fest time. I have looked on the coupon and all its said’s is that the coupon cannot be used with any other offer and that it is valid until June 2015. I’m guessing that we will still be able to use it but I would just like to clarify this so we don’t get a nasty shock when we pay. 🙂

    • Hi Daisy, yes Scarefest will be underway at Alton Towers on the 18 October, (in fact the day of your visit is the first day of Scarefest). You might want to take note that, in previous years, Scarefest has been the amongst the most popular few weeks of the theme park season so it is likely to be busy. In terms of your voucher, I am assuming this is a Kelloggs Grown Ups Go Free voucher that offers 1 free adult entry when accompanied by a full on-the-gate price ticket for a child or adult? Yes, this voucher is valid on 18 October:)

  27. I have a tesco 241 entry that I want to use on 1st Nov for scattered! It has no date restrictions for this day but does say cannot be used at special events. Can I use it? Tried using the web address to find terms but doesn’t like to a page.

    • Emma, the only terms & conditions for the 2 for 1 Tesco voucher that I can see states that the voucher is valid at Alton Towers until 8 November 2013. Generally ‘special events’ tends to relate to firework nights, concerts etc rather than Scarefest dates.

  28. I have a load of 2-4-1 tickets for Alton Towers and were planning to go on Sunday for Scarefest – can i use these tickets? or are they not accepted as it says on the back that these cannot be used for special events?


    • Shauna, each 2 for 1 voucher for Alton Towers has different terms & conditions so I can’t generalise as to whether your vouchers will be valid on the day you wish to visit. Check the terms & conditions on the voucher for any dates that are excluded. Often they give you a website address for full terms & conditions so worth checking that too. Usually special events relate to concerts, corporate days etc and unless the voucher specifies that it is not valid during Scarefest or particular dates during Scarefest, you should be fine.