Autumn is finally here – and that means the return of Halloween season!
This year, the UK's major theme parks including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures are pulling out all the stops with terrifying nights out, and a whole slew of fun events lined up for October.
Whether you want to visit a park with the kids for a night of fun and frights, or, you’d prefer an adults-only night with DJs and dancing (and a scare maze or two), there's something for everyone. .
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To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up some of the top Halloween events at UK theme parks for 2022 to suit a whole array of ages – check out the frightfully fun options below…
Chessington World of Adventures – Howl’o’ween
Running: October 15 to October 30
This family event will see some familiar Chessington Howl’o’ween favourites like the Witches of Adventure Point.
The mischievous coven of trickster Witches has cast an evil spell upon the Resort, but don’t fret, as a new reign of Witches takeover to protect Chessington, conjuring up enchanted charms to keep the curse at bay.
Wilf the Werewolf makes a triumphant return and Violet the Vampire Bat has joined his pack in The Misadventures of Wilf & Violet – a scarily-good show.
Brand new land Shipwreck Coast, a disaster-ridden harbour town with two new rides will open for the event and there’s a multi-award-winning scare maze, the Creepy Caves to get stuck into.
In addition to this there’s a new show – Trick or Treat Live – where characters must undo a witches spell and save the sweets for Halloween.
And, of course, there’s a fancy dress competition and even a potions class for kids.
Tickets start from just £36 per person, with pre-booking essential – children under the age of three get in free.
A spooktacular visit can also be turned into an even spookier sleepover with overnight stays at Chessington World of Adventures Resort starting from £58 for a family of four.
Thorpe Park – Fright Nights
Running: September 30 to Oct 31
Halloween Fright Nights will return to the park for its 21st birthday celebration.
The theme park has promised spine-tingling scare mazes, truly terrifying scare zones and awe-inspiring shows, complete with THREE new scare attractions – definitely not for the faint-hearted.
That's all alongside the epic rollercoasters – and its horror themed rollercoaster SAW – The Ride is an absolute must, especially as they'll be keeping ride open late into the dark.
(There's something about swooping through the air on the classic Thorpe Park rides that takes on a whole new fear factor).
New shows Flash Mob and Birthday Bash are sure to incite screams of fear – and excitement.
Tickets can be pre-booked with entry online costing from £39.
Lightwater Valley Adventure Park – Hocus Pocus Half-Term
Running: October 22 to October 30.
For families with little terrors, Lightwater Valley's Halloween party will be filled with fun activities as part of their admission ticket.
There’s a Trick or Treat door with ghosts, witches and more spooky surprises, plus a family-friendly spooky magic show, a Halloween character meet and greet and a monster mash UV disco at the show barn.
And, a wicked witch trail will keep kids jumping (those who join in have a chance to win 2023 park tickets).
If you wear your fancy dress costume you can enter the competition to win a number of prizes.
Park admission costs £20.50 for kids and adults aged four and over while kids under three go free.
Discounts are available for a number of concessions including NHS, Blue light, seniors and carers.
Alton Towers Resort – Scarefest
Running: October 7 to 9 and 14 to 31
It’s the 15th year of Scarefest at Alton Towers and the resort is once again promising a night filled of terror and thrills.
You can enjoy the classic thrill rides like Oblivion in the pitch black or hurtle towards the Wicker Man as it bursts into flame.
There are over 40 rides and attractions open at the parks until 9pm at night.
Plus, you can tiptoe through the Alton Towers Dungeon, get stuck into the scare mazes like The Invitation and Terror of the Towers.
Ghoul hunters can step onto the Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls for a ghostly adventure or jump as the Alton Ancestors return from the dead.
A Scarefest day pass costs from £42 online while under threes go free.
Drayton Manor – Halloween at Drayton
Running: October 22 to 30
You can enjoy the park and all of its classic rides and attractions as well as spooky additions like pumpkins and hay bales at the Pumpkin Smash bash!
Or head to the Castle of Spooks at any time during the visit to meet scary characters and get a trick or treat experience.
You can also book the Night at the Manor for the ultimate scary experience creeping around the Castle fo Screams in the dark – you must be 14 or older though.
Night at the Manor is only available on October 22, 23, 28 and 29.
You can also ride the Haunted Express, Hunt for Zebidiah on a night time walk, and party like a Viking with a DJ and the Vikings rides after dark.
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On October 30 there’s even a fireworks spooktacular on the cards…
Pumpkin Smash Bash tickets cost £32 per person between the ages of four and 59.
Kids aged two to three cost £15 a ticket and concessions are £31.50.
Night at the Manor costs £24 per person and a dual ticket for both events costs from £42.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Journey to Hell
Running: October 7 to 30
You must be 10 years or older to attend this terrifying day out as haunted ride areas and scare zones make your skin crawl.
Guests may join the Gate Keeper for live music, DJs, food and drink surrounded by creepy characters.
Meanwhile the clowns in the Freak House want to steal your soul and you can ride on the hair raining Ghost Train.
Explore the Legend of the Cursed Caves and get stuck into the Hell Tunnel maze…
Sirens will try to bewitch you while the Pleasure Beach express takes you on a creepy journey.
Plus, Pasaje del Terror is an interactive horror show sure to make you jump!
A standard ticket to Journey to Hell costs £39. (With access to Pasaje Del Terror a ticket costs £50).
Legoland – Brick or Treat
Running: October 1 to 31
This family friendly Halloween bash includes a Monster Party where the Lego Monsters are taking over the Windsor park.
The Great Monster Chase 4D movie will have kids giggling.
Plus, the new Halloween Harbour Show – Monster Jam – features Square Foot, Monster Rocker, Wolf Guy, Tiger Lady and Zombie Cheerleader in concert.
There are five new characters to meet, a Monster Street with creepy goings on, new photo spots and 55 rides and attractions on offer.
Tickets to Brick or Treat cost from £32.
Paulton’s Park – Halloween Breaks
Running: October 13 to 31
Get stuck into the halloween shows at Paulton’s this October.
There’s Halloween at Tornado Springs – a journey to the 1950s American Midwest – with plenty of colourful decorations.
Meanwhile, those heading to Peppa Pig World will be able to find Peppa and her friends decked out in Halloween costumes, with heaps of fun surprises throughout the land.
You can also enjoy all the park’s rides in the dark during Late Night Openings on October 25, 26 and 27.
October half-term Halloween breaks cost from £231 for a family of four. Day passes cost from £39.75.
Dreamland Margate – Totally Wired Of the Dead
Running: October 29 – 9pm to 2am
This annual Halloween party is in its 16th year, and it’s only for adults.
The bash includes DJ’s Fragile & Orlandimus alongside dancers. Music will include rock, pop punk, indie, metal and more…
And, zombie fancy dress is highly encouraged to give the night a ghoulish vibe.
Tickets start from £11.
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