That's A Wrap...
Unfortunately, Halloween has come to end. It's been amazing to visit so many different attractions this year and be gifted every experience! With that, I thought I'd tell you about the BEST suitable attractions to visit next year based on who you are and what you like!
In this blog post, I will discuss and tell you about the best and most idealistic places to visit next halloween! To find the section best suited for you, please scroll down the page to the correct heading, example: Family Fun Attractions.
A quick thing...
Throughout this Halloween, I have been given so many scares it is unreal! But where was the ultimate best place for scares?
Well, every attraction you are about to read about has scares but all on different levels. Each attraction varies their attractions to try and suit everyone (excluding small and young children).
Please Note: These attractions and events are set up and built to SCARE you and so most of these , unless stated, will NOT be suitable for young children and family groups.
No doubt, if you are reading this, you are a complete scare-junkie and want to know where has the best scares. Over the Halloween season, I have been scared out of my mind by many attractions and events. Here is my honest opinion on where had the best scares and what attract + why!
Thorpe Park RESORT's Fright Nights
This year, Thorpe Park marketed their most intense maze ever and well, to say the least, it really is! Creek Freak Massacre is a must-do scare attraction at Fright Nights this year. Creek Freak Massacre has amazing theming elements and an overall good narrative to the attraction.
Chainsaws, crazy hillbillies and axes all form part of the attraction. This original concept maze is completely genius on behalf of Thorpe Park.
Aroma Prime, a company that specialise in scents for attractions, provide many gruesome smells for the attraction. The likes of rotting flesh, poo and even burning can be smelt as you venture through the attraction. This touch is essential for the immersive nature of the attraction and really adds an off-putting but so nicely, pleasing smell as you get chased through the horror maze.
If you love AMC's The Walking Dead, you're going to LOVE Thorpe Park. As well as the all new ride, The Walking Dead: The Ride, Thorpe Park have two horror mazes themed around The Walking Dead itself. These being, Living Nightmare and Do or Die. Both are extremely good yet Do or Die stood out this year for many reasons. Actually being immersed into the experience is hard as it relies heavily on how the attraction is set and how the actors are doing their jobs. Do or Die seemed to smash all of these things.
The actors through-out were extremely dedicated to their jobs, smashed the appropriate American accents and really made it feel as though we were in the series itself. As for elemental theming, lets just say at the beginning, you enter via a bus and are made to sit down...
The Blair Witch Project made a return after having a break for a year yet came back stronger and at its best. This maze is one of the most immersive attractions I have experienced. Thorpe Park's creative team really thought about the movie and how to make the maze feels as real as the movie. If you have seen The Blair Witch Project movie, you'll understand that they are going in circles and this is because of the witch. Well, Thorpe Park have incorporated that into their attraction this year and have made guests wind through bushed, and tress and honestly feel as though they are lost. Many smaller easter-eggs can be seen through-out the maze. This is one of the not-so-scary mazes at the resort but theming wise, I feel as if it wins me over any other attraction at the park.
Platform 15... Now, Platform 15 is a more narrative maze compared to the other mazes at the resort. The storyline is genius. The story sets as you are on a tour learning about Canada Creek Railway and how the Sleeper Express accident went down. Things take a turn when the tour guides lantern runs out of oil. From there, pyrotechnics are used and many impact scares are given.
Figaro Bros, an indie-company whom specialising in horror theming, constructed "the village" in the attraction. This is THE best themed area throughout the whole attraction. Again, Aroma Prime add to the feel with their grotesque smell-pods.
Thorpe Park also have a theatrical horror escape room experience, this attraction is additional pricing to your ticket, and is absolutely amazing. Live actors in each room and only limited time to escape. Meeting different character throughout as you and your group try to make it out alive!
Overall, Thorpe Park RESORT's Fright Nights are a must-do Halloween event. Every year, without a doubt, I am there and being scared! It is suitable for anyone 12+ yet may not be suitable for those with a nervous disposition or are easily scared.
Tulleys Farm, based in Crawley, host an annual event namely Shocktober Fest. It is only tradition that I visit the event every year without doubt. Being invited for the VIP Press and Media Launch is such a pleasure as Tulleys holds a strong place in my heart for being one of the best Halloween events out there!
This year, Tulleys had a total of 8 horror mazes and 2 horror experiences. Unlike Thorpe Park, Tulleys mazes are ALL their own creation and do not hold any branding above them. They marketed TWO new mazes for 2019.
Wastelands Penitentiary was the all new maze for 2019. It did not fail to impress me. With a live pyrotechnics and fire show every half an hour, roaming actors going crazy and amazing themed areas, Wastelands Penitentiary is one of my favourite attractions this year. As you enter the WLP area, there is a whole different vibe and feel from it. Its discomforting yet AMAZING at the same time!
The theming inside of the maze was phenomenal and you could tell that every actor enjoyed their job and really went in for scares. As it was based around a US Prison, they had every stereotypical character and uniform yet it was still so unique.
The Wreckoning was the other brand new maze for 2019. This maze was a re-theme of Colony from the year before. The attraction was based around pirates and so was extremely contrasting with any other maze I have experienced. It was nice to see such a different take on horror.
The infamous Chop Shop returned to kill even more people this year. Chainsaw, after chainsaw after chainsaw. The theming towards the beginning is amazing and then after that falls downhill due to the sheer amount of chainsaws - I counted 9 on my first run-through!
Alongside these mazes, they have their hooded maze, VIXI. Again, this was amazing this year!
The Cellar, one of the best themed mazes I've been through. Creepy Cottage, their not-so-scary-but-still-scary attraction, still held up the expectation I had for it! The Village Coven of 13 was, as like last year, phenomenal. 3D Clowns was equally as good yet was a weaker maze this year.
As well as their horror mazes, Tulleys is famous for their Hollywood Haunted Hayride. Yes, you read right, Hayride. You essentially, get on the back of tractor and get scared. Major pyrotechnics are used throughout the experience and as for actors, well... They jump on the back with chainsaws! This is one of the best, most unique halloween attractions in the UK.
Tulleys also host a Circus of Horrors yet I did not get around to watch that. From what I have seen and heard, it looks amazing and I wish I would have seen it live. It allows people to take a break from the fast-paced scares.
Overall Tulleys Shocktober Fest is amazing if you want to be so scared you can no longer sleep!I would recommend that people over 16+ visit. Tulleys is certainly not for the faint hearted or those who cannot handle a good SCARE!
Screamland is based at the pleasure beach, Dreamland, along the coast of Margate. This year, Dreamland teamed up with one of the biggest names in the horror franchise, Hammer Films to bring even more scares to the event.
Hammer House Of Horrors was an amazingly themed, really well execute attractions. Housing the likes of Dracula and The Woman in Black. Each individual section of the maze really suits the movie it is themed to.
Condemned Carnival The Fall Of The Festino, was extremely immersive and at points felt extremely real. There was a crawling section which led into a ball pit. Clowns screaming about. Interactive carnival game stalls. Overall an amazing maze which has a light heartedness to it.
Submerged was a horror maze fully based and revolving on a ship. This had a strong narrative of that the boat sunk and the passengers were left on to die. Some really cool and different effects were used in the attraction, such as the use of spraying water from a toilet! Seaweed hung from the ceiling and walls. This maze was extremely solid and enjoyable with some intense scares throughout.
My favourite maze at the event was The Sleep Experiment Lockdown. This was an amazing concept maze with some crazy effects! Fire fences, people jumping out a mattress and great jump scares. This is one of my ALL time favourite horror maze to this day. The narrative was solid but could have been iterated a little more but still an amazing attraction!
The Brotherhood is the hooded maze at Dreamland and is actually very strong for a hooded experience. Half of the attraction doesn't require the hood yet the theming makes up for that. If you've ever experienced The London Dungeons (or something from the Dungeon franchise), it was literally the same. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING! It felt as if you were really in the Victorian time period!
This event is overall, solid with really good mazes and some amazing scares. I would 100% recommend it! Anyone over 12+ should be good with event.
Dr Frights Halloween Nights is based in Northampton and is a small family run event on a farm. The event overall is very good for what it is. Also being one of the cheapest halloween events helps as well.
This year, Dr Frights had 4 scare mazes, all extremely different in themes. Due to Dr Frights being such a small, family run event, they are able to use big branding such as Hollywood Horror Directors Cut, starring some infamous Hollywood horror characters such as Freddy and Jason, Scream, Pennywise amongst others.
Hollywood Horror Directors Cut was an extremely well run attraction and was execute really well. Each scare was good and so unexpected and for what theming they had, it was extremely good.
Redneck Redemption, however, stood out the most to me. The theming was extremely well done. With full wooden Saloon structures and attention details, Redneck Redemption was an amazing attraction. They also had chainsaws which is always a bonus!
There's Something In The Woods was equally as good. Again, for the budget they had, they executed making the attraction feel as if it were in a wood, extremely well. The scares in this attraction was moderate yet still really good.
Now for my favourite attraction at the event. Killer Clowns On A Spaceship. WOW, OH WOW. I was so shocked to see how good the theming was in this attraction. It really looked and felt like a spaceship. There was one extremely strong section in the maze, this being the strobe/laser room. Dr Frights incorporated laser and strobes together alongside a cage maze. It was so unique and different and overall, I really enjoyed it!
Overall, Dr Frights Halloween Nights is not as well known as some of the other events yet they hold some amazing, smaller attractions. I am overall really impressed with Dr Frights. I would recommend the event for anyone over 12+ due to the horror themes and constant scare throughout.
Eerie Dawn's Festival of Frights is a theatrical horror event based in High Wycombe. It is a must-do family run attraction!
The event itself was amazing and very well run. Each and every actor has a passion for their job and use that to their fullest potential to create a unique experience for everyone going through. It is funny and light hearted but can also be extremely scary.
As for theming, it was extremely well done this year. Lighting was used to create different moods and fit well with the narrative itself. Scares are not jump scares but intense build up scares which is amazing!
They have 3 mazes in which run into one big maze but all with a different narrative that flow right through. The Dark, The Orientation and The Showhome.
Overall this attraction is one of my favourite as it is different from all of the others! I would recommend this attraction for 12+ due to the intensive nature to it!
Family Fun Events!
As well as all of the scary Halloween attractions, there are some really good family friendly halloween fun to be had!
Chessington World Of Adventures run a halloween event under the name "Howl'O'Ween" . This event is all inclusive and has something for ALL ages to - yes, even adults!
Everyday, there is a Halloween stage production which shows almost every hours. This is an interactive and fun show for EVERYONE to watch! The dancers and performers put everything into the show and make it as fun as possible. Alongside the show, there is a costume competition, where prizes are up for grabs! The competition is for anyone under 14 dressed in a halloween outfit/costume!
Spyders, is an all new attraction in which is a light-hearted, fun narrative experience in which you are guided through by spiders on an adventure teaching children that spiders are nothing to be scared of! Some younger children may still be scared of this and so I would recommend the attraction for those over 6.
Trick or Treat Woods is a family experience for all ages. No matter how old you are, I'm sure you'll enjoy it - if not everyone else will to your advantage! Mystic animals and creatures guide you through the woods whilst making everyone do a range of activities from dancing to singing! Each character has a small story to tell and by the end of it all, you get a treat - sponsored by Nerds. Trick or Treat Woods is an amazing, fun and magical attraction for all ages!
Creepy Caves Unearthed is a horror maze, on parr with many of the headline premier UK halloween events and is terrifying this year. It is definitely not for the light hearted or those whom get scared easily. Venture into the caves as you become a secret agent and investigate the disappearances of the scientists who were doing research there. The theming is really good and I love the fact it is in a real cave and so most of the theming was was already built in.
Please note that it is a full on scare maze and it designed to be awfully terrifying. The caves are home to creature unlike humans and contains strobes, loud noises and confined spaces.
Overall, I personally love the attraction but believe it is unsuitable for anyone under 12. It is extremely scary and really well themed!
As an event, it is really good for all ages and has something for everyone to do. There are banners, bunting and decorations everywhere!
Legoland Windsor RESORT hold an annual Brick Or Treat event in which is really interactive and so ideal for young children.
Throughout the resort, lego figures are dressed up for halloween. Pumpkins are planted absolutely EVERYWHERE and this is a really nice addition to the park. Even the staff get into the halloween spirit and wear halloween accessories and gear!
During Brick Or Treat, children are given a ghost hunt. If they complete this, at 3pm they are able to exchange the completed hunt paper for a goody bag full of lego goodies! Alongside this, there is a halloween trail in which children are able to build lego structures with staff and even add to the Legoland Brick Or Treat mosaic!
Overall, Legoland is a really idealistic place for families to go and have some Halloween fun and is really ideal for younger children. However, please keep in mind there isn't very much to do for older children.
So, the next part is down to you... Where will you be visiting next Halloween?
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