Halloween 2015 – Part 2 – Thorpe Park Fright Nights

The next theme park with some spooky goings on for Halloween 2015 is Thorpe Park, with their incredible…

Thorpe Park Fright Nights

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Return for their 14th year the Thorpe Park Fright Nights are a favourite of mine, I’ve been to a few – and there are usually changes every year to keep things fresh! Last year was a particular highlight, with my first time in the ‘Blair Witch Project’ Woods. It was a BIG favourite of mine, and a LOT of fun, and I’m happy to see its return this year – especially as it utilises an old bit of the Thorpe Park railway track in the woods on the outskirts of the park, it’s wonderfully atmospheric!

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This year sees the launch of a brand new Horror Maze, definitely not for those the faint of heart, and with a fear of clowns..

Welcome to The Big Top!

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

A carnival brimming with sordid characters including adult babies, clowns, mime artists and a jack-in-the-box where you’re invited to twist your way through the brand new scare maze set in an abandoned carnival on the island’s Amity Beach.

Prepare for screams at the carnival, experiences include a Fortune Tellers Wagon, a mirror maze brimming with chuckling clowns and mime artists, a creepy fun house, a torture chamber, game stalls with a twist, a circus scare room and the clown’s dressing room.

The Carnival owners, the Figaro Bros, will greet you along your journey. Guests quickly discover this is no longer a place of laughter. Will they make it through the final encore of the Carnival show?

BRILLIANT! I can’t wait! There were some scary-ass clowns in ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ maze last year that cornered me and wouldn’t let me escape until I told them a joke. I was terrified – the atmospherics in all the mazes is top-notch, I’m looking forward to see this new experience! There’s also a ‘mystery’ experience to join the line-up, it will be based on the nation’s top fears and guests will have to escape under timed conditions.

Thanks to the Thorpe Park Fright Nights collaboration with Lionsgate UK, all the other Mazes are themed to movies, so you have the fantastic The Blair Witch Project; the dark My Bloody Valentine, the twisted The Cabin in the Woods and the menacing SAW.

Cabin in the Woods: The Maze
Winner Best Halloween Scare Attraction SCARS 2014
Experience a frightening live recreation of this ground-breaking satirical horror film. Visitors will tour the seemingly innocent rustic cabin, within which lies a secret facility that unleashes nightmarishly hideous ‘beings’. A fully immersive, brilliantly themed maze where visitors can influence the outcome and come face to face with the nightmare and devastation that is, The Cabin In The Woods.

My Bloody Valentine: The Maze
Relive one of the most terrifying films of all time. Ten years after a tragic mining accident in the town of Harmony, Harry Warden awoke from his coma on Valentine’s Day and brutally murdered 22 people with his pickaxe before being killed. Years on, there’s a killer on the loose – has Harry returned? Visitors will find themselves in the horrific hospital ward before having to negotiate their way through the tunnels of an abandoned mine, neglected shacks and a pitch black forest.

The Blair Witch Project: Scare Zone
A previously unused, dark wooded area of THORPE PARK, has now been renamed as ‘Burkittsville Village’ and is the setting for the recreation of this cult black and white movie. This outdoor scare attraction leaves it all to the imagination using the natural surrounds and woodland setting with a new ambient soundtrack to create the ultimate scare walk-through experience.

SAW Alive: The Maze
Guess who’s coming to play? From the twisted minds that created the world’s most terrifying roller-coaster SAW – The Ride, comes the world’s most extreme live action maze – now with even more evil for 2015! Visitors will come face to face with the sadistic Billy puppet and face his nightmarish games…winding their way through this brilliantly themed multi-roomed maze.

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Fright Nights don’t run every single day, at time of writing the dates are 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 October and 2nd November, the park is open from 10am to 10pm with the ‘Big Five’ (THE SWARM, Stealth, SAW – The Ride, Nemesis Inferno, Colossus) running until 10pm. The Fright Nights attractions open at 4pm and aren’t recommended for anyone under the age of 13. Adult tickets are priced from £25.99 for early bird bookings until 20th September, the Mazes won’t cost you extra, although you can get Fastrack to beat the queues. Overnight Experience packages start from £249.00 for two and includes two day Park tickets, complimentary parking and hot buffet breakfast, Free entry after park closing to the brand new mystery attraction – PLUS priority ride access for the first hour of park opening!

I’ve been invited to the press launch of the Thorpe Park Fright Nights – so keep an eye out for lots of exclusives about some of the scares and thrills Thorpe Park have to offer!

Click to read Part 3 – Chessingon

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