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holiday hotspots: WICKEEED! Scare the kids silly at Alton Towers.

Byline: By CLIVE BRADLEY

WE headed to Alton Towers for a Hallowe'en Scarefest - and soon got into the spirit of things.

Son Luke, nine, and Joe, seven, loved getting made up as vampires and zombies at the facepainting.

Then we joined a ghost hunt to find fabled Pirate Pete, followed by an evening "Trick or Treat" trail.

We stayed at Splash Landings, one of two hotels at the Staffordshire theme park. The hotel hosts the Monster Mash party with games, quizzes and music for everyone.

Or if you're a guest at the Alton Towers Hotel, you can "enjoy" the Dance With The Devil show - scary!

But don't worry. The activities aren't THAT frightening and all are graded so parents can choose sensibly.

New attractions this year include Field Of A 1,000 Screams, a corn maze on supposedly cursed ground. Look out - anything could be around the corner!

Our lads also enjoyed Terror Of The Towers, another maze with more nasty surprises.

We were all spooked out by now but there was loads more to see.

Splash Landings Hotel is built around the Cariba Creek water park and the giant flume, squirters and pipe rides kept our boys and the good lady happy for hours. And don't forget the adrenaline-packed rides.

The boys tried Nemesis, Air, Ripsaw, Blade, Spinball Whizzer well into the evening.

They're thrilling enough in daylight - but just wait till you're hurtling around at 4Gs upside down in the dark. It's magic... I think!

FACTFILE: The Scarefest runs to Nov 4. Park entrance starts at pounds 24 for adults and pounds 16 for Under 12s. A next day pass is just pounds 5. Hotel rooms cost from pounds 33.50pppn based on four sharing. Book via www.altontowers.com

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2007
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