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Carnival of Screams

Alton Towers Scarefest

The clowns have come out to play in the twisted world of fun on offer inside the Carnival of Screams...

Theme ParkAlton Towers
TypeScare Maze
AudienceThrillseekers
SeasonScarefest
Debuted2010
Retired2013
LocationHotels (2010)
Black Hole tent (2011)
Lakeside path between Hospitality Suite and Goal Striker (2012 & 2013)
Carnival clowns

Carnival clowns

Some people find clowns extremely scary - something which Alton Towers banked upon when they introduced Carnival of Screams, a circus themed scare maze, for Scarefest 2010.

For the rest of the guests who were not overly anxious about clowns, Carnival of Screams provided an entertaining romp through colourful, crazy and sometimes downright wacky scenes.

Visitors to the Carnival entered the maze through the mouth of a giant clown face, into a world of fun and frights beyond. Highlights included a fortune telling automatron which came to life and jumped out of its cabinet at visitors, a giant escaped gorilla, a life-sized clown puppet room, a polkadot covered room with an actor dressed in a similarly polka-dot covered lycra suit who blended in to the walls, false doors to bump into, and giant inflatable walls to push through.

Over the years, the maze occupied several different locations. After premiering at the hotels in 2010, it had a one year stint inside the old Black Hole tent in 2011, before becoming more of an outdoor experience beside the lake on a pathway between the Hospitality Suite and Gold Striker for its final two Scarefest seasons in 2012 and 2013. Contrary to what you might expect, I think it worked best in the final outdoor location: visitors could immerse themselves in the circus "showground", rather than going from "room to room" in the indoor variant ... since when did circuses have rooms?!

Throughout its run, Carnival proved to be Alton's feel-good fun maze more than a genuinely frightening scare attraction, although it had its moments of funny jump scares! Thanks to its comic nature, it proved a hit with a wide audience who enjoyed its fun house style and mischieviously malevolent clowns.

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