Halloween ideas: Thorpe Park Fright Nights

Enjoy scaring yourself silly? Then this resort is for those who like to be afraid, be very afraid*

A Jack-in-the-box with a devilish difference has made an appearance in Leicester Square as one of the UK’s premier Halloween events, Thorpe Park Fright Nights, announced its return with a SCREAM! 

Scaring unwitting members of the public senseless, the spine-chilling stunt saw Thorpe Park tap into Brits’ biggest fears, following recent research suggesting zombies, loud noises and the possessed are the three things most likely to make us jump out of our skin in fright.

Proving the scare-sational sensory overload that is Fright Nights is not for the faint hearted, the activation saw city slickers screaming, commuters cowering and Londoners leaping away in fear.

Leicester Square was turned into Leicester Scare in mid-September as passers-by were given the fright of their lives by a spine chilling jack-in-the-box to announce the return of Thorpe Park’s infamous Fright Nights. PA Photo. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Fright Nights will take over the resort again from 28th September 28 to November 3. The event will see the return of award-winning live-action mazes and experiences as well as the opportunity to ride world-class attractions in the dead of night. 

With maze favourites, AMC’s The Walking Dead Walking Dead: Do or DIE and The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare returning for 2019 with some unexpected twists and new special effects, zombies are the order of the season this Halloween, followed closely by a horrible host of equally terror-inducing activations. 

For fans of gorefest fear, brand new activation Creek Freak Massacre will be launching. This high-octane, gore-driven immersive experience will see resort guests’ blood pumping hard. With different spaces to navigate, disorientating effects, chainsaw chases, group separation and graphic gore aplenty, this brand-new sensory overload is sure to scare! 

And if it’s ghosts that get your hairs standing on end, make sure you don’t get lost in live action scare maze, PLATFORM 15 which has a brand-new ending for 2019! 

Containment and Lionsgate’s chilling The Blair Witch will also be returning too, alongside the resort’s nerve-shredding Feared Five – StealthSaw The RideThe SwarmNemesis Inferno and Colossus – ready to ramp up the fear factor as you heartline roll, corkscrew and beyond vertical drop into the Halloween season and all in the dead of night.

Visit for more information and opening times. Park tickets from £33 when booked in advance online**. 

Visit to book a short break. 

*With apologies and acknowledgment to the film, The Fly

**When booked at least seven days in advance on the website. Subject to availability. On the day park ticket price £55.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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