ScareTOUR Preview of 2018
Last year was mad, (check out our review here) and we are sure that 2018 is going to be just as crazy. At the time of writing, these are the announced events or changes that we know of already. Clearly this list will change very quickly and we will try to keep things updated as they announced. Remember our What's On pages will always include all the latest details
January SHOULD be a quiet time for scare attractions but fortunately for us, Room Escape Southend will be opening Apartment 666 - claimed to be their scariest yet, along with Murder Hotel - a pop up event at the Southend on Sea Horror Festival. Also opening is Take Me Home, a brand new theatrical show in Barking. Over in Holland - Halloween Nightmares Circus Edition will run for select days during the month.
Love is in the scare for Valentine's Day as Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, Ghoulies Haunted House and Scare Kingdom Scream Park will all be opening special seasonal shows to celebrate. February will also see a secret new event by Eerie Dawn - the team behind last year's The Inn, as well as the last runs of the ever popular Zombie Shopping Mall by Zed Events. Zombie Encounters will return to The Milestones Museum for another version of Zombie Town 1888. Terror Tower in Scarborough will open for the season around half term and it is expected that The Horror Crypt and Pasaje del Terror will open with Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It is unknown whether Pasaje will celebrate its 20th anniversary immediately or later in the year. Finally Outbreak will return to Portsmouth in a new venue with potentially another location on the island of Jersey.
Following its unsuccessful permit application to open before Christmas, Scare Me in Holland is hoping to be back for a Spring time run. It's also usually around this time that the Dungeon attractions start to announce their new shows for the summer. Thorpe Park will open for the season and it is rumoured that the X:No Way Out coaster is being rethemed to The Walking Dead. Up at Alton Towers - SW8 - the as yet unnamed wooden coaster that inspired The Welcoming at ScareFest 2017 is expected to launch at this time. Zombie Encounters on the South Coast will return with a number of different venues throughout the summer and Faceless Ventures have teased a new event Is There Anybody There, an immersive theatre production in Yorkshire.
Although not a scare attraction, Ghost Stories was an incredible horror theatre production which has just been converted into a new horror movie starring its writer Andy Nyman accompanied by Martin Freeman and other British stars. The film premieres this month. Walpurgis night also falls during April so we expect Scare Kingdom Scream Park to bring back their Halfway to Halloween event.
Australian horror comes to London, Bath and Cardiff as Hunted Interactive debut three very different attractions - All Fall Down, Ward of Shadows and Tarot.
Summertime is always ScareCON time - when the cream of the European scare industry come together to celebrate the successes of the year, as well as getting a chance to network and socialise with fellow professionals. Look out for a full announcement of date and venue before the end of January! Hunted Interactive will continue its run of dates moving the performances to Bath and Cardiff.
The Summer Ghost Shows are expected to return to Kents Cavern in Devon
Nothing announced yet but this will be the month by which most events will have announced their Halloween line up..
Traumatica returns to Europa Park in Germany. Unlike last year, when Thorpe Park opened a weekend early, their 2018 dates start in October with The Walking Dead expected to make a return.
Not much has been announced for Halloween 2018 yet, but we do know that Tulleys Shocktoberfest will be increasing their maze count up to a whopping NINE mazes. We believe the new attraction will be prison themed. In Doncaster, we will see the return of Doncaster Fear Factory - in a new larger venue and at Chessington we will see even more dates for their Halloween event.
Nothing announced yet
Nothing announced yet but following the success of Christmas shows in 2017, we would expect a number of seasonal makeovers
Of course if you know of anything else happening (or are an attraction owner and want to tease about what you are doing this year) let us know and we will get you included.
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