THERE has already been some 'ghostly' going-ons at the area's leading tourist venue ahead of this year's Halloween.
Thrill seekers are being invited to go loopy for the Alton Tower's Scarefest this year by riding the world's first 14-looping roller coaster, The Smiler, in the dark for the first time As thrill seekers at Alton Towers Resort rode The Smiler in the dark for the first time last week, they were surprised to find themselves on board a green, glowing carriage that more resembled a ghost train.
As the £18million ride sped through the darkness, it emitted a ghoulish glow which was captured in a series of images by specialist long exposure light artist Andrew Whyte ahead of the resort's Halloween themed festival Scarefest.
Scarefest is a Halloween celebration, running from Saturday (October 19) until November 3, where visitors are able to ride the Guinness World Record beating roller coaster The Smiler in the dark for the first time ever.
Katherine Duckworth, Head of Consumer Marketing at the Alton Towers Resort, said: "The Smiler already boasts five 'mind marmalising' effects so the addition of total darkness will heighten guests' senses and give the attraction a new terrifying dimension.
"The ride has already proven to be an intense physical experience like no other. We just hope that our visitors during Scarefest are ready for the thrill of a lifetime."
During Scarefest, the most fearless of thrill seekers will be able to wind their way through three terrifying scare mazes including firm favourites The Carnival of Screams and Zombies.
Scare Zone as well as the most recent addition The Sanctuary - an old medical facility criticised for its forceful methods of enforcing happiness in patients.
Visitors will also be able to explore the resort's historic towers in Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within, following in the footsteps of two urban explorers who broke into the infamous ruins and uncovered a dark force at work.
For brave young visitors there is a chance to learn how to spook with Phil and Franklyn's Ghoul School or join Skelvin to hear his silly spooky stories and families can make the most of their trip to the resort by booking into one of one of Alton Towers Hotel's fantastically themed Trick Or Treat Rooms.
Scarefest runs from Saturday until November 3, with a 9pm ride close for those who dare to ride in the dark. Visit www.altontowers.com for more information and to boo