October brought the sixth annual Thorpe Park Fright Nights.

Returning mazes for this year are Asylum; a hospital from hell, the gothic Hellgate, and with its second year of deadly sins; Se7en. Scares inside the mazes are consistent and jumpy, but don’t have the more theatrical elements like their counterparts at Scarefest at Alton Towers.

With the event now spanning a whole month, there is plenty of time to make use of the additional attractions. Circus of Horrors also returned in the Pirates 4D theatre. With only a small budget for park theming, the staff did a great job this year, with the majority of rides decorated.

The Canada Creek Railway has been transformed, with new theming around the route, and the front of the train being given a ghostly makeover. Actors are being trialled along the course for a possible future spooky attraction in itself.

Once again the only fault of this year’s event is ride reliability, but in all other aspects the park has excelled, setting a benchmark for other UK scare attractions to follow.

In other news, lake infilling has continued with lots of progress since our last visit. This land is expected to be used for a new coaster project in 2012.

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