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Kent: Halloween adult fright nights and scare mazes across the county 2018

By Angela Cole

Do you love to be scared? Hardened horror fans can choose from chilling nights to scare mazes and ghost hunts this Halloween. Here's the pick of what's on offer across the county


Will you survive the apocalypse? The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us, and the once beautiful Kent Life site has been "Kent-aminated." Following the failure of Gate 6 and 7 the site was abandoned and news has reached the Safe Zone that survivors were left behind during the evacuation. Visitors will join a team of highly trained professionals to carry out Operation Ragstone to recover the casualties. Can you rescue them all and get out alive?

Kent-aminated at Kent Life
Kent-aminated at Kent Life

Tours run every 15 minutes. There is a licensed bar available at the Safe Zone for those who make it to purchase refreshments. The event runs from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28. For more details go to kentlife.org.uk For kids' events at Kent Life click here.


There's scares to be had at Screamland this Halloween - if you dare try them. There will be seven nights of scares at the multi award-winning scare festival. There will be seven scare mazes - set to be more terrifying than ever. The dark thrill experience is back for its fourth year, this chilling event immerses visitors in a frightening world of interactive scare mazes. New scare mazes include the Dreamland Sleep Experiment, Mary Decomposed and Upside Down, along with favourites such as Dead and Breakfast. A Screamland ticket includes access to all seven scare mazes from 6pm and unlimited use of the rides in the amusement park. ‘No Scare’ tickets are also available for those too terrified to enter the mazes but who want to soak up the Halloween atmosphere with unlimited ride access. Screamland is on Friday, October 19, Saturday, October 20, Thursday, October 25, Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 31 from 6pm to 11pm. The scare mazes are 12A rated and anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult aged 18. To book visit dreamland.co.uk

Read our review here

Screamland will be back for 2018
Screamland will be back for 2018


The castle's luxury bed and breakfast will be hosting its Halloween Dine & Stay event on Wednesday, October 31, with Dr Ciarán O’Keeffe. An overnight stay in the luxurious accommodation and a sumptuous chef's table feast' dining experience, will combine with activities where Ciaran looks at paranormal zones in each room in the castle. The vigils will be a mix of traditional ghost investigation techniques and modern techniques. To book visit hevercastle.co.uk


The KM Charity Team’s inaugural Zombie Chase will see runners chased around a 5KM course by the living dead on Sunday, October 28. Participants in the themed run will be issued with three life tags and the challenge is to get round the 5km course before the horde of remorseless zombies – rumoured to be former park staff poisoned by a mystery gas cloud last year – strip them from you.

Rest assured, the zombies will not attack or chase you; there will be no physical contact – they are just after your tags.

The fundraising event sees 70% of the sponsorship money going to good causes of your choice, and the rest helping to fund the KM Charity Team’s charitable road-safety work with children. Participants are asked to aim to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

Stephen King's IT
Stephen King's IT

The park is also staging a screening of Stephen King's It on Saturday, October 20, from 7.30pm. Are you brave enough to watch the big screen adaptation from last year? Tickets cost £10. Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts once it’s dark...Book at betteshanger-park.co.uk


The site's Halloween Horrors are celebrating 35 years of scaring. Not for the faint hearted the adults experience is for ages 16 and up and run from Thursday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 31.

Tickets cost £16.50. To book and find out more, go to fortamherst.digitickets.co.uk

Read our review here.

Halloween Horrors at Fort Amherst
Halloween Horrors at Fort Amherst


Quex Park is teaming up with Nail in the Coffin productions for QuExtreme Terror for the third year running. Set in the eerie surroundings of Quex Park’s Forest Areas, Maize Field and Woodland Trails, the spine-chilling adventure will have three thrilling scares: Harvest 2 – The Reaping, Contagion 2 – Sanctuary and The Forest of Fools, promising the ultimate scare park experience. The experience is for ages 12 and over. To book for the events from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, visit quexevents.co.uk


The award-winning Hauntfest have a range of scares this year’s Hauntfest at Southfleet. They include The Edge with unforsaken fiends, the Spooky Castle, Thirteen Freaks, a subterranean world inhabited by sideshow freaks and MassAcre, an intense and disturbing corn maze. There will also be daytime attractions for younger guests. The scares are on various dates between October 12 and Wednesday, October 31. For details and to book go to spookycastle.co.uk

Broadditch Haunt Fest
Broadditch Haunt Fest

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