GET ready to be scared this September as theme parks in the UK launch their annual Halloween attractions next month.

There are a number of spooky experiences to terrify guests this year, including Thorpe Park's Fright Fest and Alton Tower's Scarefest.

Many of the events will be running during the month of October, and you will encounter ghosts, zombies, clowns and more.

Some events are so terrifying, they're only open to guests aged 16 and over.

Thankfully, even kids can make the most of Halloween with some family-friendly shows taking place across the UK.

We round up the best theme parks to get a scare this year.

Thorpe Park

Back again this year is Thorpe Park's Fright Nights, starting from September 28.

For five weeks, attractions featuring The Walking Dead, Blair Witch and Containment will make guests face their worst fears, such as being chased and being left in the dark.

More spooky experiences

TOO old for trick or treating? Try out these ghoulish alternatives that are guaranteed to give you a scare this Halloween

  • Royal Maritime Greenwich ghost walking tour, £28 for two, Virgin Experience Days –  buy here
    Explore a World Heritage Site and hunt for ghosts in Royal Maritime Greenwich. Through hidden laneways and London’s oldest park you’ll discover the creepiest tunnel in the UK and plenty of Royal secrets.
  • London ghost bus tour, £46, Virgin Experience Day – buy here
    Jump on board the Ghost Bus – a classic 1960s Routemaster and discover the dark side to the city.
  • The London Dungeon, £24 per adult – buy here
    The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the capital’s most perilous past. Book online advance to get 20 per cent off your ticket price.
  • Ghost Stories, from £24 per adult, TicketMaster – buy here
    Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest fears and disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is an edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other.

A new addition to the park this year is the Creek Freak Massacre, where guests have to navigate the attraction while separated from the group and being chased by someone wielding a chainsaw.

As part of the event, rides such as Stealth, Saw and The Swarm will be open during the night for riders to experience the rollercoasters in the dark.

Tickets start from £33 per person.

Alton Towers

The famous Scarefest will open again at Alton Towers this year, with three new attractions.

The Alton Towers Dungeon, which opened earlier this year, will feature during the event, as well as two brand new mazes, The Attic and Darkest Depths.

Guest-favourites such as Sub-Species and Project 42 will return to the park, along with Altonville Mine Tours.

As always, many of the rollercoasters will also open at night for guests to ride in the dark, including the Wicker Man, which bursts into flames as part of the ride.

Tickets start from £34 per person.

Chessington World of Adventure

From October 12 to November 3, Chessington guests will be able to test out a number of spooky attractions.

A park favourite – Creepy Caves Unearthed – returns this year with guests being led through a snake enclosure by Secret Agents.

Trick or Treat Wood and the Haunted Howl'o'ween Live Show will also return, as well as the late night openings allowing guests to ride in the dark.

A new attraction to Chessington this year is Spyders, where families must work together to infiltrate a group of giant spiders in the park.

Tickets start from £29.50 per person.

Legoland

This year, Legoland guests can go 'Brick or Treating'.

From October 17 to November 2, there will be a Brick or Treat trail, as well as a daily fancy dress competition and a Build-Your-Own-Pumpkin out of bricks.

Led by Lord Vampyre, there will also be a 3D fireworks show, followed by ride openings after dusk.

Tickets start from £39 per person.

Paulton's Park

Little guests can still get a fright at Paulton Park from October 5.

Peppa Pig and friends will be dressed up as witches and pumpkins for a spooky day, while The Big Boo Barn is great for trick or treaters.

A special late night opening from October 29 to October 31 will feature 10,000 pumpkins, a fancy dress contest as well as a Little Monsters Ball.

Tickets start from £37.75.

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Guests at Norfolk's Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure park can face the thrilling 17-night attraction PrimEVIL.

Running from October 11 to November 3, experiences like the Mayhem Manor Hotel and Circus of Terror will play on guests' deepest fears of ghouls and clowns.

Guests aged 18 years and over can also take advantage of the three-night PrimEVIL Extreme, which features even scarier experiences to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

Tickets start from £21 per person, with guests over 16 only, unless with an adult.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle's The Haunted Castle event, running from October 19 to November 3, will terrify guests this year through historical events.

Inside the castle will be an army of the undead, which groups will have to try and escape through the Dead of Knight maze.

Other attractions include the Witches Tower and Haunted Hallows for younger guests, as well as spooky shows at the Dead Centre Stage.

Tickets start from £20 per person.

Drayton Manor

Head to Drayton Manor this Halloween for a range of scary events.

An abandoned vicarage The Haunting is their scariest attraction, while pumpkin carving and a Halloween Bale trail is open to kids.

Tickets start from £22 per person.

Blackpool Tower Dungeon

This October half term, Blackpool Tower Dungeon has a number of live-action stories set to both terrify and educate.

The 90 minute performances, of which there are nine different tales, will teach guests about Lancashire's creepy history.

Witches and plague doctors are just some of the stories, with each one ending with the Drop Dead: Drop Ride.

Tickets start from £11.50 per person.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is transforming to a terrifying Vampire Pleasure Beach from October 12.

Guests can expect both zombies and vampires to be roaming the area during the scary nights.

Other events include a Halloween-themed drive in cinema as well as a circus of horrors with terrifying acts and performances.

Tickets start from £23 for kids.

Dreamland

The Margate theme park is bringing back Screamland, it's annual Halloween event with creepy mazes as well as live action scenarios such as a sinking ship and a locked-down test facility.

Running on selected dates between October 18 to November 1, tickets start from £20.

Brits heading to Universal Orlando during Halloween can take part in their spooky attraction called Halloween Horror Nights.

Running for two months, attractions based on Stranger Things and Ghostbusters are set to thrill.

Disney guests were left shocked last month after the park tested their Halloween fireworks display – at 6am.

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