I got a text late yesterday from my friend Kiran – do you want to go to Scaresville tonight? I wasn’t exactly sure what this was but I said yeah sure and so we took a long car journey down the windy country roads to….
Which is held at an old country manor house in the very expansive grounds and out buildings. It was a full moon (I’ll apologise now for the crap night time photography – awfully sorry) so there was a fair bit of light outside
As we arrived we got our tickets (pre order, it’s busy!) and waited for our group to be called for the Scaresville trail. They had an area to wait in called the Unfairground which was pretty fun, we took a photo with a creepy gypsy fortune teller
And then walked through, there were lots of food stands and fairground food like candy apples and popcorn etc
Along with spooky props and halloween music
They had a fire juggler and a ring master in a michael jackson-esque mirrored jacket and lime green bowler hat who called out the next groups to go through to the trail
And then you walked over to the stables part of the grounds and lined up in groups of 8, you had to stand single file with one arm on the person in front of you’s shoulder, one arm to feel the wall and ceiling, it’s pitch black in a lot of the trail which is a maze through the dark lasting for about an hour through buildings, forest, grass, hay bales – all sorts. It was great, I think I was pretty brave (I even went through the creepy clown tent first – get me!). But Max, Kiran’s much beloved boyfriend, bravely led us most of the trail though (although he had several incidents where he walked headlong into walls but this did not faze him).
The trail is full of scarers dressed up, sometimes you can see them, sometimes you can’t. The can’t touch you and you can’t touch them but they made us jump a lot! Scaresville sold pants this year because last year they had a few people wet themselves (and more besides that!). There were all sorts of scary things, including someone with a real chainsaw but I won’t give all the secrets away. Well worth a visit though. At the end of the scary trail (in which we were very much terrorised!) you come through to a bar which was very decorative and you can watch the other people getting scared on the monitors they use which was pretty funny.
Also they sold really tasty spiced apple (and mulled wine, shots, tea etc) which we needed for our throats after all the screaming and laughing. Beware, if you go with people you don’t know that well; you will become very well acquainted after spending an hour clutching them in terror!
Go and check it out they still have tickets – http://www.scaresville.co.uk/ and theres a funny video on there of one room of the Scaresville trail.