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Thrills and frights

I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to theme parks. Add in a dose of Halloween ghoulishness and there's no way you'd get me to one. So when it came to checking out Thorpe Park's Fright Nights, I sent Mr Muddy and the mudlets.

Killer clowns, zombies and the living dead – and that’s just what you’ll find wandering loose around the park.

Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights have everything you need – thrills, laughs and terrifying rides.

You’d expect Thorpe Park to be busy when the Fright Nights are on. And even busier during the half term break. And, yes, it is. But not ridiculously so. We arrived around lunchtime and the queues for the rides were okay. It got a lot more hectic after 5pm. Of course, you could always invest in the fast track tickets to speed things along.

There are seven themed Fright Night experiences including a Saw-themed horror maze, a spooky big top and a living night mare of the walking dead. The actors in them certainly spring the surprises as you wander around – jumping out from dark corners or creeping up on you from behind.

But when it comes to the spookiest experience, it has to be one of the permanent rides – Derren Brown’s Ghost Train which is new this year.

You board the train at your peril. I can’t say anymore because you are sworn to secrecy. But the kids loved it. Scared? Yes. But that’s the point, right?

Of course you have all the other rides including the 80 mile and hour stealth rollercoaster and the stomach churning Nemesis Inferno.


But my most disturbing experience, was the Vortex. It spins and turns you at the same time. He stumbled off that…

By the end of the night, I was sitting the rides out while the kids completed the full set.

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