London - Clasping a stranger’s hand in the basement of a derelict old mansion, the lights fizzle, go out — the room is plunged into darkness. I am on the Alton Towers Ultimate Sleepover, a brand new experience for this year’s Scarefest Halloween extravaganza, which promises to petrify punters until 3am every night.
As well as the usual Horror Maze and zombie-filled scare zones strewn across the park, brave souls can sign up to the full overnight experience.
Which is how I find myself standing around a bonfire, in the abandoned theme park at 8pm on a cold autumn night (not feeling particularly brave).
The evening starts off well enough with a two-course buffet meal around a bonfire in the park’s gardens.