Scream park in Wakefield is giving thousands a fright this Halloween

Visitors scared by one of the characters at Yorkshire Scare Ground Scream Park, in Wakefield. Picture by Event2Photo.

Visitors scared by one of the characters at Yorkshire Scare Ground Scream Park, in Wakefield. Picture by Event2Photo.

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Thousands of horror fans are paying to be scared at a frightening 24acre theme park in Wakefield.

Every year the Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, in Hell Lane, Wakefield, invites intrepid visitors to tour its haunting buildings, log cabins and marquees for 16 nights prior to Halloween.

A visitor with one of the characters from Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park. Picture by Event2Photo.

A visitor with one of the characters from Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park. Picture by Event2Photo.

This year 14,000 people are expected to wander through its doors to face everything from zombies and evil clowns to psychopaths and vampires.

You can test your wits in the Psychopath Scare Zone, Club Vampyr’s House of Blood or even Jack’s Sick and Twisted Fun House which is home to a “demented clown from hell”.

Adrenaline-fueled visitors can experience fright nights at the annual attraction running each day until November 1, and since its opening last week several nights have already sold out.

Chris Walton, creative director at Fear Masters Entertainment which owns the park, said: “Most people who have never been before say it’s scary – some run off screaming and never come back.

“It’s for a bit of fun for the family and people pay us to be scared, that’s why they love it.”

The 47-year-old, who works a day job in landscape architecture in Leeds, has always been a fan of horror films and Halloween, having travelled to scare attractions at Universal Studios in Florida several times.

After hosting haunted house-style Halloween parties, he was encouraged by friends to scale up his plans and run public events. The first was at Temple works, in Holbeck, in 2011, and 800 people attended over three days.

Since purchasing land on the aptly-named Hell Lane in 2011 with his business partner, the Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park has grown every year.

The 24acre site is home to 16 Halloween fright nights from October 17 to November 1, in which 52 actors and many more volunteer scarers dress up in horrifying outfits to terrorise passing visitors.

The Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park does not recommend the experience for under 12s, and all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

For tickets costing £17 call 0844 4771000 or visit www.scaregrounds.co.uk.

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