Shocktober Fest 2013

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Looking to frighten the bejesus out of yourself? The Shocktober Fest could be the very thing. The out-of-London 'scream park' features a haunted funfair, as well as Cirque du Shock performances and the WoodShock Live Stage – bands the Troggs, the Animals and '80s psychedelic rockers Doctor and Medics are booked for different nights throughout the festival.

But the real (zombie) meat can be found in various haunted house experiences, including a clown-infested Twisted Maze, the terrifying zombie aftermath to Woodstock, WoodShock Rottin' Since '69, and the Creepy Cottage – a home infested with witches and cockroaches.

Food will include hot dogs and toffee apples – as well as Sweeney Todd's Pie Parlour – and nerves can be settled at the After Shock Bar. There's also an attempt on the Vampire World Record on the opening Saturday.

Tickets are all cheaper online, ranging from the Street Pass (£7.95-£12.95), which gives basic admission to the Scream Park including the WoodShock live music, all the way up to the RIP Extreme Pass (£59.95-£89.95), covering admission, unlimited fast-track access to all six haunted house experiences and the Cirque du Shock, and some special extras. There's also the XScream Pass (£145), for entry to all 18 Shocktober nights, and you can buy separate Fast Track tickets (1 Haunt: £4-£6, 6 Haunts: £10-£15).

Come dressed as a vampire for the Vampire World Record Attempt (6-7pm 5 Oct) and admission is free, plus you'll get a £5 discount for all Haunts.

Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult, and under-12s are likely to be too frightened by the haunted house experiences to enjoy them.

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