Many of us enjoy testing our nerves by seeing scary movies or going to theme parks, but in these events you can bring your worst fears to life. Werewolves, Zombies and other frightening characters can become as real as they are in your nightmares. If you're thinking of trying something a bit more terrifying with your friends, we recommend you have a look at these activities that are guaranteed to get your heart pounding and your palms sweating.
It's late, and it's dark, and based in an already creepy forest in the Midlands near Birmingham your heart is guaranteed to start racing. Your base is your safe zone, but after receiving weapons training and learning survival techniques you will want to set off into the woods in search of the beast. The werewolf isn't real but the feel of the day really makes you believe you are in a movie.
Armed with just a gun and a flashlight you can either creep up on your prey, or be prepared to get chased. No electricity and a start time of 6pm means you will need your torch as the darkness becomes a real survival issue, but if the zombies see the light they will be after you. This event is guaranteed to get your heart pounding. The death and infection of the zombies may be an act, but the panic, fear and adrenaline are all very real.
But be warned. As you uncover our capitol's darkest secrets you shouldn't feel too comfortable in your seat. Live actors and some clever technical tricks will ensure that this is a bus journey you will never forget, and will seldom want to travel again. The bus, kitted out with typical haunting music and archaic furnishings, takes you past the usual suspects of the Tower of London and Crossbones, but some surprising tales are thrown in as well.
Perhaps the most endearing part of this tour is the banter. Traffic Jams and the odd drunken group sitting in the back row could lead many a hired actor to collapse, but The Conductor on this bus enjoys chat with the passengers as much he does telling you that Prêt A Manger is haunted.
13th Floor Phoenix isn't just a 60,000-square-foot onslaught of terror and insanity. It's a mega haunted house offering one of the most detailed and terrifying haunted houses in North America. Featuring 2 attractions that thematically span classical horror to modern day zombie apocalyptic carnage, this haunted house is a must see. You'll first experience the essence of Halloween in a highly detailed series of haunted mansions, gothic graveyards, and tormented asylums that play out in fantastic wonder in what many have referred to as “one of the most impressive haunted houses in the country.” Inside the second attraction, Zombieland, patrons experience a one of a kind trip through the apocalypse as they navigate their way through a city infected with undead turmoil. The 13th Floor Phoenix features over 100 performers, amazing costumes, and horrifying thematic experiences that rival television and film in the scope and scale of its production.
Meet the infamous Bloody Mary, get a shave from Sweeney Todd, and experience the shadow of the Black Plague as your tour passes through torture chambers and past actors that are sure to get your pupils dilating. In 2012 the Dungeons has expanded to include the UK's first ever 5D laser ride, so we would recommend you go with your friends, and not alone.
The UK based AtmosFEAR team, who you may have seen on Dragons Den some years ago, specialize in turning office buildings and country estates into scare attractions for special events. Visitors are allowed to delve into a story as they travel through various spooky haunts, following a narrative that will bring this experience to life. With terrifying props, actors and groundbreaking special effects, their team will even turn your own house into a scare park fit for a zombie king.
So if you're thinking about something spooky for a day out or an event, why not turn your office, shopping center or house into something that looks like it could be the set of the next mid-budget Hollywood horror movie.