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Scarefest sees spooky things happening at Gilwell Park

Everyone has a fear be it the dark, clowns, spiders, heights – imagine an event where you could confront them all at once! Welcome to Scarefest!

Several hundred Scouts and Explorers spent Halloween weekend exploring the spookier side of Gilwell Park. With special themed activities and late night scares all were promised an action packed weekend. Participants dared to travel from far and wide in the promise of a good scare and Scarefest 2015 certainly delivered.

While the scare seekers awaited the hours of darkness there was plenty to keep them entertained with inflatable fun on the Giant Slide, The Sweeper and Cave system. “I really enjoyed the inflatable caving, it was so much fun in the dark with a torch” said Hannah Raymond, 12, Dartford Scouts, Kent. There was the opportunity to get into character with face painting, and spooky fun with rubber band alley, as well as traditional games including Sweets in Flour and many more activities.  Kory Buchanan, 11, 1st Geddington, Northamptonshire  highlighted one of the most popular activities; “Everyone loved the Waltzers”.

The highlight of the event for the participants came after the hours of darkness, where Gilwell Park turned into a horror park with many spooky goings on. With four live action horror mazes alongside more traditional activities with a night time twist. The scare seeking participants could fly on the 3G swing and climb the High Ropes by night. Or walk the horror mazes in the hopes of escape from the terrors within (Scout leaders dressed in the most gruesome costumes). “The 3G swing was good but the mazes were the scariest” explained Georgia Ward, 15 & Alice Gant, 15, Tazmanian Devils ESU, Chizlehurst

The mazes made the biggest impact on the participants with screams of terror being heard across the site throughout the evening. “The scare mazes were absolutely amazing and terrifying at the same time. The Escape and The Factory were our favourite. The more scary the more fun!” exclaimed Tom Adams, 11, 6th Hove, Sussex

There were many highlights for the participants over the weekend. “The mazes – the people jumping out. The Escape maze… I wimped out. The creepy crawlies was really good – I got to handle a big snake”  said Nathan Rayment-Davis, 12, 2nd Collier Row Essex

The evening finished with a spectacular firework display and laser show. “It was the best fireworks display I’ve ever seen! The lights were amazing.” said William Lutkin, 12, 1st Harwick & Highfields

With the fresh light of day dawning on Sunday how man survivors would return next year for another fright?  “I would definitely come again” said George Collier 2nd Collier Row Scouts. While for   Alex Lawson, 10, 3rd Dartford Scouts, Kent “ It Absolutely amazing – fun for everyone”  

See the frightful fun everyone had at Scarefest by heading over to the photo gallery on our Facebook page

Please take a look at the video from the 2015 event here: