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Throughout the majority of the year Margate is peaceful and home to Dreamland. Yet during the season of Old Hallows Eve when the moon is up, Dreamland transforms into Screamland!

A night full of horror mazes and rides, with the odd actor here and there. Though, when you first arrive not all the rides are up and running but it gives you enough time to do the mazes and come out and enjoy the rides. And if you don't mind paying the prices you can even grab a bite to eat.

The mazes were a lot of fun, especially as I've never done anything like this before. The first maze was The Upside Down, based on the Netflix series Stranger Things. This is a permanent maze, minus the actors and strobe lights. It is a mirror maze and it is very disorienting. With the addition of strobe lights and actors it can be a thrill, just trying to find your way through is fun in itself. But don't worry too much about the actors there is one main rule, DON'T TOUCH THE ACTORS AND THEY WON'T TOUCH YOU!

The mazes on from that were temporary setups all under tents well "tents". They are actual physical structures just with tents over them to make them look pretty and spooky. There is a lot of low lighting which just adds to the suspense. We headed into HMS Mary Decomposed, which was a maze designed around a ghost ship. The interior is eery and has the look of an old rusted ship. I would even go as far as to say it smelt like an abandoned lost ship. With different characters everywhere you head it's a lot of fun. Though be weary they do come out of nowhere. Next was one of the most popular and actually turned from one maze into two. The first part being Dead and Breakfast. Greeted by a woman, who tells you about the hotel and it's sinister residents then the fun begins. With different characters in every room and some which you don't see coming. There is a small areas where you have to go between, what I can only describe as two large white balloons. So for the claustrophobic, it can be a little scary as if you going to get stuck and suffocate. Then the maze changes and you arrive at the Tunnels of Terror. The tunnels of Terror is filled with people wearing gas masks, some coming from nowhere and others firing air guns. Not those guns that shoot pellets, but just compressed air. The first time it happened I thought I'd been shot.

The mazes were good fun and a lot of laughs were had, especially at others expense. I didn't have much desire to check out the other mazes as the que system wasn't very fair and it was rather cold. So, we heading on some rides. My favourite by far was The Pendulum. As the name suggests, just like a pendulum it swings from side to side then completely over. While it's swinging it also gentle spins, meaning you get a different view and experience every time you go up in the air. And I nearly forgot, you sit facing outwards, so you don't see anyone other than the open space around you, a 360° view. The Drop Tower was one I have been waiting for since we saw it being built in June. A tall towering ride, which takes you up giving you an amazing view of the park and Margate as a whole. But it doesn't just take you up and drop you, it spins slowly as well giving you another 360° view. At night you can see all the light of the park and that night we were really lucky to have a full moon.

The night was so good and I will be doing it again next year, though with a few minor adjustments. First being, wrap up warm. It was so cold it felt like winter and the wind made it feel 10 times colder. Second, fast track. It does cost more but trust me they aren't as organised as a large theme park. It seemed that when we got to the front of the que we had to wait for a continuous stream of fast trackers. Which I usually don't mind, but it would have been nice to do a little bit of them and a little bit of us. What's more and a little insulting, when it was brought up with the guard, he just dismissed it by saying they pied money for it. Well an uproar started then as we all paid to get into Screamland and for some they just couldn't afford fast track.

It is a really good night and I have no doubt that more rides would have opened up a little later on. Just sadly we weren't fully prepared on how cold it was. Thanks again to my Aunt for taking me and we will be concurring it again.

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  1. Oh this looks so much fun! I do love Halloween! xx

  2. This looks so much fun! I love the sound of all the rides, especially The Pendulum and The Drop Tower, it's nice you get a view of the whole park, which I bet looks really magical.
    A Love Affair with Beauty xx

  3. I love anything scary so this is right up my street! xx

  4. I loveeeee all the lights and the atmosphere of a good fairground - it's been years since I've been to a proper one like this!


    Lovelaughslipstick ♥

  5. I would love this! I wanted to go to Margate this summer but it looks like halloween time is best!

    Alicia Xo

  6. This looks and sounds like so much fun! So much going on.

  7. I've always wanted to go here - but when it's warm! x

  8. This looks so much fun!

    Katie x