When was the last time you were truly terrified? And I don’t mean just a bit scared, but fearful to the point where you felt the hair on the backs of your arms stand up.

Now, I can remember my mother-in-law saying she was coming to stay recently and that was pretty scary, but I think I’ve got the perfect solution – I won’t be able to stop her coming but at least we can all be terrified together.

The answer’s simple when she arrives in October I’m going to take her to Thorpe Park’s special Fright Night.

Believe it or not, the country’s favourite theme park has now been celebrating Halloween for 15 years and to mark the occasion Thorpe Park is opening a new scare maze, Platform 15. By far the biggest scare maze it covers 450 meters of the Park’s woodlands. Guests will get a one-way ticket along an overgrown railway line which is the last known route of the Sleeper Express, a locomotive that disappeared into thin air with all passengers still on board.

You will have the opportunity to walk the Island’s backroads which have never before been open to the public. Guests will face a deserted railroad, explosions, séances, Ouija boards and pitch black forestry. They may also find themselves hunted and chased in the depths of the forest, so they must tread carefully and not disturb the grounds – zombie ‘Sleepers’ are hidden among the trees and may awaken.

This year’s Fright Nights offers guests five free scare mazes included in Park Entry: Platform 15: New for 2016 an off the track dark experience into the Park’s woodlands Blair Witch: In partnership with Lionsgate this Fright Nights staple has received a 2016 update in keeping with what looks to be 2016 scariest horror movie yet The Big Top: the carnival comes to town once again this October. Reimagined for 2016 with even more clowns Cabin in The Woods: Based on the Lionsgate movie, visitors will tour a seemingly innocent rustic cabin, but what lies behind each door is not so pure Saw Alive: The Maze: Another Lionsgate special, visitors will come face to face with the sadistic Billy puppet and face his nightmarish games And one paid for scare experience, Containment, where guests must escape the horror under timed conditions (£10 per person).

As part of the Park’s birthday celebrations, roaming scare actors will be unleashed on the Park after 6pm, so the scares will continue outside the mazes. Guests can choose which characters arrive at the Park by voting on Thorpe Park’s Facebook page. They can choose from a selection of frightful fiends who have graced Fright Nights mazes over the past 15 years, and bring them back to the Park for one last scare.

In addition to the Resort’s Fright Nights attractions, the Park’s flagship rollercoasters will be open until late too including Stealth, Colossus, Saw-The Ride, Nemesis and SWARM.

Tickets prices start at £29.99 and you can book here: Thorpepark.com.

Fright Nights start on October 7 and run through 7-9, 14-16, and 21-31 October Park opening times are 10am to 10pm, Fright Night attractions open at 3pm The Park says Fright Nights may be too intense for young children and are not recommended for anyone under the age of 13.