Zombies to invade Screamfest this Halloween

By Rebecca Sayce | Staffordshire | Attractions | Published:

Staffordshire-based Screamfest has unveiled its newest scare attraction.

Screamfest 2019 - Hillbilly Joe's Zombee Zoo

Hillbilly Joe’s Zombee Zoo, one of five scare attractions at Screamfest, is based on American road trip ‘tourist’ attractions – housing its own unique café and gift shop.

The new scare attraction includes a zombie basketball game, complete with cheerleaders, a zombie wedding and a zombie Santa in his grotto.

Ivor Robinson, one of the two brothers who own National Forest Adventure Farm, said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve and update Screamfest, and give our customers something new and different to enjoy or endure.

"Our aim is to make Screamfest a great night out, filled with screams and laughter, and our new scare attraction, Hillbilly Joe’s Zombee Zoo, will be a brilliant addition.

“Our creative team has excelled itself this year and we love the whole concept; we know that fans of Screamfest will love it, too.

Screamfest 2019 - Hillbilly Joe's Zombee Zoo

"I don’t want to give too much away about it, but be prepared: all is not what it seems when the loveable Hillbilly Joe takes you round his Zombee Zoo.”


Hillbilly Joe’s Zombee Zoo is just one of five uniquely themed and terrifying scare attractions at Screamfest, which takes place over 15 nights in October and November.

Fan favourites from previous years will also return, including Insomnia, Freak Out, Love Hurts, and maize maze-based Dia de los Muertos.

Screamfest 2019 - Hillbilly Joe's Zombee Zoo

New for 2019, to heighten the Halloween festival atmosphere, will be fairground rides, new sideshow and extreme performers, street theatre with performers including stilt walkers and fire jugglers, as well as food and drink stalls.


At the finale of the Halloween extravaganza on Saturday, November 2, visitors will also enjoy a fireworks display.

Following last year’s success, Screamfest is also reprising the Facebook Live challenge Cage Fright Live on Thursday, October 3.

Screamfest 2019 - Hillbilly Joe's Zombee Zoo

Unsuspecting volunteers will enter the cage and the audience watching live on Facebook will decide which scare they receive.

Last year, Screamfest saw record visitor numbers, with 22,000 brave souls enjoying the event. Discounted early-bird tickets for this year’s event went on sale in July and people are already snapping them up.

The night-time attraction starts on Thursday, October 10, and will be open for 15 selected dates until Saturday, November 2.

Screamfest 2019 - Hillbilly Joe's Zombee Zoo

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Rebecca Sayce

By Rebecca Sayce

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