Halloween Horrors beside seaside

Published: 15 October 2023
Reporter: David Upton

Taking aim in Blackpool

Circus of Horrors makes a return to Blackpool Pleasure Beach October 26–31 for Halloween.

The Haunted Fairground is the last show designed by its creator and ringmaster John Hayes Mabley, who has died of cancer.

Set in a decrepit fairground, there are family-friendly 4PM matinées besides 8PM evening shows.

It features bizarre circus acts, a sinister story and the darkest of magic all performed to an original rock score written by show founder ‘Dr Haze’.

John was born in a circus but brought up in Lancashire and lived on Avenham Road in Preston.

“He never forgot his Lancashire roots regularly visiting old school friends and passionately supporting Preston North End whenever he could,” said Asia Sawicka, appointed show director in 2020.

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