Chessington World Of Adventures knows how to do Halloween and they haven’t failed to disappoint this year with yet another spectacular Howl’O’Ween.
Last week we were invited along to a special preview evening to find out exactly what they have in store for everyone this year.
The evening kicked off with some scrummy nibbles and lots of Grufflo punch whilst the children got the chance to get up close to some super cute animals that put a smile to Izzy’s face.
All fed and watered we headed out to the park to see all the new halloween attractions and get to try out a selection of the rides in the dark that the older two were extremely excited about.
First up was Creepy Caves Unearthed which didn’t really go to plan for us! We were warned that this attraction held a three bat rating which meant it wouldn’t be suitable for the youngest two which didn’t go down well at all and they kicked up stink about any of going in if they couldn’t!
The caves take you through the quarantined zoo area in which zoo keepers have mysteriously gone missing and some very strange things are happing. With strobe lights, smoke machines, dark spaces and loud noises this one is certainly not for the faint hearted and certainly one I would have tried if I hadn’t have been solo parenting.
To sweeten the little ones up we took a walk through the Trick or Treat Wood. This has been a favourite for us in past years and it didn’t disappoint this time round.
You are taken to the beginning of the wood where you have the chance to choose the trick or the treat pathway. Each pathway is dotted with ghostly goblins and cute fairies that get you to answers all kinds of tricks and riddles on your journey.
We went for the trick pathway this year and got more than a couple of frights along the way.
Another familiar attraction is the Curse Of The Lost Tomb that draws you in to find out the mystery of the maze inside if you are brave enough to give it a go.
All spooked out we had to have a ride around on our favourite attraction in the park – The Gruffalo. Oscar was over the moon to be able to have not one, but three rides in concession without leaving the boat. It is honestly such a magical ride that completely captives my youngest two and although he wouldn’t admit it is loved by my teen.
Next up was the Vampire which was made extra special by being riden in the dark. Oscar and Frankie loved watching it fly through the sky in the dark of night while Izzy and Archie were thrilled and claimed it was ‘one hundred time cooler in the dark.’
It was now time for something a little tamer and the attraction I had been looking forward to all night…Room On The Broom Spooky Story Time.
We grabbed a scrumptious hot chocolate and some delectable warm doughnuts and took to our seats on the little wooden benches in front of the outdoor stage.
Being outside really added to the fun and was the perfect setting for a spooky story.
The familiar story of Room On The Broom from the talented Julia Donaldson an Alex Scheffler was bought to life in front of our eyes with the vivacious characters that interacted with the children and made sure there was plenty of audience participation throughout.
The evening was rounded off with a meet and greet with the witch herself which absolutely made Oscar’s evening.
Chessington World Of Adventures have done it again and created a halloween event that will please anyone from 1-100 which is something that is lacking at so many other attractions.
From the thrills and spills of riding in the dark and heart in mouth comments to super sweet story sessions and the softer side of halloween we enjoyed every moment and its certainly somewhere to put on your list this half term.
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