Having A Spooktacular Time At Chessington World Of Adventures

Chessington World Of Adventures don’t do things by halves and this years Howl ‘O’ Ween celebrations were as fantastic as always when we visited yesterday.

As soon as you hit the entrance the park is festooned with all kinds of pumpkins and skeletons to get you into the spooky mood.

We usually head to Chessington for the fast rides and thrill and spills they have to offer, but this time we decided on a calmer day where we would just go to enjoy the smaller rides, the animals, the shoes and of course everything they had to offer for Halloween.

Trick Or Treat Wood is always a favourite with all the family as it allows for the element of surprise and is jumpy without being too scary.

We weaved our way through the woods where we were confronted with all kinds of creepy, cute and funny creatures that took us on an adventure to make it through the woods and claim our special treat at the end.

From here Izzy braved the Creepy Caves that saw her escorted through a creepy quarantined area which was extra scary as due to nobody knowing the whereabouts of the missing zoo keeper!

More scares were to come with the Curse Of The Tomb where you need to find your way through the scary maze in search of Genghis Khan’s lost tomb.

This one certainly wasn’t for the faint hearted and I got the wits scare out of me by one of the actors simply popping his head out of the caves!

It was an absolutely freezing day and we were very grateful to be able to warm up for a while in the Sealife Centre that the children all love.

We then made our way to some of the smaller rides such as the flying jumbos, the carousel, adventure tree, tiny truckers and of course Hocus Pocus Hall has to be done at this time of year!

We took a little bit of time out to watch the brilliant Room On A Broom story time they brings the much loved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to life which the children were captivated by and then loved getting the opportunity to meet the witch herself.

Another place we love to visit is the Dragon’s Placehouse where the boys have a whale of a time jumping through the soft play while I get the chance to have five minutes peace and a cheeky muffin in the cafe next door.

We were a little pushed for time and gutted we didn’t get the chance to see the brand new Haunted Howl ‘O’ Ween show which looked like great fun.

There was also a competition running for the best dressed Halloween adventurer.

All the fun is going on until 4th November so don’t miss out!

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Image Of The Week:Carve A Heart

Over with the lovely ladies at Truly Madly Kids the image of the week is all about pumpkins and the wonderful cause raised by World Vision called Carve A Heart.  It would be wonderful if you could all dig deep and text HEART to 70060 and donate £5. 

My pumpkin carving skills are limited to say the least so I have picked one ofmy favourite  pumpkin themed images from our wonderful trip to Chessington World Of Adventure this week.


Howl’o’ween At Chessington World Of Adventure


For me Chessington World Of Adventure and Halloween are the perfect combination.  You get all the fun and thrills of the rides with a bit of spooky fun thrown in too!

When we were asked to come along to preview the two brand new Howl’o’ween attractions that they have on offer I was more exited than the children and couldn’t wait to get there to try them out.

We were lucky enough to have an overnight stay in one of the howl’o’ween themed rooms in the Safari Hotel which was out of this world.

The room had been covered with cobwebs and spiders, the lighting had been changed to red and green and the bed linen and curtains were all following the same spooky theme.


The children were super excited to see all the fabulous decor and were then taken back even more when they opened the curtains to reveal the vastness of the zoo and all the animals wandering around for them to spot.


Before making our way into the park we sampled some wonderful cocktails and mocktails in the temple bar.  The kids felt very grown up to be able to be sample such lovely drinks.



They also got the opportunity to get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies.  Number three was very brave and had a go at holding  huge African land snail.


Full with refreshments we made our ways to the park to The Curse Of The Lost Tomb.  We were told that this attraction was best suited to children over 8.  Mine all wanted to give it a go so we made our way into the tomb guided by the fantastic actors who’s acting ability was outstanding.  Unfortunately I only made it to the first hurdle and had to make a quick exit with the little ones.  My hubby and number two stayed inside and came out full of beans and had found the whole experience great.  They loved that you have no idea what is going to be around the next corner or who was going to make you jump next!

From here we made our way to the Trick Or Treat Wood.  This is sutiable for the whole family and has much less of a scare factor than the Curse Of The Lost Tomb. 


At the start you are given either the trick or the treat route through the wood.  Either way you are guided through a beautifully decorated pathway being stopped by fairies and elves as you go.  Number three got completly wrapped up in the magic of it all and danced along as we went.  At the end there is a healthy treat for the children which ever path you chose.


To end our evening we had a scrummy buffet style meal back at the Temple Bar.  They offer a wide variety of hot and cold food, a seperate children’s section and a favourite for our family which was the self serve ice cream area.

There was plenty of entertainment on offer in the evening but we had had a long day so made our way back to our room to recharge our batteries for the next day.

Bright and early the next day we made our way down to breakfast where we were greated by King Julian before sitting down to a breakfast fit for a King.


There was a massive array of food to chose from and the staff were more than accommodating for my little allergy boy.

The breakfast was made even more perfect by the stunning views we could take in whilst eating.


To round off our trip we went back into the park to spend the day on the rides and look at all the beautiful animals.

Number two and three wanted to head straight to the thrill seeking rides and loved Rameses Revenge and the Black Buccaneer.


The youngest two enjoyed the Bubble Works and the Carosel.  We all loved looking at the big cats and getting up close to the Penguins.


We couldn’t get everything we wanted to do done in the day and there is way to much for me to mention here; so I would suggest you get yourselves along this week and try it out for yourselves.

The Howl’o’ween event runs until the 2nd November and the park is open until 8pm so that you can enjoy the thrills and spills in the dark.


We were asked to come along to preview this event and these are all my own honest opinion.



Spooky Days Out In Surrey

When it comes to Halloween things have got a lot bigger and better since I was a child.  I only have memories of my Mum refusing to let us trick or treat as she saw it as begging and turning the lights off so she didn’t have to answer the door!!

Thankfully she has mellowed as the grandchildren have come along and it is now one of our favourite times of year.

I love to do a few spooky themed activities over the holidays and below are a few of our favourites.

National Trust

For those of you who follow my blog you will know that I am a massive National Trust fan.  They put on cheap, outdoorsy events that never fail to please.

We have visited Morden Hall and Chartwell House in the past and have taken part in spooky bug hunts, pumpkin carving and an array of other fantastic crafts. 



I’m sure that they will not disappoint this year and we will definatly be popping along to see what they have to offer.

Chessington World Of Adventure 

Who wouldn’t love an adrenaline filled day out with some super scary activities thrown in.

We have visited Chessington World Of Adventure both during the day and stayed on for the later session and both have been fantastic.

For us it covers all ages and the scare factor can be as much or as little as you like.  

I love the spooky walkways that you are guided through by wonderful actors and who would want too miss out on a thrilling ride on the Vampire at the spookiest time of year.


The whole theme park is decorated wonderfully and it looks like this year is going to top them all with the addition of the Trick Or Treat Woods and The Curse Of The Lost Tomb Maze.

Priory Farm

Priory Farm is a must for those of you with younger children who want to join in with the celebrations without to much of the fear factor.

You can take a walk around the discovery walk answering the quiz questions as you go and stopping at the end to collect your prize, hop onboard the tractor to go and collect your perfect pumpkin or pop into the witches cave to find even more pumpkins and a nifty kit to help your create your masterpiece.


Another non Halloween perk of Priory Farm is their wonderful cafe.  I can safely say that they offer the best farm shop food I’ve ever had!!

Garsons Farm

Last year was the first year we picked our own pumpkins and it will now be a yearly tradition.  We all loved trapsing through the filed trying to find the biggest and roundest pumpkins we could.

Garson Farm had a great selection in the fields or if you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty then they have a massive selection in their wonderful garden centre and farm shop.

We didn’t take part in any of their activities but they have a great colouring competition, cupcake decorating and goul and ghost hunt all overseen by beautiful magical princess that will be floating around for the children to say hi to.


I hope I have given you all a few ideas here.  Please let me know if you give any of these places a try as I would love to hear your thoughts.