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.


  

  

We Made It To The Pumpkin Fields

By the end of this week you will all be fed up with my feed as this is one of my favourite times of the year and I try to cram as many Halloween related trips into the half term as I can!

If you have read my previous post on Priory Farm you will know that I had got the wrong day for picking so on Sunday we headed to Garsons Farm in Esher to pick out our favourite pumpkins.

  

After several split and misshapen pumpkins were selected by the kids and then rejected by me we got one that was just perfect.

   

  

  

 

It’s so much fun to be able to show the children how they are grown and cost no one than buying one from your local supermarket.

   

 

We popped over to the other field and got ourselves some juicy sweetcorn which is something that none of us had ever picked before.

   
 

As well as the pumpkins and corn Garsons has a huge selection of other things to pick from apples to marrows and even strawberries!

Once you are done with your picking you can take a look around the huge garden centre and coffee shop or pick yourself up some scrummy food in the well stocked farm shop.  The cheese straws from the bakery section come highly recommended from us.

This week if you chose to visit you might be able to spot the Pumpkin Fairy flying around whist your there!
  

Haunted Halloween At Priory Farm

  

Today didn’t go quite as planned.  We set off today to have a tractor ride to pick our own pumpkins at Priory Farm but due to my poor organisation skills we were a week late!!

This was not a problem as there was so much to keep us occupied we soon forgot about it.

One of the best features that Priory Farm has to offer is the discovery walk that has a spooky twist in it at this time of year.  The children can collect their quiz sheet at the kiosk and work their way round the walk answering questions and exploring everything it has to offer.

   
   

Their are pumpkins hanging in trees to count, broomsticks hiding in the orchard and spiders lurking in the woods that all need hunting out.

   
     

As well as the spooky quiz there are tunnels to explore and plenty of hungry fish to feed.

   
   

As our trip was originally to collect our pumpkins a trip to the Witches Cave was a must.  There was a creepy tunnel to walk through and hundreds of different pumpkins to choose from.

   
         

We rounded off our day with a trip to the coffee shop where we had the most wonderful homemade cake whilst the kids got on with some Halloween themed colouring.

  

All the Halloween fun will be going on over the half term and I highly recommend a visit with your little devils.

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.