It used to be a simple task of dressing up and going door to door for treats, but this Halloween, some of the UK’s biggest theme parks have decided to get in on the holiday action. From roller-coaster rides, scary creatures, mystery mazes and spooky challenges, if you love Halloween and being frightened witless, then have a look at our pick of the theme parks:
Alton Towers have literally something for everyone this Halloween, with spectacular thrilling roller-coaster rides, terrifying scare mazes which, if you are brave enough you can wander around in the dark, and, if you want to experience even more, you can even stay in one of their fantastically themed Trick or Treat rooms at the Alton Towers Hotel. You’ll find witches broomsticks and pumpkin bean bags provided, and the room is chock full of hidden prizes… or forfeits!
Family tickets from just £29.70 per person.
From Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November, London Zoo is open with a Halloween-themed spooky schedule of special events. Visit the Curiosity Shop of Horrors, complete with the mysterious shop attendant whilst owls fly above. There is a daily Animals in Action show, where you can meet a whole host of creepy creatures, and younger visitors can listen to some truly scary tales, or get involved themselves with creepy crafts and cupcake decorating and the chance to win a prize for designing their own scary beasts.
Adult tickets start from £16.13 with a 25% discount for Children from £11.99.
Chessington Theme Park
The witches and naughty goblins have taken over Chessington Theme Park, between Saturday 19th October – Sunday 3rd November, so expect spooky frights and delights! You can take an interactive walk through the Transylvanian village of Black Hollow and meet Count Dracula, or solve the mystery of what happened to a famous explorer, as you journey through Hocus Pocus Hall. Or how about a slapstick Halloween show for the whole family to enjoy? There are of course all the typical hair-raising roller coasters, including Vampire, Kobra and Dragon’s Fury.
Family of Four-Two Day Ticket start from £144.
Gullivers Land – Milton Keynes
The spooky Halloween fun starts at Gullivers Land from Saturday October 26 to Sunday November 3, with a Halloween themed fancy dress party, trick and treat trail, Gilly’s trick or treat challenge, Percy’s Pumpkin Patch Olympics and Ellie’s Halloween Crafty Corner. And if you need to know which events are family based, or for the really brave, all attractions are divided into suitable for all the family, or really scary, so parents can choose which ones are appropriate for their children. Adult and child tickets start from £22.50 pp.
There are spooky happenings taking place all across Lightwater theme park, from 31st October until 2nd November, there’s Project Ultimus, new for 2013, a terrifying live action horror maze, or you can try to get past the ghoulish residents in the fairground graveyard, or visit the trick and treat doors where the witches are waiting for you. There are also wizard magicians performing spooktacular illusions, or you can walk through Eagle Creep Farm, visit the terrifying scare zones, or dance to the fabulous Halloween live band.
Adult tickets from £28.