Take a break at a Halloween theme park this semester with lots of spooky thrills and cheap accommodation nearby
Britain’s best theme parks will get a spooky Halloween makeover in October, with a range of spooky events and spooky experiences planned.
It’s the perfect excuse for a fun, Halloween-themed family break over the mid-term vacation with more wicked activities than you can shake a stick (or wand) and cheap family accommodation in proximity.
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Chessington World of Adventures’ Howl’o’ween event will take over Surrey Park from October 16-31 with fun characters creating a spooky atmosphere and the return of its award-winning spooky maze.
All around the complex, the Wild Witches of Adventure Point will appear to cast spells and bring frightening creatures to life.
In the Forbidden Kingdom area, ancient Egyptian crocodile god Sobek will offer surprise scares to guests around Chessington’s new Croc Drop ride.
The Spooky Caves: The Spooky Resurgence Maze takes center stage as the park’s main spooky attraction, while for young families, the Forgotten Forest Trail leads visitors into the Magical Woods.
There are also live shows from Wilf the Werewolf and the Wild Witches of Adventure Point daily on the mini stage.
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At Pirate’s Cove, visitors will be entertained by the lost captain, the Black Buccaneer, while around the Vampire Ride, the terrifying Vampire Villagers are sure to make an appearance.
The Chessington Zoo also offers a series of spooky experiences, with the seasonal Pumpkin Chomp and Stomp enrichment activities for animals, and the chance to get your hands on spooky critters and snakes.
Tickets start from £ 37 per person, with free entry for children under three.
Families can book overnight stays at the two themed hotels in the park during Halloween and the mid-October break for prices from £ 372, based on a family of four sharing a standard room.
Alternatively, nearby overnight stays at Premier Inn Chessington start at £ 50.50 in a standard room for a family of four.
- Book your tickets for Chessington World of Adventures Howl’o’ween here
At Alton Towers in Staffordshire, visitors can look forward to even more Halloween fun for the Theme Park’s Special Scarefest, which starts October 8-10 before returning from October 15 through Halloween on the 31st. October.
Along with the new Trick O’Treat Town family attraction, visitors can explore a plethora of spooky mazes, including the Darkest Depths ghost ship and Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers.
Creepy clowns haunt the Maze Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard, while the Dead Governess provides additional scares in The Attic: Terror of the Towers.
Like all places, the park is the spookiest after dark, so the gates will be open until 9 p.m. so guests can experience its attractions at night.
Families looking for a cheap stopover near the resort can find standard family rooms at the Travelodge Stafford M6 for £ 54.99 during school holidays.
- Book your tickets for Alton Towers Scarefest here
Just in time for the October semester, Legoland’s Brick or Treat Halloween Party returns October 14-31.
The family-friendly theme park has plenty of new tricks and treats in store for visitors, overseen by its resident Lord Vampyre, including the Creepy Crypt Trail and Monster Rocker’s fang-tastic Pumpkin Trail and the spooky Lego building.
Lord Vampyre’s own Haunted House Monster Party attraction will be open to families, along with costume contests and special Halloween-themed Lego models that will pop up at the resort.
Brick or Treat tickets cost £ 39 per person and for the spooky nights, Windsor Theme Park extends the Halloween theme to its on-site Castle Hotel, with family packages starting at £ 341 per night.
Affordable stays in nearby Windsor include family rooms at Travelodge Windsor Central from £ 49.99 per night.
- Book your tickets for Legoland’s Brick or Treat Halloween party here
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