We were recently invited to preview some of the spooky attractions at Chessington World of Adventures for “Howl’o’ween” 2017. This year Chessington has a variety of different Halloween attractions on offer including Creepy Caves Unearthed, billed as their scariest attraction yet. Creepy Caves Unearthed is recommended for adventurers aged 10 and over so my girls were too young to try it out. However, we did manage to enjoy a few spooky attractions aimed at younger children.
The girls dressed in their Halloween costumes for our spooky evening. Jessica was a colourful witch and Sophie was Batgirl. We started off our evening in the Temple Bar where we enjoyed some non-alcoholic cocktails and canapés while waiting for go into the theme park. The girls also got to meet a skunk and a couple of the owls from the zoo while they were waiting. Sophie especially loved the owls and asked me if we could get a pet owl. Something to consider if her letter from Hogwarts comes through in a few years’ time, perhaps?
The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure is the girls’ favourite ride at Chessington. They were very happy that it was open for the evening and we headed there first. We might have been on the ride a few times now, but the girls are always just as fascinated by seeing the story unfold in front of them each time. Best of all, we were able to stay on the boat and go around again!
It was dark by the time we finished on the Gruffalo Ride. We ventured over to the Trick or Treat Wood to see what, or who, we would encounter along the way. A mysterious character met us at the entrance to the wood. He reminded me of the Child Catcher in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and was guarding the entrance to the two paths through the woods. Would we take the Trick path or the Treat one?
The Treat one was chosen and we made our way through the woods, encountering fairies and pixies along the way. Sophie loved it and wanted to go back in. Jessica had found it a little scary though and didn’t want to return. It was probably a good job that we’d gone for the Treat path rather than the Trick one.
Our next stop was Hocus Pocus Hall. We hadn’t tried this attraction on our previous visits to Chessington. We entered the hall and made our way through the rooms, encountering goblins along the way. I loved the bridge which felt as though it was turning and twisting as we crossed it. I also liked the enchanted garden mirror maze. The girls weren’t quite so keen though!
Jessica and Sophie were a little spooked out at this point. We headed to the SEA LIFE centre to look at the fish for a while. They loved spotting jellyfish and rays, and finding Dory. The highlight of the visit for them though was the rockpool. They loved being able to put their hands in the water and have the cleaner shrimp come and clean their fingers.
We finished off our evening of Howl’o’ween fun with the fancy dress competition followed by some spooky storytelling. Jessica and Sophie loved seeing the Room on the Broom story being acted out on the stage and posing for a photo afterwards with the witch.
We had a fun evening and enjoyed getting to try out some of the Howl’o’ween attractions. Sophie loved it so much she was quite upset when it was time to go home. We have annual passes though so can always go back again during half-term.
Howl’o’ween 2017 is open at Chessington World of Adventures from 20th – 31st October, 10am – 8pm. There is an additional charge for tickets for the Creepy Caves Unearthed attraction.
I was invited to the Howl’o’ween preview event through being a Chessington Blogger Ambassador. I was given a Chessington Annual Pass to do this review with my family and I was not paid to do this post. If anyone would like to confirm any details in the post, please email firstname.lastname@example.org