HALLOWEEN is just over a month away and theme parks everywhere will be adding extra spooky elements in order to scare their guests.
Here’s how some of the best-loved parks are planning to spook their visitors this year.
From Saturday, October 15, Chessington World of Adventures will be hosting its Howl’o’ween event, which sees the return of some family favourites, as well as some new attractions and activities.
The Witches of Adventure Point will be back again this year casting spells all over the park, as well as Wilf the Werewolf, who is joined by Violet the Vampire Bat in their show The Misadventures of Wilf & Violet.
At the newly-opened Shipwreck Coast land, guests have to avoid Broady’s Band of Brigands to help the Mayor of Shipwreck Coast, whose prized fish has gone missing.
And the award-winning scare maze, Creepy Caves returns for its final year, along with a new show called Trick or Treat Live and a daily costume competition.
Tickets start from £36 per person, with pre-booking essential – children under the age of three get in for free.
This year marks the 21st year that Thorpe Park has held its Fright Nights celebration.
Fright Nights runs from September 30 until October 31, but the park is closed on selected days so check the website for details.
Fright nights tickets are available from £39.
Legoland‘s Brick or Treat celebration takes place throughout October, and includes a new 4D movie ‘The Great Monster Chase!’ featuring a cast of Lego Monsters.
A new live show inspired by the 4D movie will be held at Heartlake City, while the rest of the park receives a Halloween makeover for the month.
Knights Kingdom will be transformed into the Creepy Cobweb Castle, while supersized, joke-telling Lego pumpkin and skeleton heads, bats, mini pumpkins and spiders will decorate the theme park.
Five new costume characters including Monster Rocker, Wolf Guy and Square Foot will be on hand to meet guests and pose for selfies around the resort.
Tickets to the park during the Brick or Treat event are available from £39.
Drayton Manor Park
Drayton Manor‘s new Halloween experiences will be available for guests from October 22–30, including their after-dark scare experience.
The Castle of Spooks offers a 15-minute walk-around experience with a range of activities, like scary stories and sing-a-longs to classic trick-or-treating with special Halloween characters.
Thomas The Tank engine fans can discover the Island of Sodor, decorated with pumpkins, cobwebs and hay bales and dance along with Sir Topham Hatt himself during daily live performances.
On selected evenings the Castle of Screams will provide an immersive 15-minute walk in the dark, and to round off the week, Drayton Manor’s fireworks spook-tacular will take place on Friday, October 30.
Ticket prices start from £24, and £19 for annual pass holders, while under twos go free.
New for 2022 is the Lakeside Cemetery, during which a friendly funeral director will guide you into a burial chamber to choose your final resting place.
Guests can also experience the The Attic: Terror of the Towers, the Darkest Depths, Altonville Mine Tours, the Alton Towers dungeons, the Garden Lights Walk and the Alton Ancestors – ghoulish characters who once used to roam the grounds of the park.
There will also be rides in the dark, adding an extra thrilling element to the park’s roller coasters.
Scarefest day passes are available from £42.
Disneyland‘s Halloween festival runs from October 1 – November 6 and will see the theme park undergo a spooky transformation, including pumpkins, skeletons, lanterns and more.
“Mickey’s Halloween Celebration” will be back for the first time in two years, with Halloween parties taking place on October 29 and 31, with celebrations starting at 8pm until 2am.
During the parties, some areas of the Disneyland Park will be immersed in a terrifying atmosphere with many creatures, strange zombies and ghostly encounters.
At midnight, guests can experience scary moments on Main Street as mysterious spirits will take over while the “Nightfall with Disney Villains” will see Disney villains coming out of the shadows and temporarily taking over the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Disney lovers will be able to purchase exclusive souvenirs dedicated to Disney Villains and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
There will also be new treats for the occasion, including a Maleficent Sundae, Mickey Mummy lollipop and selected cocktails and mocktails.
Tickets for the park during the Halloween festival are available from £55.52 for adults and £51.04 for children.
Universal Orlando Resort Florida
Universal‘s Halloween celebrations have already begun, with their Halloween horror nights taking place Wednesday until Sunday every week until October 31.
Guests will have access to 10 haunted houses, five scare zones, two live shows and some of Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting attractions.
Themed food, drink and merchandise will all be available, while
Day tickets cost $79.99 (£70.55) per person.
Legoland has offers for overnight stays at the park during their halloween month.
Disneyland also has deals available for both Halloween and Christmas visits.