My kids love Chessington World of Adventures. And luckily we only live about 20 minutes away. It is a great theme park, plus the zoo and Sea Life centre make it a full day out. So we were thrilled to be invited to a preview evening of Howloween last week at Chessington. Besides all the cool pumpkins dotted about, there are two special Halloween attractions - Trick or Treat Wood and Curse of the Lost Tomb.
Trick or Treat Wood is lovely. You take one of two paths - trick or treat. The paths are filled with fairies and goblins and it felt quite magical in the dark. The trick path made Moozles give a yelp. But she loved the treat path. As for Curse of the Lost Tomb, this spooky maze is aimed at children eight and over. Moozles is 7 1/2 and insisted she would be fine, and I let her go in against my better judgment (she is known in our family for being a scaredy cat). She did fine until the end (there were tears).
Howloween is on until the 2nd November, and Chessington is open until 8pm until then. This means you can enjoy rides and attractions all day and even when it is dark. But if you're a scaredy cat, you can still enjoy all the fun things that Chessington has to offer.
Rides: Now that Moozles is over 1.20m tall, she can go on most of the rides. Dubz is about 1.0m tall so he can ride about half the rides. Moozles' favourite rides are Dragon's Fury, Scorpion Express and Seastorm. Dubz loves Seastorm, Tuk Tuk Turmoil and Flying Jumbos. Zufari is a ride that is also a safari ride, so you get to see giraffes, zebras and a rhino whilst having a little adventure. If you hop onto the Chessington website, under the theme park listing, you can display the rides by thrill rating. The scarier rides are at the top, so you know which ones to run to or from.
Zoo: There are a plethora of animals, including tigers, gorillas, penguins, monkeys and lemurs. And there are even Californian sea lions, so I wasn't the only Californian there. And though not in the zoo section, there is a petting zoo of farmyard animals.
Sea Life: Besides underwater creatures, you will find a rock pool and feeding sessions. The walkthrough ocean tunnel is great and kids love feeling like they're under the sea.
There is so much to do at Chessington, so don't feel bad if you don't do everything in just one day (it's a good excuse to go back). Or if you stay at the Chessington resort hotels, you can visit over two days. We had so much fun at Howloween at Chessington. We're looking forward to another visit again soon!
We were invited to a sneak preview of Howloween and to spend a further day at Chessington for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.