Freaky Folks and Fired-Up Fawkes
So we’re now officially into Halloween, with many theme parks and scare attractions holding festivals and one-off nights to celebrate. Sadly the main theme park season is gradually coming to a close, leaving many adrenaline junkies stuck at home dreaming of their next rollercoaster fix. However, there’s still some explosive events around the corner with Bonfire Night drawing near.
Halloween at the Beach
With most big Halloween-themed attractions in full swing, don’t forget about the amusement parks getting spooky just for the scariest day of the year.
Both the British Pleasure Beaches are holding one-day Halloween event this year. Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach will host a ‘Halloween Spectacular’ on Wednesday 31st October, with a number of spooky activities in store at the free entry amusement park. Guests can have a go at pumpkin carving, a cauldron lucky dip, or participate in the ‘Pumpkin Trail’ for a chance to win a VIP ticket (wristbands, ride photos, golf and Segway usage included) for the family.
Of note however is that the park truly sparkles at night – a visit is definitely worth it if only for the fantastic 10pm closing time. On the other coast, Blackpool Pleasure Beach will be getting its rock on with a number of local bands and roaming actors.
Whilst their Vampire Beach event doesn’t as yet have any seasonal scare mazes, this small one-night promotion does have potential for future years. Further up the shore, Blackpool’s Coral Island has recently upgraded their Ghost Train with a new pirate theme and scenery. Definitely worth a visit this Halloween!
As soon as the scare season comes to a close, the distinct smell of gunpowder will appear on the horizon. A number of parks operated by Merlin Entertainments draw in huge crowds with a fireworks event portfolio each year. Alton Towers’ Fireworks often bring the park to near capacity, resulting in external catering vans and extended ride time after each extravagant display. Want a preview? Here is our video of last year’s fantabulous display.
Merlin Annual Passholders wishing to visit Legoland Windsor for their ‘LEGO Monster Fighters’ display are recommended to pre-book their interest through the park’s website in order to avoid disappointment. After dropping a fire engine into water last year, Thorpe Park are also promising their biggest display to date.
After the popularity of last year’s fireworks, Lightwater Valley have created a new event for the 2012 season – Nightwater Valley. Taking place over the park on the weekend of 11th & 12th November, both nights at the park will end in spectacular style. You can see last year’s display on our YouTube channel here.
With so much on offer, how will you finish the theme park season with a bang?