Witches and wizards, creatures of the night and spooky animal tales; read our pick of the best places to visit to keep your little horrors entertained this Halloween and half-term holiday …
Head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for hairy, but not too scary, Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo this October half-term from Saturday 19th to Thursday 31st of October.
Create devilishly delicious treats for the zoo’s animals to enjoy at Ghoul School, as well as creepy crafts, menacing masks and petrifying pumpkins. Fearsome face painters will transform little monsters into black cats, spiders and other Halloween creatures, with fun-filled game Poo at the Zoo matching animals to their foul creations.
Enjoy terrifying talks and devilish demonstrations, plus go on a mini-safari drive through the Extinct Species Graveyard before little ones settle down for a monstrously good tale at Boo at the Zoo Storytime.
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There’s some frighteningly good family fun in store for wannabe witches and wizards every October weekend and throughout the half-term holiday at the Tropical Butterfly House, near Sheffield.
Youngsters can follow a new magical activity trail around the wildlife park to discover which wonderfully wizardry animal house they belong to; could it be Parrotclaw, Stripeyfluff, Scurryin or Vulturedor based on their amazing animal attributes? Try your hand at broomstick training and dare to dabble in a potion class in the woodland witch’s cabin before graduating with hauntingly good honours. The witches and wizards trail is open every day from Saturday 26 October until Sunday 3rd of November.
Spooky storytelling and tractor-trailer rides, plus spellbinding free-flying bird and animal shows from friends including owls, rats, a skunk and a vulture will also be on offer. For more information on visiting go to www.butterflyhouse.co.uk
Throughout the half-term holiday and Halloween, visitors to Monkey World in Dorset will get the chance to learn all about charismatic creatures of the night, the slow loris.
Not only are these primates nocturnal, with heightened senses to enable them to negotiate the dark forest, but they are also able to deliver a toxic bite! Visit the spook station by the loris house to test your senses against these night-loving animals, take part in terrifying trails and creepy crafts – plus on October 31st kids in full Halloween fancy dress get into Monkey World for free, with a prize on offer for the best costume. For more information go to www.monkeyworld.org
ZSL London Zoo promises a week of frightful fun this October half term with an array of boo-rilliant activities from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th of October 2019.
Daring visitors can embark on a Grim Keepers tour exploring the gruesome side of the animal kingdom and zookeepers world, before testing their bravery with a series of fun challenges. Take the perfect Halloween family picture at the Pumpkin Patch, listen to spooky stories on how nature bites back with Halloween-themed animal talks, plus enjoy creepy arts and crafts and fiendishly fun face painting.
Fearsome visitors can also encounter some of the animals most famous for haunting Halloween. Step into the eight-legged world of In with the Spiders – complete with giant webs! – or for the super daring why not come face-to-face with Malagasy giant jumping rats and Rodrigues fruit bats in their rainforest habitat.
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Join West Midland Safari Park from 19th October until 3rd of November for a Spooky Spectacular with a Witches and Wizards theme.
Encounter brand-new characters on an interactive trail, as witches and wizards call on visitors to help them find the missing ingredients for their magical potion. Journey around the Discovery Trail, picking up clues as you go, for a chance to win a prize on completion.
Brimming with Halloween decorations, illuminated scarecrows and hundreds of pumpkins, visitors will be able to enjoy West Midland Safari Park’s Spooky Spectacular event until 9pm on weekends and during the half-term holiday. To find out more and to book tickets go to www.wmsp.co.uk
Main image: Ring-tailed lemur at ZSL Whipsnade (ZSL)