HOWL’O’WEEN at Chessington

We have Merlin Annual passes and over the half term holidays we had planned to visit to Chessington, Legoland and Thorpe Park during the week but illness conspired against us and we were confined to home for four days.

By Saturday it was clear that everyone was on the mend but we had tickets to a local Halloween event so decided we would head to Chessington on the Sunday. There was a “yellow cloud of doom” weather warning for fog, but we were confident it would burn off by lunch time – it didn’t but that really added to the atmosphere.

We arrived at 11am and the first thing we spotted was Trick or Treat Wood. We walked straight in and was quickly met with a strange gentleman that blocked our path. It was here the path split into two and he had to decide who to send down which path. The rowdy older children that raced in behind us were sent down the “trick” path but he decided we were good and should take the “treat” path. Here we met the good fairy who we helped to make invisible fairy dust and faun who taught us a very special dance before walking past the bewitching tree to earn our treat. Each children got a packet of Bear fruit snacks.


As we emerged from the trick or treat wood we spotted a commotion going on in the water and headed over to see what was going on. The Sealions were racing about, performing tricks and it was almost time for their show, so we hung around to see it. The show had a Halloween theme and it was brilliant fun watching the Sealions hiding behind their flippers and leaping out of the water.


Just by Sealion bay are the Creepy Caves where the kids spotted reptiles, snakes and creepy crawlies, including pythons, tarantulas, frogs and even caterpillars!


The kids loved spotting all the animals so we continued around the zoo and were quite surprised that all the animals were out in the dreary weather. We headed into the Sealife area too, which we haven’t been to at Chessington before and was pleasantly surprised by the size of it.


There is a brand new walk-through enclosure to see the Penguins but sadly they were not interested in coming over to say hello, so we headed over to the petting area instead.


Possibly the kids favourite part of the zoo was the AMAZU Treetop Adventure where they got play amongst real life monkeys and other amazing animals as they followed the adventure trail. It was quite un-nerving having a Saki jump over your head though.


The live show ‘Operation Cheesy Dibbles’ was also a huge success and had the kids up and dancing along with their favourite Penguin characters. Isaac was also brave enough to feed the Rainbow Lorikeets although they weren’t very interested in food because of the weather.


I think this is the first time we have ever been to a theme park and not done any of the big rides. I had wanted to do Dragon’s Fury but one look watching the whole track wobble as the car went around put even Kian off from wanting to try it. We did however do some of the smaller kids rides.


We did find some of the rides were closed that we may have tried, such as Tomb Blaster however it didn’t spoil the day and everything we went on had no queues at all.

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16 thoughts on “HOWL’O’WEEN at Chessington

  1. Genius!
    I never actually thought about going to a theme park for Halloween.
    Defo taking Hayden here next year – He would LOVE it.
    Thanks sugar, brilliant post. Love the skeleton costume
    Charlotte x
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  2. It looks like such a brilliant day out. We keep saying we must visit Chessington, but have yet to do so – you’ve pushed it back up my list!
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  3. Erica Price says:

    I’ve never been to a theme park at Halloween, but I can imagine it is a lot of fun. I’m sure being misty would add to it too.
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  4. Sonya Cisco says:

    Glad you had a great day after your disappointments the day before x
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  5. Jen says:

    You are so lucky to live close enough to visit. My boys are desperate to visit and would love the Madagascar penguin show
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  6. Sonia says:

    Looks like a great day out, I’d love to go to Chessington x
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  7. Mari says:

    I had such a bad experience at Chessington the last time I visited with the girls it put me right off but it does look like you had a great day – lucky you 🙂
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  8. We went along to Chessington this Halloween and had a fantastic time too!!
    There is just so much there you ready need a couple of days to get it all done don’t you #countrykids
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  9. Sarah Bailey says:

    I used to love Chessington as a child and it still looks like such a fun place. x
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  10. What fun day you all had!! I have never been in Chessington before!! It looks amazing! I think I should take my girls there some day. Your photos are lovely! So many things to do!! Lovely decorations. 🙂 xx
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  11. Somewhere I haven’t been for years. Probably should think about taking Monkey next year as we’re not too far away really and looks like a good variety of things to do #CountryKids
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  12. I didn’t know Chessington had so much to offer! We are looking to buy some annual passes in the next few years so I can’t wait to visit. We visited a local theme park over halloween too and I think it’s one of the best times to go as there are extra activities and like you say – zero queues! #countrykids
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  13. Coombe Mill says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never been to Chessington and yet we used to live about 20 minutes away! I think our children were just too young back then. Looks like a wonderful day made special with Halloween. I love the idea of the Trick or Treat route, I’m curious to know what happened to the older kids on the trick route now too, I can see why you didn’t find times for the rides, though presumably with your passes you can go back for those anytime. Kian’s face on the ride made me smile, not wanting to oblige for that photo by any chance? I may have a few of those faces pulled for me at Eden this afternoon by my teens. Thank you for sharing your day with me on Country Kids.

  14. Looks like you had a fab time. The Halloween decorations are brilliant and add a really lovely touch. Even better that you didn’t need to spend long queuing!!
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