Are you still undecided as to where to spend Halloween on Tuesday? Perhaps you’re home from uni and fancy spending quality time with your family? If so, then why not hit Chessington World of Adventures? As both my sister and I were home from uni on Saturday (and alongside our parents are massive kidults at heart) we decided on a family day out to our favourite childhood theme park.
New to the park for Halloween this year is the ‘Creepy Caves’ attraction. We booked this in advance for only an extra £4 on top of the park entrance fee, but tickets can be bought on the day for £6. The attraction took the form of a sort of guided tour of a secret underground lab harbouring toxic contents, lead by an eccentric scientist. After a gentle introduction, things suddenly take a frightening turn when alarms ring and lights flash alerting everyone that the lab has been contaminated and must be evacuated immediately. Naturally, it wouldn’t be that easy- the only way to get back to ground level is to venture through the derelict, very much inhabited cave.
What follows is sheer panic; the journey to sunlight is prolonged by blinding flashing lights, smoke and terrifying zombie-like figures who quite literally appear from nowhere and get right up, screaming in your face (let’s just say you could smell what the actors had had for lunch).
So what was the experience like? Chessington suggests ‘Creepy Caves’ is suitable for ages 10+, but considering myself (20) and sister (19) were scared out of our wits, I’d beg to disagree. Yes, we are both on the faint-hearted side! I would still argue that the attraction would be better suited to a 12+ individual.
All the other rides succeeded in providing their usual thrill. The park also made a special effort to heighten the spooky atmosphere by going to town with decorations. Skeletons hung from buildings, actors roamed around in character and the usually beautiful fountains ran with fake blood! All in all, I would definitely recommend getting your family tickets for Chessington World of Adventures this Tuesday… but beware: though it may seem a ‘kids’ attraction, ‘Creepy Caves’ is NOT for those with a nervous disposition. That being said, I personally really enjoyed the experience.
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