Dear Mummy, we had the spooky pleasure of visiting Paultons Park for their Halloween event. We’ve been many times before and it certainly is a park for all seasons and never disappoints. It’s great for young families and hosts an immersive Halloween experience for all.
Our favourite season has to be Halloween at the Paultons Park purely because of the wonderful decorations and extra entertainment they have on. With eerie music to help set the scene and wonderful photo opportunities it makes a great alternative to pumpkin picking in order to grab that fun pumpkin photo and get all spooky.
Every year the Paultons team fully immerse themselves in everything spooky and creepy. We were really impressed with thousands of pumpkins on site (apparently there all over 2,000) which are used to decorate and add an orange autumnal colour. Along with wheat sheafs and sunflowers, clever planting and large props – its magical for kids.
It’s a lovely sight walking through the gates and being greeted by mischievous characters like Pickles the Pumpkin and the Creepy Gatekeeper. There were also plenty of photo opportunities for families with loads of meet and greets, carts and hay bales dotted around filled with pumpkins ready for Insta-worthy photos.
We enjoyed watching the new theatrical Legend of Paultons Manor show with an all-singing, all-dancing cast bringing laughter and pantomime to a young audience. With slap stick comedy and audience participation it really was a fun show as we joined an elite team of Ghost Hunters called the Spirit Squad as they tried to help Pickles the Pumpkin track down the Creepy Gatekeeper, who was spoiling all the fun.
We mainly hung out at the show stage and Big Boo Barn taking full advantage of the extra entertainment on offer. The weather was glorious and the bright blue sky really made the orange pumpkins pop! The Big Boo Barn was brand new for 2018 and we walked around a spooky farmyard and loved the Halloween characters Cornelius Corn and Professor Pumpkin, as they told knock-knock jokes. Big Boo Barn was a fun walk through experience, with all the traits of a ghost train but not as scary for us little ones. We enjoyed listening to the pumpkins telling jokes and the animatronic vegetables on their patch singing.
There was also a little monsters ball at the end of the day as kids were encouraged to dress in their spookiest attire for the Freaky Fancy Dress Competition, where all participants had the chance to win prizes.
Watch our vlog above to see Paultons Park in all its Halloween glory!
I also liked jumping out and scaring my folks in the numerous giant pumpkins, cauldrons and witches houses dotted around. It really helped me get into the Halloween spirit.
Paultons really went to town on the theme and even though it was half term it never seem crowded or the queues ridiculously long. Team members were dressed up as witches and ghouls, as always they were friendly, approachable and welcoming.
Some of the rides, like the carousel were adored with spooky decorations. In the autumn sunshine it really was a great way to relax at half term, as a lot of people were sat having picnics on the grass when we visited. With late night openings too, people had a chance to visit the park in the evenings which must have been magical too. We would have loved to have seen it at night with all the twinkling lights.
The whole park was open during the Halloween event which also gave visitors the chance to explore Peppa Pig World, Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek, the gardens and the main park and Little Africa. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do at Paultons including; big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainments and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland.
Even Peppa Pig and friends got in on the Halloween action, with spooky limited edition t-shirts available to buy in the gift shop. What would have been nice is if Paultons had laid on spooky snacks (toffee apples and Halloween shaped food) and more traditional games on the show stage like apple bobbing.
This Halloween event is on until the 5th November 2018 with their Christmas event starting on 24th November 2018 until 23rd December 2018. Santa’s Grotto is available to book 9:30 – 17:15 on selected days throughout November and December. There is limited capacity so book early to avoid disappointment. Visit Paultons Park website for more details.
We had a wonderful day and I’m sure we’ll be back next year! Events at Paultons just keep getting better and better.
Love Bella x
Disclosure: We were invited to Paultons Park to join in with their Spooky festivities in order to review. All ‘boos’ and ‘cackles’ are our own x