Spook-tacular fun at Flamingo Land

Lemurs getting a taste for pumpkin at Flamingo Land.
Lemurs getting a taste for pumpkin at Flamingo Land.

Autumn is well and truly upon us, and at Flamingo Land that means one thing – Halloween is fast

approaching! To make sure you get the most from the last days of the 2014 season, we’re putting on a spook-tacular nine-day celebration of Halloween from October 25.

Our brand new outdoor stage at Riverside One, 2014’s major development, will be hosting a Carnival of Horrors live show every evening! But first, why not visit Flamingo Land’s very own Witch & Wizard in Mischief Mansion, none other than the mischievous meerkats Mia & Mylo? And don’t miss our fantastic firework finale on Halloween itself!

Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there. Visit the Education Centre to take a trip around our spooky

zoo trail or try your hand at pumpkin carving. Don’t worry – any pumpkins left over won’t be going to waste! Though the weather may be miserable and the days may be short, we’re still looking

for ways to keep our animals mentally and physically active – a technique known as enrichment.

I’ve mentioned a few of the enrichment techniques we’ve used in previous columns, but this time we’ll be giving our Halloween leftovers to a range of animals, including our big cats and lemurs. They don’t come across pumpkins very often so will spend a lot of time investigating, even “carving” them to see what’s inside! Don’t forget to take a walk around the zoo to see what all the different animals do with them. We’ll also be running our usual Meet a Creature sessions at 2.30pm every day, where you can get the chance to meet our scaly snakes, slimy snails and bloodcurdling bearded dragon (don’t worry, she’s very friendly!). If that’s not enough, you’ll also have the chance to learn loads of spooky animal facts. Do you know what the slimiest animal in the world is? Or which animal sounds most like a ghost? If not, come along and find out!

As if you needed an excuse to dress up for the occasion, we’re offering one free entry with one full paying adult – as long as you’re dressed in full Halloween fancy dress costume (see our website for details and a voucher code to book online). On top of that, each day we’ll be holding a competition for the best costume, giving you the chance to win a luxury short break holiday at Flamingo Land Resort. Hope to see you there!