Fright Night at Colchester Zoo
From the 26th October to the 2nd November Colchester Zoo are holding their annual Halloween fright night event where plenty of spooky shenanigans take place! Jaz and I visited on the 26th and had a scarily good time. We arrived at the zoo around 1:30pm so we were there for all the daytime activities. The daytimes activities were catered toward children while the fright night activities were for the adults.
Halloween at Colchester Zoo
At the entrance, we got our fright night wrist bands and then spent the day wandering around the zoo. We got to the sea lion enclosure just in time to see their feeding and a little information presentation. The zookeepers added a little spooky twist by throwing in fake severed arms and legs for the sea lions to play with.
The meerkats were definitely my favourite animal of the day. I could easily watch them for hours!
Jaz and I went through a little pirate maze, admittedly for children haha. We were met by a bunch of pirates brandishing swords yelling ‘ARGH!’ at the end which was a fun surprise.
Of course, we visited these beautiful rainbow lorikeets, which are another favourite of mine. This time we had cash on us so we were able to buy pots of food to feed them.
Elephants are such gorgeous creatures!
Despite the fact it was pouring down with rain we still made time to see the adorable pygmy goats and give them plenty of attention. Honestly, I just want to take them all home with me haha.
Fright Night at Colchester Zoo
After 5pm things started getting a little more spooky.
First on our agenda was the haunted house which we were queued up for a quite a while but it was definitely worth it. Having never been before I didn’t know what to expect. The house took us through scenes of cult favourite horror movies including Poltergeist, my personal favourite, The Ring, Saw and of course, IT. I jumped many times throughout but I’m proud to say I only screamed once. As my back was turned an actor dressed as blood-spattered piggy man crept up behind me, so when I turned around I screamed, loudly haha.
After the haunted house, we made our way down to a spooky train ride which was fantastic. As we were on the train a man at the front told us a scary story all in rhyme while people and creatures jumped out from the bushes. They would hit the side of the train, spray us with water, get right up in our faces, and one even waved a chainsaw around. It was both very scary and a lot of fun!
Lastly, we went through a horror maze which was the only thing that actually made Jaz jump right at the start haha. Again people dressed in creepy costumes would jump out and follow us. Eerie music played throughout and it was difficult to tell whether statues were real or not.
Overall we had a great night. We were definitely jumpy when we drove down country lanes on the way home! I’d highly recommend visiting the Colchester Zoo fright night if you get the chance.
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