Lightwater Valley is one of our go to places for a fun day out with the kids. We always find it good value for money and it’s just over an hours drive from home.
We recently visited during the ‘Frightwater Valley REVIVED’ half term event which was absolutely brilliant. Running from 28th October to 5th November, the park goes all out with it’s creepy decorations, with ghouls and beasties lurking in the shadows of the Valley.
Visitors were able to purchase a trick of treat bag when the entered the park – a standard paper bag was £6 or the deluxe version above was £10. As well as the bag, children were given a sheet with 10 different treat spots. At each of these spots, someone was waiting with some treats to put in the bag. The boys were able to collect a range of treats, including sweets, a pencil, a ring and some rather sweet Halloween-themed Deely boppers. I think this was one of the highlights of the day for them.
The kids were also given a sheet for the Tombstone Trail around the park. There were 13 hidden tombstones with different names on, dotted around the park which you had to mark off your sheet. At the end you were able to collect some sweets from the Guest Services area in the arcade.
There were loads of great Halloween photo opportunities around the park and we were really impressed with the decorations, they looked fab!
In one of the rooms off the arcade, visitors were able to get their face painted at ‘Fearsome Face painting’. Mine aren’t big fans of face painting but we did see some scary werewolves and vampires who had clearly paid them a visit.
As well as all the creepy Halloween decorations, the rides at Lightwater Valley were open as usual. The boys were able to go on all of their favourites as well as try out the parks newest ride.
Tiki Raft is the parks newest ride and great for younger children as they can ride accompanied from 90cm. My 4 year old absolutely loved riding this with his Dad and brother.
Treat or Treat Doors was a great idea. Children could knock on one of the three doors and see who came out. They were also given some extra sweet treats for their bags.
We all loved the walk through the woods. Everything was decorated well and this is where we found Icon Avenue and it’s gruesome inhabitants!
The clown and the girl dressed as Samara from The Ring were amazing. They never broke character and were so realistic.
They looked quite scary but if they noticed a child was frightened, the moved away or tried to give them a high five instead.
The Live Scare Maze seemed to be a huge hit too, both event times had quite a big queue. We visited the earlier event, as we knew it was more family friendly for our 4 year old but we did hear some shrieking at the later one.
The maze was filled with cool decorations and the boys loved checking things out and having their photographs taken with anything that looked spooky
As our day drew to a close, we were lucky enough to catch the last train ride round the park which just happened to be in the dark! It was brilliant seeing the rides lit up at the other side of the lake and the kids enjoyed the trip through the tunnel in the dark. It felt like the perfect end to our Halloween visit.
This is the first time we’ve visited Lightwater Valley at Halloween but we will definitely be back! You can check out a quick video from our day on my FB page.