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2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:21 pm

General Discussion on Howl-o-ween.

I'll start of with a question- what are the two extra attractions?
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:31 pm

They are believed to be the same as last year, so one is Vampire: The Haunting in the Hollows and the other is The Mystery of Hocus Pocus Hall.
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:32 pm

Thanks, hopefully going to Chessie for howl-o-ween (my first Chessington trip)!

Are the attractions free? I can't find anything about them on Chessie's website.
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:43 pm

I'm probably going too - I've booked a short stay in a hotel near The Shard (I like heights) and fancy going up to Chessie.
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:12 am

TTheory wrote:
Are the attractions free? I can't find anything about them on Chessie's website.

Chessington's Halloween attractions are always free.
 
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:21 am

Thanks
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:52 pm

Looking forward to this! I'm going on Oct 28th, which will be busy, but with such a short event, all the days will be busy anyway. Should be fun, went twice last year (I'm really local), and it's actually really good, would recommend to those who usually wuss out of Thorpe's mazes (such as myself :P)
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:06 pm

More information has been released about Howl-o-ween:
www.chessington.com/explore/event/halloween.aspx
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:55 am

Anyone know what the queue for Vampire is usually like at 8PM? :lol
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:20 am

That's when the park closes...
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:03 am

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That's when the park closes...

That's when the queues close. The park closes once everyone's out.
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:44 pm

Oops...
I'd imagine around... 15 minutes?

In more recent news, Chessington have uploaded these to YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x08yDOV ... R0Nby-bz1Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HAzT5c ... R0Nby-bz1Q
I think the second video is the advert, keep your eye on the telly!
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:22 pm

Visited Chessington's Hall'o'ween event for the first time yesterday (Sunday 26th October 2014). Quite impressed with the event in general with a good scattering on Halloween theming.

"The Haunting in the Hollows" was really good and quite scary for a family orientated theme park which I enjoyed (although I can't imagine this attraction would be great during the day). Acting was very good and the theming wasn't too bad either. Queue Time was approx. 20-30mins

"The Mystery of Hocus Pocus Hall" was OK too. More aimed at younger explorers but features an interesting introduction and well executed ended. We waiting approx. 1hr, Due to small groups and lots of fast tracks!!!

It's also worth noting there has been smoke and lasers added to Rameses Revenge. I've uploaded a short video of this to my Facebook page but low quality due to low light levels.
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Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:20 am

I visited Howl'o'ween on the same day, I was very impressed with how they executed it for families etc. There was a very good atmosphere around the park, even better than fright nights I would say. Haunting in the hollows is good considering it is designed for 8yr olds and upwards and I was also impressed with the amount of special lighting arounf the park. Wherever you looked there was some sort of cooiured stage lighting.
 
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:15 pm

Back from Howl-o-ween... Great fun!
Lots of authentic lighting everywhere, especially at Rameses and Fury!
Hocus Pocus was fun, lots of kids enjoying it, enthusiastic actors and good theming!
Haunting was scary for what it is. I didn't expect the conga-line style. Although its obvious where all the scares will be, but they where still creepy!
8/10 for this event (based of off seasonal changes)
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Re: 2014: "Howl-o-ween"

Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:18 pm

We visited Howl 'o' ween a couple of times this year.

The park wide lighting was really good this year, a real improvement. That really is saying something as the standard is always high!
We liked the usual pumpkins etc, but feel more needs to be done with theming around the park really. It was a shame that the eyes that had been installed didn't really glow in the dark!
I really miss the roaming characters they used to have. The headless horseman and the story time with the Faun from a few years back were just amazing! Even the witches and spiders that used to crop up here and there, and the corn on the sides of the buildings in market square. Anything really!

Not all that much to say about the mazes. They were both much the same as last year and 'Haunting in the Hollows' is just fab!. I felt 'The mystery of Hocus Pocus Hall' to be lacking a little in storyline and atmosphere compared to last years version.
The new shows were not so good in my opinion though. My 7 year old daughter and 9 year old son found the 'Hairy Scary show' a bit too "babyish" and maybe it was for them? I didn't think it was anything very original myself, just a variation on the show that is there all year. I really thought my daughter would love the School of rock-esque show in market square, but she was bored after less than 10mins and we left!

The use of the music from TMOHPH all around the park got old pretty quickly, and in my opinion detracted from it's use in the attraction itself!
I really missed the old halloween music, and was very happy to hear it playing in the burger kitchen! Bring it back across the park!!!

Riding in the dark was fab as always; with special note to Ramses Revenge's lasers and movie score soundtrack! I have to say that the Scorpion express's fire effect in the dark was brilliant too!

I really hope they put a bit more effort in next year as it's usually a brilliant event. It really needs another halloween maze/walkthrough and a bit more going on around park to improve the atmosphere.
 
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Howl-o-ween

Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:35 pm

Details for Howl o ween have been revealed. Feature 2 new attractions, Curse of the lost tomb and Trick or treat wood.

Recommended for those over 10 years of age. Additional charge applies.

In the brand new Curse of the Lost Tomb maze explorers are encouraged to delve into the secret lost tomb of Genghis Khan.

Will all be revealed, or will the cursed tomb claim those who dare to enter?


NEW! Trick or Treat Wood
For those who prefer their scares a little sweeter

Younger Adventurers must choose which path they'd like to take past the bewitching tree - will it be a tempting treat or a troublesome trick?

Enchanted fairies and ghostly goblins will guide little explorers on their way, with plenty of tricks and treats suitable for families of all ages


Also Vampire: The Haunting in the Hollows is back by popular demand.
Here is all the details
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Re: Howl-o-ween 2015

Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:36 pm

Dom wrote:
Additional charge applies.

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Re: Howl-o-ween 2015

Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:55 pm

Is the Mystery of Hocus Pocus Hall not returning or am I being somewhat ignorant? It's a real shame if it isn't, it's such a nicely themed attraction.
 
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Re: Howl-o-ween 2015

Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:37 pm

paige wrote:
Is the Mystery of Hocus Pocus Hall not returning or am I being somewhat ignorant? It's a real shame if it isn't, it's such a nicely themed attraction.

It hasn't been listed anywhere on this year's lineup so it doesn't seem like it.
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