From Saturday 23 October – Sunday 31 October, Wildwood Kent will be playing host to creepy crawlies and cursed corvids for a week of terror-ific Halloween half-term fun.
During the spookiest season of the year, families will be treated to a ghoulishly great day out exploring the spine-tingling ancient woodland and getting up close with more than 40 species of British wildlife, from bison and badgers to wolves and wildcats.
Join the “Curse of the Blood-stained Bird” trail, where visitors can learn all about the red-billed chough, which according to legend gained its colour from dipping its beak in the murdered Thomas Becket’s blood in Canterbury Cathedral.
Get involved with our Thursday craft session to make your own flying choughs and ravens. This will be a chance to learn more about the red-billed chough and the raven, the largest of the corvids, which evoked superstition and fear in everyone from the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to horror writer Edgar Allen Poe.
Visitors can also take lessons in potion-making or get stuck in with our spooky touch tables. And for the seriously brave, Natural Heritage Officer Steve Kirk will be running a “spider-tour of the park” followed by some creepy-crawling crafts.
Mini witches and wizards can put their carving skills to the test by creating a perfectly preened pumpkin and bringing it with them to the park, to be in with the chance of winning prizes. There’ll also be a fancy-dress competition with prizes on Sunday 31st October.
FREE Crafts and Activities
Daily activities will be taking place at our events building near to the entrance of the park, including:
- Owl Crafts
- Spooky Touch Tables
- Potion Making
Find out more about our animals with engaging daily talks by our team of wildlife experts.
11.00 Adders / Ravens
Spine-chilling Spiders – Tuesday 26th October
Scary to some, spiders are fascinating and beneficial creatures. Join Steve Kirk, our Natural Heritage Officer for a ‘spider-tour’ of the park and see the fascinating variety of species that live there. Then, in the afternoon join him in the events area for some fun spider crafts.
Uncanny Corvids – Thursday 28th October
According to legend, a new species was created when a crow dipped its beak in the murdered Archbishop Beckett’s blood in Canterbury Cathedral, this bird became red in beak and claw ever after and was renamed the red-billed chough.
From the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, this bird evoked superstition and fear. This, the largest of the corvids can fly between the realms of the living and the dead and brought messages to Odin. A group of them is called an ‘unkindness’ and sometimes a ‘conspiracy’. Although often a bird of ill- omen, it is the most powerful of the crows and has good associations, too.
Join our craft session at half term and make these uncanny corvids fly like paper planes.
Spellboda Book Signing – Sunday 31st October
We’re very excited to welcome Falcon expert, former presenter of CITV’s Wild World and author J C Clarke to the park on Sunday 31st October.
Jo will be signing copies of her new book, Spellboda – a magical adventure story for children with themes of conservation, wildlife education, and learning how to trust and believe in yourself.
You can get copies of Spellboda at Wildwood or from all good book stores. Not only is Spellboda a fantastic story, but Jo is also kindly donating a percentage of profits to Wildwood.
Fancy Dress Competition – Sunday 31st October
Halloween wouldn’t be the same without kids dressing up as adorable ghosts and witches. We’ll be holding a fancy dress competition on Halloween with prizes, just speak with our admissions team on entry to the park. The winners will be chosen by special guest and children’s author, Jo Clarke.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Mini witches and wizards can put their carving skills to the test. Bring your carved pumpkins in before or on Sunday 31st October and make sure to leave a piece of paper inside with contact details. The winner for the best design, chosen by our admissions team, will win an Arctic Fox Experience for two. We’ll then feed the pumpkins to our animals over the following days.
* All talks take place at the animals’ enclosures. Talks and activities may vary, please check the noticeboard on entry to the park for daily details. All of our activities and events are free to paying visitors and members but spaces may be limited. Please note that from Sunday 31st October the park will be adopting winter opening times – check the homepage of the website for details.