Back by popular demand, Blackpool Zoo is inviting intrepid investigators to its super spookfest this October. 

Once again, the Fylde coast attraction will transform into the 1940s aerodrome that it once was, and visitors will be challenged to unravel the mystery of the missing pilot.

The story goes that a newly built aircraft took off from Stanley Park Aerodrome on Thursday 31st October 1940 on its inaugural journey to Squires Gate Airport before tracking of the plane was lost....with the pilot and aircraft never seen or spoken about since.....

Wannabe super sleuths will arrive to find 1940s newspaper cuttings, antiquated bunting, signage from a bygone era and much more, with clues on hand to help solve the ghostly myth.

Blackpool Zoo's must-see Dinosaur Safari will become an immersive experience with eerie sounds and mysterious well as the pilot's missing plane nestled in the centre of the lake.

The pilot's log book will be on hand for visitors to piece together clues which will eventually reveal his location.

For teeny tiny terrors there's a separate trail which will take them on a poem led walk to mini pumpkin patches where letters will create the location of the final picture-perfect pumpkin - an amazing photo opportunity to mark the occasion!

Della Belk, PR and Marketing Manager at Blackpool Zoo, said: "Last year's spookfest was a resounding success with lots of visitors having an amazing time while solving the great mystery of the missing pilot or searching for pretty pumpkins.

"Work is underway to transform the zoo, which we are sure will really capture the imagination of all our visitors.

"We can't wait to welcome everyone and have lots of treats up our sleeve, which are sure to delight!"

The mystery Pilot Trail will run from Saturday 16th October until Sunday 31st October with the Pumpkin Patch Trail running from Saturday 23rd October right through to Halloween.

Safety measures are still in place at Blackpool Zoo so pre-booking is recommended. Book your tickets at:  


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The multi award-winning Blackpool Zoo has it all! The zoo is situated in 37 acres of traditional, spacious parkland with lakes. All your favourites are here – big cats, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, orang-utans and 'Blue Peter' TV stars, the sealions.



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