Zoomarine Halloween 2019

Zoomarine and Lagos Zoo gear up for “terrifying” Halloween fun

Halloween is less than three weeks away, and two of the Algarve’s most popular attractions have already unveiled frightfully fun plans to celebrate the date.

Guia theme park Zoomarine will undergo a makeover, turning it into a “completely different space duly adapted to the haunting season that approaches”.

Between October 20 and 31, the theme park will be haunted by “skeletons, giant spiders, zombies and ghosts.”

Daring visitors will be able to explore Zoomarine’s Halloween walkthrough, filled with “scares, mysterious characters and several surprises”.

The theme park’s 4D movie theatre will also be screening the film ‘Spooky Park’, while several other activities such as face-painting will be available for those who “prefer not-so-scary Halloween fun”.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.zoomarine.pt. Discounts for residents are available.

Meanwhile, Lagos Zoo will once again be inviting fans of the Harry Potter wizarding world to visit its Magizoology Centre, which will be open on Halloween weekend (October 30-31).

Visitors will be able to learn to make spider webs, owl eyes and take part in a sorting hat ceremony and placed in an “animal team.”

Later at night, a night tour of the zoo will be carried out which will teach visitors about the “nocturnal creatures” that visit the zoo. Visitors will also be able to listen to the “ultrasounds of bats”.

To partake in the Magizoology activities, Lagos Zoo advises visitors to book their place in advance (+351 282 680 100 | geral@zoolagos.com).

Halloween is celebrated on October 31. According to the history.com, the tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, “when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

“In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats,” it adds.