Mystery of Blackpool’s missing pilot and the Pumpkin Hunt are back this Halloween!

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Back by popular demand, we are inviting intrepid investigators to our super spookfest this October. Once again, we will transform into the 1940s aerodrome that we once were, and we’ll be challenging our visitors 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, signage from a bygone era and much more, with clues on hand to help solve the ghostly myth.

Our Dinosaur Safari will become an immersive experience with eerie sounds and mysterious lighting… 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.

We're sending teeny tiny terrors on a PUMPKIN HUNT, recreating a magical trail that takes little ones on a poem led walk to find mini pumpkin patches, each with a letter spelling out the location of the final one, which is a beautiful photo opportunity for people to take pictures to remember the day!

Della Belk, PR and Marketing Manager, 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 Hunt Trail running from Saturday 23rd October right through to Halloween.  Trails will be available from our Admission desks.