FAMILIES can enjoy an exciting line-up of spook-tacular activities and entertainment, with hay bales, trails and pumpkins aplenty at Drayton Manor Park.

The Staffordshire- based theme park is inviting families to join in all the frightful fun, with wicked additions and its 100 plus rides and attractions from Saturday, October 16 to Sunday, October 31.

Brave young ghost-hunters can step into Thomas Land to see their favourite characters brought to life with special Halloween-themed shows at Knapford Station Balcony.

There is also the chance to trick or treat with the much-loved Fat Controller.

Fans of the popular children’s television programme can also enjoy ghoulish meet and greets with all their favourite Thomas and Friends characters, including the Fat Controller and his cheeky sidekicks, Rusty and Dusty.

Those seeking more than just a few thrills can put their detective skills to the test with the Hay Bale Trail.

Located in six areas throughout the park, including Thomas Land, visitors can follow clues to find haunting hay bales and trivia questions – with a chance to win a spook-tacular treat at the end.

Rory the Lion will be set to entertain guests with a bewitching Boo Bash, including disco and games for little ones, and the Nutty Professor and Frankenstein will also be keeping visitors on their toes with wonderfully wicked street performances throughout the park.

The park’s full selection of exhilarating rides and attractions, including thrill favourites such as Apocalypse, Shockwave and Maelstrom, the new Adventure Cove nautical area with River Rapids, and Thomas Land’s 25+ rides including the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Rollercoaster for mini coaster fans, will be open throughout half-term.

Any guests attending on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 will also be able to enjoy the Brit-tastic Fireworks Extravaganza which features a fireworks and laser display set to an upbeat British soundtrack, commemorating the last year.

William Bryan, managing Ddirector at Drayton Manor Park, said: “We are thrilled to be back with our spook-tacular Halloween festivities this October half-term.

“We wanted to make this our most frightfully-fun Halloween yet, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the country to get involved in all the spooky entertainment and activities we have planned, with plenty of treats for the whole family along the way.”

Tickets are now available online at www.draytonmanor.co.uk/halloween and guests are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.