WEST Midland Safari Park is to enjoy some spooktacular magic during a special five-week Halloween festival of fun.

The Bewdley attraction’s annual Spooky Spectacular will get underway on September 29 and feature a host of events including the brand new Wizarding Workshop where youngsters will be able to create their own wands and cast spells alongside Walter the Wizard.

The Trick or Treat trail makes a return during the festival and will enable explorers to help Glenda the Good Witch restore peace to the park.

And braver guests are invited into Ice Age: Legend of the Dire Wolf, where strange things have been happening, including reports of what sounds like a howling wolf.

Other treats include the daily Halloween Sea Lion Show, ‘Herring Potter and the Deathly Haddock’ while the park will be decorated with more than 600 pumpkins and 100 scarecrows.

Holly Ashworth, Events and Marketing Officer, said: “As my first year running the annual Spooky Spectacular, I’m incredibly excited about the event, particularly all of the new elements we have added to our fearsome festival.

“Our younger guests have the opportunity to make their very own wand and spell in our new Wizarding Workshop, where resident wizard, Walter, will be on hand to provide expert magical advice.

“Our brand-new Ice Age exhibit will also host our slightly scarier Halloween experience, where some of our Ice Age Keepers have been bitten by what looks to be a large wolf-like creature. As this experience takes place during the evenings only, guests should take extra care and report any sightings of roaming wolves immediately!”

She added: “We also encourage all of our guests to dress up and take part in the Halloween fun. With plenty to see and do, it’s the perfect place for families to come along and experience the spookiest of seasons.”

Opening hours will be extended until 8:30pm on weekends and the October half-term holiday, with the chance to go on the Adventure Theme Park rides in the dark.

Spooky Spectacular runs from September 29 to November 4 and is included in the standard admission charge of £24 for adults, £19 for children aged 3-15 and £22 for concessions.

Children under the age of three years are admitted free of charge.