A Lancashire zoo is getting ready for Halloween by bringing back its Mystery Pilot Trail.

Blackpool Zoo is inviting intrepid investigators to its super Spookfest this October, when the Fylde Coast attraction will be transformed into the 1940s aerodrome that it once was.

And while there, visitors will be challenged to unravel the mystery of the missing pilot.

Returning for another year, the Mystery Pilot Trail will see guests piecing together clues to unravel a spooky myth - the story goes that a newly built aircraft took off from Stanley Park Aerodrome on Thursday October 31 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.

As part of the Spookfest, wannabe super sleuths will arrive at the Zoo 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 Dinosaur Safari will become an immersive experience with eerie sounds and mysterious lighting, as 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 - giving families an amazing photo opportunity to mark the occasion.

PR and Marketing Manager at Blackpool Zoo, Della Belk, 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 October 16 until Sunday October 31 with the Pumpkin Patch Trail running from Saturday October 23 right through to Halloween.

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

Book your tickets at: www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk/

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