WEST Midland Safari Park is getting ready to host its annual Halloween event.

From 22 October, families will be able to meet pumpkin-headed scarecrow Patch, who has returned to the Park for a second year for its Spooky Spectacular.

Patch will be hosting a spectacular spooky magic show at selected times throughout the day.

There will also be a host of new characters, including a wicked witch, wise wizard, friendly dragon and a huge skeleton, who will be out and about greeting guests.

PR and Events Officer, Bethan Davis, said: “Halloween is one of our favourite times of year at West Midland Safari Park, so we can’t wait to celebrate the spookiest of seasons with our guests. Patch was such a big hit with families last year, we’re really thrilled he can join us again and that he has brought some friends along with him this time.

“The new characters may look scary, but I can assure you, they’re all very friendly and are looking forward to meeting all our guests. We’ve got a lot going on this year, including a scratchcard trail where kids can win a treat, more photo opportunities and we’re open until 7pm, so there will be plenty of time to fit everything in.

"Our staff will be in fancy dress, so we very much encourage our guests to wear their best Halloween costumes too.”