You might know Salou, a town located at the coast of Tarragona, Spain. You may have even heard about Port Aventura, a theme park placed on the outskirts of Salou but what most of you may not be aware of is what happens in the park when October comes.
Port Aventura is a huge theme park that is normally open during the spring and summer. During these months it’s divided into five different thematic areas: Mediterranea, China, Polynesia, Mexico and Far West, each one with its own decoration, rollercoasters, carousels just like what any normal theme park would have. But when October rolls along, the whole park is devoted to the celebration of Halloween: the whole look of the theme park changes and the normally healthy and nice employees become ghosts, vampires, and witches.
Last year my lab mates and I decided to spend a whole weekend there and learned a lesson: never stay in the park after sunset! During the day the park is OK, just like in summer, it’s just full of giant pumpkins, spiderwebs, and some happy monsters hanging around – they even like being photographed with kids; but in the evening the shadows grow, the monsters get angrier, and the Polynesia jungle is suddenly closed and you’ll be surprised to see that it’s suddenly the Jungle of Fear!
As every visitor is curious about the Jungle’s mysteries you need to wait in line for a long time. That’s when the monsters take advantage and start mingling with normal people and when you think you’re talking to some friend, you’ll be surprised to find out that the person grunting next to you is actually a zombie! Suddenly you start hearing screams and a chainsaw, a strange pink fog is all around you which you hadn’t seen before and there you are, there’s no turning back now!
The walk through the jungle itself just takes about fifteen minutes, but I can tell you that the long walk might seem way longer than that especially when you find practically every kind of evil beings around: zombies, vampires, ghosts and killer clowns! You have to pass through two caves but for me, the worst thing was an abandoned school bus that wasn’t completely empty. After all the scares, the good thing is that when you come out of the jungle, it’s time to enjoy the fireworks!