Top family Halloween events
Looking for a Halloween event near you? If there wasn’t one close enough in the October issue then we’ve added some more places where you can have spooktacular fun with the whole family!
Wizards and Witches Week, Brocketts Farm Park, Surrey, 26 October-3 November
Enjoy a packed programme of freaky fun activities this half term including a spooky quiz trail and creepy crafts. Daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling and pig racing plus a chance to meet and feed some of the farm animals. There are two large indoor play barns and a tearoom where the adults can recuperate!
Things that go bump in the night, Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire, 31 October
Promising to be the spookiest Halloween ever, Shugborough’s mansion house and servants’ quarters will be transformed on into a haunted house. There’s also a gardens’ ghost train, a pumpkin trail, a fun fair, kids’ disco, face painting, trick or treating, apple bobbing and traditional refreshments.
Ghost tours, Llancaiach Fawr Manor, near Nelson, south Wales, 29 October to 1 November
Voted one of Britain’s top ten most haunted buildings, this Tudor mansion is said to be bustling with spirits of former residents. Hear true stories of strange happenings on a Family Ghost Tour – although not for anyone under 12 – or share a shiver at the Witch Trials on 31 October, based on real court records from the 17th century.
Spooky Night at the Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, 31 October
Are you brave enough to spend a night at the Discovery Museum on Halloween? Find out what happens after the museum closes at night with Halloween-themed circus spooky trails and much more, all part on the Juice festival for children and young people, from 25 October to 3 November.
Holkham Halloween Horrors, Holkham Hall, Norfolk, 27 to 31 October
The spiders of Holkham Hall will be weaving a web of spooky intrigue this Halloween. The Bygones Museum will be encased in sticky cobwebs with monstrous creepy crawlies hiding inside and mad scientists will be mixing potions to ensnare the unsuspecting.
Out in the Walled Garden a giant web maze will entice you to hunt for more spiders and you can even make your own eight-legged fiend. There will also be pumpkin carving, a fancy dress parade and a theatre production of Her Lady’s Revenge, a spine-tingling ghost story!
Spot some of the scariest creatures in the ocean and keep your eyes peeled for spooky images of an array of bogey-fish – from the world’s ugliest (the lumpsucker fish) to the deadliest (the lion fish and the moray eel). And watch out for the Fish Witch herself on Halloween day – the scaly green marine crone will be cooking up a cauldron of spooky fun and ghost stories. And don’t forget, as a Candis member you can save money on the entry fee.
The Illuminated Abbey, Whitby, 30 October-2 November
Fans of gothic thrills should head to Whitby Abbey where the magnificent ruin that inspired Bram Stoker when writing Dracula will be illuminated for a memorable evening visit. With the abbey lit by coloured floodlighting, visitors can explore the abbey after dark and meet costumed characters, while discovering grave-robbing, Victorian undertakers and witch trials.
The Witchy Walk, Loch Lomond Shores, Scotland, 1 November
Calling all beasties, boggles, spookies and witches! Nigel the Ninja Witch Catcher is on a mission to hunt down all the wicked witches and get rid of them for once for all! Can Mandy ‘the Mad’, a trainee witch, help? This is a slightly spooky walk that is suitable for all ages – bring a torch to add to the adventure!
Ghost Ship, Windermere Lake Cruises, 30 October
Enjoy some spooky storytelling on board one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ historic steamers with Taffy Thomas MBE, the UK’s first official Laureate for Storytelling who will be spinning tales of the Lake District’s ghostly goings-on through the centuries. There will be plenty of games and activities, including face painting, and every child in fancy dress accompanied by a paying adult gets on board for free.
Halloween Train and Feast, Talyllyn Railway, Gwynedd, 30 October
All aboard for a spooky evening of fun on a train ride along the Talyllyn Railway to the haunted woods at Dolgoch. All children get a spooky goody bag with activities and treats. Plus there’s a two-course Halloween feast (vegetarian options included). Prizes for the best carved pumpkin lanterns. Fancy dress welcome – and parents too!
Tram of Terror, Seaton, Devon, 26-31 October
Travel on the Tram of Terror during the half-term break, driven by gruesome tram drivers from Seaton to Colyton Station, where there will be spooky entertainment and a ‘baddie’ bag for children.
Children’s Ghost Tours, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, 25 and 31 October
Explore the ghosts and ghouls of Nottingham’s oldest prison. Discover dungeons and hear grisly stories of the past. And during half-term you can also go on a Grisly Gore Tour of some of the 400 caves hidden beneath the city.
Trick or Treat Tour, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, 31 October
Spend a fun-filled evening making monster masks, bloodcurdling badges and trick or treat baskets. There will be a fancy dress parade and then, as darkness falls, set off to discover ghosts and ghouls in the museum’s galleries on a torchlit tour.