This Halloween there’s a whole (g)host of spooktacular events happening across the country to entertain your little horrors.
VisitEngland looks at some of the country’s top terror-inducing activities.
All Aboard the Ghost Train
All aboard for a Phantom-mime! Take the Exbury Ghost Train through pitch-black tunnels and be spooked senseless by skeletons, scarecrows and other ghastly ghouls on route. Wacky hosts Napoleon Bone-apart and his sidekick Batty the Vampire will be on board to thrill the whole family with strange stories and terrible jokes. Calm your nerves afterwards by taking a peek at some of Exbury’s most mysterious trees such as the Chinese Coffin Tree, The Devil’s Walking Stick and Ghost Tree. 27th October – 4th November.
A Hole Lot of Witches
Kids’ imaginations will run wild when stepping inside the fantastical collection of 50,000 year old caves at Wookey Hole in Somerset, once home to Ice Age beasts. Creep around the witch’s parlour, the witch’s kitchen and the great hall, all drenched in neon colour and echoing with cackles and the dreary drips of the mysterious river. The Witch of Wookey Hole will be lurking about and will be happy to take you on a tour of her ancient lair – if you’re brave enough that is.
Brick or Treat
Dust off your spookiest fancy dress costume and head to Legoland for some brick or treat fun. Spine-chilling decorations will transform the park with glowing Monster Fighters Ghost Minifigures set to take over Miniland. Kids can win brick-tastic prizes by solving the clues on the Brick or Treat trail around the Resort. Runs from 13th October – 5th November. Normal entry prices apply.
As Scream on TV
If you’re feeling brave enough try wandering around some of Nottingham’s oldest and most haunted buildings on a quest for paranormal activity. Join Sky TV’s paranormal investigator Lee Roberts and mediums Michelle Hare and Wayne Tear to find out what really happens at night in those history-packed buildings. 26th – 27th October 2012.
Who Ate All the Pies?
Take a walk through the streets of London and the story of the eighteenth century serial killer Sweeney Todd. This hour long guided walk visits the site of his barber shop and the place where his victims were made into meat pies. Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station. 24th October, 1-2pm.
“The Spirits of the Dead May Walk Again”
The Tudors had a strong belief in the existence of the paranormal and William Shakespeare himself used the recurring themes of ghosts in his plays. The Falstaff Experience, known as one of England’s most haunted buildings, will be celebrating Halloween with Crime and Punishment shows, lantern lit ghost tours of the building at night, haunted tours of the town, quizzes, a ghost hunt – and of course tours that celebrate the Bard himself. Shakespeare All Hallows Festival runs from 27th October – 4th November.
Beach of the Dead
On Saturday 20th October, Brighton’s world-renowned zombie walk, now in its 6th year, starts from Brighton’s West Pier, attracting thousands of lost souls who embrace the macabre spirit and dress up in wonderfully creative costumes before staggering the length of the city’s famous beach at a zombie’s pace, all in the name of Halloween. The terrifying spectacle takes approximately 2 hours and it’s free to watch or join in. The event is followed by an 80s Zombie Prom After party at Concorde 2, costing £3 per ticket, with a spine-tingling DJ line-up from 4pm.
In the Castle After Dark
Thrill seekers and those with an interest in the living dead should head straight to Warwick Castle this Halloween, where a week of ghoulish goings-on will chill you to the bone. For the first time ever, the Castle will stay open until 9pm every night. The Witches of Warwick boasts perhaps the highest fright factor at the Castle and marks its first Halloween by terrifying even the most dedicated scare seekers. Headless spirits will roam the Castle and Warwick’s Duelling Dead will perform their dazzling display of swordsmanship. Exclusive for Halloween is a visit to Guys Tower, where a paranormal investigator will play some of the weird sounds that have been recorded within the Castle.
Make the most of the longer nights with some fantastic after-dark activities. Check out VisitEngland’s suggestions for late night attractions and events here.