If you’re looking for some frightfully good fun this Halloween, then this is the list for you! From spooky surprises and haunted happenings, to tricks and treats galore, there’s plenty to keep your little monsters entertained. Check out some of the UK’s spookiest Halloween events…if you think you’re brave enough!
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2020 Update – many places are still deciding if they will open this year. We will try to keep this article up to date as we hear, but please check their website or facebook page.
We’ve rounded up a load of spooky, scary, ghoulish Halloween events in the UK – from walking tours to pumpkin patches, they’re all guaranteed to give you a scary good time!
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Halloween Events: Terrifying Tours
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
At Hampton Court Palace special Halloween Ghost Tours take place. The legendary ghost hunt at Hampton Court is so scary that even the family tours have a minimum age of eight!
You’ll creep around courtyards trying to catch a glimpse of one of the Court’s many deceased inhabitants, including the mysterious Skeletor, who’s even been spotted on the palace CCTV. The Family Ghost Tour starts at 7pm, and on this evening walk you will hear stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity at the palace.
Adult ghost tours also take place during the year with tours around Halloween including a late night special ghost tour starting at 10 pm that will take you further into the deepest and darkest secrets of the palace, from the place where two bodies were discovered in shallow graves in the 1870s to the haunted realm of former Grace and Favour apartments, taking in parts of the palace normally closed to visitors. Tickets sell fast, so make sure to book early.
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London Bridge Experience and Tombs
The London Bridge Experience and Tombs claims to be the UK’s scariest all year round attraction. Inside you take a journey around the dark streets of London exploring the secrets and smells that lie beneath the world’s most famous and haunted bridge.
Beyond the bridge you visit the Tombs where humans and animatronics will help you laugh, scream and jump out of your skin as you come face to face with dark characters from London’s past. If you are visiting with little ones (or are a bit of a scaredy cat yourself) you can ask for a Guardian Angel tour to avoid the scariest encounters.
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The Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
The Hinton Ampner in Hampshire, which is believed to have been so haunted that it had to be demolished, hosts Frankenstein Trails at Halloween.
Visitors discover the compassionate side of Frankenstein’s Monster when they go on a Frankenstein trail. Visitors will need to turn detective to find out how Frankenstein’s Monster may have survived outdoors at Hinton!
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Halloween Events: Awful Animals
Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable
There are ghoulish goings on at Whipsnade Zoo! ‘Boo at the Zoo!’ brings a spooktacular range of Halloween-themed activities, animal talks and hands-on crafts, storytime, Ghoul School and a Pumpkin Party. You can also enjoy special Halloween versions of the zoo’s popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations.
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Halloween Dog Walk & Show, Hampstead
The All Dogs Matter charity host an annual Halloween Walk & Dog Show in Hampstead. Costumed pups and owners of all kinds head off on the most adorably chilling walks the Heath has ever seen, and you don’t even need a dog to join in this FREE event. Altogether now: Owww-oooo!
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The Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire
The Blue Planet Aquarium showcases a host of fascinating aquatic creatures, from ‘toxic toads’ to ‘electric rays’ for its Halloween event, as well as special talks and interactive science experiments, games and optical illusions.
The aquarium gets covered with cobwebs, packed with pumpkins and also filled with a number of scares and surprises lurking around every corner to help get everyone in the Halloween spirit.
Children who come in fancy dress are usually admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. The attraction is open daily from 10am.
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Halloween Events: Spooky Castles
Oxford Castle and Prison
Go ooohhhh in Oxford! Visitors to Oxford Castle and Prison, said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain, will be met by a host of Halloween-themed fun this half term break.
Activities include Bill Spectre’s ghost trails, midnight ghost tours of the castle, Jailbreak escape room puzzle game, as well as Trick or Treat evenings, pumpkin carvings and ghost hunts for families and children.
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Warwick Castle’s annual Halloween Week is when the Haunted Castle welcomes visitors to experience wanton witches, scary tales and fire jousting!
There are fearful fun activities during the day (rated suitable for Scaredy Squires), with the scare factor being cranked up for Daring Dukes who choose to visit the creepy Dolls House or watch the fire jousting. Brave Nights ensures special extended opening until 9pm. If you book early and online you can save up to 25% off some admission tickets.
Be sure to take a trip to the Castle Dungeon for some scary true stories and hilarious surprises!
Muncaster Castle, West Cumbria
Muncaster Castle rates Halloween as one of its annual highlights. Book early if you want to do the castle ghost tours as they tend to sell out. And don’t forget your fancy dress and torch!
Highlights include The Muncaster Monster Cabaret, The Ghostly Grotto, The Scary Maze, Tales from the Graveyard, Potion Making, Cannon Firing, Theatre shows and a chance to find some castle witches!
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Halloween Events: Wailing on the Water
Ghost ships, sea monsters, creatures from the deep; what could be scarier than being out on the water? If you’re a water baby you might like these ideas for a Halloween boat trip.
The Canal Museum, London
Back in London, the Canal Museum offer narrowboat trips through the dark, dank Islington Tunnel. The boat is specially decorated for trips running during Halloween. Places are limited on each trip, so early booking is advised.
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Up in the North, Ullswater Steamers have cruises on a Ghostly Galleon with magic, monsters and mayhem on-board! Cruises depart at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, and each last 90 minutes. NB dogs are not permitted.
Dudley Canal Spellbound Trips, Birmingham
Enjoy a Spellbound trip and make it a Halloween to remember as you voyage through the fantastic and creepy underground caverns at Dudley. Be sure to wear you best Halloween costume as your journey into the themed caverns.
You’ll each receive a spooky spotter card with a magical black light torch. See if you can spot the enchanted magical symbols! Along the way you will meet Kreepy Kris and his puppet friends to guarantee the kids a fantastic day out. The trips last around 45 minutes and gets booked up quickly, so early booking is advised.
Cruise on the Ouse
York Dungeon in association with City Cruises York have a river cruise like no other for Halloween. Take an after hours cruise to hear some of the scariest ghost stories from York. The cruise is perfect for families too with Mother Shipton and Tiberius Fabius Bibulus helping with the commentary!
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Halloween Events: A Fright Night Theme (Park)
Alton Towers Scarefest
Alton Towers annual Scarefest offers a range of Halloween-themed activities during the day and you can board your favourite rides after dark too!
For an additional ticket, over 15s can get lost in the Scare Mazes. For younger trick-or-treaters they can join Franklyn, Skelvin, Patch, Phil and Gretyl the Witch in the Halloween Playland. Young families can also enjoy the CBeebies Monster Ball, meet ghostly pirates as well as ride over 20 attractions at dusk.
Thorpe Park Fright Nights
Not to be overshadowed, Thorpe Park offers Fright Nights with terrifying live action horror experiences and plenty of old favourites. Other live action movie-themed Scare Mazes return including Saw Alive, Big Top and Containment, an experience in which groups of ten get locked in four haunt rooms tasked with breaking the codes to get out.
If you’re a screamer and you’d rather not be heard, you can also book a special VIP ticket to visit a maze alone when no one will hear you scream. All that and the usual thrilling rides in the dark including the Swarm, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, SAW – The Ride’s 100ft ‘beyond vertical’ drop and Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest rollercoasters.
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Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach
Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach offers visitors the opportunity to visit Pasaje del Terror! An interactive horror show that dares visitors to journey through a spine chilling maze of scenes and settings from famous horror movies! Enter if you dare!
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Halloween Events: Dungeons and Towers
The London Dungeon
While the London Dungeon is scary all year round, the scares are ramped up for Halloween month where you can come face to face with Jack the Ripper, The Plague Doctor, Sweeney Todd and The Torturer. There are nineteen haunting tales and two thrilling rides including an underground water ride! Tickets sell out fast.
The Edinburgh Dungeon
Alternatively, take a trip to The Edinburgh Dungeon where you can experience the sights, sounds and…ahem…smells of Scotland’s grim history. The Edinburgh Dungeon played host to some of the saltiest characters in Scotland’s history, including prolific killers and their torturous wardens.
Their stories will be brought to life before your very eyes and trust us, they’re only for those with strong stomachs! There are usually loads of fun Halloween activities and pumpkins galore!
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At York Dungeon a 75-minute horrifying and immersive experience awaits you and your family if you are feeling daring enough. Follow the story of York’s gruesome history and come face to face with the likes of Guy Fawkes the traitor, Vengeful Vikings or Highwayman Dick Turpin.
This theatrical storytelling experience unveils all the secrets of the past through 10 interactive live shows. From cackling witches to Plague doctors there are so many characters to meet along the way. The dungeon brings together an amazing cast of actors, special effects, stages and scenes. Laughs and screams are guaranteed along with tonnes of fun!
Tower of London
Have a hair raising adventure in London! No trip around London’s scariest spots is complete without a visit to the Tower of London. Originally a palace, the tower was London’s most notorious prison and became the go-to destination for torture and executions – just ask Henry VIII who had two of his wives executed there!
The young princes Edward V and Richard of York, Arabella Stuart and the famed White Lady are just a few of the ghostly souls reportedly still imprisoned in the tower. Discover the priceless Crown Jewels, join an iconic Beefeater on a tour and hear their bloody tales, stand where famous heads have rolled, learn the legend of the Tower’s ravens, storm the battlements, get to grips with swords and armour, and much more for a truly spooky day out.
On Sundays in November you can enjoy a Tower Twilight Tour to discover secrets of the Tower’s history with after hours access!
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Halloween Events: Putrid Pumpkin Patches
This Halloween could be the most festive yet if you choose to really get in the holiday’s spirit by picking your own pumpkin. There are plenty of farms across the UK that allow visitors to come and select their favourite prized squash for carving, lanterns, spiced latte and pie purposes. Get ready to PYO (Pick Your Own) and have a fun family day out in the run-up to Halloween.
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Secretts Farm, Surrey
Secretts Farm in Surrey is a sprawling farm growing an estimated 30,000 pumpkins in their fields, with an annual Pumpkin Festival. There are tractor and trailer rides to take you into the pumpkin fields ready for children to pick for Halloween.
As well as picking your own pumpkin during their pumpkin week, there are a range of activities on offer, including face painting, biscuit decorating, pumpkin-themed sweet and savoury snacks and more.
Piglets Adventure Farm, York
At Piglets Adventure Farm there is so much on offer for Halloween during their Pumpkin Festival. Take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch where you can pick your own pumpkin with over 10,000 to choose from! There is a free pumpkin for every child.
There will be loads of spooky family fun to enjoy including skeleton stilt walkers, fancy dress competition, Boogie Bones Laser Disco, Mischief Manor & a Mysterious Maze!
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The National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire
The National Forest Adventure Farm is one of the most popular attractions in the local area for good reason, offering exciting indoor fun, outdoor adventure and farm animals, But for Halloween it gets even better as you can take the tractor and trailer ride up to the pumpkin patch and select your perfect pumpkin to take home for free!
There are lots of activities during their Halloween Spectacular including Broomstick Training, Scare School, Mummy Maze Hunt, a Haunted House, and a new Wizard Academy.
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Keep an eye out for pumpkin patches near you – there are many more around the country, including:
- Crockford Bridge Farm Shop, Surrey
- Foxes Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze, Essex
- Kenyon Hall Farm, Yorkshire
- Undley Pumpkin Patch, Suffolk
- Hatton Adventure World, Warwickshire
- Down At the Farm, Durham
- Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze, Fife
- Craigies Farm, Edinburgh
- Hendrewennol Fruit Garden, Vale of Glamorgan
- Brooksgrove Farm, Pembrokeshire
- Streamvale Open Farm, Belfast
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Halloween Events: Freaky Festivals
Paisley Halloween Festival
2020 Update – the Paisley Halloween Festival won’t be going ahead this year.
Have some scarily good fun in Scotland! Visitors to the Paisley Halloween Festival are entertained with a weird and wonderful Dark Circus! With aerial performers, street theatre, carnival style Dark Circus parade, a ticketed silent disco and Spark! LED Drummers, a Halloween Fun Fair and much more.
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Monster Madness, Manchester
At Halloween you can enjoy some Monster Halloween Fun in Manchester city centre. Look out for the Monster Invasion where monsters will be hiding where you least expect them!
Come nightfall, some of the city centre’s most iconic buildings will be lit up in a gory green for Halloween. Don’t miss out on the trick or treat trail, Dr Mancenstein’s Mad Science Castle, The Poisonous Maze, Creepy Carnival, CBBC & CBeebies Spooky Screenings, Workshops & Meet & Greets, DJ Ghostman & MC Pumpkinhead, Halloween Fun in the Park, The Strolling Bones by Walk the Plank and enjoy seeing pumpkins light your way at night!
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Have you been to any of these spooktacular Halloween events? Which one would your kid get a spook from? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!