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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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 there are three special Halloween Ghost Tours taking 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 6.30pm, and on this evening walk you will hear stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity at the palace.
An adult ghost tour starts at 7.15pm (min age 15), and there’s a late night special (over 18s only) starting at 10.20pm 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.
Priced from £7 for children and £14 for adults.
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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, is hosting ghost tours of its gardens this Halloween.
From October 20-28th visitors can search for clues on its meandering grounds in the hunt for the ghosts that are said to remain on the property. Children can opt for a pumpkin trail in the garden, while other Halloween-themed activities on offer include workshops on using dowsing rods, crystals and a “spirit board”.
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Halloween Events: Zombies Are Coming!
If your family are zany for zombies and you like a sporting event with a theme, you might enjoy a zombie walk or run. At many of these events you can take part as either a runner or a zombie…assuming you have a zombie costume!
On Sunday 28th October there is a Zombie Survival Run in Newbury. This includes a 5km inflatable obstacle course to get around, obviously while being chased by live zombies. How hard can that be?
There will also be zombies on the loose in the North East on Sunday 21st October when ZombieRunUK will be organising an outbreak of plague at Witton Castle, Bishop Auckland.
If the Zombies are putting you off, there’s an easy family-friendly Halloween Fun Run returning to Brighton on Saturday 27th October 2018, beginning at 11am. This spooktacular 5K Fun Run and Kids Mini-Mile will take place along Hove Promenade, with the start line opposite Adelaide Crescent. Runners (or walkers) must arrive in Halloween costume and there are prizes up for grabs! All finishers will receive a monster medal and a trick or treat goody bag. Early arrivals have the option of letting professional make-up artists work their magic for only £5.
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Halloween Events: Awful Animals
There’s goulish goings on at London Zoo! ‘Boo at the Zoo!’ brings a spooktacular range of Halloween-themed activities, animal demonstrations and hands-on crafts. You can also enjoy special Halloween versions of the zoo’s popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations.
Enrol your little devils in the Zoo’s Ghoul School, where they can dress up as their favourite Halloween character, learn how to ‘cast a spell’ and even try their hand at mummy-wrapping, before showing off their devilish disco moves at the Pumpkin Party. Creative critters can head to the Bat Cave to make mysterious masks or carve out creepy pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch. Brave souls can listen to terrifying tales told by the Spooky Story tellers, or get to grips with gruesome artefacts in the Grimm Curiosity Shop.
Runs from October 21st to 31st. Free with zoo admission of £26.80 per adult, £20.50 per child, £2.50 under-threes (some activities are extra); ghost tour £2.50 extra.
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Spaniards Inn Pub, Hampstead Heath
The extremely haunted Spaniards Inn pub on Hampstead Heath will ring with the howls of hellhounds on Sunday October 28th when All Dogs Matter descends for their spookiest walk of the year.
Costumed pups and owners of all kinds will be heading off on what will be the most adorably chilling walk 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 will be showcasing a host of fascinating aquatic creatures, from ‘toxic toads’ to ‘electric rays’ for its Weird and Spooky event, as well as special talks and interactive science experiments, games and optical illusions.
The aquarium will be 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 will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. The attraction is open daily from 10am until October 31st.
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Halloween Events: Spooky Castles
Oxford Castle and Prison
Go ooohhhh in Oxford! Ghostfest is back for 2018 and 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.
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. Running from October 21-29th.
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Warwick Castle’s Halloween Week returns from October 20th to November 4th. 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 20% off some admission tickets.
Muncaster Castle, West Cumbria
Muncaster Castle rates Halloween as one of its annual highlights and this year Halloween week runs from October 23-28th. There’ll be more freshly scripted evening Halloween Ghost Tours of the Castle (booking essential) and the Twilight Spooky Owl Show is back too (tickets required as numbers are limited). Kids can enjoy the spookulele stories, make lanterns, or take part in a drumming workshop before getting lost in the Scary Maze (not recommended for under 12s).
If that’s not enough there are the Gardens, Enchanted Trail, Hawk & Owl Centre and 2pm Sky Hunters bird of prey display all thrown in. There’s also Halloween entertainment from the Muncaster Monster Cabaret. 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!
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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 is offering Halloween-themed narrowboat trips through the dark, dank Islington Tunnel. The boat will be specially decorated for trips running on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, driven by a supernatural being with witches for crew – let’s hope they’ve passed their test! Places are limited on each trip, so early booking is advised.
There are also some Halloween activities in the museum itself including a ghost storyteller and a spooky treasure hunt. After all that, you never know your little ones might be asking to go to bed before dark!
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Up in the North, Ullswater Steamers are offering a cruise on a Ghostly Galleon with two departures from Glenridding on Saturday 27th October. There’ll be magic, monsters and mayhem on-board! The cruises depart at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, and each last 90 minutes. Tickets are £14 per spook (under 3s free) which includes cruise, monster balloon, sweeties and tea/coffee or pumpkin squash. Dogs not permitted.
Dudley Canal, Birmingham
Enjoy the ride and make it a Halloween to remember as you voyage through the fantastic and dastardly underground caverns at Dudley. Along the way you will meet the amazing glow in the dark puppets, as well as a few characters that lurk deep in the caves to guarantee the kids a fantastic day out. The trips last around 45 minutes and gets booked up quickly, so early booking is advised.
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Halloween Events: A Fright Night Theme (Park)
Alton Towers Scarefest
Alton Towers Scarefest is spooking people on October 6, 7, 13, 14, 19th and November 2nd. There’s a range of Halloween-themed activities during the day and you can board your favourite rides after dark in two Scare Zones.
For an additional ticket, over 15s can get lost in three terrifying and multi-award winning 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 is offering Fright Nights again this year from October 5th–31st. There’s new live action experiences for 2018 with AMC’s The Walking Dead and plenty of old favourites return. 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. The fright night attractions are described as intense and not recommended for anyone under 13. 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 gets a full Halloween makeover featuring Halloween rides, attractions and a “horror maze”, as well as Halloween-themed characters guiding visitors through the beach playgrounds. On Saturday October 27th, for one day only, vampires are taking over Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Arrive in your creepiest and scariest costumes all day with competitions for best costumes for children and adults.
From 4pm, the park will transform into a ghastly and spine-chilling place where hordes of zombies and vampires have broken free from their prison in the catacombs of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and can be found roaming the park in search for victims!
Keep your wits about you for the towering shadows of the stilt-walking fire eaters making their way around the park. Live bands will also be playing from 4pm in the FY4 area around the Dancing Fountains. All of this for a hair-raising evening of late night fun and spectacular display of fireworks at 10pm. Tickets available from £23.
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Halloween Events: Dungeons and Towers
The London Dungeon
If you think the Halloween season just gets longer and longer you may be right. The London Dungeon, ‘the home of Halloween’, is marking it for a whole month with all sorts of putrid goings on.
While the Dungeon is scary all year round, the scares are ramped up for Halloween month with Full Steam Ahead in which you are invited to take a one-way ticket for the scariest journey of the 19th Century on board the Death Express, an old London railway that transported the deceased. Under 16s must be accompanied.
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 is 80-minutes of hair-raising theatre, both hilarious and terrifying all at once!
The site 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! Take a boat ride, explore a labyrinthine mirror maze, or accuse (or be accused) in the new Witch Hunt. It’s all raucous fare but given the strong content, isn’t appropriate for under 13s.
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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.
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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, and opens from October 24-29th. 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. Dare to enter the Creepy Cottage, get stuck in with pumpkin carving, take on the Mysterious Maize Maze challenge, listen to Trick or Treat Tales, or take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch where you can pick your own pumpkin with over 10,000 to choose from!
There is also the chance to enter the Frightful Fancy Dress at 3pm every day with prizes to be won. Open from 10-5:30pm every weekend in October and every day from October 21st to November 5th.
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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 live performances and storytelling from some interesting characters. Open from 10-6pm from October 20-29th.
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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
Halloween Events: Freaky Festivals
Halloween Family Party, Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Have a monster ball in Blackpool with the Halloween Family Party in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Running Saturday October 28th and Tuesday October 31st, this is a family party with a difference!
Be entertained with amazing illusions and a fantastic Halloween light show to dazzle and delight you. There is a whole programme of entertainment including balloon show, Thriller-style dance routines, fancy dress competition and Halloween themed treats. Come in costume and you could win a Merlin Annual Family Pass worth £476!
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Paisley Halloween Festival
Have some scarily good fun in Scotland! Visitors to the Paisley Halloween Festival on October 26 and 27th will be entertained with Halloween arts and crafts, a family disco, puppet shows, live music and performances from local dance and theatre groups, as well as a lantern parade and a “fire garden” display, featuring “fire-breathing” plants and other illuminated structures, from Walk the Plank Productions.
Fun by Day, Scary by Night 2018
Dare to be scared in Devon with the Fun by Day, Scary by Night 2018 @ The Big Sheep from October 20-28th for lots of spooky fun. Explore the haunted house and take a tour of the spooky farm on the haunted hayride. Carve your own pumpkin to take home, then try your hand at the witches’ flying school.
If you’re really brave, why not have a go on the arachnophobia ride! You can enjoy a lazy paddle in a spooky swan pedalo, then challenge the family to spot all the friendly spooks and beasties as you take a ride on the ghost train. With a rampage roller coaster, piggy tractor and carousel, daily “phantomine”, plus the all-weather play barn with slides, tunnels and ball pits, your little ones will be spookily entertained all day. Come in fancy dress and you could win a prize too!
As darkness falls at The Big Sheep, brave families will experience heart-pounding scares in the Field of Screams. As the farm’s crazy inhabitants run free, you’ll witness atrocities and frights that will chill you to the bone! Nighttime Halloween attractions feature scare actors, pyrotechnics, special effects and sound effects and are not recommended for young children or those of a nervous disposition.
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Monster Madness, Manchester
On October 27 and 28th, head to Market Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, Deansgate and King Street, for two days of Halloween Festival fun with plenty of tricks and treats!
Come nightfall, some of the city centre’s most iconic buildings will be lit up in a gory green for Halloween, including Manchester Town Hall, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Don’t miss out on the trick or treat trail, momentous monster and haunted maze, pumpkin patches, family films, spooky stage acts and a goth catwalk show. Follow the Day of the Dead-style parade and take part in The Big Dress Up where you can strut your gory stuff to win scarily good prizes.
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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!