18 Screamingly good Halloween ideas
Trick or treating is so 2019, but that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of fiendish fun to be had. Check out our safe and socially distanced picks for Halloween, from pumpkin flotillas to ghost trains and werewolf walks ... we dare you.
Want to know where to have some ghoulish good times this October? Then read on for our hand-picked guide.
Is it scary? Um, yeah … the annual Frightmare at Over Farm in Gloucester has had a Covid-safe upgrade this year, welcome to The Walk – a fantastic and super-freaky Halloween trail around the farm taking in spine-tingling sets and (spoiler alert) the odd pop-up creature. It’s on from Sat 3 Oct to Sat 31 Oct. There’ll be drinks and snacks to calm your nerves and a large, ventilated barn plays host to a bar, food outlets and live music. Bring your wellies it’s muddy and murky out there in the creepy fields of Gloucester. Open on Thurs, Fri and Saturdays only, between 18.30 and 21.30. And if you need some light relief.
The brilliant The Cotswold Farm Park is the place to go for pumpkins galore for ghoulish carvings and pie-making. Open between Sat 3 Oct and Sat 31 Oct, head down to PYO this Halloween. Entry to the Park gives you one pumpkin per token. Make sure to book ahead. Or, head to Over Farm in Gloucester pre-Walk. This year, visitors will need to book a time slot online instead of simply turning up on the day. Slots are priced from £2 per person.
ANIMAL AND AVIAN ANTICS
Let your imagination fly wild during October Half Term holidays at Flight or Fright, at Birdland in Bourton-on-the Water. With a special Halloween themed week of activities from Sat 24 October to Sun 1 November. This fun day out is home to 500 birds, and you’re in for an all Hallows-themed treat, including some of the avian world’s most disgusting characters from blood-sucking songbirds and puking penguins to stinking storks and spitting swallows. Keepers will reveal revolting stories about some of the world’s most fearsome flyers.
Head to the Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park from 10 October to 1 November in Bewdley.
It will be brimming with Halloween decorations with illuminated, themed scarecrows and hundreds of pumpkins. Encounter the brand-new witch and wizard family and Wilbert the Wizard needs help in this year’s ‘Potion Quest’. Journey around the Discovery Trail, and collect ingredients in your own potion bottle to earn yourself a sweet treat at the end. Excellent for all ages.
Let them loose with the arts and crafts somewhere you won’t have to wipe the paint off the ceiling at Spooky Charcoal Houses and Mod Roc Pumpkin Sculptures at the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester. Book onto the Charcoal Spooky Houses session, on Tues 27 October from 1.30pm to 4pm, cost £40 and suitable for ages 5+. Or, on 29 October spend the morning creating Halloween pumpkins from Mod Roc – the stuff they wrap your arm in when you break it! When it dries their pumpkin will last for ages, and super original for Halloween night. Costs £40 for ages 5+.
Join the Becketts Farm Witches from 26 to 31 October as they cast open the doors to their annual Pumpkin Parlour. Enjoy a ghoulish gathering of pumpkin carving and leave the mess and pumpkin guts behind.
Your little monsters will be responsible for scooping out the pumpkin brains, choosing their pumpkin face, pinning on the template and then finally covering them in spooky skeleton dust. They’ll take home a spooky jack-o-lantern to ward off any ghouls that come your way this Halloween.
Berkeley Castle in Glos has gone one better and got the actual Henry VIII and his long suffering wives for All Hallows week at Berkeley Castle, from 25 Oct to 28 October. Get an audience with him and two of his less fortunate spouses, meet Beastly Bad Queen Bess, dodge Grim the Executioner, tour the creepy dungeon (beware the jailer is looking for new recruits) and take part in The Gruesome Game Show. Open from 11am to 4pm, make sure to book tickets online before turning up. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £7 for kids aged 3 -16.
Let’s not mess about – what you really want is a full-on werewolf-loving moonlit Halloween right? … The UK’s open air museum at Avoncroft is hosting just that at its Halloween Trick or Treat Fright Night from Sat 26 to Thus 31 October in Bromsgrove. This annual and highly popular event is just the terrifying ticket. If you dare to follow the route around the Museum’s grounds and buildings by moonlight, who knows who, or what, you might meet in the dark. Join in a night of macabre goings-on as groups of visitors tour the darkest depths of the Museum, on the hunt for treats. One for the brave.
Are you brave enough to climb aboard the Ghost Train? Arrive early at Kidderminster Station for the Ghost Train Experience from Sat 26 October to Thurs 31 October. They’ll be no escape but there will be face-painting and a spooky disco, before you make your way along the dark platform to find your seats. Once aboard the train, hold on tight as the train roars away, passing through haunted stations on the way to Arley – the home of the living dead that only come out at night! But beware, things that go bump in the night are not just outside the windows…
Pumpkin Flotilla, Sarehole Mill, Birmingham
See the brilliant spectacle that is pumpkins floating on the mill pond at dusk in this magical Halloween event. The back story? Well, the mill has been visited by the ghostly Ferryman who guards the unearthly millpond. See the illuminated carved pumpkins glide across the millpond in this spooktactular evening event. Whilst you await your turn to view the flotilla, enjoy a delicious hot chocolate and spooky stories. You will even get the chance to make a lantern to guide you through the mill pond. Pre-order a bowl of Vampire’s Delight soup and a bread roll to enjoy before you view the flotilla too for £4.50 per person.. The pumpkin flotilla experience lasts 90 mins. A ticket to the flotilla is £45 and admits a bubble of up to 5 people (of any age).
The Ferryman will be waiting for you………
Brick or Treat at Legoland, 15 October – 8 November, Windsor
Lego-lovers should hightail it to this brilliant annual event at Legoland. The newest attraction is the Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show at Heartlake City, with spooky songs and dancing. Have fun finding Monster Rockers hidden Halloween Surprises, as well as the Haunted House Monster Party Ride with Lord Vampyre. Download the Legoland app to help solve the clues, and get a goody bag from Lord Vampyre’s Butler, which includes a mini Lego pumpkin to build at home. Guests can also walk through the Enchanted Forest as well as greet Lego characters including werewolves, mummies and vampires.
THROW SOME SPOOKY SHAPES
Kick Start your Halloween with Disco, House and Tech. An event brought to you from FUZE Bristol, the UK’s Largest student-run charity show with DJ sets. Enjoy the new nightclub-style at the infamous Lakota Gardens which will be split into two sessions: 18:00 & 20:00. Tickets are £30 per table per session, for groups of up to six per table. Expect a whole lot of fun, including, headline djs we’ve all been missing! A safe and socially distanced space, a bar, pizzas and slushies, dancers and aeriel hoop artists. And they want to see your ghastliest dress ups too, we’ll see you in the garden.
We love a good drive-in cinema and there’s one launching in Bristol this Halloween for those who want to be given a fright via the big screen.
Taking place at Filton Airfield between Tuesday, October 27 and Sunday, November 1, there will be screenings for all ages including Scream, Monsters Inc., The Blair Witch Project, Get Out, The Exorcist! and many more. Passengers can enjoy the films on a huge LED screen, with sound transmitted through “state-of-the-art speakers” given to each car upon arrival. To ensure safety, a number of measures will be put in place including plenty of space between parked cars.
Tickets for Adventure Drive-In are priced at £27.50 + booking fee and are available now on Adventure Drive-In’s website.
Not for the faint-hearted, overnight Ghost hunting with Haunted Happenings takes place in some of the UK’s most atmospheric buildings, from former asylums and mansions to museums and castles.
“Experiments” throughout the night include table tipping, glass moving, vigils, séances, experiments and ouija boards. Events run year-round, and for Halloween week venues include the Ancient Ram Inn in Glos, the decommissioned Shrewsbury prison and the former underground military complex of Drakelow Tunnels in Kidderminster amongst others. From £20pp, hauntedhappenings.co.uk