Britain's spookiest Halloween events for 2017 - if you dare!

What are you doing this Halloween? We've rounded up a selection of the best spooky Halloween events across the country in 2017.

12th October 2017
Halloween events: pumpkin


1. Halloween at Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle
Brave the Ghostly Grotto at Muncaster Castle ©Getty

Cumbria – 26-31 October

Owls swoop and ghouls loom at this haunted keep in the midst of the Lake District. Step into the Ghostly Grotto and prepare for a scare at the Monster Cabaret.

2. Museum Murder Mystery Night

Bristol Museum
A spooky challenge awaits at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery ©Getty

Bristol – 27 October

Can you unravel the mystery at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery? Get together for a hair-raising night, collecting clues to solve the murder.

3. Warkworth’s Scary Half Term

Warkworth Castle
The ruins of Warkworth Castle make for a scary setting for this Halloween event ©Getty

Northumberland – 21-29 October

Listen to fearsome storytellers and walk a haunted trail, discovering the dark and gruesome history of Warkworth Castle, one of northern England’s eeriest medieval fortresses.

4. Hidden Halloween at Tatton Park

Cheshire – 21-29 October

The Old Hall at Tatton Park is thought to be one of the most haunted buildings in England. Unearth ghostly creatures in the Secret Garden, play ‘I Spy’ in the Mansion and get lost in the twists and turns of the Mystery Maze.

5. Spooky Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle
Look for ghosts at Carisbrooke Castle ©Getty

Isle of Wight – 21-29 October

Follow Victorian ghost hunters through the shadowy graveyard of this island castle, and try your hand at creepy crafts. Each day there is a prize for the most frightening Halloween costume, so be sure to dress to scare.

6. Creepy Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle
Crathes Castle at night is not for the fainted-hearted ©Getty

Aberdeenshire – 28-31 October

Explore the haunted rooms of this sixteenth century castle on a guided ghost tour which comes with a warning; this is not for the faint-hearted. For those less keen on being given the heebie-jeebies, there is also an outdoor woodland screening of the family friendly film ‘Casper’

7. Ghosts and Gourds at Rowallane Gardens

County Down – 21-22 October

Discover a ghostly trail winding through the misty greenery of Rowallane Gardens, transform yourself into a monster with scary face painting and carve a creepy pumpkin to ward off the evil spirits.

8. Mystery at Penrhyn Castle

Gwynedd – 21-31 October

Can you solve the mystery of Rook Wood before it’s too late? Take part in the family friendly mystery trail, create creepy Halloween crafts and listen to spooky storytellers. 

Halloween events: Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle ©Getty

9. The Ghost train at the Vale of Rheidol Railway

Aberystwyth, 27-29 October

This haunted train ride leaves Aberystwyth at 6pm for a trip around the valley to Devil's Bridge, returning at 9:30pm. Fancy dress is encouraged, with a prize given to the best children's costume. Tickets cost £28 for adults and £13 for kids, including a Halloween feast, entertainment during the journey, and a children's goodie bag.

10. Bram Stoker's Dracula at Sutton House

London, 19 October - 4 November, daily

The Tea Break Theatre company have special performances of Bram Stoker's Dracula, especially for grown-ups at Halloween. It's an immersive experience performed around the house, and costs £16 for adults and £14 for concessions. 

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