From the wild Lake District and rural Cheshire to the castles of Scotland and Wales, haunted Britain is putting on a fang-tastic array of Halloween happenings. Here is our pick of the best Halloween events to enjoy this spooky season
Brave the Ghostly Grotto at Muncaster Castle ©Getty
With cabaret entertainment, drum processions, canon firing, a Ghostly Grotto and majestic Twilight Owls display, Muncaster Castle provides atmospheric Halloween evenings that are spooktacular.
A spooky challenge awaits at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery ©Getty
Can you unravel the mystery at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery? Get together for a hair-raising night, collecting clues to solve the murder. With a 3-course dinner and disco till 1am, this is a well-established event for the spooky season.
The ruins of Warkworth Castle make for a scary setting this Halloween ©Getty
Entertain the entire family this short holiday break, with a visit to Warkworth Castle. It’s ruins alone are sufficiently spooky. Listen to fearsome storytellers to discover the dark and gruesome history of Warkworth Castle, one of northern England’s eeriest medieval fortresses.
Just one of the haunted-looking exteriors at Tatton Park (Getty)
The Old Hall at Tatton Park is thought to be one of the most haunted buildings in England. With fairground rides, outdoor ghostly games and an activities marquee to make scary halloween crafts, Tatton Park is gearing up to put on one its most magnificent Halloween programmes yet.
Look for ghosts at Carisbrooke Castle (Getty)
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.
Along River Ness, the Ness islands will be home to one of the most spook-tacular shows you will find in Scotland. Be taken on a journey that you’ll never forget. Keep posted for the reveal of this year’s show theme.
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.
Beaumaris Castle is open to explore this Halloween- if you dare… ©Getty
Take a spooky castle tour and carve your own pumpkin or make a scary mask to take home. This 13th Century Castle is a magnificently atmospheric location to welcome in Halloween.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway is transformed at Halloween ©Getty
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.
A magical two mile adventure along the sea-front. With all money raised going towards East Anglia’s Children’s Hospital. Tickets include light up head boppers, face painting, a medal, hot chocolate, and a host of entertainment along the walk.
Explore the Haunted Hollows and Castle Dungeons after dark for an evening full of Halloween shivers! Also take part in Halloween trails and live witches performances and more.
The impressive Warwick Castle (Getty)
Wicked Nights, Isle of Wight: 20th October – 3rd November
A brand new horror night as Britain’s oldest and perhaps most haunted amusement park, built into the cliffs of what is often referred to as ‘ghost island’. Said to be cursed by a 16th century monk after a monastery on the island was destroyed by orders of Henry VIII. With so many tales of paranormal activity and as the park turns 175 , they are launching a horrifying sensory Halloween experience with characters of famous ghosts from the area, within the cliff’s ‘cursed mill’! blackgangchine.com/wickednights
Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton: 27th October – 4th November
Join the Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt and follow the Halloween trail through the woods to find the Magical Golden Pumpkin and Willow Witch. www.visitsomerset.co.uk
A Halloween Tale – Mysteries of the Cave, Cheddar Gorge & Caves: 27th October – 4th November
Famous literary figures (Dracula, Dorian Gray and Frankenstein’s Monster among them) come to life and take up residence inside Gough’s cave as they seek help in unravelling the mystery of strange happenings inside Gough’s Cave. Visitors will be given case files containing important clues as they journey down into the prehistoric cave filled with spectacular secret caverns, hidden chambers and remarkable rock formations. www.visitsomerset.co.uk