Halloween falls in October half term this year, so why not trick or treat the kids to a spooky holiday in one of England’s haunted hotspots?
Chosen by ghost expert Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe, the list of places below claim to be the spookiest in the country. If you fancy a visit cottages4you has a number of properties in and around the area which would be perfect for spending a spine-chilling short break (ghosts not included!). What’s more, if you fancy some ghoulish goings on, see the events below for some supernatural suggestions!
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Visit Hogwarts! Gloucester Cathedral, used in the Harry Potter films opens its doors FREE
Gloucester Cathedral is one of Britain’s oldest and most beautiful religious buildings. The medieval architecture boasts the added attraction of having featured in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts School. Guided tours available.
Visit Grosvenor Museum, a living monument to Chester’s past FREE
View everyday objects from the Roman Fortress of Deva or visit the Roman cemetery, where every tombstone has a tale to tell. Hands-on exhibits include an aqueduct model. Explore the natural history of Cheshire, learn about locally-made silver and the history of a town house.
Visit Edinburgh Dungeon for the launch of its paranormal themed celebrations
A host of special spooky events for all ages are planned for the ‘Halloween Ghost Fest-Evil’ running from October 13th to 31st. The Ghost Fest-Evil will have a real festival feel, with kids being encouraged to come dressed in Halloween costume, with any child who does this allowed free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult.
Investigate the ghostly goings-on in St.Albans with a guided city walk
An extremely popular and atmospheric walk that introduces some of the ghosts of St.Albans and relates their sad stories. We can’t guarantee whom you might see – only where you might find them, for they do exist! There are versions for children and adults. For further information & party bookings, contact the Tourist Information Centre.
Take a spooky tour around Powderham castle
From Sunday 26 October until Sunday 02 November, meet the fascinating residents from the past and enjoy a tour of the Castle in a different light. Kids will love to dress up in their spookiest outfits to see if they can scare the ghosts! Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Suitable for 5-12 year olds and brave mums and dads!
Visit York Dungeon to delves into the city’s dark and haunting past
Explore the chilling truth about the suspicious characters who have lived, hidden or died in the city. Watch out for the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin (who was hanged here) and the Viking Ivar the Boneless, who invaded the city on 1 November 1866 AD and caused much bloodshed.
Get spooked at Oxford Castle’s Ghost Fest.
This year, the Castle – once home to a gory prison – hosts overnight ghost hunts, spirit-sensing lectures, mediumship demonstrations and pumpkin carving just in time for Halloween… Not for the faint-hearted! Ghost Fest hosts a range of events to enable visitors and enthusiasts to explore and uncover more about the dark tales and paranormal activity for which the castle is renowned. The nine day event has over fifteen events that explore the scientific, spiritual and frightening aspects of the paranormal.
Take part in a spooky trail around Bolsover Castle with ghastly games and creepy crafts
From Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct, 11am – 5pm, bring the kids along to enjoy following the spooky trail around the castle and grounds before making their own Halloween masks to take home. English Heritage Members go free. If you fancy something a little bit more frightening, why not take part in an historical spooky evening tours around the castle on Halloween night – not for the faint hearted (Suitable for over 16s only).
Halloween Spooky Trail in South Walsham
On 31st October dress up and enjoy the fun! Bring your torch and wellies and enjoy the fireworks at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, 131 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Call 01603 270449 to book your place.