Who said Halloween was just for kids? Psych yourself up for some spine-tingling spookiness this weekend at one of our favourite events in Warwickshire, Kent, Devon and Hampshire. From twilight tours around haunted castles to ghostly boat trips and train rides, there’s plenty of ghoulish goings-on to make your hair stand on end. You may even need to treat yourself to a deadly cocktail to recover. Bloody Mary, Black Widow or Zombie Punch anyone?
Tour a haunted castle
Venture into the darkest depths of some of England’s most haunted piles as dusk falls with only torchlight to guide your way. English Heritage is offering spine-tingling tours with a mix of hangmen, ghostly apparitions and plenty of blood-curdling tales of murder and devilish deeds guaranteed to give you goosebumps. We like the look of Kenilworth Castle (pictured) in Warwickshire. Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October.
Try a ghostly river tour
Take an Edwardian-style spooky punt as dusk stretches into darkness. You will be wrapped up warm with blankets and cushions on this candlelit ghost-hunting trip through the historic centre of Canterbury. Discover the frightening secrets that lie hidden in the darkness beneath those age-old cobbles. Your tour guide will point out the places ghosts have been sighted, and you will hear tales of the unexpected, which seek to explain these supernatural manifestations. Saturday 31 October.
Follow a spooky trail
Offering a spooky insight into some of the Isle of Wight’s many myths and legends, and presented by paranormal expert Marc Tuckey, the Isle of Fright Ghost Trail is a new app that’s available to download in October and November. Halloween thrill seekers can enjoy free audio ghost stories, which can be downloaded onto iPhones, tablets and Androids to give ghost busting visitors the opportunity to follow a self-guided tour of 13 Cold Spots found across the island. The app also allows you to take photographs and use a special “Ghost Photo Bombing” function to create your most haunting images.
Join a scary gathering
Brave souls and those seeking a real bone-chilling experience should head over to The Big Sheep near Bideford in Devon to enjoy one of the Scary by Night Fright Fest Halloween evening parties on 29–31 October. Prepare to be petrified with interactive scare experiences – there’s a Zombie Zone, Cirque du Mort and the Hayride to Hell. Or dare to ride on South Devon Railway’s Halloween Express on 31 October, a special train that disappears off into the gloom from Buckfastleigh station at 6.30pm. They’re dying to meet you…
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