Okay so you’ve taken the kids Trick or Treating for like 7 years in a row, or maybe you’re now too old to go Trick or Treating yourself. Not up for a Halloween themed night out in town, or has no one arranged a Halloween party?
In this blog, we show you 5 Halloween events you probably weren’t aware of…
VISIT A CREEPY CASTLE
Authenticity is a huge part of creating a Halloween feature that truly sends shivers down the spine, and there’s little more authentic than a location steeped in history and hauntings.
English Heritage are putting on Halloween events in a whole bunch of their castles, but the pick of the bunch for us has got to be Bolsover Castle. It’s said to be one of the most haunted castles in the UK, in fact, “there are so many reports of paranormal activity that staff keep a special ‘ghost book’ for visitors to record their experiences.”
GO ON A GHOST WALK
Is visiting one scary location not enough for you? How about touring multiple locations? The great thing about ghost walks is that there is usually one pretty close to wherever you may be in the UK.
VISIT AN ABANDONED TUBE STATION
The London Underground network was installed back in 1863, and a lot of creepy goings-on have occurred down there since then. The tube is claustrophobic enough without an eerie ghost story to accompany it. As you can imagine, the geographical state of London has changed a lot since the 1800s and as a result many tube stations have closed, but they still exist.
The London Transport Museum are reopening some of them, for a limited time only. And each tube station comes with its own fascinating and chilling story.
The @LTMuseum #HiddenLondon Euston Lost Tunnels tour was fantastic! I took far too many photos so here’s a selection so you can see why it’s so cool. https://t.co/IurhQ9FXpS pic.twitter.com/4i0ET4WIOn
— Laura Porter (@AboutLondon) October 3, 2018
How scary would it be to be trapped in an underground station? Well that’s exactly what Mission Breakout have proposed – an escape room based at the abandoned South Kentish Town Station
VISIT A SCARY FILM LOCATION
Be honest, how many times have you dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween? It’s too easy to wear an old pair of glasses and Biro a zigzag on your forehead, or give your ginger mate a stick wrapped in Sellotape.
How about this year visit a location where the biggest movie franchise of all time was filmed?
- Walk the corridors of Hogwarts at Gloucester Cathedral
- Get off the train at Hogsmeade station
- And if you want to hop over the channel to Northern France you can explore the town said to have inspired JK Rowling for Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and multiple other locations in the book.
That last location reminds me of a Westeros town. If its a weekend away this Halloween you’re looking for there are plenty of Game Of Throne locations to explore.
In the UK you could dress up as a Wildling or White Walker and descend on Winterfell by visiting Castle Ward in County Down.
FOR A REAL HORROR THRILL TRY THESE CULT FILM LOCATIONS –
Dracula: St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Shaun of the Dead: Weston Park Grocery, London N8
The Wicker Man: Culzean Castle, Scotland
Earlier in the 13 Days of Halloween, we told you how Museums are extending their offering by opening up into the night. Well, they are continuing to do that throughout Halloween too.
— Museums at Night (@MuseumsAtNight) October 25, 2018
About the Author: Alistair is a Marketing Executive at Katapult – A Creative England, Top 50 Company that creates physical and digital guest experiences that amaze and engage your visitors.