Brush off your broomsticks, pick a pumpkin to carve and don your most frightening fancy dress… it’s time for some Halloween high jinx! Many of us love a bit of fiendish fun on Halloween, so get into the spirit of things with a stay near one of these spook-tacular events. So, if you’re looking for something to scare your socks off this Halloween, you’re in the right place. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite event by 30th October!
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While these spine-tingling festivals and Halloween events might give you nightmares, the amazing rentals close by certainly won’t! Choose from cosy cottages to snuggle up in, or family townhouses that’ll be a treat for all ages. With so many rentals to choose from, picking your favourite is as easy as pumpkin pie!
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Farmaggedon 2018 | Lancashire | October (various dates)
Farmaggedon is “the ultimate indoor, and outdoor, interactive extreme scare experience!”. There are three ‘scare houses’ including Beast of Terror (the UK’s largest), The House of Rock and Freak Street. There’s also outdoor Zombie Paintball and a terrifying outdoor secret scare maze. At Farmaggedon, zombies and other crazy creatures continually roam the farm looking for fresh victims to terrorise and devour, so keep your wits about you! After an evening of frightening fun, head back to your private holiday rental for a good night’s sleep – just don’t have nightmares!
Tulley’s Shocktober Fest | West Sussex | 5 October – 4 November
The world-famous Tulleys Shocktober Fest is located at Tulleys Farm in Crawley. Returning for 2018 with nine horrifying live attractions, daredevil fairground rides, street theatre, two live music stages and three food courts, this spooky event is sure to be electrifying! It’s a great night out for all the family, with a perfect blend of horror, comedy and a friendly festival atmosphere. The event ends with a bang on 3 November, where guests can enjoy a fantastic firework finale.
Dreamland’s Screamland | Kent | 13 – 31 October
Test your nerve this Halloween as Kent’s iconic amusement park, Dreamland, once again mutates into Screamland; a hair-raising (and terrifying!) after-dark thrill experience. Back for its fourth year, this chilling event immerses visitors in a frightening world of interactive scare mazes set to horrify and haunt even the darkest soul. A Screamland ticket includes access to all seven scare mazes from 6pm and unlimited use of the rides in the amusement park. ‘No Scare’ tickets are also available for those too terrified to enter the mazes, but want to soak up the Halloween atmosphere with unlimited ride access.
The London Dungeon, Screamfest | London | October
For over 40 years, The London Dungeon has terrified travellers from across the globe. But London’s scariest attraction just got scarier with its special October event, Screamfest! With twenty haunting tales and two thrilling rides, guests will come face-to-face with London’s most terrifying and notorious characters, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer, before plummeting to their doom on the exhilarating Drop Dead ride. Elsewhere, the spine-tingling Séance returns and, exclusively for Screamfest, a new Jack the Ripper show sees guests plunged into complete darkness on the streets of Whitechapel.
Xtreme Scream Park | Leicestershire | 28 September – 31 October
The multi award-winning Xtreme Scream Park returns this Halloween, promising to deliver more spine-tingling fun! Hot from winning ‘Best Halloween Attraction’ at the ScareCon awards for last year’s maze The Village, the Xtreme team have been busy preparing their terrifying line-up. Those who dare to enter can experience a fantastic event including six purpose-built attractions, festival entertainment with live local bands, and spook-tacular street theatre. So, what are you waiting for? The Xtreme team are dying to meet you!
Scaresville, The Haunted Village | Suffolk | October & November (various dates)
Locals whisper of an old village that appears in darkest Suffolk every year. Ghosts, ghouls and other creatures stalk the night are said to be able to cross through from the ‘other side’. They talk of it as a haunted village! Some say these are just stories, others won’t say anything at all… are you brave enough to investigate? Scaresville is now in its twelfth year with visitors coming from all over the UK for a good old fashioned fright. Do you dare to join them?
Paisley Halloween Festival | Scotland | Sat 27 October
Something wicked this way comes! This frighteningly good festival will see Paisley town transformed into a spectacular, illuminated, ghoulish wonderland! Expect flying witches, giant pumpkins, breathtaking aerial displays, a mardi gras-style parade and much, much more. Inspired by Paisley’s dark and deathly 17th-century witch history and set against a backdrop of the town’s historic steeples and spires, Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the major events as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations. Retreat to a cosy rental nearby at the end of your spooky festival experience.
Glasgow Horror Fest | Glasgow | 27 – 28 October
Now in its fourth year, Glasgow Horror Fest aims to get horror festivals back to their roots and combine all the best parts of Halloween into a two day spook-tacular. The 2018 event takes place in Glasgow’s Classic Grand and features a brand new 80s horror-inspired escape room, ‘The House With Neon Windows’, in partnership with Scare Scotland. Plus, there’ll be a ‘Comic Con’ style convention hub focused on horror and Halloween. A range of new, classic and short horror films are in store, along with burlesque, a horror musical, live monsters, Q&As and much, much more!
Scream Factory | North Yorkshire | October (various dates)
Scream Factory is the North East’s largest purpose-built Halloween haunt and is made up of nine terrifying scare zones. Set in the grounds of an old ‘haunted’ nursery behind Kirkleatham Museum, Scream Factory features all the sounds and sights you would only expect to find on a Hollywood movie set. Those fortunate to survive the horrors of the extreme tour tell stories of escaping from nursery rhyme-singing butchers, the flickering lights of an old cinema blinding their way, and the fear of entering an abandoned mine. Scream Factory promises its guests the funniest fright of their lives!
Terror Mountain | Wales | October (various dates)
In the shadows of the Cambrian Mountains, just outside Aberystwyth, Terror Mountain returns for its 4th incarnation… and it’s more terrifying than ever! Prepare for a night of frightening fun with live-action horror experiences, scary entertainment and more. Set in an original Victorian mine, visitors can look forward to four terrifying horror attractions, including some of the most terrifying specimens from favourite horror genres You’ll find everything from zombies to demons! After a thrilling evening, escape to the safety of your private holiday rental.
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