Got your outfit sorted for Halloween but not sure what to do? Read our pick of events taking place across the UK from exhibitions to balls, from zombie battles to serial killers, there is something to test the nerves of everyone…
When: On until 17th November 2013
Where: ink_d gallery, 96 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YE
What is it? Horrorshow is a collection of new works by Wigan-born artist Eelus. For the first solo show in his new home town of Brighton, Eelus has decided to step away from the child friendly, rainbow like images he’s had so much success with over the last couple of years and return to his darker roots. Horrorshow will feature a brand new body of work made from hand-cut paper that focuses entirely on his number one love of horror imagery from the silver-screen, pulp comics and classic literature. Read more about the exhibition here.
More info: www.ink-d.co.uk and eelus.com
Jack the Ripper at Mr Fogg’s
When: 31st October – 2nd November 2013
Where: Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD
What is it? Harping back to the times of London’s most infamous serial killer, this Halloween will see Mr Fogg’s Victorian home become the harrowing site of one of Jack The Ripper’s terrifying tours. There will be a weekend full of immersive theatre and spine chilling skits. From abandoned and severed limbs discovered in trunks, to overly inquisitive surgeons at the bar and impoverished vagabonds skirting around the entrance, Phileas Fogg will indeed have his work cut out for him (literally) on this eerie adventure. The dress code naturally will be Victorian, and in this case best to stick to it as you wouldn’t want to stick out from the crowd and attract any unwanted attention…
More info: mr-foggs.com
Midnight Ghost Tour
When: 31st October 2013, 10pm – midnight
Where: Bolsover Castle, Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire S44 6PR
£: Tickets cost £30 or £25 for English Heritage members
What is it? Join English Heritage’s exclusive midnight tour around Bolsover Castle. Hear tales of dark deeds, ghostly apparitions and scary happenings. The tour includes a drink in the Little Castle at midnight! The event is for over 16s only.
More info: www.english-heritage.org.uk
Samhuinn Fire Festival 2013
When: 31st October 2013
Where: Royal Mile, Edinburgh
What is it? Perhaps not the usual choice for Halloween but one steeped in history and definitely worth watching. Gather to celebrate Samhuinn, the Celtic New Year, with this unique festival event in the heart of Edinburgh’s atmospheric Old Town. There will be drumming, dancing, music, street theatre, captivating fire performances and stunning costumes. The performers take to the Royal Mile to usher in the change of seasons and welcome the dark of the year. Join in the revelry as Summer is invaded by Winter, culminating in a breathtaking battle at Parliament Square.
More info: beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com/samhuinn and www.facebook.com/events
When: 25th October 2013, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Guildhall Art Gallery, London
£: Tickets cost £10 in advance and £12 on the door (includes entry to exhibition)
What is it? Guildhall opens its Art Gallery and medieval crypts – the oldest in London – for a Victorian-inspired Gothic celebration. Dress the part and enjoy the pop-up bar and various Victorian-themed cabaret events. The event is part of the Victoriana: The Art of Revival season of events at Guildhall Art Gallery. Don’t Go Into The Cellar! theatre company will be reworking some of the 19th century’s greatest ghost and horror stories and join in with Art Macabre’s infamous death drawing salon. See our post on the event here.
More info: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk and www.facebook.com/GuildhallArtGallery
Fright Night @ Action Stations
When: 25th October 2013, 7pm – midnight
Where: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
£: Tickets cost £15
What is it? Hunt out your scariest costumes for Fright Night @ Action Stations and join the over 18s Halloween party night with a difference in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Laser Quest is turned into a Zombie Quest with unsuspecting players being scared by Zombies who will appear from nowhere. See what’s lurking in the deadly rooms and corridors of the old boat house where live actors will be performing. Do you dare to sit through a séance?
More info: www.actionstations.org
Fright at the Medical Museum
When: 1st November 2013, 9.30pm – 11pm and Zombie Disco until 12.30am
Where: Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN
£: Tickets cost £13
What is it? Head to the Thackray Medical Museum for an interactive zombie event. There will be live music by the Blind Dead McJones Band. Will you get away with your limbs and organs intact as you try to crawl your way to the Zombie disco?
More info: www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk
Zombie Bootcamp Experience
£: Costs £158 for two people
What is it? Why not invest in a zombie bootcamp experience for two? Take on the living dead and enjoy the ultimate fright-fest with this fun, exciting and unforgettable experience. You’ll receive guidance from expert military instructors as you learn how to use a variety of weapons, before clearing out a warehouse full of live zombies. You’ll discover pure adrenaline as you use your zombie-destroying skills to complete your missions – spraying the zombie hordes, using simulated grenades and fighting these monsters hand to hand.
More info: www.buyagift.com
Love Brunch Halloween
When: 26th October 2013, 6pm – 4am
Where: Aynhoe Park, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3BQ
£: Tickets cost £55
What is it? London’s infamous Love Brunch will be hosting a special Halloween event at the lavish Grade I listed 17th-century country house in Aynhoe Park. The venue will be transformed into a luxurious house of horrors, taking guests on a journey of unimaginable trepidation. Celebrating the spookiest night of the year, guests are invited to unleash their inner ghouls and come dressed to scare. With specially created vodka cocktails by Absolut Elyx and champagne from Perrier-Jouët, the finest foods, DJ’s and performing acts such the Cuban Brothers, this will be a Love Brunch like no other.
More info: www.aynhoepark.co.uk and welovebrunch.com
When: 2nd November 2013
Where: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
£: The trek will cost £39 per person to enter and you should aim to raise at least £160 for the charity of your choice.
What is it? Have a scream with this charity challenge! Take a spooky 30km walk through the dark and ancient forest, all in the name of charity. Take part on your own or as a team. Participants should be reasonably fit to enter this event.
More info: www.fright-hike.com
Zombie Battle – Abandoned Manor House Experience
Where: Greater Manchester
£: Costs £119
What is it? This zombie survival horror experience will allow you to live and breathe the horror of the zombie apocalypse first hand! Outside, inside and fighting for survival you’ll experience the terror of taking out a whole manor house and surrounding area full of zombies. It won’t be easy though… you have limited ammo and with only a few chances to obtain more. Are you strong enough to make it through?
More info: www.buyagift.com
The Laws of Shadows
When: 25th & 26th October 2013 at 7.30pm
Where: The Fan Museum, Greenwich
£: Tickets cost £12 in advance
What is it? For an alternative Halloween event, The Fan Museum will be hosting a semi-staged, rehearsed reading of a new play about the legendary writer of ghost fiction, Montague Rhodes James. Guests can experience a literary Halloween as well as view The Fan Museum’s latest exhibition, Globe Trotter. Ticket includes light refreshments during the interval.
More info: www.thefanmuseum.org.uk and www.visitgreenwich.org.uk
Looking for some more family friendly ideas? Then take a look at our spooky stuff for big and small kids alike. Happy Haunting everyone!