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Five of the best Halloween activities for families in the UK

With the scary season fast approaching, the UK has a selection of thrilling activities to entertain the whole family.

By Helen Warwick
Published 25 Oct 2019, 06:00 BST, Updated 22 Oct 2021, 12:39 BST
From touring corners of haunted castles to joining ghost tours, there are a number of different ...

From touring corners of haunted castles to joining ghost tours, there are a number of different activities for the whole family this Halloween.

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1. Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

If you’re feeling brave, there’s nothing that’ll give you goose bumps quite like touring the haunted corners of Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight, on the spookiest day of the year. Resident ghost hunters will bring the frightful fun to life with graveyard tales, and there are prizes for the best costume. 

2. Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

The haunting remains of Whitby Abbey, inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale, Dracula, are all aglow with bright lights this Halloween, drawing witches and witch-finders to its spooky activities.

3. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The dark, magical corners of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, have plenty of ghostly goings-on this Halloween. There are pumpkin trails, spine-tingling storytelling sessions and crafty workshops. But for the bold, tread carefully into Warlock Wood, whose creaking boughs and branches hide a creepy cast of characters. 

4. Alderley Edge, Cheshire

The Cheshire town of Alderley Edge has gained a rather dubious reputation as the stomping ground for footballers. But its murky tangle of woodland and sandstone escarpments are the setting for countless legends and it’s a notoriously popular spot on 31 October. Visits can be organised via its website.

5. Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire

Plucky kids making tracks to Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, will chance upon spooky fun and plenty of jumpy moments as they take part in its Halloween trail or range of ghost tours this spooky season.

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