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Top 10 UK Halloween activities for the family

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

Published 25 Oct 2019, 06:00 BST
From touring corners of haunted castles to joining a pumpkin-carving festival, there are a number of ...
From touring corners of haunted castles to joining a pumpkin-carving festival, there are a number of different activities for the whole family this Halloween.
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Creepy castles
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. 

Fangtastic horror
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. 25 October-2 November. 

Smashing pumpkins
Head to Castle Ward in County Down, Northern Ireland, and join in the Autumn Pumpkinfest, where more than 2,000 pumpkins are ready to be carved. Follow the Pumpkinfest trail, too, solving clues as you go, and picking up a treat (or trick). 26-27 October. 

Rotten Romans
Join a Roman soldier and hear a gruesome tale or two of rotten Roman life at Chester's Roman Fort, Hexham, Northumberland. There’s also a witch-themed quest and competitions for the most terrifying threads. 26 October-2 November. 

Light it up
Crafty kids can make willow-and-paper lanterns at the National Trust’s Kinver Edge, a wild heathland and collection of mysterious rock houses in Staffordshire, to light the way for a Halloween procession through eerie woodlands, following the path of twinkly pumpkins to the hillfort. 29-30 October. 

Deadly forest
The darkly 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. (26 October-3 November). 

Murky mines
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. Want to scare yourself silly? Book a Halloween-themed subterranean tour of its copper mines. 28 October. 

Wannabe witches
Looking to learn some malevolent tricks of the trade from the best? Enrol at the pop-up School For Witches and Wizards at Devon’s The Milky Way Adventure Park, and your little ones will master the arts of wand making, spell writing, broomstick riding and potion making. 19 October-31 October.

Slime showdown
Head to London’s Horniman Museum and Gardens this Halloween for a masterclass in slime-making. Mini scientists will get all gooey in the workshop with a slab of homespun slime to take home. Next up, round-up your dressed-up crew and lead them around the museum’s Halloween fair: all creepy crawlies, spooky storytelling and ghoulish gifts. 26-27 October. 

Meet the beast
Plucky kids making tracks to Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, will chance upon spooky fun and plenty of jumpy moments as they rattle around the stately pile on a quest and meet some real-life beasts, including snakes, spiders and more. 26 October-3 November. 

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