Bumps in the Night: Halloween Happenings

On October 31st, people across the UK celebrate Halloween and all things ghostly and eerie – activities and traditions include pumpkin carving, dressing up as zombies and vampires, and trick or treating. Also known as All Hallows’ Evening, it's synonymous with ghouls, skeletons, the Grim Reaper, and a host more hair-raising beings. Our friends at Sykes Holiday Cottages put together a spooktacular list of '20 Fun Halloween Facts' – have a browse, then take a look at our selection of Halloween events happening around the country. Be afraid, be very afraid...

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Alton Towers is always a great bet for Halloween events. This year's 'Scarefest' is open until 9pm – brave visitors can ride head-spinning attractions in darkness, including The Smiler and Wicker Man!

Thorpe Park, Surrey

Are you ready for an adrenaline-laden evening?! Then head to Fright Night – open till 9pm, Thorpe Park transforms into a heart-pumping, bone-chilling playground, where frights lurk around every corner.

London Dungeons, London

Picture this: it's 1814, and deep within the dungeon, an evil force has awakened, terrorising those that dare enter. Going by the name 'The Exorcism of Peter Moore', are you brave enough to book your spot?

Tulleys Farm, West Sussex

Europe's largest scream park, prepare for a night you won’t forget, as Shocktober Fest returns in 2023. Open till midnight, get ready for immersive scenery, dazzling special effects, fireworks, and one hell of an atmosphere!

Scare Grounds, Yorkshire

Presenting 'Face Your Fears', expect scare mazes, roaming characters and terrifying haunted houses. Situated on aptly named Hell Lane, this Halloween event was voted one of the UK's top 10 'scare attractions'.

Zip World, Betws-y-Coed

Ffear Fforest is back – the ultimate scare-fest filled with activities like the Cursed Coaster, avoiding horrifying clowns on The Nets, freefalling on Nightfall, and Screamride, Europe’s largest five-seater swing.

For a range of top places to stay near these spin-chilling Halloween events, check out our accommodation guides:

Where to stay in Staffordshire

Eclectic guide to Surrey

Fantastic places to stay in London

Top B&Bs, self-catering barns and hotels in Sussex

Where to lay your head for the night in Yorkshire

Staying the night in Wales?

Sykes Holiday Cottages also has a range of fabulous options, spanning The North, Wales, The Highlands, East Anglia and the South West. Oh, and be sure to take a look at their sister company Menai Holiday Cottages for superb self-catering choices in North Wales.

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