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Halloween: the terribly good events to test your nerves before the big night

The terribly good events to test your nerves before Halloween, from the ‘Scream Factory’ on the grounds of an old haunted house to potion-making classes with a warlock.

  • Visitors to Scream Factory in Redcar have to navigate nine spooky zones
  • Belfast offers a chilling event inside Crumlin Road Gaol, a former prison
  • The historic Great Yarmouth Racecourse houses its Spooktacular


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Every week our Christmas hero Neil Simpson takes a deep dive into a sparkling holiday theme and does all the fieldwork so you don’t have to. This week: scary but fun nights for Halloween.

Halloween is two weeks away, but there are plenty of terrifying (and terribly fun) events to test your nerves before the big night.

Sudden scares abound at Scream Factory on the grounds of an old haunted house in Redcar, North Yorkshire, which features more than 100 actors in elaborate costumes, many of them drenched in fake blood. Visitors have to navigate nine spooky zones, but in the end strong drinks are offered at the After Shock Bar and there are food stalls to explore. Tickets from £ 20 in screamfactory.co.uk.

Scary Tactics - Prepare to be terrified by Scream Factory shows

Scary Tactics – Prepare to be terrified by Scream Factory shows

Another horror movie set with actors from the ‘scream team’ is at the Mead Open Farm near Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire. Visitors to The Howl explore five main locations, including a mysterious “red zone” in the forest. Tickets from £ 12 in thehowl.co.uk.

In Bath, Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein is getting into the spirit with tickets to After Dark. Start with a bespoke horror movie in the ‘screaming room’, before being ushered through torch-lit rooms to the basement. Bloody Mary’s Bar is the place to calm your shattered nerves. Tickets start at £ 15 in houseoffrankenstein.com.

Belfast puts on a chilling event inside Crumlin Road Gaol, a former Victorian prison said to be haunted by former inmates and guards. There are Halloween tours for kids with pumpkin carving sessions or, for those 15 and over, try out high-tech ghost hunting gear with a paranormal experience. Tickets from £ 12.50 in crumlinroadgaol.com.

A Halloween twist is being added to the games being played at Rumble, set in the middle of eight wooded acres in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Players are equipped with laser guns to recreate real versions of popular video games, like Call Of Duty, and this month they must face hordes of zombies. Tickets from £ 15 in rumblelive.co.uk.

Families can join a warlock at Oxford Castle, upstairs, for hour-long potion-making classes.

Families can join a warlock at Oxford Castle, upstairs, for hour-long potion-making classes.

Families can join a warlock at Oxford Castle, upstairs, for hour-long potion-making classes.

Historic Great Yarmouth Racecourse hosts its Spooktacular until the end of the month. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume for a dazzling and macabre show on the round stage of the theater. Tickets from £ 12 in hippodromecircus.co.uk.

Families can join a warlock at Oxford Castle for hour-long potion-making classes. Or wait until the lights go out and take a spooky tour, for ages 12 and up. Classes from £ 9.50, tours from £ 18 in oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk.

There is also a spooky Halloween trail after dark on the grounds of nearby Blenheim Palace. Tickets from £ 10 in blenheimpalace.com.

Wail-y good: watch the Ghostbusters movie at a drive-in in Cardiff

Wail-y good: watch the Ghostbusters movie at a drive-in in Cardiff

Wail-y good: watch the Ghostbusters movie at a drive-in in Cardiff

Fairgrounds are joining in the fun, and in Glasgow, a redecorated ghost train is one of 15 Halloween-themed rides at the Spooktacular. Tickets start at £ 12 in thespooktacular.com.

In Skegness, the city’s main theme park has been transformed into Fear Island until the end of October. There is a Circus Of Screams show and a spectacular villa for brave guests to explore. Younger children can join a ghost hunt in a quieter corner of the park. Tickets from £ 26 in fantasyislandresort.co.uk.

If horror movies are your thing, a number of classics, including Scream and Ghostbusters, are screened at drive-in nights at Splott Market in Cardiff, where skating zombies deliver food and drink to cars and organizers promise spooky promises. surprises to add atmosphere. . Wear costumes and you could win a £ 250 prize. Tickets from £ 25 per car at streetfoodcinema.co.uk.

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