Spooky Halloween adventures

You’ll find all the ingredients for a spooky adventure at the places we look after. Discover creaking staircases and secret doorways, go in search of ghoulish gargoyles and historical legends, or explore mystifying mazes and magical woods. Here's some of our top events for Halloween 2018.

A girl carving a pumpkin

Attingham Park, Shropshire 

Pumpkin Carving
29 & 30 October 2018

Calling all little ghouls – are you ready to get crafty this Halloween? Pumpkin carving is the perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity - will you create a face, a shape, or something even more spooky? All of the pumpkins for carving are sourced from a local farm and come complete with an LED tea light candle, so you can see your handiwork glow by night.

Lights shining out from the tower windows at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Bodiam Castle 

Black cat trail
20–28 October 2018

Ever since the medieval era, people have been superstitious about black cats. This Halloween, take on the challenge of finding cats hidden around Bodiam Castle to uncover the reason behind the myth, and claim your prize at the end.

Castle Ward Pumpkin Fest, choose and decorate your own pumpkin

Castle Ward, County Down 

Autumn Pumpkinfest
20–21 October 2018

With over 2,000 pumpkins picked ready for you to scoop out and for us to carve, this is an autumn festival with a spooky twist. Solve the Pumpkin People’s clues on the trail, enjoy artisan food in the Stableyard and bring along your very own scarecrow creation to enter into the scarecrow competition.

Family inside the Gold Mine

Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthenshire 

Ghastly Gold Mines
29 October–2 November 2018

Fancy a fright this Halloween? Where better to go than the abandoned gold mines at Dolaucothi. Venture deep underground with our guides as they tell you spine-tingling tales of what life was like for those who worked in the mines. We hope you’re not afraid of the dark…

Ghostly figure

Dunster Castle, Somerset 

The Dunster Castle School of Magic
20 October & 4 November 2018

Ever thought you might have magical powers? Why not put them to the test at Dunster Castle this Halloween by trying the fiendish trail around the grounds. Can you solve all of the challenges to earn admittance to the Dunster Castle School of Magic, and claim your prize?

Family completing a halloween trail

Godolphin, Cornwall 

Halloween happenings
20–28 October 2018

There are some ghoulish goings-on at Godolphin this half term. Are you brave enough to take on the shrunken apple head trail through the garden, or listen to spooky stories in the undercroft? If that all sounds a bit too scary, then why not head to the Cider House to try your hand at pressing some freshly-harvested Godolphin apples into juice.

lanterns and pumpkins kinver edge

Kinver Edge, Staffordshire 

Willow Lantern Making
29 & 30 October 2018

It’s easy to imagine all sorts of spooky tales at Kinver Edge, with its wild heathland views and mysterious houses cut into the rock face. This Halloween, visitors can make and decorate a willow and paper lantern to take home, then come back to join in with a magical evening procession of lights and pumpkins through the woods and up to the Hill Fort.

Lavenham Guildhall at night with the lights on inside shining through the medieval windows

Lavenham, Suffolk 

Halloween walk
26 October 2018

This Halloween, why not bring the whole family along for a ghoulish walk around Lavenham village? You’ll hear tales of ghosts and goblins and dark medieval history, as well as the story of Ann Baker who was once a prisoner at the Guildhall. Don’t worry if that all sounds too scary though – there are plenty of friendly ghosts and spectres around too, plus a special children’s quiz to try.

The Central Hall of Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland 

Halloween Fun
29 October–5 November 2018

In need of a spooky adventure this half term? Why not head to Seaton Delaval Hall for some ghastly family fun, fiendish decorations and the chance to test your nerve against the Halloween trail. If you come on Halloween itself, don’t forget to dress up in your scariest costume and bring your pumpkin to enter into the pumpkin parade. There’ll also be spooky storytelling to send shivers down your spine, as well as face-painting and other creepy crafts to try.

Pumpkins at Halloween at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire 

Fête worse than death
28 & 29 October 2018

Waddesdon was famous for its parties, so where better for a ghoulish Halloween celebration? This two-day party will be filled with petrifying party games, frightening face painting, spooky stalls, live music and much more. Brave adventurers can also try the Creatures of the Night trail through the woods - with a villain from the depths of the woods causing unrest, can you help the Creatures defeat him?

Wicken Fen - Mist on Sedge Fen

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

Fenland Spooktacular
26 October

28 & 29 October 2018There’s something wicked at Wicken Fen this Halloween. Enjoy storytelling with a spooky twist, then follow a trail around the Fen on the hunt for skulls and bones. For creative little ghouls there’ll be the chance to get messy with clay and other crafts. For the full spooky experience, why not come along in costume?


How to carve a pumpkin lantern

Watch our easy-to-follow video on how to create a scary Halloween pumpkin lantern.