Hallowe'en events for grown-ups

Are you afraid of the dark? With all the ghostly goings on at the places we look after, you probably should be. This Hallowe’en we've got plenty of events for adults including supernatural tours by torchlight, immersive gothic horrors and grisly murder mysteries to solve. Bring your friends. You won’t want to come alone. Here’s a taster of what’s lurking in the shadows.

Visitors underground at Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthenshire

Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthensire 

Ghastly Gold Mines, 23 October, 11.30am-12.30pm.

Join us for an underground tour of an ancient goldmine, and listen to tales of magic, murder and deceit.

Visitor walking towards the chapel at Gibside in autumn

Gibside, Tyne & Wear 

Beer and a Fright Night, 28 October, 6pm-9pm.

Celebrate Halloween by treating yourself to some delicious food and beer made by local producers. You can also expect cobwebs, dressing up and live music.

North entrance of the house at Knightshayes at night, illuminated for halloween.

Knightshayes, Devon 

Hallowe’en late-night opening, 27 October, 5.30pm-7.30pm.

Creep through this gothic mansion after nightfall and explore dark tales from late 18th-century horror writers. Explore dimly lit rooms decked out in ghoulish finery and find out what it was that made Victorians quiver in their boots.

View along a corridor at Speke Hall, Liverpool

Speke Hall, Liverpool 

Spooky Speke, 25 October, 6.30pm-8pm.

Join the Lady in Black for a torch-lit tour of Liverpool's most haunted house. Discover stories of ghostly encounters with former inhabitants, from a 1930s priest to a phantom cavalier. You’ll stand in the exact spots where apparitions crossed paths with the living. Not for the faint-hearted.

The Great Chamber at Sutton House

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London 

Dracula, 17 October (and 18 other dates), 7.30pm-10.30pm

Join us on a journey into Bram Stoker's Dracula and come face-to-face with your darkest nightmares. Tea Break Theatre will deliver an immersive Halloween experience full of twists, intrigue and horror.

Tyntesfield House Aglow

Tyntesfield, North Somerset 

Victorian Murder Mystery, 27 October, 7pm-11pm.

Dress up in period costume and play your part in a haunting but hilarious murder mystery set in the Victorian era.

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands.

Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton 

Murder by Gaslight, 18 October, 7.30pm.

Draw up a chair in the Great Parlour for a macabre evening with two of the most infamous poisoners in British history, William Palmer and Harvey Crippen. Were these murderous men of medicine really guilty as charged? Judge for yourself as they present their case histories.

The Gothic Tower on Johnson's Hill on the Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire 

Murder Mystery: The Art of Murder, 27 October, 6.30pm-10.30pm

It’s 1797 and William Dempsey has just returned from his Grand Tour with a collection of artistic masterpieces. Proudly displayed in the Long Gallery, they’re the envy of his distinguished guests. But who would kill to get their hands on one? Solve the clues, figure out whodunit, and tuck into a three-course meal.