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5 ghoulish UK getaways for Halloween

Chat to Houdini, thrash along to Alice Cooper or take the ghost train to hell this Halloween.

All Hallows Eve, a night of goblins, ghouls and little kids in bin bags wired on smarties and sherbet. But don’t let them have all the fun this Halloween! Want to know where to go for some serious spooking? Here are five places across the UK guaranteed to give even toughest cynic the heebie-jeebies:


Where best to go ghost-hunting than Britain’s most haunted city? Check out 500 years of horrible history at Edinburgh Dungeon and drop by the resurrected Witches Cove while you’re there. Find a more spiritual side to Halloween at the Samhain Festival and march from Edinburgh castle along the Royal Mile. Finally, we’ve got to mention ‘The Prince of Darkness’ Alice Cooper’s special gig at Usher Hall on Halloween night, performing classics like ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’.


You won’t be far from a fright in the Welsh capital this Halloween, mainly because most of the hotels in Cardiff are only a scary stroll from most of the attractions. Make sure to check out the Llandaff Ghost Walk, which begins with a two course Halloween Supper (If you can stomach it!). Have you very own night at the museum at ‘Britain’s most haunted museum’, St. Fagans, and their ‘After Dark’ Halloween event. You can walk the halls of the museum and listen to creepy tales of terror. Educational and suitably terrifying!


Want to spook even the biggest skeptic? Then Newcastle’s the place to head this Halloween. The city’s Castle Keep is home to the annual Halloween Fest, not to mention an infamous prison that has been occupied since Roman times, with hundreds of corpses unearthed beneath the grounds over the years. During the festivities, a real necromancer and witch will attempt to contact the spirit of Houdini, who performed at Castle Keep and died on Halloween night. There’s no escape, you’ll be terrified!


Screams can be heard at Blackpool Pleasure Beach all year round. But at Halloween, this seaside town becomes a centre of spooks! Historic Lytham Hall hosts a daytime walking tour on October 30th that’s suitable for ghouls of all ages. The world famous Empress Ballroom is also hosting a Family Halloween Party on All Hallows Eve. Sounds like the perfect place for a weekend of family frights.


Why not head to the seaside for your screams this Halloween? Families must take a ride on the Exbury Ghost Train and steam through winding pitch-black tunnels in carriages driven by Napoleon Bone-aparte and Batty the Vampire. Not a speed-demon? Never fear. Check out Pumpkin Fest for displays of (craft) knife wielding and grinning (vegetable) ghouls. This traditional festival celebrates seasonal fare and not too far from Southampton hotels.

If you’re looking for other Halloween-themed events, you can always visit the National Trust for more ideas. Happy Halloween and safe travels!