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As you’d expect, there’ll be no shortage of freaky and frightening other-worldly creatures and characters in evidence at Halloween happenings across the Midlands this month.
Check out some of the eeriest events that are happening across the Midlands...
Spooky Science Night - Thrusday 31st October at Thinktank Science Museum
Calling all mad scientists, witches and wizards - Thinktank is set to host a seriously spooky party this Halloween!
Pop along to the event in your best fancy dress, watch the ‘spectacular’ Trick Or Treat show and dance the night away at the silent zombie disco.
Visitors can also get hands-on by experimenting in the slime lab or making their very own family light photos.
Freddo's Halloween Spooktacular - Saturday 19th October - Sunday 3rd November at Cadbury World
Join in the fun at this spooky live entertainment show, Freddo's Halloween Spooktacular, where the famous frog will teach visitors new tricks in his haunted mansion, with the help of some string and a splash of slippery slime.
Young ghouls are encouraged to don a hauntingly good costume for the daily fancy dress competition.
Fright Nights: Aston Alive! - Friday 25th - Saturday 26th October at Aston Hall
Spend the scariest time of year at one of Britain’s most haunted buildings! Are you brave enough?
The year is 1858 and Aston Hall is being visited by the extraordinary Madame Manium and her Maledictorian – an astonishing travelling museum of curiosities. Manium’s collection of oddities have been obtained both from this world and from the other realm. Some are alive, some are not. They are a sight to behold; both macabre and marvellous.
What will happen when this peculiar collection is housed in one of Britain’s most haunted buildings? Are you brave enough to explore this grand old mansion in the darkness, lit only by flickering lamps? Will you encounter Manium? The resurrected man? The conjurer? The…thing?
Brick Or Treat - Saturday 12th October - Saturday 2nd Bovember at Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham
Bring your little monsters to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham for the most spook-tacular event of the year at Brick or Treat! With many fun Halloween activities plus our rides, 4D films and attraction, this will be fun for all - but only if you dare...
Pumpkin Flotilla - Tuesday 29th - Thursday 31st October at Sarehole Mill
Bring a beautifully carved pumpkin with you to the Mill. You will then add a light and float it on the mill pond at dusk in this popular Halloween event.
A Spooktacular Fairytale Halloween Party - Thursday 31st October at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
A family-friendly evening that will feature pumpkin carving, circus skills and balloon modelling workshops, plus an exciting immersive story-telling experience for children.
Entertainment includes fire breathers, hoop performers and stilt walkers and there’ll be face painting, too.
Digbeth Dining Club will also be on hand with authentic street food, plus there’s the chance to enjoy an array of treats such as toffee apples, popcorn, candy floss and pick ‘n’ mix.
Festival of The Dead - Friday 1st November at O2 Academy, Birmingham
After a sellout tour across the UK in 2018, Festival of The Dead returns with a savage new show full of crazy characters, huge puppets and breathtaking action set to an epic soundtrack.
This unique event is a unique celebration of carnival, circus and clubbing inspired by the art of the Day of The Dead. You can expect giant skull processions around the venue, acrobats & circus performers, DJ’s and live music, professional skull face painting, confetti, co2 and a light show. This event is 18+.
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Spellbound - Saturday 26th - Thursday 31st October at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
Wear your best Halloween costume and climb aboard the batty boats as you're taken into the creepy caverns for some spellbinding spooky fun.
This popular family friendly Halloween event is a great day out for all, especially if you have little ones or those of a nervous disposition.
A boat takes you into the underground kingdom where you will be spellbound with the themed caverns. For extra fun you're given a spooky spotter card and magical black light torch to see if you can discover the enchanted magical symbols. Be warned they will try to hide themselves so you will have to use all your magic to make them shine!
After your search you will enter the mad cap world of Krazy Kris and his puppet friends - they may be spooky but they are also a lot of fun.
Halloween Nights - Friday 25th - Saturday 26th and Wednesday 30th - Thursday 31st October at Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Trick or treat along the Black Country Living Museum’s gas lit cobbled streets and experience thrilling street entertainment!
Visitors to the Black Country Living Museum will find themselves trick or treating down the venue’s gaslit cobbled streets this Halloween, on what should be a frightfully good evening of spinetingling entertainment.
There are creepy characters to meet, a prize to be won for ‘best-dressed ghoul’, the chance to use your detective skills to become a historic hero and an opportunity to check out the Fiendish Felons trail.
Circus performers, fire jugglers and magicians ensure there’s no shortage of good old-fashioned street entertainment to enjoy too.
From (Almost) Dusk Till Midnight - Thursday 31st October at Light House Cinema, Wolverhampton
The Halloween event, branded as 'From (Almost) Dusk Till Midnight' sees audiences invited to a 7.45pm screening of the Robert Rodriguez vampire classic From Dusk Till Dawn, starring George Clooney and Salma Hayek, followed by a party in Light House's own specially decorated Lock Works Bar. With prizes up for grabs for best fancy dress.
Children's Halloween Party - Monday 28th - Thursday 31st October at Dudley Zoo
Dudley Zoo's annual Halloween party is back with children's entertainer, Dippy!
Children are invited to come dressed in their favourite Halloween costumes, and enjoy a show, disco and plenty of fun games. They'll also have the opportunity to come face to face with critters and creepy crawlies, take part in some crafts and colouring, plus take a ride on the ghost train to the castle courtyard.
Best of all, each child will receive a goody bag treat to take home at the end of the evening.
Walsall Scare Maze - Thursday 17th - Saturday 19th, Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th, Tuesday 29th October - Saturday 2nd November at Birchills Street, Walsall
Walsall Scare Maze have won the UK’s Best halloween attraction for 2019, from ScareCON – europe’s only show dedicated to scare attractions.
This year's maze is "House of Heinous” takes guests through a terrifying journey deep into the midlands darkest secrets.
We don’t want to give too much away but it’s certainly full of heinous characters that may give you a flavour of some of the notorious people and locations around the Midlands.
With food and drink available all night it’s set to be a fantastic season with plenty of scares for everyone!
The Haunted Castle - Saturday 19th October - Sunday 3rd November at Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle certainly doesn’t do anything by halves when it comes to Halloween.
The ever-popular visitor attraction is offering a whole host of suitably spooky scenarios for visitors to enjoy in the second half of the month,including a couple of new-for-2019 attractions.
Highlights include the Dead Of Knight scaremaze, in which the army of the dead rise up, and The Haunted Hollows, a Halloween trail where participants can expect to meet ‘creepy characters at every turn’.
The ‘wondrous witches’ are back with a new show too, while a trip into the castle dungeon is probably best avoided if you happen to be of a sensitive disposition!
Tudor World Halloween - Friday 25th October - Sunday 3rd November at Tudor World, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon gets splendidly spooky this Halloween, when one of its most haunted buildings hosts an array of creepy events for all the family to enjoy.
Daytime visitors can take part in a ‘witch’s quiz’, complete with a chance to win a ghoulish prize. A fortune teller and storyteller will be on hand on selected days too.
Nighttime entertainment comes in the form of family-friendly ghost tours and, later still, adults-only ghost tours and ghost hunts.
New for 2019 are special Jack the Ripper ‘interactive evenings’. Taking place on Friday 25 October and Friday 1 November, the events offer visitors the chance to study crime scenes and immerse themselves in the dark and murky backstreets of Victorian-era Whitechapel.
Fright Nights - Friday 25th - Saturday 26th and Wednesday 30th - Thursday 31st October at Kenilworth Castle
October Half Term Activities - Saturday 26th October - Sunday 3rd November at Shakespeare's family homes, Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare's family homes will be hosting a whole week of half term fun with hands on activities.
Acitivities will take place 12-4pm every day, and are included in general admission. These include pumpkin carving at Mary Arden's Farm, ghostly goings on at Shakespeare's New Place and a Hubble Bubble trail at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.
Halloween Tile Decorating - Friday 25th October and Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November at Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge
Create your own Halloween or Luna-themed designs at family drop-in tile decorating workshops on weekdays over the October half-term break.
Be as creative as your imagination allows - you could make a ceramic masterpiece of a witch on a broom, a moon in the night sky or a mischievous black cat.
Hawkstone trails and terrible tales - Saturday 26th October - Sunday 3rd November at Hawkstone Park & Follies
Enjoy the stunning Autumnal landscape whilst following the Halloween Trail to find the hidden storytellers throughout the Follies.
Follow the trail and meet the characters along your journey. Once you reach the end enjoy a story in the caves with the professional storyteller who will make your magical journey come to life.
Candy & Cobwebs - Thursday 31st October - Friday 1st November at Blits Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge
A Halloween trick or treat event, especially for under 8s and their grownups.
On arrival, all children taking part will be given a fun activity sheet to lead them around some of the exhibits in the Victorian Town - there will be a goody bag for all children who have a go at all of the activities.
During the evening you will happen across Victorians in spooky costumes at the Grocers, Chemist, Post Office, Terrace, Plasterers, Printers & Candle Factory. Do you dare knock on their doors and trick or treat?
There will be cobwebs, pumpkins and lanterns in the Townsfolk's shops & homes but nothing too scary - this event is perfect for families looking for a less-scary hallowe'en night out.
Halloween Children's Spooktacular - Thursday 31st October at British Ironworks, Oswestry
With the full moon, only enter if you dare, as you will encounter various Scary Beings located throughout the park.
Fancy dress is encouraged for the kids and adults. There are also some special prizes to be won!
Plus plenty of spooky activities for all the family, including apple bobbing, goo craft, fire breathing, witchy spells and more!
Spookley Pumpkin Festival - Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th and Friday 25th - Thursday 31st October at Apley Farm, Shropshire
Haunted Castle - Saturday 26th October - Friday 1st November at Tamworth Castle
Tamworth Castle is hosting a week of ghostly goings-on this Halloween. Expect to meet some seriously creepy characters as you tour the castle - including the cackling hags - but cross your fingers you don’t bump into Master Slaughter, who’s always on the lookout for body parts to steal!
For visitors fancying a late-night thrill, there’s the opportunity to take part in candlelit vigils in some of the castle’s most haunted rooms.
Scarefest - Friday 18th October - Sunday 3rd November at Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Scarefest returns with spooks, frights and thrills for everyone when the Resort becomes home to Halloween. Open until late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark!
The extended opening hours allow visitors to enjoy their favourite rides in the dark, while the popular visitor attraction is also hosting a selection of extra entertainment. Younger visitors can enjoy the colourful Halloween Playland, join in with the Alton Towers ancestors’ flashmob, or dance and play games at the CBeebies Monster Ball.
For older thrill-seekers, the park’s award-winning scare mazes have been ‘re-scarified’ for 2019, with a brand new maze added to the spinetingling line-up of attractions.
More Treat Thank Trick - Saturday 19th - Thursday 31st October at Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth
Drayton Manor is inviting families to dust off their broomsticks and treat themselves to some ghoulish Halloween fun this month.
Attractions include The Haunting, which sees visitors being challenged to make their way through a long-abandoned vicarage in which ghostly apparitions and supernatural events are very much par for the course.
Halloween Spook-tacular - Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th and Friday 25th October - Friday 1st November at National Forest Adventure Farm, Burton-upon-Trent
Families can enjoy all the fun of the farm plus plenty of spooky fun this Halloween down at National Forest Adventure Farm this Halloween.
Pick a pumpkin from the farm's patch, take part in the Wizarding Academy or try your hand at broomstick training. There will also be a haunted house to explore, a mummy maze hunt and plenty more for the whole family to enjoy.
Halloween Funday - Thursday 31st October at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-upon-Trent
The Brewhouse Arts Centre will be helping little ones get Trick Or Treat ready this Halloween with a special funday.
Supplying all the materials to creating some spooky costumes, children can get stuck in to designing and making their best Halloween get up, followed by pumpkin and spooky paraphernalia workshops .
Once all the hard work is done, they can sit back and enjoy a short film.
Halloween Trick or Treat Fright Nights - Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th and Thursday 31st October at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove
Avoncroft are once again hosting their popular Halloween Trick or Treat Fright Nights event – with scares aplenty guaranteed!
If you dare to follow the route around the grounds and buildings by moonlight, who knows who, or what you might meet in the dark! Join in a night of macabre goings on as groups of visitors tour the darkest depths of the Museum, on the hunt for treats – but watch out for tricks!
Ghost Trains - Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th and Wednesday 30th - Thursday 31st October at Severn Valley Railway
Are you brave enough to climb aboard the Ghost Train? Arrive early at Kidderminster Station for face-painting and a spooky disco, before making your way along the dark platform to find your seats.
Once aboard the train, hold on tight as the train roars away, passing through haunted stations on the way to Arley - the home of the living dead that only come out at night! But beware, those things that go bump in the night are not just outside the windows...
Spooky Spectacular - Saturday 19th October - Sunday 3rd November at West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley
West Midland Safari Park will be brimming with Halloween decorations with illuminated, themed scarecrows and hundreds of pumpkins.
Encounter the brand-new witch and wizard family! Wilbert the Wizard needs help in this year’s ‘Potion Quest’! Journey around the Discovery Trail, and collect ingredients in your own potion bottle to earn yourself a sweet treat at the end!
Full of Halloween fun for the whole family, it’s the perfect way to brighten up the spookiest of seasons!
Pumpkin Parlour - Saturday 26th - Thursday 31st October at Becketts Farm
Join the Becketts Farm Witches as they cast open the doors to their annual Pumpkin Parlour. Enjoy a ghoulish gathering of pumpkin carving and leave the mess and pumpkin guts behind.
Your little monsters will be responsible for scooping out the pumpkin brains, choosing their pumpkin face, pinning on the template and then finally covering in skeleton dust so that the masters (that’s Mum & Dad) can do the carving.
They’ll take home a spooky jack-o-lantern to ward off any ghouls or ghosties that come your way this Halloween.
Torchlit Tours - Saturday 26th - Thursday 31st October at Becketts Farm
As one of the oldest buildings in Worcester, The Commandery will be opening after dark to give torch lit tours of what is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the city.
The night-time tours of the building will give an historical overview of the site whilst keeping an eye out for any paranormal goings on.
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