Warwick Castle have announced a truly terrifying programme of events this Halloween.

Running from 20 October to 4 November, the Haunted Castle provides family fun during the daytime but frightful nights when it’s open until 10pm on select dates.

The attractions are split into three groups based on scare factor: Scaredy Squires, Daring Dukes and Brave Knights, making it easier to find the best thrill for you.

Children can follow the spooky woodland trail in the Haunted Hallows and find their way through the Horrible Histories maze.

From 11am each day, live action performances, stories and shows can be seen at Dead Centre Stage, whilst Witches Tower replaces the Princess Tower back at the castle, where a cast of horrid hags will be telling ghost stories.

Within the medieval gaol and new for 2018 is the actor-led Escape Room, whereby participants will need to race against the clock to save a tortured soul from the Wars of the Roses. There is an additional fee of £5 per person for this activity.

Within the castle, you can find the new House of Wax scare maze which has a gut-wrenchingly grim finale!

Back by popular demand is the fire jousting, providing a spectacular display of horseback heroics. Then on the River Island battlefield, knights will compete in a skilful showdown.

Activities for Brave Knights for those over the age of 10 include: Outbreak 1369 where a crippling spell of the plague has engulfed the castle, a live-actor experience in The Castle Dungeon and a petrifying Séance.

“This Halloween we’re bringing alive the castle to thrill and spine-chill,” said Melissa Paniccia, Head of History at Warwick Castle. “With fearsomely fun attractions for all ages ranging from pumpkins to plague-ridden peasants, Halloween is one of the most evocative times for the castle that bristles with the energy of those who’ve lived - and died - here over the centuries.”

The Haunted Castle experience is priced at £20 per person during the day and from £18 per person for evening entry (5-10pm). The Castle Dungeon incurs an extra £9 per person and the Séance an additional £5 per person.

Tickets and accommodation can be booked online at www.warwick-castle.com