Halloween Events 2018

Prepare for treats and tricks at our Halloween events taking place across the country.

Kids and families will have a frighteningly good time at our historic places this Halloween, with terrifying trails, spooky storytelling and creepy crafts at our castles, abbeys and houses.

And come nightfall, brave grownups can explore some of the country's eeriest castles and discover the darker side of history. 

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Featured Halloween events

We're hosting more than 50 eerie events across the country this Halloween. Here's a taste of the spooky goings-on, but check out our full list of events to find a fright near you. 

  • Haunted Castle, Dover Castle - Kent

    Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018 10am-4pm

    Feeling brave enough to take on Kent’s most haunted castle? Prepare to be scared this autumn half term as a frighteningly fun day out awaits you.

  • Tricks and Tonics, Pendennis Castle - Cornwall

    Mon 22 - Fri 26 Oct 2018 11am-4pm

    Thrilling tricks and tasty tonics await at creepy Pendennis Castle this half term!

  • Spooky Stories, Framlingham - Suffolk

    Mon 22 - Sun 28 Oct 11am-4pm

    Fearless souls required for a thrilling family adventure. Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with the dark side of children's tales.

  • Pumpkin Carving

    Mon 22 - Sun 28 Oct 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

    Get creepy this halloween as you carve your own pumpkins at deadly Down House!

  • Illuminated Abbey, Whitby Abbey

    Thu 25 - Wed 31 Oct 2018 6pm - 9pm

    Cast light on a dark history this Halloween! See Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again.

  • Fright Night, Bolsover - Derbyshire

    Fri 26 - Wed 31 Oct 6pm - 9.30pm (last entry 9pm)

    Have you got what it takes to brave the castle after dark? Discover gruesome goings-on at Bolsover Castle during the Great Plague of 1666.

  • Fright Night, Kenilworth Castle

    Thur 25 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 6pm - 10pm (last entry 9pm)

    Are you brave enough to face the castle after dark? Join us for a terrifying treat this Halloween, which sees a dark and evil twist on some well-known fairy tales.

  • Torchlight Tours, Carlisle Castle - Cumbria

    Mon 29 Oct - Fri 2 Nov 2018 6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Take a tour of Carlisle Castle after hours. Guided by torchlight our team will bring to life some of the creepy, gruesome and surprising tales of the most besieged castle in the country.

Holiday Cottages

Stay in one of our 19 cottages this Halloween with a castle, abandoned abbey or ruined mansion as a backdrop. 

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A night in Bolsover Castle

We invited YouTube stars Amy Lee33, Ashdubh and Speedy along to Bolsover Castle to uncover some of its darker tales after hours. Guided by Lazarus Grim, follow them as they explore by torchlight through the night. 

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Take a tour of Dover Castle to discover the gruesome stories and rumoured hauntings of this immense fortress in our first Halloween special. Then, in episode two, join Property Supervisor Katy to examine some unexplained sights and sounds reported at Audley End House in recent years.

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Which medieval beast are you?

Gruesome griffin or monstrous manticore? Wicked wyvern or blood-curdling basilisk? Take our beastly Halloween quiz to find out which medieval fantasy creature you would be.

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