Halloween Events across Historic Houses

  • 15 Oct 2020
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It's Halloween at Historic Houses across Britain!

Halloween is almost with us! In this article, we're unearthing the most spine chilling events at Historic Houses across the country. From Muncaster Castle, to Forde Abbey, there's guaranteed to be a Halloween event near you.

Halloween Week at Muncaster Castle, Cumbria

24 - 31 October

Dare you visit one of Britain’s most haunted castles this Halloween?! This year our Seriously Spooky event will be running for the full week so plenty opportunity to come and visit! Enjoy lots of fun filled daily activities, including the “Sledgehammer House of Horrors” themed show running each day, every hour from 4pm throughout the evening in the Castle itself (additional ticket required). Explore the event here >

Pumpkin Carving at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire

Stonor Halloween

24 October - 1 November

Have fun carving a pumpkin at Stonor this Halloween and take it home with you for Trick or Treating! They have a limited number of pumpkins so please book your pumpkin carving when you book your Halloween at Stonor tickets.  You will need to book an hourly pumpkin carving slot during the same time as your visit. Explore the event here >

Halloween Week at Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire

Burton Constable Hall Halloween

26 - 31 October

From a Pumpkin Trail, to a Witches Hat Hunt, to Ghost stories, Historic Houses places often make for the ideal setting for Halloween festivities, and the events programme at Burton Constable Hall near Hull looks set to be a welcome week of frightful fun despite the gloom of this year. Take a look at the day-by-day line-up of events via the link below and give yourself something to look forward to. Explore the events here >

Halloween Half Term Fun at Hever Castle, Kent

Hever Castle Halloween

24 October - 1 November

Treat your little ones to a spine-tingling visit to Hever Castle over the Half Term break. Come dressed up in your spookiest outfit and follow a pumpkin trail around the grounds. During the trail why not ask your kids how many pumpkins they think are in the grounds. (Adults, the answer is 400 pumpkins!). Explore the events here >

A Spellbinding Halloween Trail at Borde Hill Garden, West Sussex

Borde Hill Garden Halloween

17 October - 1 November

Halloween Half Term is the time for all apprentice witches and wizards to put their skills to the test to become a fully-fledged expert in magic. Ballimore the wizard has been practicing his spells, but has unfortunately turned his fellow wizard, Lumos, into a guinea pig!  Can you help Ballimore by completing all the challenges on a story trail around the Garden, discovering the magic word to turn Lumos back into a boy? Explore the event here >

Spook-Fest at Aldenham Park, Hertfordshire

Spook Fest at Aldehnam Park

16 October - 1 November

Spook-Fest is a fun for the whole family event intended to add some spooky fun to your day on the Farm. You can still visit and feed all of your farm friends like the Goats, Chickens and Pigs and also try new experiences like Selmas Spooky Shack, Pumpkin Carving and the Horrid Hay Ride! Explore the events here >

Gothic Month at Chawton House, Hampshire

Gothic Month Chawton House

Through October 2020

Chawton House, Hampshire, October 2020. To celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, Chawton House is launching “Gothic Month”. This special programme is running throughout October, with events to frighten and thrill audiences of all ages. Beginning with exclusive dining in the atmospheric Smoking Room, Gothic Month continues with Wilderness walks in the moonlight, and a brand new garden trail for kids, with willow installations from local artist Judith Needham. This runs during half term and any kids wearing a Halloween costume can visit Chawton House for free! Explore the events here >

Spooky Fun at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace Halloween

17 & 18 October, and 24 October - 1 November

Join their spooky ‘going’s-on’ this October, from spooky stories for your little ghouls to creepy walks for the bigger monsters in the family. They will have everyone quivering in their boots from all the frightful fun in the Pleasure Gardens. Explore the events here >

Halloween Fun at Rockingham Castle, Rockingham

Rockingham Castle Halloween

20 - 22 & 27 - 29 October

This Autumn half term, Rockingham Castle opens for spooktacular Halloween activities.  A fun day out for all the family.

One of the Rockingham Witches and Wizards will lead small groups on a tour of their castle, telling you a little bit of history and a few spooky stories a long the way. The witches and wizards have been hard at work decorating the Castle and carving pumpkins. Can you work out what character the pumpkins are decorated as as you explore the historic Castle? Explore the events here >

Halloween Half Term at Forde Abbey, Somerset

Forde Abbey Halloween

24 - 31 October

As the days get shorter and the nights get darker, all sorts of things come out of the wood work for Halloween half term at Forde Abbey.

Join them for a spine tingling week of Halloween fun in the grounds of the Abbey over the October half term. Pick a homegrown pumpkin from the kitchen garden to suit your style and size and try your hand at pumpkin rolling on the main lawn. To make it Covid compliant, this year they're asking visitors to buy your pumpkin in the gift shop to avoid any unnecessary sharing. It’s then yours to take home. Explore the events here >

Halloween Pumpkin Carving at Lullingstone Castle, Kent

Lullingstone Castle Halloween

31 October

Join us for Halloween Pumpkin carving on the last day of the season, perfect for all the family. Fancy dress is welcome – let’s celebrate the end of our 15th anniversary of the garden in style!

Tables for Pumpkin carving will be social distanced and maximum of 3 children per table (only one adult per child to assist), all plastic carving tools will be cleaned before each re-use. Explore the event here >

Spooktacular Haunted Gardens at Spetchley Park, Worcester

Spooktacular Haunted Gardens Spetchley Park

28 October - 1 November

They have turned the Gardens over to Count Dracula and his Family, discover their very own Transalvania that will send a shiver down the spines of the whole family. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of appearing on their wall of fright. Explore the events here >

Halloween Half Term at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Halloween

24 October - 1 November

Join them for a fun and spooky Halloween during the October half-term holiday with a trail down Miss Alice’s Drive and Pumpkin Carving (selling out fast). Explore the events here >

Halloween at Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire

Bolton Castle Halloween

24 - 31 October

There are a range of experiences suitable for the whole family. Follow the trail around the castle courtyard and meet characters from its history; the creepy witches, the rats and bats, the headless man, and the pumpkins. There are many opportunities to be involved. Come already dressed in your Halloween outfit, or alternatively have a photo opportunity dressed as a witch or castle guard whilst you are here. Put yourself into the stocks and pillory, or dare you lift the coffin lid or go alone into the dungeon? Explore the events here >

Halloween Trail at Burghley House, Lincolnshire

Burghley House Halloween Trail

17 October - 1 November

During October, why not come and join us for the Burghley Halloween Trail around the Sculpture Garden? Dress up in your scariest Halloween costume and tread through the crispy Autumn leaves to find the hidden ghosts!

The Gardens are open daily with 2 timed sessions: 10:30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm (last admission is 3:30pm). Book your time slot reservation and Annual Passes via our Gardens Visiting page. Admittance to the Burghley Halloween Trail is free of charge with a House & Gardens or Gardens Only Annual Pass, Friends of Burghley or Historic Houses Card. Explore the events here >

Pick your own pumpkins at Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire

Pick your own pumpkins at Doddington Hall

Until 31 October

What makes the perfect pumpkin? Do you like to find the largest one, the roundest one or a gnarled one? Take your pick of the Doddington Hall Pumpkin Patch this October and take your pumpkin home to carve up a creepy scene for your doorstep or pick up delicious seasonal recipe ideas from the Farm Shop. Explore the event here >

Broomsticks and Witches at Penshurst Place, Kent

Penshurst Place Halloween 2020

24 - 31 October

Did you know that Penshurst Place is used by the local witches as a flying test course? Apparently, the walled gardens provide some of the best challenges for fledgling magical flyers! Meanwhile, with the ever-changing guidance on events, they are re-working the traditional set up of their most-loved Halloween event; The Wicked Witch of the Wild Wood storytelling! Explore the events here >

Halloween Half Term Fun at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire

Newby Hall Halloween

24 October - 1 November

Join us for Halloween Fun at Newby Hall this Autumn. As well as Newby’s visitor favorites, such as the Adventure Playground and the beautiful gardens, the miniature railway will become a ‘Ghost Train’ complete with spooky surprises along the route! If you dare, head out into the Wicked Woodland Walk and follow our chilling trail. Explore the events here >

A Grimm Halloween at Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Holkham Hall Halloween

28 - 31 October

Once upon a time there lived two brothers, who collected sinister stories and terrifying fairy tales that only the bravest of children dare read; they were The Brothers Grimm. Spend a Grimm inspired Halloween at Holkham, where deep in the enchanted walled garden you’ll find live mini-performances of the age-old tale of Hansel and Gretel, as well as spooky storytelling, pumpkin carving, face painting, witch-crafts and tantalising skele-trails for the whole family to enjoy. For the bravest children, there is an opportunity to get up close and creepy with the crawlies, plus a hair-raising chance to conquer the tree top terrors under the cover of darkness on the ropes course. Explore the events here >

Halloween Trail at Burton Agnes Hall, East Riding of Yorkshire

Burton Agnes Hall Halloween

23 October - 1 November

This half term, join us in a (spacious and socially distant!) hunt around the peaceful yet eerily atmospheric woodland, finding a frightfully fun series of handcrafted scenes. Each dramatic scene asks a single question and bears a freaky fact. Watch skeletons playing croquet, spot a pirates’ coffin floating on the pond, duck under a witches’ washing line and creep around spooky scenes aplenty. Decipher the full trail of spooky clues and enjoy your eerie treat! Explore the events here >

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