Thank goodness for all our autumn and winter festivals! I can go and join the ghosts jostling for space at an historic house nearby to celebrate Halloween one week and then swap my witch’s nose for woolly gloves and hat for the first really wintery evening of the year on Guy Fawkes Day the next.
Here are some Halloween and Guy Fawkes events we can all enjoy (except my poor dog Walpole, of course, who will be cowering in the cupboard throughout; such a sensitive fellow). Don’t forget to dress up!
Is this the most haunted castle in Britain? Halloween week is a big deal here. I fancy the Spooky Owl Tours and the Cannon Firing, though I might need some extra sustenance to survive the Grim and Grisly Trials of Thomas O’Shea in the maze. All topped off, of course, with a firework spectacular on Friday 1st November.
Put on your cloak or your steeple hat to join the Ghost Train for a Halloween ride and learn something about the darker history of our trees. What is the Chinese Coffin Tree, I wonder? Lots of Halloween food here too.
Alnwick Castle & The Alwick Garden
Or is this the most haunted castle in Britain? Alnwick Castle is always a great place for dressing up and Halloween doesn’t disappoint. This is where to learn to ride a broomstick (Harry Potter did), delve into the Dark Cellars or tackle the dragon. The Alnwick Garden is being taken over by ghosts and it’s a good week for the Poison Garden. Nothing too scary here (apart from the Cellars) so I might take some young nieces and nephews.
The maze is the centre of Halloween fun at Blenheim. The Ghost and Goblin Halloween Hunt will start us off nicely before trying out some Halloween crafts. Spine chilling tours of the State Rooms might turn out some of the Palace’s creepier aspects too.
Or is this the most haunted castle in Britain? Actually it claims to be the third most haunted so the two Ghostly Evenings there this Halloween sound promising. Some underground chills here too!
But surely this is the most haunted castle in Britain? A fun filled evening is planned here with pumpkin carving, bouncy castles and ghost stories for children. But don’t forget Chillingham is famous for its serious Ghost Tours and overnight Vigils seeking the truth about some of the ghosts monitored by the Castle’s own Paranormal Team. The family crest is a bat after all, so the bat flags will be flying.
The clocks go back on 27 October so darker evenings should make Guy Fawkes Day all the brighter. I shall be shouting ooh and aah at one of these firework displays.
Sat 26 Oct 3pm-9.30pm.
Leeds Castle, Kent
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Nov 2pm till late.
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Sat 3rd November 5.30pm till late.
Sat 2 & Sun 3 Nov 6.30pm-9pm.
Lydiard House, Wiltshire
Sat 2 Nov 5.30pm till late.
Sherborne Castle, Dorset
Sat 9 Nov 5pm till late.