Halloween is one of those occasions where we all want to do something exciting and extraordinary, but it tends to roll around and then we end up just staying in and watching some dated old horror film, grabbing some out of date fake blood and ripping a white shirt frantically trying to hit the town, or missing it all together. This year, there is way too much going on to miss out, so I’ve rounded up a few of the best to hopefully ensure you have the most haunting Halloween yet.
Thorpe Park Fright Night
Going on throughout October, Thorpe Park Fright Nights are the perfect way for any thrill-seeker. New for 2016, they have added the Island’s deserted railroad, in the newest live action scare maze to join Fright Night’s line up – Platform 15. Depart on a one way ticket and trek along the overgrown railway line, the last known route of the vanished locomotive – the notorious Sleeper Express. Don’t lose your tracks and risk disturbing the haunted souls that were once aboard, where you may just experience the same chilling fate. Can you outrun what lies at the end of the line or will your journey terminate here, at PLATFORM 15?
Live action horror mazes return alongside thrilling rides in the dark including THE SWARM, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, SAW – The Ride’s 100ft ‘beyond vertical’ drop and Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest rollercoasters.
Open from 10am to 10pm, with Fright Night attractions opening from 3pm, they are running every night from now until Halloween, 31st October. Ranging from £29.99 per adult to £51.50 depending on date, Thorpe Park Fright Nights are recommended for 13 year olds and over.
Have a look at the 2016 Map to see what FRIGHTS are in store for you this year…
Fear Factor Rating: 4/5
Ghost London Bus Tour
Head to the big city this Halloween for a ride on the dark side, in a refurbished vintage double-decker. A creepy conductor will tell you stories from the murkier side of London’s past with tales of execution, murder and haunting. The London Necrobus Company offers a sightseeing show with actors on-board technical trickery.
Adult tickets cost £21.00 per person
Sunday to Thursday: 19:30 and 21:00
Friday: 18:00, 19:30 and 21:00
Saturdays: 18:00, 19:30, 19:45, 21:00 and 21:15
Fear Factor Rating: 3/5
Kentwell Hall Scaresville
If you’re looking to be truly terrified this Halloween, head to the haunted village of Scaresville to experience a true fright. Scaresville lies in the grounds of Kentwell Hall in Suffolk and mysterious hauntings occur every autumn. It is one of Britain’s Top Scare Attractions and has been a winner of the prestigious Screamie award.
If you dare to attend Scaresville this Halloween, you’ll enjoy up to an hour and a half of pure adrenaline as you journey through pitch black buildings, forests and open farmland. There are no safe zones or any let up in the scaring, by the time you leave you will be exhausted from screaming and laughing.
Scaresville operates by scaring groups, not individuals, groups of no more than 12 follow a set route around and are required to stay together at all times. You can book a group ticket for between 8 and 12 people at discounted rates. If you book for fewer than 8, you will be joined by others on the night to form your ScareZone group.
Find out more here: http://www.scaresville.co.uk/.
Fear Factor Rating: 5/5
Colchester Zoo Shriek Week
Shriek Week has officially begun at Colchester Zoo, are you brave enough to visit? Enjoy a number of spooky themed displays and activities throughout the days for all of the family, including The Haunted Mansion
The darkness of ‘Shriek Week’ is set to return to Colchester Zoo…are you brave enough?! Why not join in and enjoy plenty of spook-tacular fun during October half term. Enjoy a number of spooky themed displays and activities throughout the day including The Haunted Mansion and Tales from the Crypt and fantastic crafts!
Fear Factor Rating: 2/5
Explore Old Tunnels and Haunted Dungeons Beneath the Old Royal Naval College
This Halloween delve into regions dark and unexplored beneath the Old Royal Naval College in our spooky interactive theatre experience.
Beneath Christopher Wren’s enlightened buildings, tunnels and dungeons from older constructions still remain, haunted by the ghouls of ancient admirals and drowned mariners. Be prepared for chilling encounters as you join us on an expedition into this labyrinth. We’ll need your help to ward away the spirits of scurvy sailors, Victorian mourners, and ancient servants lingering amongst the foundations of the old Tudor palace. Listen to characters’ deeds of mischief-making, mud larking, misery and murder.
After these harrowing events, share your ghostly experiences as you enjoy a complimentary cocktail in the Queen Mary Bar. A pay bar is also available – proof of age may be requested.
Register and meet at the Queen Mary Undercroft Bar. Tours leave at 19.00 prompt.
The tour includes several flights of stairs and low light levels and is not wheelchair accessible, however, please do let us know in advance if have any special access requirements.