Experience the thrills and chills of Halloween this October in Shakespeare’s England! From haunted castles and frightening fairy tales, to ghostly walks and fearsome family activities – there is plenty of eerie excitement to be found….if you dare!
Family Friendly Halloween Fun
Halloween at the Castle, Warwick Castle
From £29, Sunday 1st – Monday 31st October
Encounter Halloween frights and fun at Warwick Castle this October. Explore over a thousand years of spooktacular history as you venture through The Haunted Hollows, meet the Witches of Warwick, and experience the haunting Halloween atmosphere around the castle and grounds.
As Halloween approaches, the castle’s spookiest residents invite you to join them for haunting half-term fun at The Haunted Castle (22nd-30th October). Enjoy mysterious mazes, eerie entertainment, and frightful delights for the whole family as over a thousand years of haunted history come to life.
For more information visit: https://www.warwick-castle.com/
Halloween Fun at the Farm, Mary Arden’s Farm
From £7.50, includes pumpkin carving
25th, 27th, 29th October, 9:30am – 12pm & 1pm – 3:30pm
Discover the weird and wonderful traditions of All Hallows’ Eve at Mary Arden’s Farm this October half-term. This family friendly event gives the opportunity to explore the spooktacular traditions that people in medieval and Tudor England took part in to keep the spirits at bay, with fun-hands on activities to enjoy! All activities are included, including a pumpkin to take home.
Suitable for ages 4+, pre-booking is essential.
For more information visit: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/tudor-halloween/
Halloween half term, Kenilworth Castle
£36.90 for two adults and up to 3 children if booked online in advance
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October, 10am-5pm
Gather your little monsters and prepare for a ghoulishly good day out at Kenilworth Castle this October Half Term.
Follow Dennis, Gnasher and friends to solve creepy clues on the fun family quest around the grounds. Then, meet costumed performers to hear tall tales of the strange, the supernatural and the downright silly.
With so much spooky stuff to see and do, it’s a phantomtastic, great value day out for families – and tickets are even cheaper if you book in advance.
For information and how to book click here.
Twisted Circus – Family Friendly Edition, Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon
£8 or £9 when a performer is present
From 8th October
Roll up, Roll up! Welcome to the most Twisted Circus in Town!
As you enter the Corpse Brothers’ circus at Magic Alley, expect to find all your favourite circus characters but with a distinctly creepy twist ready for Halloween. Part circus, part funfair part carnival (or should that be carnevil!) you can immerse yourself in a different world long forgotten.
The Twisted Circus is suitable for children over 6 with strictly no admittance to anyone younger…some things are simply not suitable for little ones.
Anyone caught misbehaving will be sold to the circus – For Eternity!
For information and bookings, click here.
Halloween themed family fun day, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Free entry, Wednesday 26th October, 10.30am-4pm
Join the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry for a free Halloween-themed family fun day with activities including story-telling, a dressing up station with real stage costumes, and arts and crafts inspired by upcoming family shows such as David Walliams’ Demon Dentist. No booking is required and families can turn up on the day.
For more details visit https://www.belgrade.co.uk/events/halloween-family-fun-day/
“Scarily Ever After” Halloween event, Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton
£7.75 per person, Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October, 10am-5pm
Head to the award-winning Fairytale Farm in Chipping Norton for their Halloween themed “scarily ever after” family-friendly Halloween event which runs daily during half term.
Fun activities include: sing-a-long sessions, pumpkin carving and painting competitions, and indoor craft activities. Post photos of your children in fancy dress on the Fairytale Farm social media to be entered into a prize draw to win a free annual family pass to the farm.
From October 8, Fairytale farm is also launching an “illuminations and supper deal” which will run every weekend after 3pm. Wander through the illuminated walk, see farm animals (if you arrive before they are put to bed!), and enjoy a tasty hotdog or crusty bread and soup with a drink. The “illuminations and supper” deal is charged at £9.75 per adult and £8.75 per child.
For more information visit www.fairytalefarm.co.uk
Halloween Family Fun Day, Sulgrave Manor
£6 per child, £8 per adult, Sunday 30th October, 11am-3pm
Celebrate Halloween at Sulgrave Manor and enjoy a full day of fiendishly fun activities including a Halloween Trail, Craft Activities, Pumpkin Painting, Roasting Marshmallows, House Talks and Free Flow Tours.
For more information and to book online click here.
St John’s Haunted House, St John’s House, Warwick
£14 children, £8 adults, 2 and under free, Thursday 27th October – Sunday 30th October
Head to St John’s Haunted House in Warwick this half term. Get spooked as you explore rooms and see them as you’ve never seen them before. Discover the creepy story of the Knights Templar hospital that was based on the site in the Medieval era.
Make Mad Science bouncy eyeballs and a spooky lantern to take home. Get messy making potions, enjoy small world fairy play and more. Dressing up is welcomed for children and adults!
For more information and to book, click here.
Magic of Science, British Motor Museum
£40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October
Less scary but certainly magical is the Magic of Science which takes place at the British Motor Museum during October half term. Get up close to one of the Ford Anglias which starred in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and then join the mad scientists for some magical, mind-blowing experiments, extraordinary family tours plus make an optical illusion to take home!
Museum entry is just £40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, £14.50 for adults in advance or £16 on the day, £12.50 for concessions in advance or £14 on the day, £9 for children (5-16 years) in advance or £10 on the day and under 5s are FREE.
For information and bookings visit: https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/whats-on/october-half-term
Ghoulish Fun for Grown Ups!
Halloween isn’t just for the kids! Shakespeare’s England has something spooky to offer the adults too….
Castle After Dark, Warwick Castle
From £20, 22nd, 23rd, 28th – 31st October, from 6pm
Can you brave the darker side of Halloween at Castle After Dark? From fearless families to brave scare-seekers, see if you have what it takes to conquer the UK’s scariest castle.
Brace yourself for an evening of spine-chilling scares ahead at Warwick Castle. The castle courtyard transforms into a frightful festival of entertainment. Feed your fear as you prepare for an evening you’ll never forget. The Castle Dungeon* awaits for frightful fun and Warwick Castle’s grisliest tales.
There’s terror at every twist and turn across three thrilling scare attractions within the Castle and grounds. You’ll face your fears as you venture through the darkness and open your mind to the most unnatural possibilities.
Recommended for ages 10+, pre-booking is required. Additional charges apply.
For more information visit: https://www.warwick-castle.com/explore/events/castle-after-dark/
Halloween Ghost Walk, Stratford-upon-Avon
Adults £10, Children £5 (recommend 8 years +), Monday 31 October 2022, Walks at 7pm and 7.30pm
Join this award-winning, entertaining ghost walk around the ‘haunted’ streets of Stratford upon Avon with Stratford Town Walk. Join your costumed guide, Vincent, Edward or the Man in Black for a stroll around the ancient streets to discover the buildings seeping with tales of ghosts, witches, murder and misery. Hear about ghostly goings-on at a haunted tearoom, the witch of Sheep Street, a jilted bride who appears in a local hotel, a young girl buried alive and more. An evening of good old-fashioned story-telling. The guides are professional entertainers and deliver the tour in their own unique style.
Walks last 1-1.5 hours, pre-booking is essential.
For information visit: https://stratfordtownwalk.co.uk/halloween/
Spooky Cocktails and Ghost Tour, St John’s House, Warwick
£25 per person, Friday 28th October 7pm – midnight
Join this unique Ghost Hunt at St John’s House! Challenge your fears and take part in real experiments with Ghost Hunters ‘Haunted Happenings’ and enjoy some spooky gin cocktails from ‘The Warwickshire Gin Company’.
The evening includes a tour of the St John’s House to hear the fascinating and varied history of the building and all the people who have lived here. Then join experienced guides and paranormal experts as they show you what to look for and how to read the signs of unusual activity. Some of these activities take part in the cellar and attic, please note unfortunately there is no disabled access.
The bar will be open all evening for you to purchase further drinks and cocktails, either before or after your tour experience. Other alcoholic drinks available.
This is an adult only event, dressing up is welcomed!
For more information and to book click here.
Twisted Circus After Dark, Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon
Friday 28th October, Saturday 29th October, Sunday 30th October and Halloween from 7pm till late
Do you dare enter the Big Top after dark? Experience a Halloween event at Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon that is not for those of a nervous disposition!
During this Halloween scare attraction sound and lighting effects will be used and there will be live actors in attendance.
There is a glass of prosecco or equivalent soft drink included if you make it out alive!
Admission is for 18+ years only.
For more information and bookings visit: https://magicalleystratford.com/halloween/
Halloween Masquerade Ball, Billesley Manor Hotel
£65.00 per person, Sunday 30th October, from 7.00pm
Join Billesley Manor for a black tie masquerade ball in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice. Enjoy 5 courses along with blood punch in the newly refurbished Topiary Suite. Follow this with dancing to live music.
Tickets are £65.00 per person or £600.00 for a table of 10
Booking is essential, visit: https://www.billesleymanor.com/
Book a Spooky Halloween Short Break in Shakespeare’s England
Extend your stay in Shakespeare’s England during Halloween and Half Term with some wickedly good accommodation to choose from!
With a wide choice of accommodation from peaceful country retreats and boutique town centre bolt-holes to cosy bed and breakfasts, and self-catering stays – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Find a place to stay in Shakespeare’s England here.
Visit our Offers page for a choice of accommodation and dining offers in Shakespeare’s England.
Enjoy a shivering-ly great time in Shakespeare’s England this Halloween and don’t forget to share your spooky adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.