Six Ghoulish Ideas for a Family Halloween Getaway

Leave your own haunted house behind this Halloween, and take a terrifying trip with your family that includes one of these horrifyingly fun attractions! From spooky ships to macabre mazes, the UK has plenty of Halloween fun to offer that’s the perfect excuse for a holiday. Here are six of the scariest picks.

Halloween Scarefest, Alton Towers

Photo Credit:  Jeremy Thompson

Photo Credit: Jeremy Thompson

As one of the UK’s best theme parks Alton Towers is always a sure bet for a hair-raising time, but you’re guaranteed to scream if you visit in October. The Halloween Scarefest will see the park transformed into a nightmarish playground, with pumpkins, ghouls and zombies at every turn, and the rides staying open until long past dark! There will also be a chilling Carnival of Screams, an undead-laden Zombies! Scare Zone, and spine-chilling Scare Mazes, but for the ultimate Scarefest experience stay in one of the extra special Trick-or-Treat themed rooms at the Alton Towers Hotel.

Halloweden, the Eden Project

Photo Credit: Karen Roe

Photo Credit: Karen Roe

Have a hands-on Halloween at the Eden Project in Cornwall, where you and your family can try your hand at making spooky-themed crafts like a witches’ broom, magical potions and even scary monsters! There are a couple of very special eerie events too: the Little Monsters’ Ball on 29th and 30th October, and the Scream Fright Nights on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November, where you can venture into the haunted Biomes – if you dare. For affordable accommodation in Cornwall take a look at Parkdean’s eight holiday parks, which are all within easy reach of the Eden Project.

Fright Nights, Thorpe Park

Photo Credit:  Ella Patenall

Photo Credit: Ella Patenall

Prepare for a truly twisted time at Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights this Halloween, as the warped minds at Lionsgate Entertainment have helped to add an even more terrifying touch to the creepy celebrations! Experience your favourite horror movies like SAW, The Cabin in the Woods and the Blair Witch Project brought to life in a number of ‘Live Action Horror Mazes’, and ride the rollercoasters into the night for a Halloween you won’t soon forget. The Thorpe Park Fright Nights are only suitable for children aged 13 and over, but visitors of all ages can escape to safety with the plenty of cosy hotels located nearby.

Halloween Ghost Ship, Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Dare you step aboard the Halloween Ghost Ship? Your Halloween holiday in the Lake District will take a terrifying turn as you cruise along Lake Windermere, whilst listening to ghost stories told by an expert local storyteller. There will also be fancy dress competitions, and Halloween themed games and activities with lots of fearsome prizes to be won. The Halloween Ghost Ship will set sail three times on 30th October, so reserve spots for your family today.

Children’s Halloween Extravaganza, Craig Y Nos Castle

Photo Credit: Jaggery

Photo Credit: Jaggery

As the ‘Most Haunted Castle in South Wales’, Craig Y Nos Castle certainly lives up to its reputation with its Halloween Extravaganza! Created just for kids, the afternoon event on 30th October has lots of spine-tingling fun in store including a ghost tour, a bouncy castle and face painting, plus fancy dress and pumpkin carving competitions. There will be music and dancing too, so there will be no tricks, and plenty of treats at this Halloween party. Once you’re all spooked out, head back to your comfortable caravan at one of Parkdean’s holiday parks in South Wales, or enjoy more of what this beautiful region has to offer.

Spooktober Fest, Tulley’s Farm

Photo Credit: Andy Potter

Photo Credit: Andy Potter

Ghouls and boys of all ages can enjoy the fun at the Tulley’s Farm Spooktober Fest, which comprises of hilarious live action shows, a forbidding fun house, a haunted hayride and a Boo Barn, where the ghosts are more friendly than frightening. Follow the Spooky Trail too to find witches, ghosts and pumpkins, and claim your prize when you finish! Tulley’s Farm is located in West Sussex, so a day at the Spooktober Fest makes a perfect part of a family Halloween break in Brighton.


Disclaimer: This post is written in partnership with Parkdean 

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  1. October 17, 2013 / 9:34 pm

    There are a lot of place to visit for some spooky fun. My son went to Alton Towers for his tenth birthday in July and he went on Nemesis Subterra and it really scared him so it would be really frightening at this time of year!

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