Ghostly excursions
Paranormal paddling, New ForestPaddling round New Forest creeks and the Beaulieu River at evening sounds evocative sufficient, however with tales of resident ghosts en route, together with a spectral monk and the “Girl in Blue”, canoers will probably really feel greater than a bit of spooked. Fancy gown is inspired for the two-hour journey across the non-public estuary close to Lyndhurst in Hampshire, exploring nature-rich waterways and saltmarshes. After disembarking the illuminated canoes, contributors might be rewarded with scorching chocolate and Halloween sweets.• £29 grownup, £22 baby, 26 October-31 October (extra dates could also be added) newforestactivities.co.uk
Haunted Happenings ghost hunts, numerous areas

A cell at Shrewsbury jail, which closed in 2013. {Photograph}: Susie Kearley/Alamy
Not for the faint-hearted, in a single day ghost looking with Haunted Happenings takes place in among the UK’s most atmospheric buildings, from former asylums and mansions to museums and castles. “Experiments” all through the evening embrace desk tipping, glass shifting, vigils, séances, experiments and ouija boards. Occasions run year-round, and for Halloween week venues embrace decommissioned Shrewsbury jail, the “satanic mills” of Armley close to Leeds, and the previous underground army complicated of Drakelow Tunnels in Kidderminster.• From £20pp, hauntedhappenings.co.uk
Beastly Bodmin Jail, Dartmoor

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Following an in depth improvement undertaking, 18th-century Bodmin Jail reopens on 1 October, with ghost excursions, scary films and particular all-night Halloween occasions in the direction of the tip of the month. The jail’s personal “paranormal supervisor” will share non secular and scientific explanations and methods behind mysterious phenomena. In the course of the daytime, the brand new immersive Darkish Stroll expertise combines digital know-how with the historical past of the jail and its former inmates plus different darkish tales of the area, from freeway robbers and smugglers to the Beast of Bodmin Moor. The night excursions should not appropriate for youngsters. • Halloween occasions from £20 (18+), 26 October-1 November; different night occasions from £25 (16+); day entry grownup £15, baby (5-15) £12.50, Bodminjail.org
Haunting trails
Spooky walks with English Heritage, numerous areas

Whitby Abbey. {Photograph}: Danny Lawson/PA
A lot of England’s most historic websites have a fame for ghostly happenings – from the 2 lovers and a phantom horse at medieval Goodrich citadel in Herefordshire, to the nun of Whitby Abbey and the footsteps and laughter on the Cornish citadel of Pendennis. Outside trails for all ages are on supply at a number of English Heritage venues for Halloween, together with creepy clues alongside the way in which and fancy gown competitions. For these courageous sufficient to discover after darkish, there’ll even be storytelling performances via the woods at 5 of the websites for Halloween weekend (29-31 Oct).• Trails are included within the entry worth, which begin at £10 grownup and £Eight baby (5-17), advance reserving required), 24 October to 1 November, english-heritage.org.uk
Pumpkin grotto at Groombridge Place, Kent

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Behind a thick wood door, round a stream that tumbles down rocks and right into a moat, the key backyard of 17th-century manor home Groombridge Place is being reworked right into a Halloween grotto. Pumpkins have been secreted away for youngsters to identify earlier than they head off into Crusoe’s World subsequent door. This journey space contains wood rope bridges and swings, an enormous wood ship, zipwire, twice-daily chicken of prey shows, and walks by the canal and in forest that’s dwelling to fallow deer and “zeedonks” (zebra-donkey hybrids). Treats for anybody in fancy gown.• Grownup £8.95, baby £6.95, household (one under-12) £25, 26 October-1 November, groombridgeplace.com
Eerie eats
Wizard afternoon tea, London

Enchanted chamber room at Georgian Home Resort
“Lemon cursed” tarts, “eye of newt” scones, “eggspelliarmos” and wild cress “sandwitchs” await wannabe wizards at Georgian Home Resort in London’s Victoria, with the choice of bottomless bubbles or magic-themed cocktails. The immersive afternoon tea expertise is on the market Fridays and Saturdays (from £30) and may be upgraded with a weekend break bundle, together with a keep within the Enchanted Chamber – a sequence of wizard-themed rooms with 4 posters, velvet bedspreads, stone arches, stained-glass home windows and different Harry Potter-esque particulars plus breakfast (from £199 for 2). Magic potion cocktail-making periods additionally run alongside, mixing “dragon blood, phoenix teardrop, blue mountain flower and frozen crystals” (£15 alcoholic, £12 mocktails).• georgianhousehotel.co.uk
Cadbury World Halloween Spooktacular, Bournville, Birmingham

A chocolate creation at Cadbury World from Halloween 2019. {Photograph}: Jacob King/PA
Freddo’s Haunted Mansion is the brand new attraction for Halloween 2020 at this chocolate theme park, with reside leisure, spooky video games and a self-guided thriller path to assist uncover the ghostly inhabitant (17 October-1 November). The Chocolate Making zone can also be open, the place guests can see the chocolatiers in motion and check out their pleasant output. This may be adopted by piping names in chocolate within the Have a Go Zone in addition to a 4D audio-visual rollercoaster expertise, which dives right into a pot of liquid chocolate. Creepy costumes are inspired for the every day fancy gown competitors; advance reserving important.• £18 grownup, £13.25 baby over 4 , on-line reductions, cadburyworld.co.uk
Useless cool discos
Extra groovy than spooky: Costa del Tottenham, London

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A number of particular occasions might be happening at north London’s open-air venue Costa del Tottenham, a part of warehouse-with-a-conscience nightclub the Trigger. On 31 October a jungle drum’n’bass barbecue brunch begins at midday, for pre-booked tables of as much as six (from £25pp), which incorporates one hour of bottomless rum cocktails, and music from Randall, Nicky Blackmarket and extra. On 1 November, a elaborate gown celebration begins at 4pm, hosted by promoters Raindance and Kapow (from £15pp). The massive all-weather house contains desk service through an app and a rota of road meals merchants, from Neapolitan pizza to jerk hen.• costadeltottenham.co.uk
Moonlight on the Mersey: Liverpool Disco Pageant’s Halloween Get together

A full moon over The Beatles statues on Penny Lane, Liverpool. {Photograph}: Peter Byrne/PA
A “blue moon” will illuminate the skies this Halloween. Celebrating the bizarre prevalence alongside its fourth birthday, Liverpool Disco Pageant heads to warehouse venue Camp and Furnace, within the coronary heart of town’s Baltic Triangle cultural district, on 31 October. The flamboyant gown disco will embrace reside home and disco classics from Hope Road Jazz Orchestra and different particular friends to be introduced, plus prizes for the best-dressed. • £22/£18pp, pre-book tables of as much as six upfront, 3pm-10pm, skiddle.com
Amsterdam within the Haus: Lakota Gardens, Bristol

New open-air house Lakota Gardens in Bristol is throwing a number of Halloween occasions this 12 months. The house contains pre-bookable giant tables, the place old-school Italian pizza and aperitivi are served, amongst different drinks. The Haus of Horrors celebration, from promoter Fuze and student-run charity Into the Wild, takes place on 29 October (6pm-10pm), together with disco, home and tech DJs, reside pole and aerial efficiency, plus fancy gown competitions (from £20 for a desk of as much as six). Throughout Halloween weekend (30 and 31 October) the Revenge of the Redlight District celebration might be hosted by Viva la Disco (30 October) and Extensive Eyes Drum & Bass (31 October), transporting revellers from the streets of Stokes Croft to the neon-lit alleyways of Amsterdam, with creepy characters prowling and performing between tables, Shade Cartel dancers and reside DJs (from £40 for a desk of as much as six).• lakota.co.uk