Top 10 Halloween ideas - Britain for kids & families - Travel tips - VisitBritain.com

Top 10 Halloween ideas

Fiendish fun for Halloween

Here in Britain we have more than our fair share of creepy critters and ghostly goings on. So to help you get into the spirit this Halloween we've prepared a fiendish feast of Halloween ideas for this season of scary fun.

Ghost walks, Edinburgh

Brave one of the most haunted cities in Europe this Halloween and take a tour of Edinburgh’s dark alleys and underground chambers. In the city of real-life body snatchers Burke and Hare you’ll find scares aplenty. Try the Real Mary King’s Close for a good mix of history and horror or for all-out blood curdling mayhem try City of the Dead – the only tour in Edinburgh to have access to the lair of the infamous Mackenzie Poltergeist.

Want to find out more about Edinburgh? Check out our Edinburgh Destination Guide.

Fright Night, Sheffield

Fright Night in Sheffield is the biggest Halloween party in the UK taking place on 25 October. Join 38,000 freaks, spooks, goblins and ghosts for ghost tours, a ghost train, Victorian illusions, food stalls, kids’ activities and more. Get creative and come in your creepiest costume for the fancy dress catwalk.

London Eye Halloween flights

From Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November the London Eye will be transformed into a gruesome grotto featuring a spooky forest and a bubbling bog. Two witches, one nasty, one nice, will be there to offer tricks and treats. Take the kids on the Tales of Two Witches Cruise, heed the cautionary tales of the mysterious Thames and hear dark stories of London’s riverside landmarks, towers and bridges.

Visit our London Destination Guide.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle is no stranger to witches and wizards and starred as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Wear freakish fancy dress, carve pumpkins, hear ghostly stories, take a spooky walk after dark and join the family party. Look out for Harry Potter look-alikes, potion brewing workshops, puppet making and more. Events run from 25 October to 31 October.

Halloween punting and walking ghost tours, Cambridge

From 24-31 October, Scudmore's Halloween Ghost Tours will combine a Jack O'Lantern-lit punt along the College Backs with a guided walk to visit Cambridge's most haunted places. Those brave enough to join the tour will be taken back into Cambridge's dark and troubled past to hear of spooky sightings, macabre tales and tragic events. This tour is not recommended for those of a nervous disposition.

Learn more about Cambridge with our Cambridge Destination Guide.

JORVIK Viking Centre Halloween Party, York

There’s not much scarier than a bunch of crazed Vikings! And there’ll be plenty at JORVIK's Halloween party on 31 October. Take the kids to York’s Viking experience and be swept back in time to 975 AD by the Viking ride. Watch out for unhinged Vikings lurking at every turn and get stuck into refreshments, goody bags and more.

Find out more about historic York.

Stay in a spooky castle or prison

What better way to celebrate the scariest night of the year than staying in an ancient, spooky building? The Landmark Trust has quirky accommodation from castles to prisons and twisted fairytale cottages. Try the Swiss Cottage in Devon that’s straight out of Hansel and Gretel, The House of Correction – on the site of a 17th century prison, or the isolated Napoleonic fort, Fort Clonque, on Alderney in the Channel Islands.

Book now with the Landmark Trust.

Scare Witch Trials, London, Warwick, Edinburgh and York Dungeons

Prepare for a scare this Halloween at Britain’s most chilling attractions. You’ll come face to face with the horrific Scare Witch in the haunted forest, be tried for witchcraft yourself and experience the witch’s hideous revenge in the bowels of her stinking prison. The Scare Witch Trials run from 17-31 October.

Book tickets at The Dungeons website.

Halloween at Warwick Castle

The Castle Dungeon brings Warwick’s dark, brutal history to life. Stroll through the Haunted Hollow nd venture along the pumpkin trail to meet the Jack-o-Lantern King. Encounter eerie characters including plague victims, ghoulish grave diggers and the hermit of the crypt. Steel you nerves and take an after dark ghost tour of one of Britain’s most haunted castles.

For more information check out the Warwick Castle website

Shiverpool ghost tours, Liverpool

Shiverpool specialise in guided ghost walks revealing Liverpool’s hidden mysteries and supernatural secrets. Audiences are offered the chance to hear Liverpool’s sinister and haunted tales through a full theatrical and interactive experience.

To find out more about Liverpool, visit our Liverpool Destination Guide.


DiscountsAnd deals

Save time and money before you travel!

We have over 150 Britain products in our online shop. From transport tickets to popular attractions and sightseeing passes, we have everything in store.

View all products
London Dungeon Tickets

Save 20% on tickets for a terrifying theatrical journey through London's gruesome history

London Dungeon Tickets
From £20.50
  • Culture
    • Shakespeare in the RSC Source:© marpete, Flickr
      Writers and poets

      Britain has produced some of the world's greatest writers and the British landscape has inspired some of the world’s most famous stories,...

    • Glasgow Riverside Museum Copyright:Karen V Bryan
      Free museums

      History, design, science, nature, football, giant stuffed walruses – whatever your passion, you’ll find a museum to match it in...

    • Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
      Film locations UK

      Setjetters rejoice - Britain is one glorious, gorgeous movie set. Don't just take our word for it: filmmakers, cast and crew have filmed some...

    • Yorkshire Sculpture Park Source:socialBedia
      Free art galleries

      World-famous masterpieces by the legends of the art world and controversial installations and creations by modern-day geniuses. See them all at...

    • Oda Mae Brown, Ghost the Musical Source:Sean Ebsworth Barnes
      British theatre, opera and dance

      Britain is a nation of drama lovers and in the land that brought you Shakespeare, you'll never be far from some of the best and most varied...

  • Heritage
    • Stonehenge Source:matt crawford
      World Heritage Sites

      Did you know that Britain has 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? These range from sites of natural beauty like the Dorset and East Devon Coast to...

    • Eilean Donan Castle at night Source:Allan Gourlay
      Britain's castles

      Want to know a secret about British castles? They really are the stuff of your wildest dreams. Dramatically situated, packed with history and...

    • View towards Steel Rigg from Hadrian's Wall in Northumbria, Hadrian's Wall, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England © Britainonview.com / Rod Edwards
      Stately homes

      Once upon a time, stately homes were the exclusive privilege of royalty and landed gentry. Today, these spectacular country pads make for a...

    • The Pineapple, Dunmore Source:Taffy van Doorn
      Historic houses

      Why stay in a nondescript hotel when you can play Lord of the Manor at some of the oldest and most interesting buildings in Britain? Discover...

    • Buckingham Palace
      Top 10 royal attractions

      Get closer to the scandal, glamour and history of the British royal family with a look around our top 10 royal attractions.

  • Outdoors
    • The Deep Aquarium, Hull Source:© VisitBritain / Pawel Libera
      Britain’s wildlife

      Britain has a startling variety of natural habitats crawling with animals of every kind. You can also visit world-class zoos, gardens and parks...

    • Lily pads at the National Botanic Garden of Wales Source:Steve James
      Great British Gardens

      Britain is a nation of green-fingered garden lovers and we have some of the most famous green spaces in the world. From a whole rainforest...

    • Walking in the mountains
      Walking and hiking

      Experience the best of the great British outdoors on foot with thousands of miles of walking and hiking routes all over Britain. Wherever you...

    • Autumnal Punting in Cambridge Source:tad2106
      The 10 best ways to enjoy Britain's...

      From lakes, lochs and the sun-baked South Coast to wild Welsh waterfalls, we’ve toured Britain to bring you the best watery activities.