- Published: 02 October 2018
October has barely started and we’re already looking ahead to the end of the month with our Top 5.
Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honour all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
It is now a day dedicated to trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, eating sweets, and visiting scary attractions.
Now that the history lesson is over, check out the Top 5 places that will give you a terrifying time this October.
Shocktober Fest @ Tully’s Farm
Just outside Crawley, Tully’s Farm is one of the go to places for Halloween. It has won numerous awards for being the UK’s top Halloween attraction and won’t fail to scare you this year. Complete with live-performances and actors, you’ll be immersed in 9 themed haunts including the Cellar, Twisted Clowns, and the Circus of Horrors.
Shocktober starts on Saturday 6th October and runs until Saturday 3rd November. The X-Scream ticket, which is £30 if you book online, will give you access to each of the 9 haunts, along with Street Theatre and the live music stages.
Fright Night @ Thorpe Park
The Surrey-based amusement park has been running Halloween themed events for almost two decades and promises to frighten guests again this year with new mazes and horror zones.
The 17th annual ‘Fright Night’ will treat you to six new live-action scare mazes and horror zones across the park including AMC’s The Walking Dead: Do or Die, Vulcan Peak, and the Blair Witch maze, situated deep in the woods of the park (no thanks).
Fright Night starts on Friday 5th October and run until Wednesday 31st October. One day park passes are £30 if you book online, saving £25. Check the website for details and times of the performances.
Screamland @ Dreamland
Each October, Dreamland in Margate turns into Screamland. The award winning attraction will be welcoming guests back to the park for another year of fear.
Set over 7 nights, you’ll be immersed in a frightening world of interactive scare mazes and sideshows including the Dreamland Sleep Experiment, Mary Decomposed, and Upside Down, as well as favourites such as Dead and Breakfast. Here is last year's trailer.
Screamland is open for 7 nights, from Saturday 13th October until Wednesday 31st October (see website for details). Early bird tickets are available from £20 online, which includes access to all seven scare mazes from 6pm and unlimited use of the rides in the amusement park.
Scream Fest @ The London Dungeon
Every October, the London Dungeon becomes darker, scarier, and more extreme than ever. You’ll be able to see, hear, feel, and smell, the chillingly amusing characters of the 'bad old days' from the capital's most perilous past.
You can book a Halloween tour from the 1st October until 31st October. The Scream Fest ticket will give you access to 19 live shows, featuring 20 actors, and two thrilling rides. If you go during the week you can pick up tickets for £15, but if you visit during their peak times (20th, 25th-27th, and 31st October) tickets will be £31.
If you’re under 16 you cannot visit without a paying adult over 18 years of age.
Check the website for more details and to book tickets: www.thedungeons.com
Ghost Walk @ The Redoubt Fortress
This 200-year-old fort in Eastbourne really comes to life during October. Running for four nights at the end of the month you’ll have the chance to join a torch-lit guided tour around the creepy corridors and tunnels of the Redoubt Fortress.
In the past, visitors have reported seeing eerie figures walking through the corridors, hearing spirit voices, and getting uneasy, ice cold feelings. You’ll also find out about the history of the fort and hear tales about the gruesome battles that took place there.
The stories are pretty scary so you’ll need to be at least 13 years old. Tours take place in groups and will be available from 7:30pm on Saturday 27th to Tuesday 30th October. Tickets will cost £6.
Find out more and book tickets here: www.visiteastbourne.com