Halloween is free candy. Halloween is dressing up. Halloween is pumpkin carving, toffee apples and the cosmetic stale smell of dried paint that is starting to form cracks all over your face. Halloween is a whole lot of fun, when you’re a kid.
Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to seek out the fake blood, white face power and the good old white bed sheet for the last minute dilemma of deciding which scary monster you should go as this year. Realistically all you need is a bit of fake blood splattered on your face and a few rips inyour clothing and you’re good to go.
But instead of the repetitive and mundane routine of going to an average Halloween party, trick or treating just because you feel like you should, or sitting in and watching scary movies, why not shake it up a bit this year? Treat (or trick) yourself to one of the many Halloween events taking place up and down the country over the next few days. Alternative and celebratory Halloween events have been on the rise in recent years and will be sure to make your evening stand out and more enjoyable.
Halloween at the 3 Monkeys Bar, 31st Oct & 1st Nov, 7pm-late
The 3 Monkeys Bar
in London will be hosting a Halloween event which promises to tonnes of fun and extra scary. Taking place over two evenings, the event welcomes a San Franciscan Halloween DJ, free shots for the ‘Cutest, Sexiest and Scariest’ fancy dress, Halloween give-aways and competitions all night. Champagne will be served in a bubbling cauldron for best costume and entry is free. What more could you want?
Halloween Fright Night, Shocktoberfest 2013, 27th Oct–2nd Nov
Shocktober Fest Scream Park will host a number of events over the Halloween season which will offer an interactive and immersive haunted experience, not for the faint hearted. Known to be voted the UK’s No.1 Halloween event, the Halloween Fright Night won’t disappoint and this year will also be launching a live stage, fun fair and After Shock bar. To avoid any disappointment, guests are requested to book in advance online.
Spooktacular, 31st Oct-2nd Nov
After a recent discovery from the film ‘The Possessed’, Spooktacular will be officially screening the petrifying motion picture and involving guests in an interactive experience. If you fancy something a bit more relaxed (no promises)and a bit of grub to keep you going, the night will include a three course meal as well as cocktails, a spooktacular disco. Guests must be in frightful fancy dress, tickets can be purchased on the website and the event is for strictly over 18s.
Tales of Fear, Belsay Hall, 29th – 31st Oct
All the way up north in Northumberland, the grand Belsay Hall provides the perfect setting for some late night spooky ghost stories for all the family. Tales of Fear includes a production of three separate shows which bring to life the ghost stories of the great Gothic author M R James. Supported by English Heritage, suitable for children the event is a great way to celebrate Halloween in an educational and spooky way.
Ghost Tour at Muncaster Castle, Halloween Week, 26th Oct-1st Nov
Labelled as one of Britain’s most haunted castles, Muncaster Castle is inviting guests to take part in an experimental evening which consists of an overnight scientific investigation into paranormal activity. Through-out the week, the castle will also be hosting numerous spooky events including a Ghostly Grotto for children, a firework display, twilight spooky owl tours and much more.
For more Halloween fun, check out our previous article on The Forgotten World – a Masked Ball for Halloween