Things to do this Halloween 2013

By Ellyn Peratikou

This October there are tons of events taking place across the UK. Wherever you are and whatever your age, you’re sure to find an activity that suits you. Whether you’re into scary movies or ghost walks, we’ve put together a short list of all the cool things to do this Halloween 2013:

Digbeth Ghost Walk – Birmingham 
When: 31st October – 10th December 2013
Where: The Zen Shop, 162 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD
Doors: 7:00pm til 11:00pm

Digbeth is one of the oldest parts of Birmingham and the birth place of our present city. This evening walk explores the history and haunted inhabitants of this areas difficult past. There is so much history and activity here that even the postcode for this area says OLD! The walk starts at the Zen shop – followed by an investigation of the premises and their resident ghosts.


Jekyll and Hyde at the Blue orange theatre, Birmingham
When: Friday 1st November 2013
Where: Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham
Doors: 6:45pm til 9:45pm (last entry 7:45pm)

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic novella. Marti Pellow stars as the brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London in this dark, twisted tale about love, redemption and the seductive power of evil of double identity performed on stage for Halloween. A show not to be missed!


Halloween Ghost Ship, Lake District
When: 30th October
Where: Cinderbarrow miniature railway Milnthorp
Time: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Pull on your scariest fancy dress and hop aboard Windermere’s Halloween Ghost Ship for an evening of spooky ghost stories. As you float along Windermere on one of the oldest and most iconic steamers in the Lake District, you will unveil all the goings-on in and around the lakes such as the strange tale of the Claife Crier. If you’ve come with the children and they get a little scared, then the family games and activities including face painting is sure to keep the smile on their faces.


Halloween Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon
When: Thursday 31 October
Where: 21 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW

Scare yourself silly with 31 days of non-stop nail-bating, spine-tingling festivities at Stratford’s annual Halloween Festival which is now in its seventh year. The festival organisers have thought up ways to induce goose bumps in all ages, with plenty of eerie activities for the little ones and the scaredy cats, including a mass zombie walk, magic lessons for budding witches and wizards and ghost stories galore. Be sure to have a butterbeer and slice of cauldron cake too in the Golden Broomstick Tearoom.


Beach of the Dead Brighton 
When: 22nd October
Time: From 3pm
Price: The walk is free but if you wish to attend the adults only after party, tickets are £4 on the door.

More than 1,000 zombies, ghouls and demons are expected to show up for this year’s Beach of the Dead event, Brighton’s annual zombie walk. The parade starts in Victoria Gardens at 3pm, passing the Royal Pavilion and along the beach, eventually finishing at Concorde2 for the (adults-only) Halloween after-party with live music and burlesque performances. The walk takes approximately two hours, depending on your level of undeadness. Dress to distress.


Drive in scary movie Scotland Strathclyde
When: 30th October
Time: 6pm-midnight
Price: Online – £24.00 per car. On the day – £27.50

Scare yourself silly at one of the Halloween Drive-in Movies being screened at Scottish theme park M&D’s over Halloween weekend. Friday 13th, The Last Exorcism and Nightmare on Elm Street are among the horror flicks being shown on the huge outdoor screen. Don’t forget the popcorn … and be sure to lock your car doors.


Halloween Ghost Hunt at Calderstones Park, Liverpool
When: Friday 1st November 2013
Where: Calderstones Park, Liverpool, L18 3JD
Time: 9:30pm til 11:30pm (last entry 9:30pm)

Leave your nerves at home and step into the shoes of a ghost hunter for the evening as you investigate Calderstones Mansion House.


Halloween at the London dungeon 
When: Thursday 19th September 2013

You’ll need to book well ahead for Halloween at the London Dungeon – but then they do always put on a simply frightful show. This year, in their new location, there will be 18 set-ups performed by 20 actors, with all the whizz-bang (or yeurch-bleurgh) special effects you could possibly recoil from. The usual cast of ghastlies (including Sweeney Todd’s sidekick Mrs Lovett and Jack the Ripper) will be joined by a special seasonal nasty: the Pumpkineer.


Late at the London Dungeon
When: Fri Nov 1
Where: Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Rd, City of London, SE1 7PB
Time: From 10pm
Price: Adults £22, Children £16.50

This Halloween, journey back in time to London’s plague-ridden streets (rotting corpses, rats, vile boils and projectile vomiting all come as standard) and meet some of the city’s unsavoury characters as The London Dungeon opens its doors until 10pm for a fright night special. Guy Fawkes will be in attendance, as well as demon barber Sweeney Todd. A cast of blood-splattered actors are joined by ‘virtual’ guests (such as Brian Blessed as Henry VIII) and, as well as the 18 different shows and ‘surprises’ – which could see you on the run from ‘Jack the Ripper’ or getting lost in London’s Victorian sewers!
Boo at the Zoo London 
When: Thursday 19th September 2013
Where: London Zoo, Regent’s Park, Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY

This is certainly one for the kids! London Zoo are hosting spooky events all through the day at London Zoo, from Halloween versions of the popular regular feeding sessions to storytelling and bat mask-making. You can trespass into Mr Darkmire’s Curiosity Shop of Horrors, while owls fly over your head, or see creepy creatures up close in the Amphitheatre for an Animals in Action show.

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