Top 5 Halloween Days Out for the Family
October is the time of year where the days start getting shorter, and the nights start getting scarier. Don't hide indoors this Halloween, embrace your inner monster and treat your family and friends to some of the best spine-tingling fun the UK has to offer!
Apple Jacks Adventure Park / Spooky World
If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly day out this October, then Apple Jacks is the right place for you. Most people come for the massive maize maze which can take up to an hour to escape from (so make sure you bring some snacks!), but there is also plenty of other fun to be had for children of all ages including archery, roller skating, quad karts and a play area for the toddlers. For those looking for a bite to eat there is an onsite grill serving fresh burgers and hot dogs. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic, which you can either eat inside or outside on the fields if the weather is nice enough.
Adults and teens are welcome back at night for the intense horror experience – known as Spooky World – where you are sure to find one or two things that go bump in the night, and with attractions such as The Slaughter House, Field of Screams and the crowd favourite Haunted Hayride, you are sure to be scared straight.
Nearby Hotel: Daresbury Park Hotel & Spa
Known by most for being an adrenalizing theme park, Alton Towers also transforms into something spooktacular during October. Visit during the day with the kids to enjoy fright-light entertainment with Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime, Phil & Franklyn’s Ghoul School, and Patch’s Trick-Or-Treat Party. Return after dark if you’re feeling brave enough, to experience all of the horrors that Scarefest can throw at you, including the truly terrifying and award-winning maze!
Nearby Hotel: North Stafford Hotel
This award-winning theme park will have the kids screaming with joy during the day, and the adults screaming in terror by night. Experience some fangtastic family-friendly fun with free pumpkin carving, and a variety of wicked Halloween workshops. For those of you looking for something more sinister, leave the kids at home and experience all of the horrors that await for you at the scare mazes.
Nearby Hotel: Bosworth Hall Hotel & Spa
Harry Potter 15th Anniversary
From the 15th October to 4th November take a look around the famous sets that first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Enjoy a feast in the Great Hall, which will be decked out for Halloween, and take a look around the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic and the boys’ dormitory. If that isn’t enough, you can also get up close with some authentic props, and examine costumes made famous by some of the movies most beloved characters.
During October Thorpe Park becomes home to some of the UK’s most intense and petrifying attractions, including the movie-based Blair Witch, Saw and The Cabin in the Woods (the award-winning maze so disturbing and disorientating you’ll be desperate to escape). Between all of the thrills you can take a well-deserved break, and enjoy some food and drinks at the sites many restaurants including Fin's Bar & Grill and Inferno’s Pizza & Pasta.