I still remember the dark days when nothing used to go on in the UK at Halloween. No special days at theme parks or special events put on for kids. You were lucky to find a pumpkin at your local supermarket!
Thankfully though, those days are gone and now we have a veritable glut of choices when it comes to days out (or nights out for that matter) at Halloween.
As there is so much choice, we thought it would be helpful to pick out 5 of the more exciting activities taking place this year to help you decide how you will celebrate Halloween 2017.
5 awesome things to do in the UK this Halloween
Halloween Horror Con – Birmingham
If you’re a horror fan, then this is a horror convention that you won’t want to miss.
Taking place in Edgbaston Stadium, the event runs over the weekend before Halloween (28th and 29th) and there’s lot to do if you go along.
You’ll be able to meet stars from The Walking Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street and Texas Chainsaw Massacre along with other celebrity guests and authors.
The programme also includes traders, exhibits, cosplay, films, special effects demos, panels and talks. So there’ll be lots for you to buy and learn just ahead of Halloween.
For more info and tickets, visit: http://www.horrorfan.co.uk/
Vevo Halloween with Rag n Bone Man – Manchester
If live music is more your thing, then you might want to go along to the Vevo Halloween concert at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on Saturday 28th October.
It’s being headlined by ‘Only Human’ singer Rag n Bone Man and will feature other artists including Jonas Blue, JP Cooper and Yungen.
Fancy dress is encouraged as the organisers promise the night to be an ‘other worldly’ experience.
It also coincides with Manchester going green for Halloween which will make the city yet creepier, guaranteeing a truly unforgettable weekend.
For tickets and more info on the Vevo event, visit: http://vevohalloween.tumblr.com
Boo at London Zoo – London
There are lots of fun things taking place at London Zoo for Halloween this year. Take a trip to ‘Boo at the Zoo’ for a day filled with family focussed activities including an extinction trail, ghost tour, Halloween story telling and lots of spooky arts and crafts for everyone to enjoy.
Kids can also go along to the Zoo’s Ghoul School, where they can dress up as their favourite Halloween character, learn how to ‘cast a spell’ and even try their hand at mummy-wrapping, before showing off their devilish disco moves at the Pumpkin Party.
It’s also one of the few places that you’ll be able to get up close and personal to a real, live bat, so what are you waiting for?!
For tickets and further info visit the London Zoo website.
Michael Myers at Glamis Castle – Angus, Scotland
If you’re got the guts to stay in a real haunted castle at the spookiest time of year, then Glamis Castle is worth considering.
The land has been occupied sinze 1372 and in that time all manor of horrible things have happened on the grounds This might go some way to explain the reports of ghastly apparitions such as a mischievous servant boy tripping up guests, a gambler playing cards for all eternity, a tongueless woman and a Grey Lady are all said to be among the long-term residents of the late Queen Mother’s childhood home.
If that isn’t scary enough, an events company will be screening the 1978 classic John Carpenter film Halloween on the grounds of the castle allowing guests the chance to watch the most famous Halloween film at Scotland’s most haunted castle!
For more info, visit: http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/
Tulleys Farm – Crawley
Are you looking for something fun for the kids during the day but creepier at night for the grown-ups to get you in the mood for All Hallows Eve?
Tulleys Farm in creepy Crawley offers just that, when it’s transformed into ‘Shocktoberfest’ for the Halloween season.
Young and old alike can enjoy the daytime activities at the ‘Pumpkin and Spookyfest, offering a Terror Trail, Twisted Fun House, Horrid Hayride and The Creepy Cottage.
You can take part in s Spook Hunt and then join Hilda Hotchpotch and Wilfred Wagglewand at The Department of Halloween Headquarters for spooky stories, fearsome fancy dress and stacks of spine tingling silly fun!
At night though, the cute stuff disappears and Shocktoberfest emerges with 8 haunted attractions with live actors, guaranteed to make you jump out of your skin. There will also be live music and great food to enjoy.
For more info, visit: http://www.halloweenattractions.co.uk/
Whatever you do, make sure you get out there and make the most of the great Halloween events out there available to us all. And let us know all about your experiences, either in comments on the site or on our social channels.