Halloween 2020 is gonna be one scary ride!
Not only are we all under the pall of pestilence, plague and more-than-usual winter sickness vibes, there will also be a full moon on Halloween itself.
And not just any full moon but a Blue Moon – the second one in a month. The first one kicking off Spooktober.
More scary though is the fact that several seasonal attractions will struggle to put on their usual fear-fest frenzies. It’s a shame that so many of the usual big ticket October – shockers are either not running at all or have had to scale everything down.
Traditional family activities like bobbing for apples and door-to-door trick or treating are also COVID victims.
Damn you COVID 19 for spoiling the autumn fun!
But there’s toffee and gingerbread to be made, pumpkins to carve and a few big scare nights in the UK are still putting on a Halloween show.
And, like everything these days, you’ll have to book early and bring your Hannibal Lecter-style mask!
English Heritage has a great listings website for those who like a slice of history attached to their scarefests.
With the emphasis on outdoor events and social distancing, it’s going to feel a bit weird, but if you want jump-scares we’re sure you’ll be able to find ’em!
So push that spooky boat out with one of these Halloween events during the 2020 scare season – some for adults and some less frightening for kids (and scaredy-cats!)
This place really doesn’t need to do anything extra to scare the pants off you.
What better time of the year to come face to face with the capital’s scariest and most notorious characters like Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer.
And for an extra thrill try to rescue yourself and your friends from the executioner in the escape room adventure.
Where: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
When: Year round
Cost: From £24 per person
The usual Shocktober Fest has been postponed til 2021 because its immersive scare experiences with talented performances, great designs and a splattering of comedy, just can’t be made to fit the COVID secure guidelines.
Instead they’re going all out with a Haunted Drive In Cinema showing a range of films from scary movies to family friendly adventures, plus special PYO Pumpkin nights.
Pick up the perfect pumpkin for your celebrations by the light of the moon!
Where: Tulleys, Unit 2, Turners Hill Rd, Crawley RH10 4PE
When: Drive-In Cinema 25 September to 8 November 2020
Cost: From £30 per vehicle
When: PYO Pumpkin Nights weekends from Friday 9 to Saturday 31 October 2020
Meet the famous Witches of Warwick and find out which secret spells they are concocting in their cauldron!
Uncover eerie experiences around every corner and explore the gruesome truths of history in the Horrible Histories® maze.
Look out for traps in the Haunted Hollows and enjoy the tricks and mischievous magic on the Dead Centre Stage.
Or dare you risk an overnight stay in Fright’s Village?
Where: Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU
When: 24 October – 1 November 2020
Cost: From £21 per person
Ghost Walk of The Lanes, Brighton
For an hour and half you can wander one of the oldest parts of the city in the company of Silas, Ebenezer or Jasper as they tell harrowing tales of murder, mystery and hauntings past.
The Lanes, with its narrow passages and tightly packed buildings, is the perfect backdrop for macabre stories of apparitions, poltergeists, wandering nuns and Brighton’s infamous Jack-the-Ripper connection.
Where: Meet at The Druid’s Head, Brighton Place, Brighton
When: 7.30 pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Cost: £12 adults (some concessions)
Tickets: No need to book.
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Funny goings on have been reported to the Rufford Park Rangers and they need your help to hunt down the creatures, ghouls and ghosts.
Outdoor fun for all the family as you follow the map and and find the haunted hideaways and creepy woods to discover the truth.
Where: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF
When: 17 October – 15 November 2020
Cost: Free admission to the park and abbey ruins, £4 car parking fee and £1.50 for the map
Tickets: No need to book
Note: At the time of writing all the above details are correct. Please check with the venue before you go to avoid disappointment.
Slindon, West Sussex
Sorry to end on a sad note, but the wonderful Slindon Pumpkin display which has run for a spooktacular 52 years is a casualty of COVID and is closed until further notice.
We send our best wishes to the family behind this wonderful, free event and hope it can return in 2021.