Spooky things are afoot this Halloween and there are loads of weird and wonderful activities to get you in the mood for magic and mystery. To make things easier for you we’ve picked out the spookiest seven Halloween themed goings-on leading up to All Hallow’s Eve.
1.Ghost Experience at Northwood House
The Isle of Wight Ghost Experience will be at Northwood House in Cowes again and this is your last chance to experience this type of Halloween event at the house as it will not be happening again next year. Walks will be from Monday October 29th to Friday November 2nd at 7pm and 9pm nightly at a charge of £10 per head.
And for real spirit sleuths there is a house investigation in this creepy old house on Halloween night, Wednesday October 31st from 11pm till about 2am. A team of mediums will be making the investigation with you and equipment is available to use. Book through Marc on 520695.
2. Spooky Carisbrooke Castle
As part of their ‘Time Travellers Go…’ programme that English Heritage have rolled out this year, they are putting on ‘Ghosts and Ghouls’ at Carisbrooke Castle for the half term holiday (Saturday October 27th to Sunday November 4th ).
“Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! Take part in the spooky quest, create your own terrifying decorations in our craft area and wander the grounds with our very own ghost hunter as he tells gruesome tales of times gone by!” says their website. The fun is from 10am to 4pm daily and is suitable for families
3. Witches and Wizards Day Out at Blackgang Chine
It will be time for the Witches and Wizards Days Out at Blackgang Chine (Land of Imagination) on Tues and Thurs 23rd and 25th October and Tues and Thurs 30th October and 1st November: four days of magical fun for all would-be wizards and witches.
There will be seasonal games and competitions including: apple-bobbing, magic shows, face painting, ghost stories, fancy dress competitions and loads of prizes and give-aways. The park is open from 10.30 a.m. and closes at 4.30p.m, with activities between 12 noon and 4p.m.
4. Wizard Week
Join in the Wickedly Wonderful Halloween Fun during October Half Term at the IW Steam Railway at their Wizard Week. From Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November you can see owls and birds of prey, be amazed at the magic shows, enjoy relaxing steam train rides, tread cautiously through the enchanting Woodland Walk and be surprised as you explore the ‘Spooky Maze’.
Visitors are encouraged to dress-up as wizards, witches and other spooky characters and there are daily prizes for the best costumes, along with a Halloween Treasure Hunt.
Attractions on offer include Wizardly Magic Shows twice each day, Crackers the Clown, a Spooky Maze in a marquee with owls overhead, Owls and Birds of Prey with Haven Falconry, plenty of steam train rides, the ‘Bat-Man’ and his Bats – (Tuesday & Wednesday only), Halloween Crafts, Children’s Play Area and the ‘Enchanting’ Woodland Walk, Treasure Hunt and Fancy Dress competition daily at 1.45pm and a revolting ‘What’s in the Box’ game. There are refreshments and a well-stocked gift shop and plenty of free parking.
Lots of fun and ghostly goings on in the grand Appuldurcombe Haunted House. Are you brave enough to walk through the Dungeons of Death, the Gruesome Graveyard or the Chainsaw Massacre? These tours are suitable for all ages though not recommended for the easily scared. We’ve been on this tour in former years and it is great fun and gets scarier as it progresses.
“We never have the same number of people at the end as started in the beginning,” laughed John Owen of Appuldurcombe House and Falconry Centre.
The tours are suitable for all ages and are from Monday 29th October to Wednesday 31st October at 7.30pm. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment they say – 01983 840188 ext1 or 01983 852484.
6. Ghostly goings-on at The Garlic Farm
The headless horseman rides again at the Garlic Farm on Wednesday October 31st at its Spooky Sausage Supper with a ‘Thrilling Tractor and Trailer Ride’ suitable for all the family. Tours are at 6.30pm, 7.15pm and 8pm with supper to follow. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are priced at £25 with individual tickets, £9 and under 15s, £6.
7. Ghoulish Surprises at Arreton Old Village
Gumball’s Travelling Circus, a travelling circus of horrors, sets up at Arreton Old Village from Friday October 26th to Sunday October 28th. Arranged by Ghost Island’s Marc Tuckey, Gumball’s Travelling Circus promises entertainment in a very chilling fashion that will be especially good fun for kids. There’s even a ghoulish tea party with traditional jelly and icecream, but it may not be served in a conventional manner! Every day there is a prize for the best Halloween fancy dress and the events are at 7pm and 9pm each night.