Halloween events to make your skin crawl

Circus of Horrors cast outside the O2I adore Halloween. When I was a child, my family held Halloween parties each year; we’d all dress up and my dad would tell ghostly tales to creep us out. For some reason I have vivid recollections of my sister dressed as a skeleton trying to eat an apple hanging from a piece of string… This season I’m off to my first Halloween Party in years (dressed up as a moth – pics may or may not follow…) and am very excited indeed.

I’ve also been receiving masses of press releases about ghoulish events, so to make sure you get your share of the chills and thrills, here’s my pick of the highlights.

Haunted Halloween Tour cr Mercat ToursMercat Tours Haunted Halloween Tour, Edinburgh – 25 Oct-2 Nov

Suitable for over 18s only, this late night ghost walk include a wander through the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults of Edinburgh by candle-light and a chance to hear about “the sinister and unsavoury past of Edinburgh and its residents.”

For more information, please go to www.mercattours.com

Mostly Ghostly Haunted Highways Tour – 26 Oct 2013

This creepy coach ride is suitable for ages 12+, providing they’re not of a nervous disposition! The eerie excursion travels along an apparently famously haunted stretch of roach, the Dumfries & Galloway A75, and promises “screaming hags, eyeless phantoms and a menagerie of unearthly creatures.”

For details visit www.mostlyghostly.org

Bristol Zoo LemursHalloween Festival at Bristol Zoo – 26 Oct -3rd Nov 2013

Even the lemurs look anxious! Aimed at kids (we’re thinking of borrowing one or two), this festival sounds really fun, with a trick or treat trail around the zoo, creepy creature encounters, spooky storytelling, face painting and Halloween lantern-making workshops lanterns ready for a spectacular lantern parade.

Find out more here.


Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead – 28th-29th October 2013

This spoof lecture is taking place at The Etcetera Theatre on Camden High Street, and will reveal everything you need to know to equip you for a zombie infestation. Find out more.

Philadelphia Eastern State PenitentiaryTerror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary – Oct-Nov 2013

Over the pond in Philadelphia, America’s first ever prison transforms into one of the USA’s most popular haunted attractions for Halloween. The long-abandoned prison, pictured above, is reputedly riddled with gruesome paranormal visitors and now features impressive Hollywood-style sets, 200 actors, custom-designed props, animatronics and digital sound effects all aimed at thoroughly freaking you out. For details, visit www.easternstate.org/halloween.

Circus of Horrors Herculean Hair actThe Circus of Horrors, London – 28 Oct-16th Dec 2013

The ever popular Circus of Horrors reaches London’s West End just in time for Halloween, with an incarnation called ‘London after Midnight’ inspired by the film of the same name.

Circus of Horrors contortionistSet in plague-ridden London and climaxing with the Great Fire of 1666, the story includes “grisly murders and sensational shocks, all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth.” Peek between your fingers to see “sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a dwarf strong man, a hairculian hair hanging beauty (pictured above), dislocating contortionists and much more.”

Find details at www.nimaxtheatres.com.

There now, that should be plenty to give you nightmares this Halloween.

Spotted some ghostly goings on I should know about? Send an email to Judy(at)socketcreative.com