Need ideas for Halloween? We’ve got a few spooky numbers to keep in mind.
When looking for fun things to do for Halloween, it can be pretty overwhelming. There are absolutely tons of events on, and it can be hard to pick which one to go to.
To save you time and energy scouring the web, we’ve rounded up the most exciting fun things to do for Halloween this year to get you excited and planning for the spooky season ahead.
1. Halloween club nights
If you’re into dressing up and just want a boogie, the first thing you should do is give your go-to club a search and see if they’re doing any events, we can almost guarantee they will be!
LEVEL Nightclub in Liverpool has its regular Hashtag Friday event (where dress-up is highly encouraged)!
If singalong isn’t the spooky scene that you’re into, The Warehouse Project are hosting a Halloween with DJs such as Annie Mac, Patrick Topping, Ammara and much more.
So, if the house, techno and rave scene are what you’re after, tickets start at £45 on the WHP website.
2. London Bridge
If you’re less of a party goer and want to get spooked in a historical setting… there are some more events for all the horror wh0res out there. Plus, Halloween in London is truly a fantastic experience.
Descend into the lower vaults of the London Bridge where The London Tombs await. Using a variety of special effects and immersive sets, it’s no wonder this nightmare attraction has been recognised for being the UK’s best scare maze for over a decade.
Plus, there’s a show called “The Sickness”, which is not for the faint-hearted. Under 16s, we’re sorry to say that this one isn’t for you.
Tickets start from £26.95. Don’t worry if you do end up scared out of your wits, there is an onsite Creams Cafe to trick or treat yourself with afterwards.
3. London Dungeon
Another Halloween in London idea has to be The London Dungeon. It’s an attraction that goes across the minds of many during Halloween.
The London Dungeon is a tourist attraction along London’s South Bank, which recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humour style. It uses a mixture of live actors, special effects and rides, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Plus, they have some unique shows on too. This year presents “50 Berkely Square”, a terrifying attic and the most haunted in London. This seasonal show is running from 15th-31st October and is included in a standard ticket purchase (from £28 when booked online). But get a booking now to avoid disappointment.
4. Cinema nights
Want to enjoy some classic (and new) horror as opposed to walking through an attraction for a fright? We’d say this is a lighthearted option, but it depends on what you choose to watch…
Major cinema outlets such as Odeon, Vue and Cineworld will often showcase scary films throughout October. Be sure to check out your local listings to see what’s on. In fact, Halloween Ends (2022) will be out on October 14th!
And if you want to really immerse yourself in the world of horror films, then GRIMMFEST in Manchester is the ultimate festival of films for the spooky season. It’s an independent genre film festival dedicated to both new and established films in genres such as cult, horror, extreme fantasy and sci-fi. So if you like your indie films, you’re going to love this festival.
Individual film screening tickets start from £7.50 but check out the site for day pass availability.
Spooky World has 5 attractions guaranteed to make you scream, from the Evil Carnevil Freakshow and the Field of Screams to The Haunting House of Horrors and the Haunted Hayride through the woods.
While dress-up is encouraged, no full face masks or full face makeup is allowed. We can only assume this is for your own safety and you may be denied entry if not following this rule.
Tickets start from £20 and vary in price depending on the night you pick. But be warned, if you scare easily, this might take you over the edge.
6. Theme parks
Theme parks are the ultimate way to spend Halloween, particularly for those who love the adrenaline rush. Here are our favourite theme parks to consider when looking for Halloween activities:
Alton Towers: Scarefest
Alton Towers at Halloween is truly special. In fact, Alton Towers Scarefest is celebrating 15 years in the making, fun-packed and filled with a ton of spooky activities and rides. Daring guests can face head-spinning, hair-raising rides and attractions in the darkness including Wicker Man and the Alton Towers Dungeon.
A day pass is £42 if booked in advance online, however, there are five themed accommodation options if you want to make a weekend out of the experience.
Get an Alton Towers student discount.
Thorpe Park: Fright Nights
From epic roller coasters to scary mazes, Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights has it all. And don’t worry if you don’t want to get spooked, all other rides are open as usual.
They’ve also partnered with Darkfield to bring about a brand new and BRAND-NEW “out-of-this-world” scare experience. The immersive attraction will transport you into deep space using high-tech audio technology and special effects. After boarding “The Terminal”, you’ll be escorted to your private pod to put on your headphones. We won’t spoil the rest…get a booking now to avoid disappointment on the day.
7. Warner Bros Studios: Making of Harry Potter
During the months of September through to November, Warner Bros Studios: Making of Harry Potter and the Dark Arts has returned to the studio for 2022. It allows you to step into the iconic sets from the Harry Potter film series, albeit in a spookier setting, with the lights dimmed and stage set for the Halloween season.
If you love Harry Potter but want something a little more low-key, this experience is definitely worth it. Prices start at around £49.95
Looking for an event for Halloween? We wrote about how you can get paid to work at Frightmare not too long back. Frightmare is an attraction you walk through, all while getting your pants scared off.
Usually taking place on Over Farm, for the first time ever, they’re taking to abandoned buildings in the city for a truly creepy and immersive experience. In fact, their exact quote of the experience is as follows: “no more muddy fields or flooded attractions; we’re now creating longer mazes, immersive shows and more ways to make you scream, laugh, or cry”.
9. Immersive experiences
Ghost walks are storytelling tours of a particular place. You may not necessarily get scared, but you will definitely feel some eeriness upon learning about various events that took place. Here’s a few ghost walking tours that might take your fancy:
A play on Coronation Street, the original set is transformed into a spooky one throughout the month of October. You’ll get a chance to revisit ghosts of the storyline’s long history, including the villains!
Tickets start from £28, and is definitely worth the visit if you’re a fan of the show!
Are you a student of Sheffield or want to venture over to experience Bunting Nook (one of England’s most haunted roads)? It’s well worth the visit. Plus, you’ll get tales all about Queen Mary and a walk through Graves Park.
There are escape rooms all across the country with a ton of themed rooms you have to escape from. Most of them are creepy all-year round too! Here’s two escape room Halloween ideas:
Halloween Escape Room Challenge — AgeUK
Want the challenge of an escape room while helping a charitable cause? AgeUK are hosting its own spooky escape room you can partake in. There are two rooms, two teams and one winner…
It takes place on Saturday the 29th October 2022, at 2pm at Cluedini Yarm. The fee to take part is £10pp plus a minimum of £70pp sponsorship.
10. Drive-in cinema
Now, if you’re into horror movies but also love a good immersive scare, Scare City 2.0 might be the event you’ve been looking for! This immersive drive-in cinema experience at Soccerdome will include an interactive scare-zone whilst playing films like A Quiet Place II.
These drive-in cinema events are scattered all over the UK, from Bristol, Cambridge and Leeds to Sheffield, Stoke and Teeside being just a few ‘full car’ prices start from just £25 so what are you waiting for? Start gathering your friends already!
11. Pumpkin picking
Our final and most wholesome Halloween suggestion is all things Pumpkin picking fun! Pick your own pumpkins to use as decorations for your student dorm, or have a night of pumpkin carving altogether. Perfect for Halloween celebrations!
Tons of pumpkin farms around the UK host family-friendly, insta-pic-worthy pumpkin carving in October so, get texting that one friend that has a car. You’ll need to have a look in your local area to find a pumpkin patch, though.
So, whether you want to be scared out of your wits, jump around in your seat, or carve some pumpkins, don’t be afraid to lift your spirits this October!
If none of these suggestions offered you love at first bite, simply use them as inspiration to find similar terrifying events near you! Need something to wear to your Halloween event? Check out our favourite Halloween looks.
By Mariah Glaiser, Marketing Student at Manchester Metropolitan University