Halloween is just around the corner and there's no shortage of spook-tacular things to do, for both kids and adults, in Bath this month. From trails for brave Halloween explorers to creepy craft workshops and ghastly ghost tours, there's something for everyone to enjoy – if you dare!
Pumpkin Picking at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
Make your way to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park this October to pick your own pumpkins, perfect for carving! Their dedicated patch, with more than 15,000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, is open until 31st October. The fun won't stop once you've picked your favourites – expect retro fête games, music, entertainment and plenty of autumnal food and drink, making for the ideal seasonal day out.
Halloween Arts and Crafts at the Museum of East Asian Art
With Halloween falling in Bath Museums Week this year, 26th October to 3rd November, the Museum of East Asian Art will be tying the two together with a ghoulish arts and crafts session on 31st October. Listen to stories about East Asian monsters and use them as eerie inspiration for your own ghoulish masks, just in time for trick or treating!
Ghost Tours at Longleat House
Make this year's Halloween one you won't forget in a hurry with a spine-tingling Longleat Ghost Tour. The sixteenth-century Elizabethan manor house is said to be home to numerous ghoulish figures, including the White Lady, who still wanders the House in search of her murdered lover. Your guide will take you through the spooky cellars, attics and corridors as you explore the Wiltshire estate's chilling past, from 26th October to 3rd November. Suitable for children aged nine and over, this tour will feature live actors, so is not for the faint-hearted!
A Halloween Tale at Cheddar Gorge and Caves
This Halloween, get ready for some ghoulish goings-on at Cheddar Gorge and Caves. With a variety of famous literary characters having come to life in Gough's Cave, help a detective duo solve some mysteries. Keep an eye out for Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and Bill Sikes all hidden in the chambers, and who may hold some answers, in this exciting and immersive experience, from 23rd October to 3rd November.
Prior Park Halloween Trail
There’ll be a ghostly trail to follow around Prior Park Landscape Garden from 26th October to 3rd November. Make it to the end and you’ll win a prize, but watch out for frights as you hunt for the clues along the way!
Spiders, Ghosts and Phantoms at Haynes International Motor Museum
Head to Haynes International Motor Museum in Yeovil and join them for a week of Halloween-inspired fun, from 26th October to 3rd November. Expect lots of art-based activities as Spiders, Ghosts and Phantoms take over the museum! Look out for a giant spider's web on the ceiling, and create some creepy crawlies to call it home, and pick up a trail sheet to head off on a frightful car trail, looking for cars with Halloween names and ghostly characters in the driver’s seats.
Spooky Fun at the American Museum & Gardens
Celebrate a stars and stripes-inspired Halloween at the American Museum & Gardens. During half term, 26th October to 3rd November, join in with some spooky fun with a range of children's activities running throughout the week, and tackle their fiendish Trick or Treat Trail, where creepy clues will be hiding in the gardens.
Halloween Ghost Walk with Ghost Walks of Bath
Uncover the haunting history of Bath and explore some city mysteries with Ghost Walks of Bath's special Halloween Ghost Walk on 31st October. Suitable for all the family and with four time slots throughout the evening, meet outside The Garricks Head next to the Theatre Royal Bath before embarking on your tour with a ghoulish guide. Get ready to hear some chilling real-life stories of horrible hauntings!
Day of the Dead Parade with Bath Carnival
SouthGate has been given a colourful Mexican-inspired makeover this month with Bath Carnival's Day of the Dead decorations. Head there on 31st October for afternoon mask-making workshops before a community Día de los Muertos parade in the evening. You'll also be able to continue the party after-hours at Komedia Bath with the Carnival's Halloween Rave.
Bowood's Enchanted Autumn
Discover the spooky side of Bowood House and Gardens from 23rd October to 1st November, as autumn has taken an enchanted turn! With the estate under a spell cast by a mischievous witch, kids can help reverse the charm and banish the ghosts and ghouls by following a woodland activity trail. Biscuit decorating will also be taking place in their Treehouse Café, perfect for a sweet treat afterwards.
FEAR at Avon Valley
Not for the faint-hearted, head to Avon Valley's Scream Park from 18th October to 2nd November for some seriously scary immersive scenarios. Five attractions, with fearsome names such as House of Clowns and Phobia Rebirth, will drop you straight into the action. You can also expect street theatre, fire shows and a funfair, so get ready for some hair-raising scares!
Twilight Tour of Beckford's Tower Cemetery
For a quieter, but no less chilling night of frights, make for Beckford's Tower on 31st October for a spooky tour of the Cemetery. The site of over 5,000 burials, including William Beckford himself, the nineteenth-cenutry owner of the Tower, hear about its history and prepare for some eerie tales.
Spooky Screenings at The Little Theatre Cinema
The historic Little Theatre Cinema will be showing some suitably spooky films this Halloween. Don't miss a special screening of cult musical horror comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show, telling of all-American couple Brad and Janet, who find themselves in the midst of Dr Frank N. Furter's night of frights and frolics, and dig out your fancy dress if the mood strikes. You can also watch a longer, theatrical version of The Shining, Stanley Kubrick's fluoro-lit horror classic, on 28th October.
Halloween Clubnights at Komedia Bath
Komedia Bath's clubnights have taken a terrifying turn, with their Motorcity Halloween Party on 26th October and their Halloween Rave with Bath Carnival on 31st October. Don your finest frightful fancy dress as the legendary Motorcity night does Disco Inferno, and the carnival experts get the party started with a night of freakish funk and soul.
Aqua's Halloween Cocktails
Get into the spirit – quite literally – of all things eerie with a visit to Italian restaurant Aqua, on Walcot Street. They're offering special limited edition drinks, the Black Widow – their Halloween Pornstar Martini, shown above – and the Frankenstein, from 21st October to 4th November. At just £8.50 and with two-for-one on the same cocktail, there's no excuse not to celebrate the scary season!
Moles' Menacing Makeover
Prepare for some Halloween fun at nightclub Moles this month. Throw it back to the 80s and 90s on 26th October with Rapture, and expect cheesy hits with a Halloween twist at The Big Halloween Cheese on 29th October. Get ready for their infamous spooky party the following night with Discord's fancy dress competition, themed drinks and horror movies played on their HD screens, and tying up proceedings on 31st October, the VOLT Halloween Party will be one not to miss.
Halloween Ball at Bowood Hotel
Bowood Hotel will get a bewitching makeover ready for their Halloween Ball on 1st November, one of Wiltshire's most exclusive spooky parties, sponsored by Annings Gin. Dress in your freakish fancy dress for a buffet banquet before hitting the dancefloor as their devilish DJ will spin some terrifying tunes. Expect the unexpected!
Tricky's Trick or Treat Quiz with Bath Rugby Foundation
Get your thinking caps on and gather a team, or go it alone, at a fun Halloween Quiz on 31st October. Head to Apex City of Bath Hotel as Bath Rugby Club's charity host a night of fiendish quizzing, complete with seriously spook-tacular rounds and questions, all in aid of the valuable work they do in the local community.
Not scared enough? To learn of some historic spooky goings-on in Bath, click here.