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Eerie events in Bath this Halloween

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!  

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Half term Halloween events at Avon Valley
Broomsticks and cauldrons at the ready, kids can enrol at Avon Valley’s Witch and Wizard School this October half term. A magical day will await, with a slime-making Potions class, a wand-training Spells lesson and a broomstick-decorating course. Avon Valley Railway will also be offering rides on their spooky half term trains along with fearsome trails around the station – fancy dress is encouraged!

Spooky events at the Woolley Bears Den, Woolley Grange Hotel
If you go down to the woods this half term, be prepared for some wickedly Woolley activities for both little ones and older kids. Younger children can try out some creepy crafts, from carving pumpkins to making spider masks and baking some ghostly biscuits, and the older ones can make magical mocktails and toast marshmallows by the fire. There’s also a Halloween party planned for the end of the week, so don’t forget a scary costume!

Avon Valley Witches and Wizards
Haunted Haynes Week
The ghosts of Haynes Motor Museum will make an appearance from 21st to 29th October. Fearless explorers will be able to complete the ghostly Charlie Crow Treasure Trail around the museum, and with pumpkin carving and free entry for kids in their best fancy dress, you’d be ghoul-ish to miss out!

Longleat House Ghost Tours
A spine-chilling tour of the grand Longleat House is in store, taking in its eerie cellars, unseen attics and shadowy corridors. As you’re hearing about Longleat’s ghoulish past, you might catch a glimpse of the Grey Lady – Lady Louisa Carteret – but be careful not to disturb her or her ghostly friends – who knows what will happen if you do! Suitable for ages 9+ 

Longleat Ghost Tours

Halloween Fright Fest at Neston Farm Shop
For a whole host of fabulously freaky activities to keep the kids entertained, head to Neston Farm Shop & Kitchen on 28th October. With face painting, a spooky woodland trail and plenty of pumpkins ready and waiting to be carved, get ready for a scare-tastic day!

Halloween Spooktacular at Cheddar Gorge
Immerse yourself in the history of the magnificent Cheddar Gorge Caves as the Natural Theatre Company bring it to life. Throughout half term you'll be able to meet some of the characters who first discovered the mysterious underground corridors as they host a ghostly gathering in the shadows. To take the experience to another level, the Natural Theatre Company will also be staging special "Fright Nights" from 28th to 31st October. A truly interactive and immersive night of storytelling will await as dark tales of deceit and rivalry are revealed.

Cheddar Gorge Halloween           

Museums Week at the American Museum
In the week leading up to Halloween, get into the spirit with some creepy crafts and wicked workshops. From building 3D King Kong skyscrapers, to exploring the mysteries of Tutankhamun and learning about the Day of the Dead via magical shadow puppetry, kids will be able to let their imaginations run wild.

Prior Park Halloween Trail
There’ll be a spooky trail to follow around Prior Park from 21st to 29th October. Make it to the end and you’ll win a prize, but watch out for the giant Halloween bats that have taken over the park!

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The Great British Autumn at Longleat
Longleat’s Halloween events will help celebrate all that’s great about the British Autumn, from 21st to 29th October. In addition to meeting some magical owls in the Longhouse, make sure you look out for the giant pumpkins on the tricky Maze trail and have a go at carving one yourself.  

Spooky Kaleidoscopes at The Holburne Museum 
Drop in on 24th and 25th October to have a go at making your own Halloween kaleidoscopes. Inspired by their Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception exhibition (starting on 20th October), and with all materials and instruction provided, it’ll be a frightfully fun way to get creative with friends and family.

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For adults and older kids…

Halloween Supper Club and Quiz Night
Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but you'll be hoping for a lucky result at Hartley Farm Shop & Kitchen when they host their Halloween Quiz Night on 13th Ocotber. Get some pals together to enjoy a tasty autumnal two-course meal, and brush up on your knowledge of all things spooky by taking part in their fun quiz.

Museums at Night: Fright at the Museum
Discover some ghastly goings on at the American Museum as darkness gathers on 27th October. Hear some frightening folklore from American history as ghostly storytellers take you on an after-hours tour of the museum, starting in their seventeenth-century room. Just be careful about what’s lurking in the shadows! Suitable for ages 14+

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Novel Wines’ Bath Wine Club Presents Halloween Wine Tasting
Premium quality wines from Transylvania will be on the menu for this tasting event on 25th October. Get a taste for the red stuff (wine that is), as Romania’s leading winery Legendary Dracula will provide the bottles, and Nibbles of Bath Cheese. Held in The Chequers Pub and hosted by Novel Wines’ writer Ben Franks, you’ll be sure to find the perfect bottle for Halloween!

FEAR at Avon Valley
Not for the faint-hearted, head to Avon Valley throughout October for some seriously scary immersive scenarios. Three attractions going by the fearsome names of Phobia, Purgatory and Anarchy Live will drop visitors (or perhaps victims) straight into the action. You can also expect street theatre, fire shows and a funfair, so get ready for some hair-raising scares!

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