Bath is crawling with thrills and chills this Scare Season, with the region home to some of the UK’s most acclaimed horror attractions, as well as a range of family-friendly activities. Read on for some inspiration on how to celebrate Halloween your way in Bath this year.

After Dark: Nights to Die For at Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein

Stepping behind the door of 37 Gay Street is not for the faint-hearted this Halloween, as the award-winning After Dark: Nights to Die For (20 - 31 October) experience returns following a sell-out 2021 and 2022. If you dare, navigate the five-floor Georgian townhouse in darkness, encountering terrifying demonic beings along the way, in a multi-sensory experience guaranteed to leave your heart racing.

Once you've made it through this house of horrors, calm your nerves with an exclusive 'Death Wish' cocktail and other frightfully good drinks in Bloody Mary's Bar. There's also the option to book the Victor's Lair Escape Room, the brand-new Shallows escape room, or The Body in a Suitcase Challenge if your group is looking for some extra fun on the night!

After Dark at Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein
Image: Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein

FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park

Get ready for #ABloodyGoodNight at Avon Valley this October, as FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park launches its biggest season yet, with a new scare attraction and immersive horror experiences to make even the boldest of thrill-seekers’ hair stand on end, fire shows, funfair rides, and iconic street entertainment.

For younger thrillseekers, FEARless returns on Saturday 21 and 28 October. Designed specifically for 11-15 year olds, the event includes four pared-back scare attractions, amazing fire shows, spooky street performers, fairground rides, side stalls and a licensed bar for grown-ups serving mocktails and street food. Those looking for a more relaxed Halloween activity can head over to Avon Valley’s Pumpkin Patch during light or night on certain days throughout October, and throughout the half-term holiday. Come along and bag yourself a pumpkin haul to be proud of! 

House of Clowns at FEAR Avon Valley
Image: FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park

Venture underground... 

Dive into the realm of Halloween magic and enter the chambers of Wookey Hole Caves, where you will discover the legend of the Wookey witch and see where some of the world's most spellbinding cheese is matured. Back out in the open, there's even more Halloween fun for all. Embark on the Giant Pumpkin Trail, experience a special screening of Scoob! in the 4D cinema, where the Mystery Inc. gang's latest adventure will be brought to life, and enjoy a spooky 30-minute original show in the Circus. 

Image: Wookey Hole Caves 

Meanwhile, at nearby Cheddar Gorge & Caves, celebrate the 120th anniversary of the discovery of Britain's oldest complete skeleton, Cheddar Man, with a very special 'Day of the Dead' event. First, set off on a quest through Gough's Cave to track down all of Cheddar Man's friends. Once you've discovered them all, you'll gain entry to the 'Ghost of Cheddar Man' celebrations, with a reward to take home with you. 

American Trick or Treat at American Museum & Gardens

Hop across the pond this Halloween at The American Museum & Gardens, where children can come dressed in their favourite costume for a real American trick or treat experience. Families can also tiptoe through the spookily decorated rooms of the historic Manor House on a hunt for magic potion ingredients, enjoy a Halloween-themed trail in the gardens, and get creative at the Brick America: An Adventure in LEGO Bricks exhibition. 

Image: American Museum & Gardens

Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse near Bath

How would you fare in a zombie outbreak? This Halloween, hone your survival skills at Mendip Activity Centre near Bath, where a zombie outbreak has been declared! Join the response team with archery, air rifle, axe throwing, or activie archery sessions with zombie targets, spooky decorations and a bag of trick or treat sweets. Or, tackle the terrifying toboggan slope, complete with spooky Halloween music and lights - survivors will enjoy free sweets and a mug of hot chocolate! 

Zombie axe throwing at Mendip Activity Centre
Image: Mendip Activity Centre

Set off on a Halloween-themed outdoor trail

Feel the crisp crunch of autumn leaves underfoot as you follow one of the spooky outdoor trails near Bath this Halloween.

Head to Dyrham Park and crawl your way around the attraction's super spider trail, set across the beautiful 270-acre site. You'll learn fascinating facts about our eight-legged friends along the way, and win a prize at the end. Or, follow a witchcraft and magic pumpkin trail around the stunning grounds of Bowood in Wiltshire, and find all of the ingredients needed to complete Ramona's magic rhyme along the way. Be sure to come dressed in your spookiest costume, and strike your scariest pose in one of Bowood's selfie frames! 

Image: Dyrham Park 

Spooky Fun at The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum is offering families free entry between 21 and 29 October. Explore the museum with a special Halloween-themed trail by day, or come along after hours on 27 October for a spooktacular evening including a light performance in the gardens, UV face painting, and a fancy dress competition. 

Holburne Museum
Image: The Holburne Museum

Go stargazing at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Hear the legends surrounding the Halloween sky and learn about the Moon itself at The Herschel Museum of Astronomy on 28 October. If clear, telescopes will be available to observe the night sky from the garden.

Image: Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Enjoy a spot of pumpkin picking

A range of pumpkin patches will be open across Bath and its surrounding area over the Halloween season. Find your perfect specimen among the massive 12 acre patch at Farrington's Farm, explore the varied selection of all shapes and sizes at Avon Valley, or enjoy fun kids activities and face painting after you've picked your fill at the Bath Pumpkin Patch by Newton Farm. 

Image: Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

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After Dark - Nights to Die For at Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein
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After Dark - Nights to Die For at Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein

After a sell-out 2021 and 2022, After Dark: Nights to Die For returns with a new horrifying theme and even more extreme psychological terrors this October.

FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park
FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park 2022

Get ready for #ABloodyGoodNight this October, as FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park launches its biggest season yet, in an epic thirteen nights of frights.

FEARless at Avon Valley Scream Park
FEARless at Avon Valley Scream Park

Created exclusively for 11-15 year olds, this family-friendly immersive attraction lets you navigate 4 scare attractions which are tamed down for the evening with no major scares but a few frights along the way!



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