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Frightful Halloween fun

From the best pumpkin picking patches to ghost hunting, broomstick riding and wand making, find out where to go for spooktacular fun across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Halloween Farm, 1 – 31 Oct, Cattows Farm, Coalville

Cattows Farm never let us down during Halloween and this event is bigger, better and more spookier than the last! Enjoy the Halloween Fantasy Land which includes not, one, not two but three family-friendly attractions. Plus, there’s also a selfie zone, an interactive trick or treat street, a creepy halloween maze trail and more. While here, pick your own pumpkins too. See you there!

Half-term Halloween fun, Manor Farm, 16- 31 Oct

Enter the Spooky Maize Maze and the all-new Ghoul School! There’s frights and sprites around every corner, along with Ghoul School, a new twenty-minute audio extravaganza, teaching kids how to become perfect little monsters! There’s also a free pumpkin for every paying child to take home and carve. 

Halloween Trail, Belvoir Castle, 17-31 Oct

Dare you join in with the spooky fun this Halloween? This family-friendly Halloween trail goes through the dooms and into the gardens but be careful not to disturb the undead as you enter the Castle dooms, meet frightful guides in disguise, solve spooktacular mysteries and activities. Kids under 4 go free otherwise garden entry tickets must be booked.

Pumpkin Patch, Rutland, 16 – 31 Oct

Double the size as last year, you can pick everything from miniature Jill be Little’s, small white Casperitas, knobbly and warty Knucklehead pumpkins, and your traditional carving varieties like Wicked and Early King. There will be food and drink available and face painting for the little ones.

Ghoulish Golf and Wickedly Weird Wildlife Trail, Rutland Water, until 30 Oct

There’s spooky surprises at every turn and eerie fun for everyone at Rutland Water this month. All little monsters that are taking part will walk away with a spooktacular reward. £5 per adult, £4 per child. No need to book, just turn up. Head to Sykes Lane Visitor Centre. LE15 8QL.

Twycross Zoo, 1-31 Oct

It’s back this year for half term with spook-tacular brand new activities. There’s a Witches Show, a Scare Academy, singing pumpkin displays, broomstick training and so much more. Alternatively, Horrors of the Wild (29-31 Oct) is for kids aged 12 years and above. Enter the pitch-black zoo, where you’ll be left to fend for yourself as you discover the terrifying reality of what animals face in the wild. With scares and challenges at every turn, are you brave enough to take part in our haunting new evening experience? £35 per person and includes a meal. An outdoor event and bookable online by choosing an arrival time slot between 5:30pm-9:15pm.

House of Horror Presents Purgatory, Whatton House, 10 – 31 Oct

This year, your challenge is to survive the Path of Purgatory or suffer in Hell! This 40 minute walk is an immersive horror experience. Your encounter will not be for the faint of heart, and will see you exploring the extensive, darkly enchanted gardens here. Your task is to walk amongst the trapped spirits and the scary shapeshifters and get out in one piece. Food and drink will also be available. Suitable for 12 years+.

Family Scream Park 2021, Twinlakes, Melton Mowbray, 1 – 31 Oct

As well as pumpkin carving, there’s daily activities to enjoy from visiting the Witches Wagon (16-31 Oct) where you can enjoy an interactive and experience, a Halloween hunt, wand making, a scare school, a broomstick flying lesson and more. Don’t leave without meeting Meet Marty the Monster! 

Scary Spooktacular, Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland, 29- 31 Oct

Come for a walk in the Weird Woods where you can take part in a spot of spooky apple bobbing. You can also carve your own petrifying pumpkin to take home. It’s frightening fun for all the family, and kids in costume visit for free!

Halloween Fun Rockingham Castle, 19 -21 and 26 – 28 Oct

Witches and wizards have been hard at work decorating the Castle and carving pumpkins but can you work out what character the pumpkins are decorated as as you explore the historic Castle? There will also be a trail around the gardens to find the hidden word. Letters are hidden throughout the Gardens to make up a spooky word, can you find them all? After, enjoy a magical and mystical Wizard’s Afternoon Tea at Walker’s House Tea Room. Pre booking online is essential.

Happy Skeletons, Guildhall, 21 Oct

Bring the kids to Leicester Guildhall this half term to celebrate both Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Make your own dancing skeleton and other decorations. Halloween costumes encouraged. Price is £3 and includes a Day of the Dead Craft Pack (to do at the museums between 11am and 3pm or take home) as well as a trail around the museum.

Halloween Fun, Windmill Farm Park, from 9 – 31 Oct

All the normal fun plus pumpkin picking, barrel rolling, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, trick or treat trail and more at this Muddy-award winning family attraction.

Beaumanor Hall Halloween Ghost Hunt, 29 Oct

Are you ready for a ghost hunt at the magnificent Beaumanor Hall, said to be haunted by many sprits?! Join Haunted Houses Events on a ghost hunt in this Grade 2 listed building. You’ll be ghost hunting in the servant quarters in the attic, grand state rooms and the creepy basement too! Experience glass divination, table tipping and a group human pendulum experiment. Plus, for those comfortable enough Ouija boards will also be available for you to use. Dare you try?

Halloween Ashwell Prison Ghost Hunt, Oakham, 31 Oct

Ashwell Prison is a vast sprawling location and as night falls the chilling isolation of this foreboding prison becomes even more evident. Past nights here have given the Haunted Happenings Team and guests some harrowing experiences with cell doors being opened by unseen hands, shadowed figure watching from the upper balcony wings. Objects were witnessed to be across the floor. Hurry, tickets almost sold out! £65.

Haunted Harborough – Ghost Walks, Market Harbs, 27 -28 Oct

Discover the ghostly goings on in the town centre. Find out about ghosts, ghouls and poltergeist that haunt the historic buildings up and down the High Street. The walk will start under the Old Grammar School £8 per person. To book, email: james.carpenter@harboroughwalks.org

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