It’s the start of spooky season and all throughout October there are loads of great places to explore, whether you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, a spooky trail, some historic ghost walks, or some more grown up scares. We’ve put together the ultimate run down of Halloween fun in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Ghost hunts and trails

Explore the spooky surroundings of Beaumanor Hall in the dark with real ghostly experts! On your ghost hunt you will be able to experience glass divination, table tipping and a group human pendulum experiment. You will have a whole host of the most up-to-date ghost hunting gadgets to use while you carry out your ghost hunt. On the night of 29 October until late!

From 17th October right up to Halloween, dare to explore the darker side of history at Belvoir Castle. Join a family friendly Halloween trail through the Castle dooms and into the formal gardens. Be careful not to disturb the undead as you enter the dungeons, meet frightful guides in disguise and solve spooktacular mysteries and activities. You can also take part in the trick or treat trail at the Engine Yard or enjoy a bite to eat in the fangtastic Fuel Tank kitchen before you make your escape.

Pumpkins and spooky fun on the farm

Every day throughout October Cattows Halloween Farm is open for Pumpkin Picking, a trick or treat street, Halloween Maze Trail, live music, and much much more besides! With 200,000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, this is the ultimate spooky experience!

From 16-31 October, Manor Farm Park is holding their annual Halloween spectacular, with a maize maze and all-new Ghoul School where you can pop on headphones and follow the trail to meet six spooky characters!

Experience true terror

Take a walk through the Path to Purgatory at Whatton House of Horror. Designed by award winning scare attraction creators Area 51, you will explore the extensive, darkly enchanted gardens of the Majestic Whatton House near Loughborough. Your task is to walk amongst the spirits, and the fiery eyed demonic shapeshifters that inhabit this darkest of the twilight realms.

There’s loads going on at the Guildhall, rumoured to be Leicester’s most haunted building. On the evening of 8th October hear about the Witches of Leicester from an expert in witchcraft and the occult.  Then on 29th October you can sit down for an evening of storytelling, as R M Lloyd Parry prepares to chill you to the bone with readings of two M R James ghost stories.

Family fun and crafts at Halloween

The Guildhall is again the venue for some amazing half term fun. Bring the kids along to celebrate both Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Make your own dancing skeleton and other decorations. Halloween costumes are positively encouraged.

On 30 and 31 October head along to the Coffee Workshop in Countesthorpe for a weekend of Halloween fun. Craft events and pumpkin decorating for the kids on the Saturday, and an afternoon/evening event with photo opportunities, face painting, apple bobbing, kids disco and a BBQ on the Sunday.

Spooky Zoo

Twycross Zoo are entering into the spirit of the season with family friendly Boo At The Zoo running throughout half term. Join the Scare Academy, crack the challenge of the Poachers Path and join in with Witchy Come Dancing!  Or if you’re looking for something with more teeth, then Horrors of The Wild on Halloween Weekend is full of blood curdling scares to test your limits.  

And finaly, Twinlakes Theme Park becomes a Family Scream Park with everything from a Witches Wagon and Scare School through to pick your own pumpkin carving on their Red Rooster Farm. There’s much more going on once you’re there, so book a ticket now and get ready for some great family fun.

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