Spooky Season is upon us and it’s time to kick through the fallen leaves and enter the world of the paranormal. There’s loads going on around Leicestershire, from explorations of supposedly haunted buildings to pumpkin patches and of course loads of fun events for the kiddies. Take a look at some of them in this article and try to ignore the rap rap rapping at your window.

Ghastly ghost hunts

The Haunted Heritage organisation run historical paranormal investigations and ghost walks around the region. Their events dig into the history of some of our county’s oldest buildings, and whether you’re a believer or not, their investigations are the perfect way to turn yourself from an armchair ghost hunter into the real thing! Their sessions are running throughout October. Some are already sold old, but still available are  and include Ashby de la Zouch, Bosworth Battlefield, Donington le Heath Manor and Leicester’s most haunted building, Belgrave Hall. Check their website for more, including events running through the rest of the autumn.

You can also take a walk round Leicester’s historic Newarke with one of our blue badge guides. Explore Wygston's Chantry House, Skeffington House and the charming Newarke Houses gardens. Meet some of the characters who helped to make Leicester the city it is today, pass by the Newarke Gateway and visit the Castle area with its many tales of uncanny creatures which lurk in its shadows. Book your place now!

Pumpkin patches

Leicestershire is full of farms and field that have been given over to make fantastic pumpkin patches. Why just pop to the local supermarket when you can make a real experience out of picking your own pumpkin before carving it. Kirkby Pumpkin Patch is a brand new attraction, open throughout weekends in October, then for the whole of the final week. Wymeswold Fruit Farm is open every day from Monday 3 October, and is free to get in and park. You’ll only have to pay for your pumpkins!

Oscar’s Pumpkin Patch in Costock offers a more spooky experience and includes a maize maze that you can try and explore after dark! From 15 October, there’s a Halloween Spooktacular at Windmill Farm Park near Kibworth. Pick your own pumpkin, walk through the Wicked Wood, follow the treasure hunt, enjoy crafts, build a scarecrow and much more.

And finally, it’s one of the most popular in Leicestershire, and one of the UK’s biggest pumpkin picking experiences, as Cattows Farm goes all-out Halloween! 30,000 pumpkins, a spooky circus, fairground rides, trick or treat street… Some weekends are already sold out, so make sure you book now!

Petrifying performances

It’s the time of year for spooky shows and ghost stories round a roaring fire, and you can find loads around. From 13-15 October, Blaby Drama Group are putting on The Uninvited, based on the novel by Dorothy Macardle. Then on the 28 October, Nunkie Theatre Company present Casting the Runes - a performance of two stories by master of the macabre MR James in the atmospheric surroundings of The Guildhall.

A gruesome time in the Guildhall

And as one of the oldest buildings in the city, and reputedly one of the most haunted, the Guildhall is getting into the spirit of the season with a load of different events. On the 20 October, you can join a family ghost hunt by torchlight. Ever wondered what happens in the museum once the lights go out and all the visitors leave? Well this is your chance as you join paranormal investigators after dark.

Then there’s a witchy theme as the building plays host to the Leicester Witch Festival on 22 and 23 October. With talks, workshops, rituals and vendors, this is a celebration of everything wiccan. There’s also fun on the 20th for your little witches and wizards who can come in their Halloween outfits and make a witch's cat hat, a flying wizard and their own book of spells. Join the magical trail round the museum this half term.

Monstrous and macabre movies

There’s nothing better than putting on a scary movie at this time of year, and the Guildhall are running a special double bill with a real classic, and a modern (ish) classic. Both on Sunday 30 october, The Ghost and Mrs Muir is a romantic fantasy from 1947 starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney. Then after that, do you like eating worms? Because the deadly delights of 1987’s The Lost Boys is your evening movie! Backcomb your hair and get the eyeliner on for this 80s vampire classic!

Also on Sunday 30 October, the Brewdog film club gathers for a screening of Halloween H20, the rarely shown 90s sequel to the hit franchise. Complete with an introduction and look at the timeline of the Michael Myers movies. Leicester Film Club screens cult, horror and classic movies giving you a chance to explore film history and culture with trailers, music, introductions and more.

Beastly times at the Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield is alive with Halloween magic for the kids this half term as there is the chance to follow a Happy Halloweeners outdoor trail around the site. And on 20 October, beware the headless horseman and get involved with Sleepy Hollow crafts! Help to keep the four horseman of the apocalypse at bay by making a spooktacular Sleepy Hollow tree, a bat and a pumpkin.

Spooky times at the 1620s House

The 1620s House in the National Forest is filled with ghoulish history, including genuine marks made to protect the occupants. Get ready to get spooky and explore the house by candlelight, hearing the horrific history behind these marks and the house’s haunted history!  

If that all sounds a little too scary, then they have loads of activities for the kids to get involved with, including a Pumpkin Plotters outdoor trail, and disco nights for your little monsters with the Monster Mash and Little Horrors Mash.




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