Spooky Halloween Half Term Getaways

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It’s time to dig out the face-paints, fight over the best pumpkins and stock up on sweets … Halloween is just around the corner! Every year the streets are paved with ghosts and ghouls, witches and devils all out to find as many sugary treats as they can get their hands on. But if you fancy escaping the usual Trick or Treat routine this year, we’ve got some very spooky alternatives for you to explore. From terrifying theme parks to haunted castles, there’s a scary experience waiting for you to this Halloween… if you dare!

Harry Potter – The Dark Secrets Revealed

Have you ever wondered how they make everything so scary in the Harry Potter movies? Well, now is your chance to find everything out! For one week only, visitors to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter can discover how the costumes were developed for the most infamous characters, learn about the make-up techniques used to help the actors get into character and come face-to-face with Death Eaters. Spend this half term learning the ways of the wizard with Potions lessons and explore some exciting props used in the films. The secrets behind the Dark Arts will start on Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November.

Dark Arts Facts from the Studio Tour: 

  • An extra layer of fabric was added to Voldemort’s™ costume every time he became more powerful.  During filming for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ over 50 meters of silk were used. 
  • Aragog, the giant spider, was covered by hand with yak hair, sisal and hemp from brooms. 
  • The make-up effects used to create the Dark Lord included temporary tattoos for veins, enhanced cheekbones, contact lenses and false eyebrows, fingernails and teeth. 
  • Each werewolf prosthetic was made with real goat hair that was inserted strand-by-strand. 
  • The Prophecy orbs are made of glass and were filled with seed pods, mushrooms, mussels and rubber frogs.

Tatton Park Halloween Hauntings

The Old Hall of Tatton Park is renowned for its ghostly occurrences, so during Halloween it’s ten times as scary. TV’s Most Haunted Live were genuinely spooked when they visited the Old Hall during January 2010, but if you’re in the mood for finding out the truth for yourself, The Halloween Hauntings are on From 23 October 2012 to 31 October 2012. Added extras like face-painting, a Horrible History Mystery Quiz and mask making are also available for when you’ve had enough of ghost hunting. Rumoured to be haunted by a number of female spirits and the angry gamekeeper ‘Tom’, Tatton Hall will be a great experience this Halloween … as long as you’re brave enough.

Alton-Towers-ScarefestHalloween Scarefest – Alton Towers

One of the UK’s most popular theme parks is turning up the screams this Halloween and keeping the rides open until 9pm. There’s something for all thrill seekers and families, with lots of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters.  Built around a 19th Century listed gothic mansion, Alton Towers is pretty scary as it is, add to that haunted mazes, terrifying screams and strange goings-on and you’ve got yourself a Scarefest! Terror of the Towers, Carnival of Screams and The Sanctuary are all extra spooky additions to the park this half term, and the Scare Maze is the highlight. With uneven walkways, confined spaces, loud noises and live actors, this is not for the faint-hearted.

Cadbury World Halloween Spooktacular

This one is definitely a trip for all the family. If the little ones are just too small to handle the spooky forests of AltonTowers, Cadbury World’s Halloween Spooktacular is something they’ll absolutely love. The park will be packed with frighteningly fun Halloween themed activities including a spooky fancy dress competition for children and staff dressed as ghosts and ghouls. Visitors will be treated to family entertainment shows in the outdoor marquee, and the restaurant will be offering a terrifyingly tasty menu including sludge casserole, werewolf eyes and witches’ broth. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase chocolate treats and limited edition handmade pumpkin novelties from the World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop.

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The Haunted Castle – Warwick Castle

If a good old haunting is more your thing at Halloween, don’t miss Warwick Castle’s ‘The Haunted Castle’ this half term. For the first time ever, the castle will be staying open until 9pm every night. But be warned … ghosts and ghouls ‘come alive’ at night time, so keep your wits about you! Now in its fifth year, The Haunted Castle has added to its ‘After Dark’ activities with the Séance: The Curse of Black Mary and the Trebuchet Fireball, a spectacular fireball finale to the Halloween events, as well as face-paints for the kids and late nights in The Castle Dungeons. I’m already scared!

Are you going on any spooky trips this Halloween? Or have you visited any of our choices before?

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