It’s time to get carving those pumpkins and bulk buying sweets… Halloween is almost here! We might not go as crazy as the Americans over it but we still like to partake in plenty of spooky fun, and Norwich has plenty to offer!
Read on for our top 10 Halloween highlights…
Top image: Spooky City Halloween Parade
This spooky experience is an absolute must! We’re lucky enough to have a fantastic immersive attraction on our doorstep here in Norfolk, so make the most of it this Halloween! There are five frightening attractions, each one unique and with their own spooky theme (think Carnevil of Terrors, Forest of Fears and The Dark - and that’s just a few of them!) so you can be scared out of your wits five times in one trip! Make sure you book, though, as it gets very popular! 13 – 31 October, 6 – 11pm at Dinosaur Adventure – only approximately half an hour’s drive from Norwich. Over 12's only, under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Image: Pleasurewood Chills
For spooky fun suitable for all the family, Pleasurewood Chills is the place to be – there’s all the usual rides, attractions and shows plus the addition of lots of fun, free Halloween activities. The much loved mascot of Pleasurewood Hills, Woody Bear, will be making an appearance in his fantastic new show ‘Woody’s Spectacular’ and there’ll be family favourites including pumpkin carving, witchy treasure hunts and trick or treat! Don’t miss Woody’s Spooky Parade and, on Saturday 29 October, catch their famous fireworks too! Don’t forget to wear your most frightening Halloween costume too – there are prizes to be had for great costumes! Find out more; book your tickets online.
Barnham Broom is hosting a Murder Mystery Evening on Friday 28 October, which is a sure-fire way to kick the weekend before Halloween off in style! Not only does their break offer include a 3-course dinner and fun murder plot game, but also a luxury overnight stay and full English breakfast in the morning! £119 per person sharing or £49 per person for the murder game only.
A visit to Norwich Castle during the week leading up to Halloween simply isn’t complete without a tour of their dungeons and plenty of witchy activities to celebrate! Join in with The Witches School for Cats, see bewitching objects from the museum’s collections and go on a spooky trail! Join Norwich Castle's gruesome guides for a tour and learn all about the prisoners who used to be locked up there to await their fate, as part of their Spooky Dungeon Tours – and, for adults who dare, take the ‘Spine Chilling Dungeon Tours for Brave Adults’ – they take place at 3 & 4pm throughout the week and promise to be extra spooky! The Halloween activities at the Castle are taking place from Monday 24 - Saturday 29 Oct with activities at various times throughout the day.
Image: Bewitched at Norwich Castle
There'll be plenty of fun activities each day (22 - 30 October, 10am-4pm) including a Spooky Trail around the park, Dippy's Spooky Fun Zone (filled with activities and games such as giant jenga, connect 4, hoop a stick and a competition to guess the weight of the pumpkin!) and spooky crafts, plus much more to keep kids aged 5-15 entertained! And remember to come in your best outfits, because you'll get 50% off admission during the Halloween Days event and there's a fancy dress competition, too!
Image: Halloween at Holkham Hall
If there ever was a place that always looks spectacular at any special event, it’s Holkham Hall. This beautiful 18th century building will be transformed into a Halloween hall of horrors – but a little more refined, of course! There’ll be food decorating, a haunted hall quiz, mystical tales and even a Halloween Express through to the Walled Garden, where you can face your fears: spiders, snakes and reptiles are just some of the ‘delights’ you’ll find in there! Don’t forget to come dressed in your best Halloween outfit and join in their Fancy Dress parade. 27 October - 30 October, 10am - 5pm.
Image: Body of Evidence at History Mystery
History Mystery is a fantastic attraction all year round, but their newest game, BODY OF EVIDENCE, is a perfect pick for Halloween! You’re accused of one of Norwich’s most notorious murders (yep, it’s all based on real life Norwich history!) and must piece together the clues to prove your innocence before the time runs out! Because the game is set in the historic Guildhall, where – in the dungeons - the more dangerous criminals were kept in the 17th century, there’s plenty of atmosphere and fun to be had here! Find out more or book online for the weekend before Halloween and for Monday 31 October – spaces are limited.
Image: Spooky City Halloween Parade
As always, Norwich city centre will be coming alive on All Hallow’s Eve for their annual Spooky City event. Slither into the city and get involved in the parade - costumes at the ready! Meet in Chapelfield Gardens at 6pm. If you don’t fancy dressing up but just want to watch the parade in all its glory, the parade will begin at 6.30pm and pass through Theatre Street, Gentleman’s Walk, Gaol Hill and St Peter’s Street, so get yourself a space along the route and prepare to be dazzled by thousands of spine-chilling costumes! 31 October, 6-8pm.
Image: Halloween party time at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden has an Eerie Extravaganza this Halloween; the gardens will be transformed with a creepy woodland party complete with music, food and hidden secrets... It’s not all scary though – there’ll also be children’s entertainment and fireworks to enjoy, too! Tickets £8 adult, £4 child - Monday 31 October, 6-8pm.
Halloween is prime time for Ghost Walks, and Norwich has a fantastic ghostly offer! The Man in Black, often seen around Norwich in his cape leading unsuspecting participants around the city, is offering a special Halloween walk. From 28 - 31 October enjoy a ‘Ghosts from around the World’ tour, telling 15 tales from 15 countries as you explore Norwich and, in particular, Cow Tower – a very atmospheric part of the city! People of a nervous disposition: halt yourselves now; this tour is for those who want a good scare (and over 8 years old - we don’t want any upset kids!). There’ll be two sessions, one at 19.15 - 20.45 and one at 21.30 - 23.00. More details here.
Image: Strange Tales for Halloween
There’ll be stories aplenty at this fantastic adults-only event Strange Tales for Halloween (31 October, 7.30pm), which takes place in the shadows of the atmospheric Dragon Hall. Listen and see some famous (and not so famous) spooky stories from the area, complete with sound effects, plenty of props and even refreshments! Check out our blog post all about the event here. Tickets are available now – you won’t want to miss this!
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