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Events to enjoy this Halloween (and during October half-term) in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 11:55 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:53 02 November 2018

There's plenty of Halloween fun to be had in the Cotswolds (c) rand22 / Getty Images

There's plenty of Halloween fun to be had in the Cotswolds (c) rand22 / Getty Images

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After something to entertain the kids during half-term? Or are you counting down the days to enjoy the thrills and spills of Halloween? Here are 20 ways to celebrate the spookiest time of year in the Cotswolds

For the hardcore horror fans...

Frightmare, Over Farm

When: October 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24-31 – that’s 13 nights of horror

How much? From £17.50 (book here)

Horror fans come from far and wide to experience the thrills and spills of Frightmare, hosted annually for 15 years by Over Farm. With five live scare attractions from a haunted hayride to a séance in a haunted house, Frightmare isn’t for the faint-hearted. Refreshments are available beforehand and in between attractions, plus a huge outdoor seating area.

For thrill-seekers...

Midnight Halloween Spooky Tour, Oxford Castle & Prison

When: Wednesday, October 31, 11pm-12am

How much? £27 per person

Enjoy an especially eerie immersive tour of Oxford Castle & Prison at night, and hear ghostly stories from the near and distant past. The tour will concede with a glass of bubbly.

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Prestbury Ghost Tour

When: Various dates including two tours on October 31

How much? £10 per person

Supposedly England’s ‘most haunted village,’ Prestbury is home to plenty of spooky tales, from the Charging Cavalier to the commonly spotted and most famous apparition, the Black Abbot! Cotswold Ghost Tours also offer tours in Cheltenham.

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Newark at Night, Newark Park

When: Wednesday, October 31

How much? £20 per person

Experience atmospheric Newark at night with eerie tales of the park’s past and present. Light, seasonal refreshments are included.

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Dungeon Lates, Warwick Castle

When: Saturday, October 12

How much? £29 per person

Blending scary storytelling with wicked humour and manic theatrics, this gory production complete with terrifying treats and dreadful drinks is a strictly adults only affair.

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Fright Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

When: October 27-November 3

How much? Prices vary with each event

Tudor World will host its annual line-up of ghostly events, from family-friendly ghosts to the Waterside Fright Festival, from October 30-November 1, with plenty of stalls and spooks.

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Fundraising Halloween Party, Woodchester Mansion

When: Saturday, November 3

How much? £25

Party the night away in the grand interiors of Woodchester Mansion, and the best Halloween fancy dress could win you a bottle of bubbly and your ticket reimbursed. A bar and hot food will be available.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening, The Daffodil

When: Either 5.30pm or 9.30pm, Wednesday October 31

How much? £35 per person. Email or call 01242 700055 to buy tickets.

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal, with bottomless Prosecco whilst relaxing and enjoying your exclusive showing of the iconic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with surround sound and light show. The team at the Daffodil will be dressing up for the occasion and hope guests will do the same!

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For the whole family...

Giant Bionic Bugs at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

When: October 6-November 4

How much? £13.05 for adults and £7.65 for children (includes donation) – book tickets online to save 10%

Search for giant animatronic bugs at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and find out fascinating facts about the minibeasts that inhabit our wetland world. From October 20-November 4, there will be a range of additional exciting bug themed activities running daily.

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Spooktacular Halloween Half Term Fun, Berkeley Castle

When: Sunday October 21 – Wednesday October 24

How much? £12.50 for adults and £7 for children (Halloween activities are included in admission price)

Take a trip down to the cellars of Berkeley Castle this October half-term to meet a coven of witches, carve pumpkins and enjoy plenty of spooky activities.

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Halloween Children’s Wednesday, Sudeley Castle

When: Wednesday, October 24

How much? £16.50 for adults and £7.50 – book online to save 10% (Halloween activities are included in admission price)

Children will be able to delve into what lies beneath at the Castle and help a team of archaeologists unravel gruesome secrets and concoct a medieval cure. There’s also a chance to get crafty, inspired by skeletons and bones.

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Halloween Spooky Spectacular Science Show, British Motor Museum

When: Wednesday, October 31

How much? £14 for adults and £9 for children (activities are included in admission price)

Join Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin for a live spectacular full of interactive demonstrations and spooky science. From October 27-November 4, children can also enjoy the Halloween Black Cat Trail and search the British Motor Museum for the hidden cats, to discover, with a torch, the colour of each cat’s eyes.

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Ghost Fest, Oxford Castle & Prison

When: October 22-31

How much? Click here to see the full list of events and ticket prices

Once again, Oxford Castle & Prison will host their popular Ghost Fest with plenty of events suitable for the whole family. Most Haunted parapsychologist Ciaràn O’Keeffe returns with a talk about ‘Demons and the Damned’, brave children can follow the trick or treating trail in the castle and and, for those who dare, a spooky tour explores Oxford Castle in the evening.

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Halloween at Woodchester Mansion

When: October 22-28

How much? Admission prices vary

Woodchester Mansion will be open during half-term, and the cellars open to visitors from October 23-28.

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Spookyard Daytime Family Fun Event, Over Farm

When: Saturday October 20 – Sunday October 28, 10am-4pm

How much? £12

Over Farm is jam-packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Think tractor trailer rides, pick up your free pumpkin, carve a spooky pumpkin design, fascinating shows, scarecrow spotting, plus much more.

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Halloween Trail, Chastleton House

When: October 20-28

How much? Trail costs £2.50 plus admission (£12.50 for adults and £7 for children with a Gift Aid donation)

Enjoy a bat themed Halloween trail around the beautiful gardens of Chastleton House. A prize will be waiting for children at the end of trail - as long as they have the secret code word!

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Halloween Land, Cotswold Farm Park

When: Thursday October 18 – Wednesday October 31

How much? £14 for adults and £12.50 for children (Halloween activities included in admission price)

There’s plenty going on in the October half-term at Cotswold Farm Park to keep little ones entertained. Decorate your own pumpkin fresh from the patch, navigate your way through the spooky Wonderland maize maze and enjoy the ‘Witches and Wizards Phantomine’, plus much more.

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Halloween at Blenheim Palace

When: Saturday October 20 – Sunday October 4

How much? £27 for adults and £15.50 for children (the price is entry for 12 months and all Halloween activities are included)

Hop aboard the ghost train and head through a creepy tunnel to find a host of Halloween activities to enjoy. Ghost hunters shouldn’t miss a spooky tour of the Palace at 5.30pm, October 31.

Also...a Halloween Fireworks Display will also take place on Saturday, November 3 where pyrotechnics will illuminate the skies above the Great Court.

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Gory half-term trail, Dyrham Park

When: October 20-November 4

How much? £1 per entry plus admission (£13.80 for adults and £6.90 for children with a Gift Aid donation)

Young explorers are invited to come along and find out the gruesome reality behind the exquisite portraits of the 17th century – finding out about black teeth, small pox and headlice that would have been rife. There’ll also be pumpkins, gourds and seasonal delights in the allotment of the Old Lodge and warming treats in the tea room.

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Halloween Haunted Castle, Warwick Castle

When: October 20-November 4

How much? From £15

With wondrous witches, Horrible Histories and fearsome attractions, this promises to be Warwick Castle’s biggest ever Halloween event.

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Meet the Mini-Beast, Stratford Butterfly Farm

When: October 27-November 4

How much? £7.25 for adults and £6.25 for children

As well as Stratford Butterfly Farm’s popular ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions, visitors can also get up close to the farm’s new resident – The Pumpkin Patch, a distinctively, beautifully coloured tarantula originating from Columbia.

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Bowood’s Happy Halloween, Bowood House & Gardens

When: October 30 & 31

How much? £12.75 for adults and £9.70 for children (5-12 years) (Halloween activities included in admission price)

Held within the Gardener’s Bothy, Bowood House & Gardens have organised a weekend of Halloween themed arts and crafts for little ones to enjoy.

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Half term Halloween trail and Storytelling, Snowshill Manor and Garden

When: October 20-October 28 (storytelling will take place throughout the day on October 23 and 25)

How much? £12.80 for adults and £6.40 for children including a Gift Aid donation (all Halloween activities are included in admission)

No stranger to the odd ghost story, Snowshill Manor and Garden is the perfect place to enjoy a spooky, self-guided trail. There’s also the chance to hear some scary tales about the Manor and Garden on selected dates throughout the week.

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