Halloween 2016 is creeping towards us, so this weekend is set to be full of spooky goings on and night time activities. Why not visit the vampires of Newcastle for a questionably tasty feast? Or if you’re after something less ghoulish, you can dress your pup in the brightest togs Blackpool has to offer, suggests Danielle Jones.
If you’re not a fan of being scared, and would rather be amazed than frightened this Halloween weekend, then head towards the forests of Cheshire. This corner of England has been transformed for a fantastical walk in the woods. See the woodlands lit up with lights, lasers and amazing sounds, with visions and imagery from across the world. Tickets start at £14.95. (26 October – 6 November)
If you have kids who are obsessed with tech, then head to Manchester for this amazing line-up of gaming, entertainment and more. Here you can meet famous gaming YouTubers, try your luck at a retro gaming tournament, try coding workshops and there’s even the chance for 10-17 year olds to have a driving lesson. Tickets are £12.50. (29-30 October)
Hosted by the famous university, the city of Cambridge is abuzz with workshops and events spanning the length and breadth of the city. With free activities like the Festival of Cruelty which looks deep into the origins of Punch & Judy, to building your own Day of the Dead altar, plus over 60 events this weekend alone, you’ll be amazed and astounded in equal parts. (17-30 October)
If you love to search for a bargain and appreciate all things aesthetically pleasing, then a trip to Brighton this weekend will not be wasted. At the Art Junky you can find vintage gems, individual artworks and unique items aplenty; you can get your face painted or try a spot of henna, all whilst listening to the epic vinyl selections of DJ Stevie D. Entrance is free.
If you like a bit of a gamble and are up for trying your luck, then a night at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard may be the game you’re after this weekend, where a night of scary board games, laser quest and drinking is on the cards for attendees. You can also try your luck on the spooktacular Ninja Force course, and have a go on one of their many simulators. Tickets are £10. This is an 18+ event. (29 October)
In a place world famous for its illuminations, it takes something pretty special to make them even more amazing than normal. This weekend will do just that, with live performances from the likes of Captain Kronos, a fiery tango that is actually ablaze, to creating the most amazing light up accessories for your dog for Sunday’s illuminated parade; Blackpool once again shines brightly. Most events are free of charge. (28 October – November)
As the veil between the living and the dead shifts this Halloween weekend, make the most of the night with a visit to this amazingly nocturnal event. Here you can browse the craft stalls for some unique items, eat yummy street food and party to the sounds of Craig Charles and Joey Negro. £15 will get you in for a night. (29-30 October)
Step into the caravan, Little Fawn, for tales that will amaze and astound you, as the puppets of Sokobauna Puppet Theatre spin tales of intrigue and mystery. And although Halloween can be a scary time and the matter of the stories may be somewhat unnerving, this show is suitable for all ages. Tickets are £6 for access to their miniature auditorium. (27-29 October)
Get ready to take on the challenge of a lifetime. The 5k inflatable course has been overtaken by some ghouls so you better run for your lives! You can also stop on the way to enjoy some spooky activities. If you’re not feeling quite as fit, you can purchase a spectators ticket to watch the fun and the amazing firework finale. Tickets are £40 to take part or £12 to watch. (29 October)
If you’re feeling a tad peckish, and have a stomach (and nerves) of steel, then make your way to Newcastle Castle for a meal out with a difference. With an unusual menu of undead fare, allow your vampire hosts to entertain and amuse you with their concoctions and banter. Tickets are £25, fancy dress is encouraged and feel free to bring a bottle. (28-30 October)
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