Halloween isn’t going to be quite the same this year with various restrictions in place across the UK due to the pandemic.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s no opportunity to mark the occasion.
In fact, there are still some fun events taking place, not to mention plenty of places you can visit for a spooky day out. There are even some theme park highlights such as Alton Towers’ Scarefest and Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights that are currently set to go ahead.
Of course you’ll need to check the restrictions for your local area – but we’ve tried to find some ideas that could work.
Take note that for any specific events, you’ll need to pre-book due to reduced capacity.
Check out our top tips on things to do this Halloween, restrictions permitting…
1. Enjoy a day out at a haunted house or castle
If you’re in a tier where you can still go out with your household, then why not plan a trip to one of the National Trust’s spookiest properties? There are haunted castle, fascinating historic spots and plenty of outdoors locations too.
2. Have a thrilling evening at a theme park
Thrill-seekers can easily get their fill this Halloween – and we’ve rounded up the best theme park Halloween events to give you a helping hand.
Alton Towers’ Scarefest and Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights are currently set to go ahead as planned, although at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.
For those with little monsters, Peppa Pig World at Paulton’s Park is getting a fun spooky makeover, while Drayton Manor Park also has plenty of surprises for little ones.
While it’s not a theme park, families with young children may also want to bookmark Cadbury World which is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular with themed character breakfasts and fun live shows.
3. Visit some of the UK’s spookiest locations
Restrictions permitting, there are plenty of spine-chilling locations in the UK worth visiting.
We’re not just talking haunted manors or castles (although there are plenty of those).
If you’re looking to stay outdoors, there are plenty of spots such as haunted villages, or countryside locations with some unnerving tales (and some great walking trails).
4. Watch some of your favourite horror films at a drive-in
Drive-in cinemas can be ideal during the pandemic; easy for social distancing, a fun activity to do with just your household in your car, and it can be a handy way to while away a few hours.
5. Meet some real-life creepy creatures
There are plenty of zoos and safari parks offering up chances to meet some of their creepier residents.
Budding zoologists can get up close to some creepy crawlies and slithering snakes at Drayton Manor‘s zoo including Madagascan Hissing Cockroach and Tailless Whip.
Meanwhile, the London Zoo is encouraging families to dress up as they visit the zoo. There will be a dedicated activity trail (you can download packs at home) to discover the weird and wonderful animals, including gruesome stories from some of the local zookeepers.
Other highlights include Whipsnade Zoo‘s Halloween trail where families help Wizard Wolfgang reverse a spell gone wrong (there are two trails – one for those aged 4-7 and one for kids aged 7-12), while West Midland Safari Park will be decked out in spooky decorations and will offer a special Halloween trail.