Things that go bump, part one!

Written by: Elmtree Press

There are such a lot of things going bump in the night around the country that you need to make a difficult choice of where to go!

We have compiled a list of our favourite ones but please have a look on the various websites and Facebook pages for further details before you set off.  There are so many places to visit that we need to compile two blogs as it is all too scary for one!

Come along to Dalby Forest for their "Fear in the Forest" event on Wednesday 31st October 2018, and meet a rogue's gallery of despicable characters who will guide you through the depths of Dalby Forest. Dastardly plots will be threaded together by twisted storytellers gifted in the dark arts of horror and suspense! In conjunction with Lady Lumley's School.
Meet in the Visitor Centre and get up close and personal with live bugs and bats, or try your hand at some creepy crafts. Walks start at 5.30pm and run every 10 minutes – last walks leaves at 8.00pm. All walk times must be booked on line at
Dalby cafe will be open as normal but will be serving burgers, hotdogs and soup from 3pm-7pm. 
Warm clothing and sturdy footwear is advised. Fancy dress optional.

Have a spook-tacular time at Monkey World this Halloween! The Kid’s activity centre is open throughout half-term with spooky sand art, creepy crafts and a terrifying trail to keep the little ones entertained. Make sure you visit our spider monkeys, who prove that not all spiders are scary! To top it off, on October 31st, kids in full Halloween fancy dress get into Monkey World for FREE! With a free fancy dress competition, Halloween is marvellous at Monkey World.

Join West Midlands Safari Park from 29th September until 4th November 2018 for witches, wizards and werewolves (after dark) in their Spooky Spectacular event! Full of family fun, spooky shows and a brand-new Wizarding Workshop – it’s the perfect way to brighten up the spookiest of seasons!

Xtra Humongous and Birmingham Botanical Gardens are delighted to invite you to the most spooktacular event of the year. The inaugural Birmingham Scare Gardens is a brand new, premium Halloween experience for the West Midlands. Early in the nineteenth century, Dr. Nerium started carrying out experiments that led to the creation of some weird, wonderful and unique treasures, though some may disagree. Though many people have entered his grounds, only few have returned. Over the years they’ve wondered what has happened to the many visitors that have frequented these Gardens and disappeared, but with little success. Maybe you can help them find out what happened? Will you make it out and join the party?

If you’re looking for more treat than trick this Halloween, visit Drayton Manor in Tamworth where they have the perfect family Halloween event for you from Saturday 20th October to Thursday 1st November. BOO-k now to make some frightfully good savings!   Why not enjoy an overnight stay, breakfast and theme park tickets for the whole family!

Flamingoland are inviting you to join their spooktacular Halloween Half-Term event starting on 13th October - 4th November. They have ‘The Greatest Show’ live in concert, alongside Peter Rabbit’s Pumpkin Trail, fancy dress competitions, firework displays on selected days and lots more!  To celebrate this fantastic event they are also offering a 2-FOR-1 fancy dress admission offer, which is available online only ! To download your voucher  Visit and use the promotional code SPOOKY18. This voucher entitles you to one free standard admission when you purchase one standard admission, as long as at least one of you is wearing full Halloween fancy dress.

Is there any better way to celebrate Halloween than in the midst of a spooky town full of old houses lit by the glow of gaslit street lamps? We think not! 
Visit Halloween Nights at the Black Country Living Museum with the entire family and gear up for some seriously spooktacular fun! It's a jam-packed evening for all ages with plenty of spooky and not-so-spooky happenings PLUS the little'uns can trick-or-treat for FREE, meeting a few quirky characters along the way...

Tudor World museum sits in the dead centre of Stratford upon Avon and continues its long history of celebrating Halloween (one of the longest running in Stratford) with lots of activities for young and old alike. Yet it has long been known as a haunted building and much favoured by the local covens. Are you brave enough to visit this famously haunted building at 40 Sheep Street, Stratford upon Avon, over the Halloween?

 This October, York’s SHOCKolate Story will be celebrating the scariest time of year with a terrifyingly fun Trick or Treat walking tour. Brave children can test their nerve as the tour weaves its way through York’s ancient streets. Ghoulish Count Fectionery and the ghastly Miss Terry will be weaving terrifying tales, handing out spooky samples and causing plenty of mischief along the way.  The histories of some ghastly giants of confectionery will be revealed, such as “Kit Bat”, “Terry’s All Ghould” and “Rowntree’s Fright Pastilles”.Children and big kids alike are encouraged to come along in their best Halloween fancy dress. There will be as competition for the best costume running throughout the week, with the winner receiving a super-secret prize! The tour starts at St Andrewgate, just across from the attraction and runs from 20th – 31st October.

 Who or what is lurking behind the doors of the ancient Oxford Castle and Prison? Brave children will don their Halloween costumes and follow a trick or treating trail through the castle and prison. Young visitors will be safely escorted around the attraction but one of the castle’s resident tour guides, who will make sure the experience is one to remember – with PLENTY of treats to be had along the way!

The Forbidden Corner is hosting a Halloween Week from 27th Oct to 5th November  There will be a Halloween Quiz running throughout the week with prizes for finding lost bones throughout the gardens. On Wednesday 31st there is a Fancy Dress Competition with prizes for the best costume