5 Spooky Halloween Escapes – Guest Post
Halloween fans will enjoy my next guest post by Jas who blogs at Jet Set with Jas because she’s sharing her 5 spooky Halloween escapes with us.
I love Halloween. It’s such a fun time of year for both adults and children alike.
As the air becomes cooler and the nights grow longer, it’s fun to get dressed up and act out ghostly tales and delight in frightening others in the spirit of the occasion.
Originally an American tradition, Halloween is ever growing in popularity here in the U.K. With so many fun events on, why not choose from one of my 5 Spooky Halloween Escapes for an eerie Halloween to remember.
- Murder Mystery Weekends, Nottingham
Join Joy Swift’s Original Murder Mystery Weekends as they take you on a ghastly weekend of suspense, with the excitement of a mystery.
They are held at various locations around the country on a regular basis in beautiful old country hotels.
This Halloween Joy will be sharing a new murder plot, her 136th in fact, with guests at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham.
Weekend packages are £315 per person and include a welcome cocktail reception, two night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, Saturday lunch and afternoon tea, full entertainment and Murder Weekend programme including a Saturday night party.
2. Ghostly encounters, Edinburgh
This October the team behind The Real Mary King’s Close are running a special Halloween event; Condemned will take you back in time to when fear and suspicion gripped Edinburgh, and tell the gripping historical tale of the city’s infamous witch trials. Condemned tours are on selected dates throughout October at 10.15 pm.
Tickets are £16.95 each and pre-bookings are recommended.
If you are in need of somewhere to stay whilst in Edinburgh, allegedly there are ghostly inhabitants lurking at Hotel du Vin, which in 1743 was once a former asylum – the Edinburgh Bedlam madhouse.
I did reach out to the hotel to ask them to provide some more information about their so-called occupants, however, they did not take me up on the opportunity to further clarify, so the verdict is still out as to what exactly skulks in the shadows of the hotel’s corridors.
3. Creepy London happenings, London
If you are looking for haunted dwellings in the Capital, rumour has it that several ghosts roam the corridors of Europe’s first “Grand Hotel”, The Langham.
The most active of the ghosts can be found in room 333, where guests have reported seeing a vision glide through walls and closed doors, accompanied by a sudden drop in the temperature.
It is believed to be the ghost of a German prince or nobleman who plunged to his death, throwing himself from the bedroom window.
I asked the hotel for further information, however, the declined to comment, so it remains a mystery as to whether the ghosts do actually exist, and what actually happened in room 333.
As you can imagine, London has loads of frightful activities to entertain you this Halloween. SCREAMFEST at The London Dungeon promises to thrill and scare you with terrifying rides and tales of London’s darkest history.
Expect to bump into familiar characters including Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer.
Or why not check out Highgate Cemetery where you will find the rich and famous buried including Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, and more recently Gene Simmons and George Michael.
Built in 1839, it features some beautiful yet haunting Victorian Gothic architecture. Once a sought-after burial site, it came into disarray by the end of WWII.
In the 1970’s, the cemetery found new fame after being featured in several horror films and generated public interest in its inhabitants.
There were reported sightings of hovering creatures attracting vampire hunters after dark, who would break into tombs and mutilate bodies driving wooden stakes into their chests.
No one ever did capture the illusive hovering creatures of the night.
But if you dare, there are daily guided tours of the West Cemetery (guests are welcome to explore the East Cemetery at their leisure).
Tickets are £12 each and pre-bookings are recommended.
4. Bone-chilling tales of Count Dracula, Whitby
Bram Stoker’s Dracula Experience promises to delightfully frighten guests with a unique tour into the past that recounts the story of Dracula in connection to Whitby.
During a wild storm in 1885, a Russian schooner was run aground in the harbour of Tate Hill Sands.
The story goes that all of the crew died in the wreck. However, locals reported spying a large black dog leap to the shore and run up the 199 steps towards Whitby Abbey.
Legend has it the canine form was one of the many that a vampire could transform into. It would appear that Bram Stokers Count Dracula had arrived in England.
It is open daily and admission is £3 for adults. Advanced bookings during peak times are recommended.
5. Spine-tingling fun at Scaresville, Suffolk
Voted Best in the SCARE awards by the country’s top scare reviewers is Scaresville, East Anglia’s spookiest Halloween attraction, run by Kentwell Hall.
On the edge of the forest, you’ll discover a haunted village in darkest Suffolk. Ghosts, ghouls and other creatures of the night lurk in the shadows.
Are you brave enough to take them on?
Now in its 12th year, making it one of the country’s oldest scare attractions, the magic of the interactive theatrical experience is made possible by a talented 250-man (and ladies of course) strong production team. Scaresville is on from 3 October – 3 November.
Tickets range from £17.95 – £31.95.
They even have the kids covered. Children will delight in Halloweenies School of Sorcery where they can take part in workshops making potions, magic, and even wand making. Prices vary based on age group, up to £13.95.
Advances bookings for Scaresville and Halloweenies are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
After all of that excitement, you will need somewhere to rest your weary head. The Bull Hotel Inn in Long Melford offers comfortable double rooms from £75 per night.
The historic pub was built in the mid-1400’s, predating the first Tudor monarchs.
It is old worldly and charming with low wooden beams and original features. It seems only fitting that you might bump into their resident ghost of Richard Evered, who was murdered in 1648 after a heated debate where he was stabbed to death.
But don’t worry, the locals are a friendly bunch, so I am sure you will be well looked after.
Wishing you all a spooktacular Halloween, mwah ha ha ha 👻
Hi there, I’m Jas, a travel self-proclaimed travel junkie passionate about affordable luxury travel.
On my travel blog you’ll find anecdotes from my travels along with helpful travel tips.
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