The ghastliest day in the calendar is creeping up on us, but if your Halloween plans still haven’t manifested don’t fear - Bristol has plenty of super scary ways to celebrate!

So, whether you fancy being lost and terrified in a live action ‘scare maze’ or getting spooked out on a ghost walk, you’ll be in Halloween Heaven…or Hell!

1. Murder Mystery Night: Halloween Special at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Gather your friends, family and colleagues together to unravel a murder mystery…Hosted in the beautiful Winterstoke and Wills Hall at Bristol Museum, guests can wine, dine and dance the night away while quizzing characters about their treacherous motives to solve the case.

2. Set your spine-a-tingling aboard a Spooky Ship

The SS Great Britain’s Spooky Ship promises an on-board Victorian fright fest (28-29 Oct). When all the daytime visitors have gone home you can explore the shadowy, creaking corridors of the ship and bump into creepy characters brought to life by Bristol Old Vic actors, regaling dark tales from the ship’s 174-year-old history. The horror continues with Contagious conditions and woeful wounds: children can scare their parents as they are transformed into infectious crew members with prosthetics and special-effect makeovers (21 -29 Oct).

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Image - Spooky Ship, Brunel's SS Great Britain

3. Discover a dark, watery world by torchlight at Bristol Aquarium

Discover what’s lurking in the deep, dark depths of the world’s oceans with a family-friendly, after hours Spooky Torchlit Tour (27 Oct) or for braver souls, Terrifying Torchlit Tours for the over 15s (28 Oct).

Piranha

Image - Piranha at Bristol Aquarium

4. Frightening fun at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Join Bristol Zoo for a chillingly good time. Activities include Kuki’s Haunted Trail, Spooky Storytime, a Halloween Parade, creepy creature encounters, mask making and more. Adult visitors to Bristol Zoo can stay on for ‘Fright Night’ (27-28 Oct) to watch a screening of bloodcurdling blockbusters, The Strangers or Insidious and experience an after-dark scare tour around the zoo.

5. Halloween Spooktacular at Wild Place Project

Let the Wild Place Witch put a spell on you with her chilling stories, make a mess in her kitchen, seek out her cauldron for a spooky surprise and spot mysterious beasts in the magical creature enclosure.

6. Spooky surprises at Blaise Castle House Museum

Dress up in your scariest costume and drop into the Halloween-themed family fun day at Blaise Castle House Museum. Explore their fabulous collections, encounter spooky surprises and get creative with wicked crafts for 3-10 year olds.  

Family arts fest blaise castle halloweeen

Image - Family Arts Festival, Blaise Castle, credit Justin Yockney

7. Graveyard adventures

Undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric spots in the city to celebrate Halloween is Arnos Vale Cemetery. Torchlight tours for kids take place on 26 October for families brave enough to listen to scary stories and hunt clues between the graves after the sun has set. Daytime Creepy Kids Tours (27 Oct) are on offer too, allowing younger children – and scaredy cats - to unearth the intriguing secrets of the cemetery without fearing the dark. Stomping Stories (23 Oct), which features the popular Funnybones tale lets kids hunt the ‘bones’ and create their own skelliart. For grown-ups, Arnos Vale After Hours (30-31 Oct) is an exploration of Bristol’s ‘Necropolis’, tragic tales and Victorian funeral etiquette - follow overgrown cemetery paths and descend into the mortuary crypt if you dare.

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8. Haunted and Hidden Ghost Walk

You had me at ‘dastardly dwarf highwayman’…but there’s more to haunted Bristol than horrific highwayman tales. Visit a 16th Century haunted house and Bristol’s famous haunted cinema as part of the Halloween Night Special guided Haunted and Hidden walk on 31 October, leaving from Bristol Cathedral at 6 and 8pm.

Haunted-and-Hidden

9. Face your FEAR at Avon Valley

Non-stop fear is promised at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park as their terrifying Halloween event Fear at Avon Valley returns from 13-31 October. Live action scare mazes will have you trembling in your boots, while street theatre entertainment, fire show and fairground rides will keep your adrenalin levels high. From 6pm until late.

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Image - Fear at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

10. Horror in Redcliffe Caves

Dracula and The Evil Dead are among the 13 fright-full movies showing in Redcliffe Caves (21 Oct) for Bristol Film Festival’s Horror in the Caves season. It’s the perfect location, if you’re brave enough to stomach the venue…

11. Fright Night at American Museum in Britain

Behind the doors of Claverton Manor (17 Oct) a coven of eerie storytellers are waiting in the shadows, ready to reveal the most grisly tales from American folklore. Guides will lead tours through the Museum, stopping to listen and finding a few horrible surprises along the way. Perhaps the manor’s own spirits will join the party?

12. Spooktacular Halloween at Berkeley Castle

Encounter all sorts of eerie delights after dark (22 - 25 Oct). Slink down to the cellars to meet a coven of witches and wizards, sneak round the grounds by torchlight to spot ghostly decorations and feast on pumpkin soup at the Halloween Snack Shack. Visitors can also carve pumpkins, bump into royal Tudor ghosts (22 Oct) or ogle Berkeley Castle’s Wizard and his wonderful owls (23-25 Oct).

Berkeley Castle at night

Image - Berkeley Castle at night

13. Spooky woods adventure at Tyntesfield

Delve daringly into a Spooky woods adventure (24 Oct) and have a go at natural arts and crafts among the autumn leaves. You can also get try your hand at pumpkin carving and making paper lanterns.

14. Spooky half term trains at Avon Valley Railway

Avon Valley Steam Railway will be given a spooky makeover for half term (24-26 Oct & 28-29 Oct). Travel back in time as you journey through beautiful scenery and take part in a creepy trail around the station. Children in Halloween fancy dress will be given free train travel!

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Image - Spooky train at Avon Valley Railway, credit G Aldridge

15. Halloween Unfairground on the Grand Pier

Dare to see what lurks in the darkness out at sea? Head to the Grand Pier (26 - 28 Oct) for a monstrous night of live scare zones and thrilling rides – escape the Zombie Infestation zone, watch out for killer clowns in the Crazy Circus or hop aboard the ghost train in the House of Horrors. Captain Jack's Bar will also be serving a selection of creepy cocktails to calm petrified nerves. Over 16s only.

16. Venture underground for cave-dwelling ghouls

The Natural Theatre Company are bringing a Halloween Spooktacular to the caves of Cheddar this October half term. Visitors will encounter a selection of gaggling ghouls – ghosts of the characters who first discovered the mysterious passages in the depths of the Mendip Hills. They might make you leap with fear… they’ll certainly make you giggle!

Ramp up the terrifying gruesome-ness with one of Cheddar Gorge and Cave’s ‘Fright Nights’ (28 & 31 Oct) – a spine-tingling journey through Gough’s Cave, that is definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Fright Nights in Gough's Cave

Image - Fright Nights in Gough's Cave

17. Tour TV's best-loved supernatural show filming locations 

Seek out Bristol filming locations for some of TV’s best-loved supernatural and science-fiction shows on a self-guided tour using the Bristol Film Office movie maps. The pilot and first two series of Being Human were filmed in Bristol and fans of ‘The Doctor’ will recognise spots like Corn Street, All Saints Lane and Portland Square from the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special ‘The Snowmen’. The Film Office's trail map also features Sherlock filming such as that of the stand-off between Sherlock and Moriarty in 'A Scandal in Bohemia' (Series 2), the nail-biting Guy Fawkes moment in 'The Empty Hearse' (Series 3) and John Watson's unforgettable wedding in 'The Sign of Three' (Series 3). Tyntesfield, Colston Hall Vaults, Queen Square, King Street and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre were used for the Sherlock special, 'The Abominable Bride'.

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Image - BBC's Doctor Who Christmas Special

18. Zombie Walk

The 10th official Bristol Zombie Walk shuffles off from College Green at 12pm on Saturday 28 October and it's free to join! Hoardes of fancy-dressed undead are expected to scuffle their way through the city's streets - expect bloodied faces, ghostly brides and hideous walking corpses - finishing with a monster mashing after party at the Full Moon in Stokes Croft.

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