Bristol’s got more eerie entertainment than you can waggle a broomstick at, take a look at this menacing lot and plan a petrifying visit to the city…

Prepare for a scare on board Brunel's Spooky Ship (31 Oct – 3 Nov)

Step on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain after-dark for an old-fashioned Victorian fright fest.  Navigate the nooks and crannies, creepy sounds and smells of this 174-year old Spooky Ship with your ghoulish guide. And beware the eerie characters stalking the corridors, waiting to engross you with their terrible tales…

Halloween in Bristol: Brunel's SS Great Britain

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Creep it real at Bristol Zoo Gardens (20 Oct-4 Nov)

Plenty of frightening fun awaits at Bristol Zoo this half term – sneak along Dracula Drive to Thriller Theatre for a Spooky Shindig disco, meet the Wicked Witch and use your Haunted Handbook to go on a Halloween Mystery Trail. Hold creepy critters in your hands and hang out with some of the rarest bats in the world, plus face painting, craft and lots more! As an extra bonus one child goes free with every paying adult when you book online (use code FREECHILD).

Have a hoooowling good Halloween at Wild Place Project (20 Oct-4 Nov)

Get closer to nature with a walk through the woodlands, face creepy challenges and haunted hideouts in your hunt for the secret pledge to join the wolf pack, follow the paw prints to uncover the wolf pack’s mysterious ways and play Pumpkin I Spy. And don’t forget to dress up as your favourite spooky character for the chance to win a prize!

Halloween in Bristol: Wild Place wolves

Image - Wolves at Wild Place

Scary Claws and Spooky Tours at Bristol Aquarium (20 Oct – 4 Nov)

Do you dare endure a mini-tour of horrific animal defences or feed a shoal of giant vegetarian piranhas? Touch real lobster claws and discover what’s lurking in the deep, dark depths of the Earth’s oceans at Bristol Aquarium this half term.

Spectacular school of sorcery at The Galleries (30 Oct - 1 Nov)

Enrol your wannabe wizards at The Galleries Shopping Centre Spectacular School of Sorcery, complete with magical music, spooky wizard classroom, broomsticks-a-plenty and Epico the dragon, who will be closely guarding the giant dragon eggs. And it's free!

Graveyard adventures at Arnos Vale Cemetery (various dates)

One of the most atmospheric places to celebrate Halloween in Bristol is Arnos Vale Cemetery and you'll find events galore in October and November.  Discover nocturnal creatures, hidden histories and tall tales on a Creepy Kids Tour (2 Nov). Dress up as your favourite spook to get fully into character for games and a treasure hunt (suitable for 5+).

Stomping Stories on 29 October features the unscary skeletons from Janet and Allan Ahlbergs well-known Funnybones. Kids can hunt the ‘bones’ and create their own skelliart to play with at home. Room on the Broom fans can hear the tale, play games and take part in a crafty activity on 1 November.

Meanwhile adults are encouraged to wear their best goth/punk/Victorian/dark-inspired attire to celebrate all things gothic at The Bats Ball (20 Oct) or hear the chilling gothic tale of Frankenstein brought to life by Red Rope Theatre Company (2 Nov). For even more spoky shenanigans, visit their events page.

Arnos Vale Halloween in Bristol

Image - Arnos Vale Cemetery

Hauntingly good adventures at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Prepare yourself for a nightmare to remember! There’ll be non-stop FEAR at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park with frightening street theatre, fire shows, a killzone, two-minute escape room and four mazes that will have you quaking in your boots.

Enrol your child (3-9yrs) into Avon Valley's Witch & Wizard School for lessons on potions, slime, spells and broomstick skills! Wizards and witch whizzes will receive a broom flying license and certificates at a graduation ceremony. They'll also get to go home with a hat, broomstick and sticker workbook. Tickets include free pumpkin carving and other spooky activities across the park. 

Hold on to your broomsticks for a spooky ride at Avon Valley! Pick up your free pumpkin (included in every Adventurer's Pass - £7) from The Pumpkin Patch, follow the Monster Trail and find out what's waiting for you behind Trick or Treat Doors! The pets corner team will have a Creepy Crawly Showcase throughout the day, you can cheer the Hogs From Hell while they race and there will also be a themed family fun maze, suitable for all ages. If that wasn't spooky enough, watch out for immersive street theatre characters loitering around the park, waiting to trick you!

FEAR at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Fun at the Unfairground (25-31 Oct)

A monstrous night of live scare zones and thrilling rides will have your adrenalin pumping and your bloodcurdling screams echoing around the Grand Pier’s Halloween Unfairground. With killer clowns at the Crazy Circus, a Ghost Train, House of Murders and a Zombie Infestation Zone, it promises to be terrifyingly terrific! So scary in fact, most of the attractions are only suitable for children over the age of 12.

Grand Pier Halloween

Spend a Spooky Sunday with Minibeats at St George’s (28 Oct)

Prepare to be spellbound by scary spinets, ghastly grands and petrifying pianos, Halloween fun at St George’s Bristol will feature favourites by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens and Grieg. There’ll also be monstrous craft activities on offer and dressing up is encouraged (kids and grown-ups), with prizes for the best costumes. After the 3pm concert, you are invited on a Terrible Trail – a Halloween-themed exploration with spooky surprises in store.

Mingle at a murder mystery at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (26-27 Oct)

Gather your best sleuthing buddies together to unravel a murder mystery. Hosted in the beautiful Winterstoke and Wills Halls, you’ll be treated to an autumn cocktail and canapés, plus a three-course dinner and dancing as you quiz characters about their traitorous motives to solve the case.

Head out on a haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking tour (various dates)

Hear the bone-chilling tales behind Bristol’s most haunted locations. Discover the Dwarf Highwayman, a 16th century haunted house as well as a church and its ghostly monk as part of the Halloween Night Special guided Haunted and Hidden walk on 31 October, leaving from Bristol Cathedral at 6pm and 8pm. Tours also run most Friday nights at 8pm.

Haunted and Hidden

Image - Haunted and Hidden Bristol

The Haunting at The New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel (25 Oct)

Methodist historian Gary Best talks about the haunting of the Wesley family home and the story of the 18th-century exorcism of George Lukins in Bristol. Afterwards delve further into the history of Methodism with a look around the museum.

Get your rot on at Zombie Walk (27 Oct)

It’s time to stock up on icky make-up and ketchup and plan your gory undead garb, because Bristol Zombie Walk is back! On 27 October, the city will once again be taken over by hordes of ghastly-looking creatures. This year there’s whispers of a nautical/pirate/sailor/Bristol theme, so expect plenty of bloodied faces, dastardly deckhands, bewitching buccaneers and corpse-like crewmen and women. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info.

Get involved with gruesome goings-on at Bristol Spirit

Bristol Spirit Cinema Club will be screening the chilling film, A Quiet Place on 24 October, within the confounds of their wonderfully atmospheric installation designed by horror gods Iksentrik. The film's plot revolves around the main characters being quiet, which means that any noise made by an audience only adds to the tension. Luckily there'll be Mission Pizza and Halloween-themed cocktails to help ease your nerves! There's also a Halloween sausage social (20 October) with a dachshund fancy dress costume competition, and four courses of spooky puddings with the brilliant Bristol Pudding Society supper club (28 October). The menu is yet to be confirmed but think pumpkins, blood, spiders and other gory things to get you in a ghoulish mood. 

Freak yourself out at Bristol Film Festival (27 Oct)

Bristol Film Festival cunningly matches films with Bristol venues to enhance your movie-viewing experience. Steel yourself for ‘Alien’, to be screened in the suitably eerie Redcliffe Caves (27 Oct) as part of their ‘Horror In The Cave’ series. Or enjoy a gothic classic like ‘Interview with the Vampire’ (27 Oct) in Avery’s Wine Cellars, while sipping French and American wines (in keeping with the film’s locations). The perfect build-up to Halloween.

Redcliffe Caves - Halloween in Bristol

Image - Bristol Film Festival, Redcliffe Caves

Have a hauntingly good Halloween at Old Down Country Park (29 Oct-2 Nov)

For a terrifyingly good time, head to Old Down to watch Disney Pixar Film COCO as well as pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts and more! Over 14s can test their mettle on the Scarefest Terror Trail (29-31 Oct) led by a ghastly guide, you’ll head out for a terrifying wander in the woods through who-knows-what with who-knows-whom to who-knows-where. For those who survive, there’ll be drinks and snacks in the Barn to calm your nerves.

Dare to descend to the cellar at Berkeley Castle (21-24 Oct)

Sneak down to the cellars to meet a coven of witches and wizards, before swapping ghost stories over toasted marshmallows in the Wild Play area. Visitors can also carve scary faces into Jack o’ Lanterns, feast on scrumptious pumpkin soup in the Halloween Snack Shack, snap a magical selfie with the wizard and his adorable owls and listen to spine-tingling tales from Cassandra the friendly witch.

Halloween in Bristol Berkeley Castle

Spooktastic Snake Shows and Pumpkin Fest at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm (20 Oct-3 Nov)

Set your spine-a-tingling at one of Pete Blake’s Venomous Snake Shows with some of the world’s deadliest snakes, spiders and scorpions. If you’re feeling brave you can meet and greet some of the snakes and creepy crawlies. The Pumpkin Fest will also be in full swing with pumpkin carving and decorating, pumpkin sports and café treats.

Take on a terrifying adventure at Tyntesfield

Brave detectives are needed to investigate spooky goings on the woods. Follow the clues and see if you can uncover the mysteries of the Gothic tales family trail (27 Oct-4 Nov). If your 7-12 year olds don't scare easily, they can try tackling the terrifying Tyntesfield mystery (30 Oct and 1 Nov). In this bookable family session, you can paint a pumpkin, make a spooky friend and take part in some fearful games. Adults can travel back in time with Pantaloons Theatre Company for a comically creepy experience. Meet sinister characters and put your snooping skills to the test to solve an immersive murder mystery (2 Nov). Tickets include an evening meal and Victorian dress gets a thumbs up (although isn’t required).

Tyntesfield - Halloween in Bristol

Image - Tyntesfield

Celebrate the Day of the dead Fiesta family fun trail at American Museum in Britain (20-28 Oct)

Based at Claverton Manor near Bath, this is the only museum of Americana outside the US. Celebrate the Day of the Dead all week-long with the family fun trail around the extensive grounds and create your own scary sugar skull decoration or frightening costume at the drop-in family workshops.

Venture underground to solve a monstrous mystery (27 Oct -4 Nov)

Descend into the spectacular caverns and hidden chambers of Cheddar Gorge and Caves to help Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes get to the bottom of some ghostly goings-on. Make sure you keep your wits about you as Dracula, Dorian Grey and Frankenstein’s Monster are all hiding within these rocky walls…

Gear up for a ghostly tour of Longleat House (21-29 Oct)

For brave souls over the age of nine, hair-raising ghost tours will be taking place in Longleat House. Listen to haunting tales as you explore creepy corridors and spooky attics in search of ghoulish residents.

Longleat ghost tours

Image - Longleat

Bewitching behaviour at Wookey Hole (20 Oct - 4 Nov)

Meet the infamous Witch of Wookey Hole plus a whole host of wicked characters. Take part in have-a-go circus workshops, take a spooky cave tour, learn to ride a broomstick and enter the Halloween grotto…if you dare! There’s also a 4D Cinema, Dinosaur Valley, Penny Arcade, Mirror Maze, Pirate Crazy Golf, Play Area and if you go dressed as your favourite ghoulish character you could win a prize in the Halloween show!

Venture underground for cave-dwelling ghouls (27 Oct -4 Nov)

Descend into the spectacular caverns and hidden chambers of Cheddar Gorge and Caves to help Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes get to the bottom of some ghostly goings-on. Make sure you keep your wits about you as Dracula, Dorian Grey and Frankenstein’s Monster are all hiding within these rocky walls…

Halloween in Bristol

Image - Cheddar Gorge

Escape Rooms

Test your wits and your nerve in one of Bristol's Escape games. Try and get out of a locked room by discovering clues at Real Life Escape GamePuzzlair 4D and LockedInARoom. The clock is ticking…

Book yourself a spooktacular stay

Check out this list of accommodation special offers or for that extra bit of magic, book a stay in Thornbury Castle - perfect for witch-hunting! Why not combine your stay with a Murder Mystery Halloween party at Doubletree By Hilton Cadbury House (26 Oct). Tuck into cocktails, canapés and a three-course dinner while trying to solve the case!

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