The end of October is creeping up, which can mean only one thing: Halloween. From children dressed as ghastly ghouls, to the rattling of doors followed by the call of “trick or treat,” families from across the UK have grown to love these American Halloween traditions. To make sure you have the best Halloween yet, we’ve put together a list of our top three places to celebrate, from weird and wonderful walks, to fantastically frightening things to see and do. So, be sure to slather on the terrifying make-up, dress in your creepy costume and be prepared to be scared.
Explore the spooky streets of London
London is rich with history, and so it’s no surprise that some of the most haunted places in the UK are located in our capital city. Once you’ve parked up, head over to The Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields, a place that is said to be the last place Annie Chapman, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims, enjoyed a drink. Many of the pub’s staff have reported poltergeist activity, and some have even confessed to seeing her ghost roaming the rooms of the building.
If you’re more into gruesome science, then a trip to Hunterian Museum is a must. This surgical museum is not for the faint hearted; it houses hundreds of jars containing preserved skeletons, body parts and animals, as well as the odd brain. The preserved remains were kept by renowned Georgian surgeon, Sir John Hunter, which he used as part of his research – chilling.
Take on zombies and spirits at Alton Towers
Looking for some frights? Make your way down to the Alton Towers theme park for Scarefest, a special Halloween celebration where the park provides both kids and adults with the chance to spook each other.
If you love the feeling of adrenaline pumping through your veins, then the ‘Zombies! Scare Zone’ is the perfect Halloween activity. Whether you’re a fan of the hit TV show The Walking Dead, or just love the idea of being chased by scary creatures, you’ll have so much fun running from one groaning corpse to the next.
If after being chased by zombies you still crave a little more terror, then head to ‘The Sanctuary’, an experience that has been recommended only for the truly fearless. Staged as a 1950s asylum, you’ll come face to face with rabid-looking actors, creaky floorboards and blood curdling screams – the perfect way to end a Halloween night out.
Meet the ghouls of Warwick Castle
Between the 25th October and 2nd November, Warwick Castle will be extending its opening hours until 9pm, for petrifyingly fun evenings of ghastly ghoul terror. During the day, kids can get up to a range of spooky activities, such as following the Halloween trail to a scary swamp, spider’s lair and even a graveyard!
During the evening, things get really spine chilling, with tours of the castle’s haunted dungeon, The Witches Tower and even paranormal investigations and séances – well, if you’re brave enough.
These terrifyingly good Halloween spots are located right across the UK, so you’ll definitely be in need of a car to get around. To make your journey easy and less of a nightmare, be sure to hire a car with Alamo, and take your pick from our range of fangtastic vehicles today.