Spooky days out with kids for Halloween 2011

Looking for an alternative Halloween activity idea rather than trick-or-treating or duck apples? We’ve put together a list of kid friendly Halloween events that will scare and excite you at the same time. Book quickly though, these events sell as quickly as toffee apples…

Alton Towers’ Scarefest

Alton Towers theme park and resortAlton Towers’ annual Scarefest starts on 15th October and lasts until Halloween. Scarefest is designed to let you enjoy all of Alton Towers’ amazing attractions and being able to get scared silly at the same time. The park is open until 9pm so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark and they also have a range of ‘spooktacular’ attractions too. Your ticket price will include entry to their ‘Terror of the Towers’ maze, designed to scare the pants off you. You will also have access to their new attraction, Zombies! This includes live actors to keep you on your toes. For the younger children there is Franklins Freaky Farm with Trick-or-Treat and a live on-stage party. Prices start at £18pp, but if you book early you can get up to 40% discount if you book early.

Fright Nights at Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park theme park It is Thorpe Park’s Fright Night’s 10th anniversary this year, so they’re really putting in a lot of effort to create a terrifying Halloween experience. Not only can you stay late and enjoy their attractions in the dark, but there are plenty of other spooky attractions arranged especially for Fright Nights. Thorpe Park has organized 5 scary mazes, including Experiment 10, which takes you on a journey through a test lab, complete with live actors. They also have a Saw Alive maze, a Se7en maze as well as their already terrifying Saw Alive- The Ride and their other white knuckle attractions. Fright Nights are running on 14-16th Oct and 21st-31s October, and you must buy a ticket in advance as they expect it to be very busy.

[box]*Tip* Before booking tickets for one of these events, remember to check for and discount vouchers beforehand. You could save yourself a small fortune…[/box]

Farmaggeddon

Farmaggedon is located in Lancashire and describes itself as a ‘Scream Park’. The park is fully interactive with three ‘horror houses’ with crypts, caverns labyrinth’s with zombies and creatures of the night roaming. A trip to Farmaggedon is sure to get you in the mood for Halloween, but beware, this isn’t for the faint hearted! This is a truly terrifying night out, so we would recommend this activity for the older kids. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is 18 years or older.

Ghost walks for kids

To really get into the Halloween spirit why not go on a ghost walk as a family? Ghost walks take place in most historic cities or towns, and can be a great way to learn a bit of history while becoming aware of places which have spooky occurrences. Most ghost walks are suitable for kids but you can find one which is aimed at children by doing a quick Google search. If do your research you can find a really talented host who will cater for children. This is a cost-effective Halloween activity that will be remembered for years to come.
Spooky World

Spooky WorldSpooky World is a theme park specially transformed in October to scare kids and grownups alike. In the summer months, the theme park is Apple Jacks Farm, but come autumn it changes into a creepy, supernatural park that will blow your socks off. You can visit Spooky World in the day or night time, and it is advised that younger children pay their visit in the day time and the older kids and teens would be more comfortable of a night when it’s slightly scarier. Attractions include a haunted hayride, pumpkin carving and a roller disco. You can also go Quad biking too for an extra charge. The good thing about Spooky World is that it stays open until 12th November and you can celebrate Bonfire Night there too.

 

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