Sussex Halloween Attractions
It’s dark; there are strange creatures running around the streets; your stash of chocolates is disappearing quicker than the sun on a bank holiday; and it’s October 31st – this can only mean one thing – Halloween! If you, like the big kid in all of us, want to celebrate Halloween, Sussex style, there’s a spooktacular amount of events going on across the county this holiday to keep you entertained.
Newhaven Fort // 22-31 Oct // www.newhavenfort.org.uk
There’s lots of freaky fun to be had this Halloween at Newhaven Fort…Dare you venture into the Terrifying Tunnels to see what…or who…is waiting for you? The tunnels are open daily from Saturday 22nd – Monday 31st 2016, or you can learn some scary skills of your own in the ‘Spook School’ – the creepy classes run daily from Monday 24th to Friday 28th, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, priced at £4.60 per child. Places are limited and booking is required. Please call 01273 517622, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to book.
Shriek Week at Drusillas Park // 22-30 Oct // www.drusillas.co.uk
At Drusillas Park this October, be prepared to be scared! There are five different Halloween horrors to encounter, including ‘Haunted Heights’, in which your little ones must venture through creepy, cobwebbed corridors to find twin witches, Hocus and Pocus. Watch out, they like to play hide and shriek! Next is the ‘Spooky Happenings’ event, in which you will discover the hidden secret of Drusillas… ‘Mummy Mayhem’ will have you running through the maze of temple ruins, but watch out for the mummy and its curse! You will also be able to take part in ‘Creepy Crawly Encounters’ (if you’re brave enough) and meet the Gruffalo when he visits the park!
Shocktober Fest at Tulley’s Farm // 1-31 Oct // www.tulleysfarm.com
Dare you visit Tulley’s Farm after dark to experience the most ghoulish, grisly, gruesome haunted attractions around? There are eight different haunted attractions for the grownups at Tulley’s, and tickets are selling fast. Visit the site on selected days during October to experience Coven of 13; PanDEMONium’s Carnival; The Chop Shop; The Colony; The Cellar Haunted House; Horrorwood Haunted Hayride; Hell-ements; and The Creepy Cottage. Each attraction features live actors, special effects and plenty of scary surprises!
Pumpkin and Spook Fest // 15-30 Oct // www.tulleysfarm.co.uk
As well as their adult events, Tulley’s farm are going to be putting on some family fun this Halloween too. There is something for everyone here, including three attractions specifically for older children – The Darkness, Twisted Fun House and Terror Trail – and lots for the very little ones too, including Boo Barn and the Horrid Hayride to name just two. As well as all that, there will be activities and games taking place in the Pumpkin Patch itself. Find Tulley’s resident witch and wizard, Hilda Hotchpotch and Wilfred Wagglewand at The Department of Halloween Headquarters and join in the fancy dress, prize-winning fun!
The Halloween Horror Show // 28 Oct // www.sussexbeacon.org.uk
Back by popular demand is the Sussex Beacon Halloween Horror Show. This year’s theme is ‘the circus’, and it’s sure to be a scare-tastic event. The Circus of Thrills will be hosted by Duncan James of boyband, Blue, fame, and there will be performances from many different West End stars. Not only will you be utterly entertained, but you will also be able to enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal. So, if you’re looking for something sexy and scary this Halloween, the Halloween Horror Show at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, could be exactly what you need. Tickets start at £95 (plus booking fee).
Parham’s Halloween Trail // 28-30 Oct // www.parhaminsussex.co.uk
Complete the Parham Pumpkin Puzzle around the gardens and grab the chance to meet and hold real life owls with ‘Owls About Town’. Founded to educate and inform children and adults about owls, most of the birds are rescued owls and visitors will be able to learn more about these fascinating animals. For those children brave enough, they will have a chance to find the witch in her house (and her magic treat cauldron), and there will also be craft activities and face painting. Season tickets are valid at this event.
Scream Barn Farm // 15-16 & 22-30 Oct // www.springfarmbarn.com
The fun and frights at Spring Barn Farm this year include the Little Spook’s Witchy Walkway, Bigger Boo’s Circus Squeee Walthrough, the Terrible Tattoo Parlour (for some gruesome temporary ink), The Maize Maze, and the Petrifying Pumpkin Patch, in which you can pick your own pumpkin to take home with you. Or, why not carve your pumpkin at the farm where you’ll find plenty of inspiration! There will be ‘real’ witches wandering around the farm – see how many you can spot! They’re all friendly and ever so funny; just make sure you don’t get turned into a frog.
Halloween Fun at Borde Hill // 22-30 Oct // www.bordehill.co.uk
All at no extra cost to the standard entry price, you can follow the spooky Halloween trail around Borde Hill’s beautiful gardens and discover the resident witch or wizard at the end – you may even earn a sweet treat as a reward for your hard work! As well as this, you can enjoy the haunted marquee which is full of activities and games.
Fright Festival // 29 Oct // www.frightfestival.co.uk
As the days become shorter and the nights become longer, a huge phenomenon has been brewing in Brighton. Returning for its second year, and located at Brighton Racecourse, Fright Festival is back – and with a brand new look! A freaky, eclectic combination of Halloween attractions alongside sounds from the biggest DJs and artists on the scene – prepare to be amazed! As it approaches midday, the gates will open to Brighton and the UK’s most unique and exciting festival. Do you think you can handle it? As you approach the gates, prepare yourselves for what’s to come, both mentally and physically…
Halloween In Friston Forest // 25 Oct // www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk
This event is perfect for children aged between five and 11. They will join their expert guides around a campfire where they can enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows – toasted, of course. Once the spooky stories have been told, it’s time to have some more fun by building dens (to hide from the woodland monsters), foraging (for ingredients for a magic potion), whittling a wand, and creating a clay monster amongst other things.
Halloween Dinner Dance // 29 Oct // www.eastsussexnational.co.uk
At the luxurious East Sussex National Hotel, you can join the spirits in residence for a three-course dinner followed by dancing – all with a spooky Halloween theme. Dressing up is encouraged, and tickets cost £40 per person. Or, why not make a night of it and stay? There are special room rates available and don’t forget, this hotel has a wonderful spa and sauna too.
Ghost Tour of Rye // 29 Oct // www.ryeheritage.co.uk
This unique walking tour of ancient Rye will show you sites of hauntings, ghost visitations, paranormal activity and other weird goings on. Can you make it all the way through? It lasts for one hour 45 minutes, and there are plenty of opportunities to commune with the spirits. Also, included in the tickets price of just £13 per person, you will discover The Story of Rye, a fantastic sound and light show. Please note, this event is not suitable for those aged under 14.