7 Halloween events to give you a fright in Sussex
PUBLISHED: 11:37 03 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:38 03 October 2019
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There’s a huge variety of things to do with youngsters in Sussex this autumn break – here we present some of our favourites. Marshal your little monsters and enjoy some spooktacular fun this Halloween
Spooky Abbey - 26 October-3 November
Feeling brave enough to take on the haunted abbey ruins of Battle? Be prepared to be scared this autumn half term as a frighteningly fun day out awaits you. Wander the grounds with ghosthunters as they tell macabre tales of times gone by. Turn the pages of the Book of the Dead. Have a go at creating creepy crafts and come in Halloween costume for your chance of a prize, awarded to the most spine-tingling attire each day. But keep your wits about you, lest you disturb ghosts of the abbey's past.
Adults £12.30; children (five to 17 - must be accompanied by an adult) £7.40; concessions £11.10; family £32. English Heritage members free.
Halloween Trail - 31 October-3 November
West Dean Gardens, near Chichester
Visitors are encouraged to follow the Halloween Trail through the award-winning gardens to explore the magnificent setting. The trail, which is suitable for children aged three to 12, allows visitors to locate points around the gardens where clues can be found and collected to produce an answer. Children who complete the trail will get a mouth-watering chocolate prize. Visitors can also make spooky Halloween paper bunting with artist and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation short course tutor, Tracey Bush.
Entry to the Halloween Trail is £5 for children and adults pay standard entry price.
Spellbinding Halloween - 26 October-3 November
Come and join the Borde Hill Academy of Witches and Wizards and help Sapphire the Witch's Cat regain her magical powers on a bewitching garden trail full of spells, potions and mystery. Young visitors will receive a treat from Magica de Spell the Head Witch in her lair if they complete all the challenges to return Sapphire's magical powers in time for the Borde Hill Crystal Ball.
Tickets: £2 per trail plus admission, to include a spellbinding prize (free to Friends).
Bluebell Railway - 26 October-3 November
Bluebell Railway is inviting all witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls, to a spooky gathering this October half term! Head to Horsted Keynes Station for Halloween fun and games, including a fancy dress competition, crafty fun, and much more. Visitors on Halloween (31 October) will also enjoy extra spooky shenanigans, including pumpkin lighting, a disco for small children, and an additional evening train.
Tickets from £16 for adults and £8 for children if bought online in advance.
Shriek Week - 26 October-3 November
Join the frightful fun during Shriek Week at Drusillas Park this Halloween: they've mixed a potion and cast a spell to add some fang-tastically spooky surprises to the park which are sure to keep your little horrors happy! Venture through the creepy cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights into the terror-tory of sin sisters Hocus and Pocus, then scuttle along to the Discovery Centre for some creepy crawly encounters throughout the week.The Discovery Centre, open between 10.30am and 4.30pm, will be swarming with weird creatures and experts from the zoo team will be on hand to answer your questions. For your littlest monsters, the Gruffalo will be meeting brave visitors on 30 October.
Tulleys Spookfest - 19 October-2 November
Turners Hill, Crawley
The daytime Halloween festival at Tulleys Farm is the younger sibling to the infamous (and much scarier!) Shocktober Fest and boasts exciting haunted house attractions aimed at ages six to 13. These include the brand new Terror Trail and the Twisted Fun House in addition to classic favourites such as The Horrid Hayride and The Creepy Cottage. There's even the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin.
Children's tickets are from £8.95 and adults are from £10.95 when bought online in advance.
Halloween Friday Night Express - 25 October
Kent and East Sussex Railway
Do you dare to ride the Fright Night Express? Kick off the spooky Halloween celebrations with a night of workshops and entertainment. There will be pumpkin carving alongside spooky music performed by Drumskullz and an amazing live fire-breather who is sure to spread some mystic magic in the air. You can grab warm snacks at Tenterden Town station before embarking on the train for your Fright Night adventure!
Tickets are £18.
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