Seven spine-chilling ways to spend Halloween in Birmingham & beyond this year

Spooky Season is finally upon is. So now’s the time for spine-chilling movies, pumpkin spiced lattes and binging all of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes – that’s what I plan to do, anyway.

If you’re struggling to conjure up all the different things you can do to get in the Halloween spirit, I’ve rounded-up the top spooky activities going on in Birmingham and beyond to get you in the mood.

The Spooky Swamp

The Spooky Swamp will feature a host of spine-chilling events. Credit: The Spooky Swamp

If you want something a little more spine-tingling, The Spooky Swamp is a family-friendly experience that you won’t want to miss.

This brand new spooky event will feature a bunch of areas to explore and activities, including giant spooky installations, a light show, eerie storytelling and loads more.

There’s also food from the mighty Digbeth Dining Club and loads of ghostly areas to explore.

It runs at The Stonebridge Club, Meriden from October 22 – 31. You can find out more and book tickets here.

Ghost Hunting at Shrewsbury Prison

Are you brave enough to explore Shrewsbury Prison at night? Credit: Shrewsbury Prison

This is one for real thrill-seekers. Trust me, you’ll need to have your wits about you if you’re brave enough for this one.

Shrewsbury Prison is one of the oldest prisons in the country, oh, and it’s also the second most haunted in the world. With a really sinister history, its atmosphere alone is enough to make your skin crawl.

This Halloween, you can experience a number of events, allowing you to explore the prison like never before.

From escape rooms to ghost tours and so much more, these hair-raising activities are sure to test your fears.

Tickets will fly out the door for these events, so click here to find out more about what’s on offer.

Pumpkin Picking

There are plenty of places to go pumpkin picking near Birmingham

While it’s far from scary – unless you have a genuine fear of pumpkins, mind – pumpkin picking is a really fun activity for all ages to enjoy.

Grab your wellies, throw on a chunky knit cardigan and get picking! There are plenty of places you can go within driving distance from Birmingham, including Essington Farm, Lower Drayton Farm, and Pumpkins R Us.

And if you’re nearer Shropshire, you can head to Llynclys Hall Farm Shop or Pattingham Pumpkins.

It’s worth noting that some of these places may require booking a space before your visit. So make sure you double check before your trip.

Halloween Nights at Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum is hosting three spooky Halloween nights

Black Country Living Museum’s Halloween nights are back, and this year, its been invaded by monsters and aliens!

Running on three dates this month, ticket holders can explore the spooky streets of the village where little ones can get tasty treats and meet spooky characters.

Other attractions across the museum will also be open, and no trip here is complete without visiting Hobbs for some mouth-watering fish and chips.

You can also pop to the bakery for a sweet treat, get involved with some timeless fairground games and take part in a range of activities running throughout the evening.

To find out more and pre-book your tickets, click here.

Scarefest at Alton Towers

Scarefest returns to Alton Towers throughout October. Credit: Alton Towers

Perhaps one of the most popular events for Halloween, Alton Towers is bringing back Scarefest for 2021.

This chilling event has been sending shivers down spines for years now, picking up awards for its terrifying horror mazes.

The park will be open until 9pm, where ticket holders can enjoy the thrills of live entertainment, as well as facing the park’s head-spinning rides including The Wicker Man, Obilvion and Thirteen.

As well as activities for younger families, thrill-seekers can venture into the depths of the Alton Towers Dungeons, alongside four terrifying mazes.

To find out more about Scarefest 2021 and to book your tickets, click here.

Spooky happenings at Warwick Castle

Castle After Dark will run on selected nights at Warwick Castle this October

As one of Warwickshire’s leading attractions, it’s no surprise that Warwick Castle has got some spooky tricks up its sleeve for the Halloween season.

Taking place over the October Half Term (October 23 – 31) the castle will be hosting an array of spooky activities.

For fun for all the family, you can catch The Haunted Castle during the day, which features brand new shows for this year, plus returning family favourites.

If you want to make your trip a little more spooky, you can also visit the Castle Dungeon where you’ll come face to face with some of the castle’s characters.

For older visitors, The Castle After Dark will be running on selected nights towards the end of October.

Sure to fill you with nerves and have you trembling from head to toe, this chilling event offers more terrifying twists and turns than ever before.

Featuring live music, street food, roaming characters and thrilling attractions, Castle After Dark is sure you get your heart pounding.

Want to know more about the Halloween events happening at Warwick Castle? Click here for details on The Haunted Castle, and here for information on the Castle After Dark.

Terrifying TV shows and Movies

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes are available on Dinsey+

Whether you choose to hide behind a cushion like me, or your eyes are glued to the screen, nothing says Spooky Season like a terrifying movie.

There are oodles of spooky options across popular streaming services and some cinemas are doing special screenings of some of your favourite creepy classics.

And if you’re a bit of a scaredy cat, you can watch every episode of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror specials on Disney+ now!

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