Halloween things to do in Sussex for autumn half term 2018

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Half term, and time to frighten the life out of the kids before you kill them yourselves (only kidding – or are we?! Mwah haha).

Here’s some fun spoooOOOOoooky stuff to do in Sussex this season…

Drusillas Halloween Shriek Week

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Put your nerves to the test and get ready to come face to face with g-g-g-ghosts and ghouls! Prepare yourself for a whole host of tricks, treats and blood chilling entertainment!

“Oh help! Oh no! It’s a gruffalo!” The Gruffalo makes an appearance on Wednesday 24 October. Come and see the mystical monster who lives in the deep dark wood. He will be meeting brave visitors in the Events Arena at intervals throughout the day.

Tread carefully as you wander through the cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights. Keep your eyes peeled for the cackling witches and moaning mummy… who knows what might be around the corner playing hide and shriek with the unsuspecting public!

Tickets start at £15pp
Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th October


Bodiam Castle Black cat trail

Black cat trail Bodiam Castle Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukEver since the medieval era, people have been superstitious about black cats. This Hallowe’en, take on the challenge of finding cats hidden around Bodiam Castle to uncover the reason behind the myth, and claim your prize at the end. Suitable for ages 5-11.

£2.50 per trail plus normal admission charge
20 – 28 October, 10am-4pm
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Ashdown Park Spooky Halloween Afternoon Tea

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Families can get into the spooky spirit of Halloween this October half term, with an afternoon of frighteningly good tricks and treats at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club. There’s even pumpkin carving and spooktacular cake decorating at the special themed Halloween Afternoon Tea on 28 October.

On the menu will be some fang-tastic treats putting a seasonal twist on classic sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Halloween fancy dress for the afternoon is optional, but very much encouraged, so families are invited to dust off their vampire capes and witches’ broomsticks and join in the fun.

Tickets are £17.50 for children and £29.50 for adults, including all activities and afternoon tea. At least one accompanying adult per three children is required.

Halloween Hocus Pocus at Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill pumpkin competition Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukHalloween half term is the time for all apprentice witches and wizards to put their skills to the test to become a fully-fledged expert in magic. Put on your cloak, grab your broomstick, wave your wand and fly across to the ‘Borde Hill Academy of Witches of Wizards’.

Young visitors will receive a treat from the Head Witch in her lair if they complete all the magical challenges in their spell book on the daily garden trail.

the chance to don a glove and get up close and personal with some majestic owls, or hold a scary, hairy, creepy crawly. Creative hands can also make their own magic wand or carve a pumpkin masterpiece to add to a line of lit pumpkins threading through the garden during the ‘Pumpkin Glow’ event. The hocus pocus also includes spooky storytelling for families, face painting and on selected days

Sunday 28th is ‘Pumpkin Glow’ event, when the best pumpkin designs will be judged, with the winning witch or wizard receiving a 2019 Family Membership. To take part, please check website for details.

£2 per trail plus admission, to include a spellbinding prize (FREE to Friends)
20-31 October

It’s all creepy in Crawley this half term!!

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Halloween is coming to Queens Square on Saturday 27 October and everyone’s welcome! Look out for a free afternoon of spooky fun from 3pm, with face painting, arts and crafts, street performers and a Treats no Tricks trail, in partnership with County Mall.

Then at 6pm, sit back and relax as the outdoor cinema is back with free screenings of Disney’s Coco followed by The Addams Family at 8pm. There will be a limited number of chairs available on a first come, first served basis.

There’s also Halloween and firework night with a funfair, haunted house, music and bar at Willoughby Fields, Ifield on Friday 26 October, and Fright Night at Tilgate Park from 5-8pm with a scare maze challenge, rides in the dark, inflatables, fancy dress competition and refreshments on Saturday 27 October.

For more details visit crawley.gov.uk/events

Bateman’s Smugglers half-term trail

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The Hawkhurst gang were a notorious gang of smugglers who haunted the south eastern coast in the 1700s. Now they’re back and causing mischief in the garden at Bateman’s, where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem ‘Smuggler’s Song’. Now you can follow the clues to find out what they’ve been up to, and claim your well-earned reward. They are keen not to be disturbed during their night-time activities but they’ve left a trail of tea chests with clues for you to find out what they’ve been up to. However, you’ll need to tread carefully on your search and be sure not to say what you’ve found or what you’ve seen… Suitable for ages 6-12.

£2.50 per trail plus normal admission charge
20 – 28 October, 10am-4pm

Tulley’s Shocktober Festival 2018

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THE FREAKS ARE COMING! Halloween in Sussex wouldn’t be the same without SHOCKTOBER!! This year unleashes the Circus of Horrors, as Dr Haze and his army of freaks join the award winning entertainment line-up at this year’s event.

A group of urban explorers locate a decaying barn in the middle of the Sussex countryside. Upon discovering a door a mysterious sign is revealed reading “Audemus Autem”. Unveiling the meaning and speaking the words “we dare you” aloud unlocks the door and the devilish creatures which are trapped inside are unleashed into the modern world. They run riot across town terrorising everyone they meet with their horrifying acts and unsightly scenes.

There’s an abandoned horror set complete with deranged actors, twisted clowns, a coven of 13 – beware the curse of Alice Hemlock – and three deranged brothers who really shouldn’t have those chainsaws… What with the cellar, the creepy cottage and the circus of horrors – do you dare?


On til 2 November
Prices start from £12

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