10 of the spookiest Halloween events on in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 10:05 09 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 10 October 2018
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The spookiest time of the year is fast approaching! We pick some of the best events to celebrate Halloween in Surrey
Carving a pumpkin is arguably one of the best things about Halloween. Visit Weybridge’s Crockford Bridge Farm and join in with its American-style Pumpkin Patch Event, pick from over 10,000 pumpkins grown at Garsons in Esher or take a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch at Secretts in Milford.
Reigate Ghost Walk - Every Friday in October
Listen to tales of mystery, murder and paranormal activity as you take a look at Reigate’s murky past.
Terrifying Theme Parks - 13-31 October
If rollercoasters aren’t enough to give you the shivers, maybe some of the creepy Halloween activities at Surrey’s adventure parks will leave you screaming for more. Chessington World of Adventures will be open late on selected dates from October 13 to 31 for a spine-chilling programme of events and rides. Thorpe Park’s ever-popular Fright Nights will once again welcome a series of mazes, featuring horrifyingly real zombies from ABC’s The Walking Dead.
Polesden Lacey - 20-28 October
Let the ghosts of former Polesden Lacey owner’s pet pooches guide you on a Halloween trail. Polesden’s last owner Maggie Greville loved her dogs so much she had a cemetery created at the Edwardian estate to honour them, with 17 named headstones dedicated to her pet pals.
Claremont Landscape Garden - 20-28 October
The gnarly trees of Claremont Landscape Garden, near Esher, are the perfect setting to bring to life the terrifying tale of Hansel and Gretal. From 20 to 28 October, visitors will be invited to follow in the footsteps of the intrepid duo, while escaping the clutches of the wicked witch. Plus, from 21-23 October to 23, you can create some Halloween and fairy tale-inspired crafts to decorate your home in preparation for the big day.
Winkworth Arboretum - 20-28 October
The imposing woodland at Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming, is the perfect spot to enjoy an Autumnal walk. Visitors will get the chance to experience the beautiful colours of the season on the Happy Halloween Trail. The Arboretum was created when dermatologist Wilfrid Fox purchased 130 acres of woodland next to his farmhouse in the Thorncombe Valley and is now owned by the National Trust.
Spooky Sports - 27 October
Make space for plenty of trick-or-treat confectionery and a slice of pumpkin pie by signing up for some sporting activities this Halloween. A spooktacular 2k family fun run will take place at Dapdune Wharf as darkness falls and at Denbies Vineyard, ghosts, zombies and vampires will be on hand to help runners along the route of a 10k race.
Spooky Spiders - 28 October
Drop in for Halloween activities and enjoy a trail around the grounds. Ideal for younger children.
Ghoulish Ghost Tours - 31 October
Get in the Halloween Spirit with Kingston’s Haunted Walking Tour. Led by Haunted Happenings, a group of experts in paranormal activity, fearless ghost hunters will be taken on a walking tour of Kingston’s most haunted spots. To book tickets, priced at £10, visit the link below. Guildford loves ghosts so much that a ghost tour runs in the town centre every Friday night from March to November. The tour, set up in 2001 covers around 20 haunted and mysterious sites.
Frightful Fun at Hampton Court - Various dates
Make Halloween one to remember with the Halloween Ghost Tour Late Night Special. Listen to suitably spine-tingling commentary while taking in some of the palace’s most ghoulish locations. The tour begins at 10.30pm. Tickets: £35 (minimum aged 18).
Join the early evening Family Ghost Tour for family-friendly stories and even Hampton Court’s own species of spider to discover. Fun for all ages on October 31, November 4 and January 6. Tickets: £14 adults / £7 children (minimum age 8).
On the ghost tours take a ghostly gallivant around the palace. Learn about the Tudor royal nurse whose spirit is said to stalk her former apartments, the mysterious figure caught on palace CCTV at night and much more. Selected dates in November, January and February 6.30pm to 8.30pm and 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Tickets: £27.50 (minimum age 12).
Do you dare to spend a night at Hampton Court Palace, delving into the dark past of witchcraft and sorcery? Dusk ‘til Dawn on November 3 begins with a hearty three-course dinner, followed by evening entertainment with tours and an overnight stay in the King’s State Apartments. Enjoy a hot breakfast the following morning and complimentary entry to the palace. Tickets: £145 (minimum age 18).
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