Halloween can be the most fun when the kids are old enough to get spooked whilst being old enough to laugh it off.
There are plenty of spine-chilling happenings in Blackpool that they’ll absolutely love, and they’ll learn a thing or two, as well!
The ‘Home of Halloween’
This autumn, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon is the Home of Halloween! Get dunked head first into 1000 years of grisly and hilarious history as the live actors and immersive sets bring Lancashire's past back to life. Hear how the Pendle Witch trials played out and witness the tortured soul of Alizon Device returning to the very place that she was sentenced to death….
The Blackpool Tower Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction for the whole family to enjoy, where you’ll live and breathe Lancashire’s ‘orrible past. As you move from show to show you’ll see, smell and hear the gruesome history the county holds throughout this exciting, interactive adventure through the past, finishing with the ultimate Drop Ride to the Death… if you dare?
There are brand new shows, including a chance to join a Pendle Witch coven and avoid capture from the evil rogues outlawing witchcraft. All of this fun is included in the admission price.
Dare to ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach . . .
This month, gather your squad of ghouls and dare to enter Blackpool Pleasure Beach for hair-raising and spell-binding Halloween experiences.
With wristbands starting at a wicked £37.00 per person, there’s something spooky for all Halloween lovers at Pleasure Beach. Remember to spot Lougarock the 8.5ft Werewolf roaming around on the 10 October, if you’re unlucky.
Late Night Riding
Get the party startled on 23 and 30 October as Blackpool Pleasure Beach opens its gates until 10pm for the Halloween Late Night Riding sessions with live music around the FY4 area and the Spooktacular Dancing Fountains. The skele-fun is then followed by a hair-raising evening of late-night riding.
Experience high-octane thrills after dark, from a heart-racing night race on the Grand National to frightening upside-down thrills on ICON.
We recommend booking ahead in advance as we expect these Late Night Riding nights to sell out.
Of course, no trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach is complete without a ride on the Ghost Train! Not only is this the world’s original Ghost Train, but last year it celebrated 90 years since it first opened to the public. The ride is an historic hotspot in the park, but it also has an impressive paranormal heritage too! Home to ‘Cloggy’, the ghost who is said to be the spirit train operator has been widely reported to haunt the premises.
Built on two floors, this eerie Ghost Train takes riders through Dracula’s Den and into the bowels of the building for further hair-raising frights. It’s a family-favourite ride loved by generations, so make sure you pluck up enough courage to ride it.
Circus of Horrors: Adams Family (Family Friendly Show) - throughout October
Exclusively for Halloween, the new Circus of Horrors will be a celebrating 25 years of sensational Rock N Roll Circus and there’s special Adams family-friendly matinee at 4pm every day.
Circus of Horrors will take you on a rock n' roller coaster ride of amazing & bizarre acts. A circus like no other, the new SpecDracula will include an amazing phantasmaglorious amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape. It’s a performance that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter – ideal for your little monsters.
Spookfest at Blackpool Zoo - 16 - 31 October
Blackpool Zoo has plenty of ghoulish goings-on to add to families’ potion of days out during the Halloween Half-term.
Back by popular demand, the zoo is inviting intrepid investigators to its super Spookfest this October. Once again, they will be challenging visitors to unravel the mystery of the missing pilot as one of the darkest areas of the zoo is eerily transformed, dating back to when the zoo was the site of the former Stanley Park Aerodrome.
The fictional tale tells of how an aircraft set off on its maiden voyage but the plane never made it to its final destination and the pilot was never seen again. Throughout the event, you will uncover clues and slowly unravel the pilot’s fate. Can you solve the mystery?
You can also send your tiny terror on a pumpkin hunt, recreating a magical trail that takes little ones on a poem-led walk to find mini pumpkin patches, each with a letter spelling out the location of the final one.
The mystery Pilot Trail will run from 16 October until 31 October with the Pumpkin Hunt Trail running from 23 October right through to Halloween.
Halloween Family Party at Blackpool Tower Ballroom
This Halloween, Blackpool Tower are hosting the ultimate Spooktacular weekender, for the whole family!
Doors open at 7pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday and you will be greeted by Blackpool Tower Dungeon’s Jester.
There will be spooky music throughout the night courtesy of Blackpool’s own Hayley Kay, a Halloween magic show, costume competition and even a haunted house!
Tickets are available from the Blackpool Tower website, but hurry they won’t be floating around for long! So get your best costume, gather the family and creep it real. Remember if you’ve got it, haunt it!
For further information about Blackpool Tower Ballroom Halloween party and to book tickets, click here
Haunted Hotel Tableau
While you are in the resort, why not check out the tableaux section of the Blackpool Illuminations? Amongst the giant tableaux, you will see the Haunted Hotel with a devilishly spooky holograph in the middle of the display. The changing lighting effect with ghosts, goblins and flying witches, along with a musical accompaniment of classic Halloween songs like ‘Thriller’ and ‘Monster Mash’ makes this a perfect family-photo opportunity for Halloween.
There are many ways you can view the famous Blackpool Illuminations. Aboard a piece of moving history and travel along the Golden Mile on an Illuminations Heritage Tram Tours or travel in the safety of your own car. Happy viewing!
Go ghost hunting
Join The Victorian Ghost Hunter on a Blackpool Ghost Walk this October and celebrate ten years of spooky strolls as he guides you to some of Blackpool’s most famous and most haunted locations to hear of his friends - the spectres, the phantoms, the ghosts!
For 90 spine-tingling minutes, hear tales of terror and stories of the supernatural that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and have you question everything you thought you believed in!
Tickets for all events must be pre-booked. They’re very popular – so we recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!).
Ghost Tram Tours - throughout October
The UK’s only ghost hunting tram tour returns for 2021 with a host of new stories to give you a thrill. Join Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer for some spooky tales about the ghosts from the coast with Blackpool Heritage Tours and Supernatural Events’ The Ghost Tram.
Departing from the historic North Pier, the tour will take you down the coast towards Little Bispham as your ‘Host with the Ghost’ regales you with haunting tales and spooky stories. From Bispham, you will head deep into the heart of Blackpool and its history as you travel to Starr Gate before the final leg of your tour with your guide returning you to North Pier.
Each tour will start at 19:00, take approximately 75 minutes and can be boarded from the North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram Tours stop.
Pre-booking is essential. Adult tickets are £12 and child tickets are £6.
Halloween Party at Central Pier
On Saturday 30 and Sunday 31st October, head down to the Pirates Bar on Central Pier for a fun and spooky family party.
From 1pm until close, expect to find non stop entertainment, from from apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, tombstone races, mummy wrapping, the phantom flan flinger and a Halloween cake bake; there's something for the whole family - not to mention the hilarious 'I'm a Tourist Get Me Out of Here' where Mums & Dads can eat dry roasted bugs from the Bucket of Doom!!!
Fancy dress is encouraged, and the best dressed will win a spooktacular prize!
Fore more details, visit Central Pier facebook page.