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’
Unsurprisingly, the ghouls love Halloween at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon. In fact, they love it so much, that each year it becomes the ‘Home of Halloween’, and the best place to get all the scares, laughs and excitement during October. Big frights lurk around every corner, with nine live action shows and one incredible drop ride to finish.
Face punishment for being a witch or be medically examined by the (ever-so slightly) sickly Plague Doctor.
There are brand new shows, including a chance to join a Pendle witch coven and avoid capture from the evil rouges outlawing witchcraft. All of this fun is included in the admissions price – dare you enter? For tickets, click here.
Dare to ride at Vampire Pleasure Beach . . .
Blackpool Pleasure Beach celebrate Halloween for eleven terrifying days, so you can ensure that you needn't miss out! The park will be ghoulishly decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows, strange creatures and monsters, and there'll be a fantastic menu to help get into the spirit of things, from toffee apple slushes to Krispy S-Kreme doughnuts! On 27 October, the Halloween event will be paired with the hugely popular late night riding and fireworks events at the park, where the rides stay open until late, with a spectacular, themed fireworks display at 22:00!
Blackpool Zoo will be bringing along a whole host of creepy crawlies to 'Creepy Hollow' for an educational and interactive workshop. Guests can get up close and personal (if they're brave enough!) with stick insects, cockroaches, giant snails, snakes and lizards. Also, navigate the Spooky Maze where ghosts and ghouls are around every corner!
Halloween just isn't the same without pumpkin carving, so the park have a professional pumpkin carver on the 26 - 28 October in the Sculpture Gardens - he’s scarily good!
On 27 October, guests are encouraged to arrive in their best Halloween costumes with competitions for best costumes for children and adults. If you didn't prepare a costume but want to join in on the fun, face painters will be onsite to give you a terribly good makeover. For those attending in fancy dress, kids receive a free Vampire Blood Slush Cocktail (weather-dependent), with an alcoholic version for the grown-ups!
To book your tickets at a discounted rate, purchase ten days or more in advance via the Blackpool Pleasure Beach website.
Go ghost hunting . . .
Join The Victorian Ghost Hunter on a Blackpool Ghost Walk or the Ghost Tram 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! 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!
You can explore these haunted locations up close with Stephen, the Ghost Hunter, on foot on one of his popular walking tours on several dates during October. For Halloween scares, join Stephen on
29 October and 30 October at 19:30!
The Ghost Tram starts at the North Pier Heritage Tram Stop, and travels to Fleetwood and back whilst you hear stories of the Ghosts of the Fylde Coast! Halloween special events take place at 17:30 and 19:30 on 31 October.
Tickets for all events must be pre-booked (and they’re very popular – book in advance to avoid disappointment!) by calling 01253 209521 or by e-mailing your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org (they will call you back). Alternatively, pop into the Tourist Information Centre on Blackpool Promenade to get yours in person. You can also purchase online at shop.visitblackpool.com.