We love a themed event, and Halloween is an ever-growing opportunity for visitor attractions to deliver some spook-tacular ones! Hopefully these will give you some inspiration of what you can offer to your customers, or just for you to visit yourself!
Remember, to successfully theme your attraction you'll need to pitch it perfectly to your target audience; scare-fests don't appeal to everyone.
We've picked a range of Family Attractions, for different audiences to see the spread of what’s on offer this year...
19th October - 31st October
BeWILDerwood is a wonderful place to visit all year round, with its tree-top houses, zip wires and slides, but this October it will have an extra sprinkle of magic. At dusk BeWILDerwood will glow in a light extravaganza and a glorious glowing lantern parade.
Families with children 2-12.
Check the Bewilderwood website for more
details here https://www.bewilderwood.co.uk/
ALTON TOWERS RESORT SCAREFEST
5th-6th, 12th-13th, 18th October - 3rd November
Alton Towers Resort will once again transform into the ultimate home of Halloween this October as its Scarefest returns with live entertainment for all ages, rides in the dark and even more new attractions!
With CBeebies Land also being open this really is an attraction that families of all ages can enjoy!
Check the website for more details here https://www.altontowers.com/activities/events/scarefest/thrilling-frights/
12th October – 3rd November
Chessington World of Adventures has something for everyone this Halloween!
Untangle the web of lies with the launch of their new attraction, Spyders!
Enter the daily fancy dress competition, and with late opening tines, enjoy rides in the dark, if you dare!
Check the website for more details here www.chessington.com/halloween
DERRY HALLOWEEN 2019
25th October - 1st November
This annual event in Derry, Londonderry is rooted in thousands of years of celtic tradition and the festival is now over 33 years old.
During the festival, the cosmopolitan city is transformed with large scale decorations and displays!
There's a street carnival and events at different
venues all over the city, combining world class
events and rich local experiences.
Check the website for more details
DISNEYLAND PARIS – HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL
28th September - 3rd November
Disneyland Paris knows how to do Halloween in style and this year is no exception.
Watch Mickey’s Halloween celebration; meet all the classic Disney Villains with Halloween themed illuminations and of course - don't miss the newly refurbed ‘Phantom Manor’, an excellent example
of what a Haunted House can be!
Of course, this is Disney, so this appeals to
families of all ages, but especially those
up-to pre-teen. More info here
KENTWELL HALL, Hallowsgate
19th October – 27th October
Kentwell Hall is a beautiful Historic house
in Suffolk and where better to host a
spooky Halloween festival
There are 7 spooky activity zones where you can train to be a wizard, play in the ‘unfairground’, cast spells with the witches. But watch out for the dragons, werewolves and ghosts!
Suitable for families with children up to 11,
more info on their website at
LEGOLAND® WINDSOR RESORT -
BRICK OR TREAT
17th October – 2nd November
Legoland Windsor is the perfect day out for families with younger children (pre-school to pre-teen) and this Halloween it is offering a Brick or Treat Trail, Creepy Cobweb Castle, and their newly launched Haunted House ( which we're very fond of!)
More info about their events on their website here www.legoland.co.uk
PAISLEY HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL
25th - 26th October
The whole town of Paisley will be transformed for 2 days into a sinister outdoor circus with street theatre and death-defying aerial performers.
A spectacular carnival-style parade with magnificent floats, puppets, acrobats and fire performers will travel through the streets on Saturday night, plus much more.
This really looks like a breath-taking event,
beautifully executed and fun for all the family
- more info here
THORPE PARK RESORT’S FRIGHT NIGHTS
28th September – 3rd November
Thorpe Park say “Your darkest nightmares are set to reawaken as the UK’s award-winning Halloween event returns.
Survive 8 horrifying scare attractions including TWO brand new live-action horror experiences”
Thorpe Park have perfectly targeted the thrill-seeking Teenagers and young adults who love a scare with this attraction.
But be warned this is not for the faint-hearted or designed for younger children.
More info here https://www.thorpepark.com/fright-nights
WILLOWS ACTIVITY FARM: PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
19th October – 3rd November
Willows Activity Farm is a great day out for families with children aged 0-8 years old.
You can pick your own pumpkin from their pumpkin patch, which you can then carve in their carving tent.
As well as Halloween crafting activities and
shows, you can meet Peter Rabbit and friends,
and of course there are lots of animals to feed
more info here www.willowsactivityfarm.com
So! That was our whistle-stop tour of some great Halloween attractions this year - please leave us a comment, or let us know of any great upcoming events!
At Andy White Creative, we’re experts in designing attractions that your customers will love. So if you need any help designing your next event, get in touch!