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7 Spooky Autumn Attractions

Have a Scream on Your Autumn Break

Parkdean Resorts by Parkdean Resorts on 28/08/2019
A lit up pumpkin on a roof with trees and purple sky in the background

Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Embrace the cooler weather and book an October half term break, it’s the perfect time to visit some of the UK’s top spooky Halloween attractions. If you’re feeling brave, why not take on a scare maze, or delve underground and explore hidden caves? If you’re looking for family favourites, you’ll find all the classics - from pumpkin carving to crafting – there’s something for everyone in our top autumn activity picks.

Halloween at National Showcaves Centre, Wales

Every Halloween season, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales decorates the already novel setting accordingly. See witches, skeletons and ‘undead’ characters throughout the caves during the autumn season. You can even hear the eerie ‘moans’ of the ghostly characters leading up to the event, making this already spooky attraction even more spine-tingling!

The caves are less than an hour away from Trecco Bay Holiday Park, making for the ideal day out. There’s also a Dinosaur Park, museum and more to enjoy all year around. Dan Yr Ogof Caves warns that the Halloween attractions may be frightening for small children or those of a nervous disposition.

Man stands in a cave at National Showcaves Centre

Haunting Halloween Week at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall

You'll want to pay a visit to Cotehele Mill in Cornwall during its Haunting Halloween Week taking place from the 19th to the 26th of October 2019, as this historical heritage site takes a turn for the hysterical! With ghostly decorations and freaky fancy dress taking over, the mill is transformed into a spooky sanctuary, with activities your whole family will love. Children of all ages are welcome to attend in fancy dress, and are sure to love the spooky trail and treats on offer.

The event itself is included in general admission, and even dogs are welcome to join in the fun as long as they’re kept on a lead. If you’re booking an autumn break at Looe Bay Holiday Park, Cotehele Mill is just over 30 minutes away

Cotehel Mill

Screamland, Kent

Every year during the Halloween season, Dreamland fun park in Margate mutates into a spooky Screamland experience when the sun goes down. Enjoy ‘all the fun of the scare’ exploring the 6 scare mazes as well as all the rides at the park. New for 2019, Screamland have teamed up with one of the most famous names in cinematic horror: "The Woman in Black". Try your hardest to escape the clutches of her terrifying curse. If you're looking for a scare, a visit to Screamland is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck! Parents should be aware that Screamland may frighten smaller children and the recommended minimum age is 12. That doesn’t mean younger families have to miss out though, with plenty of tamer Halloween activities on offer during the day.

If you’re staying at St Margaret’s Bay Holiday Park, Screamland is just 45 minutes away, why not make a day of it and spend your afternoon exploring the lively resort of Margate before getting your scare fix?

Screamland at Dreamland Margate

Halloweden at The Eden Project, Cornwall

No visit to Cornwall is complete without seeing the spectacular biomes of the Eden Project. And if you’re visiting around the Halloween season, you’re in for an extra special treat. Running throughout the October half term, the Eden Project will be hosting their annual ‘Halloweden’ featuring lots of legendary beasts, including Sapphire the winged dragon and Pongo the flightless bird.

Why not book a break at peaceful White Acres Holiday Park, just 25 minutes from the Eden Project, and within easy reach of Cornwall’s beautiful north and south coastlines.

Halloween Festival at The BIG Sheep, Devon

The BIG Sheep is one of Devon’s top fun parks, and with plenty of Halloween activities on offer throughout October half term, it’s the perfect way to spend a spooky afternoon. Their ‘Fun by Day’ Halloween Festival offers a tamer version of their scary evening activities, making it perfect for families with younger kids. Running throughout half term from 10am until 5pm, you’ll get to meet The BIG Sheep’s spooky Halloween characters, try your hand at pumpkin carving and even explore a haunted house!

The BIG Sheep is just minutes from Bideford Bay Holiday Park on Devon’s beautiful north coast – making it the ideal place to stay for a relaxing autumn break.

The BIG Sheep Halloween Festival

Terror Mountain, Wales

In the mountains of the scenic town of Aberystwyth, something scary stirs; the new annual festival that celebrates a terrifying horror experience. Terror Mountain has not just one, but four horror experiences including: New for 2019 is 'The Watchers' where you'll have to escape the terrifying Watchers who have stolen your internet data, ‘The Unknown’ a scary sci-fi conspiracy, 'Retribution' - where descending into the depths of the underworld you'll be 'purged of your sins', ‘Summoning' - a nightmarish seance, and ‘Relic' - a museum full of ancient and terrifying curiosities. Be warned, this is a truly scary experience and only suitable for children aged 12 and over. Under 15s require an adult within their group.

Terror Mountain is open on select dates throughout October. Visit their website and book your tickets online today. Based at the Silver Mountain Experience, Terror Mountain is just over 20 minutes from Brynowen Holiday Park, where you can enjoy relaxing strolls along the beach overlooking Cardigan Bay – you’ll need it after this experience!

Video sourced from Terror Mountain

Farm Of Terror, Lancashire

Running from Friday the 25th of October to Saturday the 2nd of November, Farm of Terror is an interactive horror experience which takes place in Bacup. If you’re feeling brave, navigate your way through terrifying scenes and a network of corridors filled with monsters that are sure to make you jump! From the dark depths of the Hellevator to meeting the vengeful Pendle witches, there are plenty of spooky scenes to explore.

This isn’t an experience for younger kids, however, older teens and adults are sure to get a laugh and a fright! Just 40 minutes from Todber Valley Holiday Park, it’s a must if you’re visiting Lancashire this half term.

Video sourced from Jamie Bork

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