Friday 23 February 2018

13 wicked ways for grown-ups to celebrate Halloween in Gloucestershire

From underground fancy-dress parties to terrifying theatrics and haunting ghost hunts, prepare for a scare this Halloween as SoGlos rounds up 13 wicked ways for grown-ups to celebrate.

Forget trick or treating and face-painting, get ready for some hellishly scary events this Halloween, spanning murder mysteries, ghost hunts, cave-diving and more, taking place in and around Gloucestershire.

Not for the faint-hearted, SoGlos has rounded up 13 wicked ways for adults to celebrate the spookiest time of the year in this horrifying hot list.

1. Prestbury Ghost Tour

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Join Cotswold Ghost Tours and venture into one of England’s most haunted villages on a Historic Haunted Trail in Prestbury, taking place on selected dates during October.

Brave tour groups can look forward to hearing strange stories of the Charging Cavalier, the Medieval Messenger, and Prestbury’s most famous apparition, the Black Abbott; along with the bizarre legend of Fiddler’s Hill; and nine ghostly characters which haunt one of the village pubs.

2. Halloween Scare Cave at The Warehouse

Brave cavers are in for a fright when they delve into the depths of The Warehouse’s Scare Cave and encounter some Halloween horrors from Monday 23 to Tuesday 31 October 2017.

With blood-curdling noises, mysterious creatures, and hair-raising items found within the chambers, the Scare Cave promises to be a truly thrilling experience for local explorers.

3. Frightmare at Over Farm

Returning to Over Farm Market for its 15th year running, Frightmare Halloween Festival is set to feature horrifying attractions, shocking shows and roaming characters, from Friday 6 to Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Specifically designed to scare, only the bravest will be venturing out, with its live action horror attractions including Haunted Hayride: Corn of the Dean, Caged: The Awakening, The Offering: Feast, and Séance: House of Demons.

4. Deathtrap at Everyman Theatre

Get ready for a night of spine-tingling entertainment when Deathtrap takes to the stage at Everyman Theatre from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 October 2017, starring stage and television favourites, Paul Bradley and Jessie Wallace.

The wickedly enjoyable play is a gripping ‘who’ll do it’ thriller, telling the story of a once-successful writer who questions if he can get rid of a young playwright and pass the work off as his own.

5. Halloween Party at Clearwell Caves

Dig out your most frightening fancy dress for Clearwell Caves’ annual adults-only Halloween party on Saturday 28 October 2017, held 100ft underground in its main candle-lit cavern.

Complete with live music, a disco, refreshments and a bar, show off your moves at one of the most unique nights out in the county.

6. Devil Glow run in Cheltenham

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Embark on a Halloween-themed run on Saturday 28 October 2017, when the Devil Glow Run sets up in Cheltenham, promising an evening of thrills and spooky fun in the dark.

The spooktacular 5k event will see participants tackle ghoulish obstacles, including spooky tunnels, creepy crawlers and hellish hills, which all feature as part of the mysterious Devil’s Playground!

7. Freaky Friday at Cotswold Farm Park

Cute fluffy animals will just be a distant memory at Cotswold Farm Park when even the bravest visitors will be pushed to their limits this October.

Taken by tractor and left at the thriller maze, guests will desperately need to find their way out, but with live actors posing as spooky spectators, it won’t be as easy as first thought.

8. Sweeney Todd at Cheltenham Playhouse

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From Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 October 2017 theatre goers can get into the Halloween spirit with thrilling musical, telling the story of a Victorian barber who seeks revenge against the man who ripped his family apart.

Performed by Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller promises terrific entertainment, a sensational score, and the darkest comedy you can imagine.

9. FearFest-Evil in Chepstow

Dare to join FearFest-Evil for a night of horrifying thrills as the terrifying attraction returns to Chepstow from Friday 13 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017.

The ultimate scare experience, FearFest will feature tons of spook-tacular attractions, including multiple scare zones, a 700m death slide and a Live CarnEvil freak show.

10. Ghost Hunt at Woodchester Mansion

Hunt for ghouls at one of the UK’s most haunted hotspots this Halloween, when Dusk Till Dawn hosts a ghoulish event at Woodchester Mansion, famed for being home to chilling hauntings, ghouls and spectres.

Taking place on Saturday 21 October 2017, daring ghostbusters are in for a night of spooky sightings as they investigate this isolated gothic mansion, with past apparitions including a white lady, phantom coach, and horses approaching the property’s winding drive.

11. Newark at Night at the National Trust

Discover the secrets of Newark’s past and present as the National Trust hosts a thrilling haunted Halloween evening in Wotton-under-Edge.

Set to include eerie tales of Newark Park’s past and present, embark on a terrifying tour of the unknown as you explore the park’s spooky grounds on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October 2017.

12. Cheltenham Ghost Tour

Uncover Cheltenham’s strange and supernatural tales during a series of ghost tours in October, including spectral maids at a major hotel, a murderous butler, and the town’s very own Jack the Ripper suspect.

The Creeps, Crimes and Curious Tales tour also ventures further afield in the Cotswolds, exploring medieval witchcraft and torture in Puckham Woods; the spooky story of the Old Rectory; and one of the most documented cases in British paranormal history, The Morton Case.

13. Ghost Hunt at Gloucester Prison

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Dare to join Most Haunted Experience during its Ghost Hunts at Gloucester prison on Saturdays 7 and 21 October 2017, offering the rare chance to step inside the spooky abandoned jail.

Sure to have spines tingling and imaginations whirring, what will be uncovered in the prison that was once home to the notorious Fred West, not to mention the place where executed prisoners were buried…?

© SoGlos
Sunday 01 October 2017

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