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

From stage performances of Dracula to ghost tours, 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 terrifying escape rooms, spooky strolls, fang-tastic films and more, all 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. Frightmare at Over Farm in Gloucester

Back with even more horrifying attractions than ever before, Frightmare at Over Farm is sure to test you nerves, with a myriad of murderously fun activities specifically designed to scare.

Only the bravest should venture through its various horror attractions including Carnival, The Haunted Hayride, Caged, Wonderland and Séance 666 – with visitors also encouraged to don their most ghoulish costumes, smear on some fake blood and battle through its spooky mazes and creepy corn fields too.


2. Night Terrors at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham

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Expect nothing less than a hauntingly memorable experience at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, with a spine-tingling evening of three tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s collection of ghost stories – Night Terrors.

With an extra performance added to the bill due to demand, this evening is sure to transport you into a darker, more sinister world of the unexplainable, if you’re brave enough…


3. Haunted Cirencester

With haunted stories, urban legends and ghostly happenings associated with some Cirencester’s historic buildings, participants in the Corinium Museum’s ‘Haunted Cirencester Town Tour’ with Emma Stuart are sure to have a terrifying time.


4. ’Sanctum’ at Escape Hunt in Cheltenham

Escape Hunt in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter is launching a brand-new virtual reality game this Halloween, inviting brave guests to discover the horrifying secrets and solve the ancient puzzles of a haunted abandoned monastery.

In ‘Sanctum’, participants will confront their darkest fears as they investigate a string of mysterious disappearances in the nearby forests, risking not only their life but their soul too. Try it, if you think you can handle the terror!


5. The Halloween Ball at Gloucester Guildhall

Calling all pop punk music fans – Gloucester Guildhall is hosting the annual THNKS FR TH MMRS party to celebrate Halloween. Spooking it up on Saturday 30 October 2021, the party will be blasting out absolute bangers from the emo, alt and punk genres.

Dig out the black eyeliner and go in fancy dress to be in with a chance of winning a £50 prize and get ready to sing until your lungs give out.


6. Scream at Cheltenham Playhouse

‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’ Relive the Woodsboro High School horror movie starring Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore and Henry Winkler this Halloween, with a screening at Cheltenham Playhouse.

Strictly for over 18s, the movie starts at 7.30pm on Sunday 31 October 2021 – with the iconic scare-fest providing the perfect way to celebrate Halloween in style.


7. Ghost Hunt at the Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-under-Edge

Join Dusk Till Dawn Events for an eerie overnight ghost hunt in Wotton-under-Edge, venturing into one of England’s most haunted buildings.

Taking place on Friday 22 October 2021, the Halloween Fest 2021 Ghost Hunt at the Ancient Ram Inn will see brave souls exploring the Grade II listed building, believed to be haunted with many terrifying spirits. Previous visitors have captured strange voices on recording devices, heard heavy thudding footsteps inside and even witnessed furniture moving by itself!


8. Gloucester Prison Ghost Hunt

The 18th century prison, HMP Gloucester, has an extensive and spine-tingling history – once housing the notorious serial killer Fred West – with many of the convicts’ remains being buried within its grounds.

Described as ‘woeful’ in a government report, fearless guests can test their nerve as they are invited to spend a terrifying night in the foreboding building, along with the tormented souls that remain lurking within the prison’s walls.


9. ’The Butcher’ at Trapped Escape Rooms in Gloucester

Brave escape room fans can try their hand at getting through ‘The Butcher’ experience at Trapped Escape Rooms in Gloucester – where guests have been abducted by a notorious character and awoken in his dark basement, with just 60 minutes to escape or face becoming his next meal…

The nature of this room may contain themes not suited to everyone, so discretion is advised before booking!


10. Dracula at the Sundial Theatre in Cirencester

As the autumn evenings draw in, the all-time classic gothic horror, Dracula, takes to the stage at the Sundial Theatre in Cirencester on Friday 29 October 2021.

The brand-new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s terrifying tale follows naïve lawyer, Jonathan Harker, as he studies the battle between light and dark and encounters horror beyond his imagination within the walls of the Count’s Transylvania castle.


11. Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein ‘After Dark’ in Bath

Not at all for the faint-hearted, Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein ‘After Dark’ will be terrifying visitors with horrifying surprises in its new X-treme Basement Experience; chilling horror in the Screaming Room; and the heart-pounding Victor’s Lair escape room.

Venture through multi-sensory rooms in the dark and uncover the tragic past that troubled the Frankenstein author, Mary Shelley, her morbid obsession for the macabre and face her vision of the eight-foot monster with nothing but a torchlight for guidance. And if it all gets too much, take refuge in Bloody Mary’s Bar to ease those nerves.


12. Woodchester Mansion Ghost Hunt with Haunting Nights

Coined as one of the most terrifying ghost hunts in Gloucestershire, Haunting Nights has gained exclusive access to Woodchester Mansion this Halloween. Guests can seek their thrills within the walls of the abandoned gothic mansion with its dark and sinister history, which includes witchcraft, dark rituals, and even cold-blooded murder.

The overnight ghost hunt lets visitors explore the endless corridors and cellars deep under the mansion – with past investigators having seen shadows, been pelted with stones, and had doors forcibly shut on them. Not one for the faint hearted!


13. Axe throwing at Eat Sleep Axe in Cheltenham

Giving visitors the chance to embody Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, Eat Sleep Axe in Cheltenham offers adventurous guests the opportunity to try axe throwing, with no previous experience needed – making for a unique and thrilling evening of fun.


By Zoe Gater


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Thursday 30 September 2021

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