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

From classic horror screenings to ghost tours, prepare for a scare this Halloween as SoGlos rounds up 13 wicked ways for grown-ups to celebrate.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Dig out the fake blood and old bed sheets – grown-ups can celebrate Halloween too!

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.

Frightmare in Gloucester

Embarking on its biggest and boldest venture yet, Frightmare is back like never before, in a brand new venue - the newly updated event is sure to test the strongest of nerves, with a myriad of murderously fun activities specifically designed to scare.

No longer featuring muddy fields or flooded attractions, Frightmare 2.0 has created a selection of longer mazes, immersive shows and more in the confines of an abandoned building in Gloucester, sure to make visitors scream, laugh or even cry...

Hauntings at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham

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 M.R. James and E.F. Benson’s collection of ghost stories, ​Hauntings.

With tickets selling fast, this evening is sure to transport you into a darker, more sinister world of the unexplainable, if you’re brave enough…

Angels and Demons Fright Night at Under the Prom

LGBTQ+ events company Revive Events is hosting a thrilling Halloween drag night this year at Under the Prom - the Angel and Demons Fright Night - packed with fire eaters on stilts, eccentric performances and interactive horror hosts who are sure to give you a spook. 

Taking place on Friday 28 October 2022, Ru Paul's UK Drag Race season two star, Ellie Diamond, will be headlining the night putting on one hell of a performance, alongside appearances from local drag talent including BBC Introducing's spotlight artist Keanan.

Haunted Cirencester

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

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 29 October 2022, 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.

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.

Poltergeist and The Thing screenings at Cineworld

Classic horror fans are in for a treat, as Cheltenham's Cineworld will be showing Poltergeist and The Thing on the big screen for Halloween. 

Sure to have you hiding behind your popcorn, the two movies will be shown in 4K after being restored for their 40th anniversaries, making the nightmarish chaos feel even more real than before... Tickets will be available for 4DX, VIP and 2D screenings. 

'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!

St Braivels Castle Weekend Ghost Hunt and Halloween Party

Join The Paranormal Emporium for an eerie weekend ghost hunt in Lydney, venturing into one of England’s most haunted buildings.

Taking place on Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October 2022, the unforgettable two night experience will see brave souls exploring St Braivels castle, believed to be haunted by various terrifying spirits. Previous visitors have reported the pitiful cries of a ghost baby, felt their clothes being tugged at by unseen hands and even witnessed a grey lady gliding along the corridor!

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

Accessible by train and located just across the border in Bath, venture through multi-sensory rooms in the dark and uncover the tragic past that troubled Frankenstein author, Mary Shelley, her morbid obsession with 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.

Not 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.

Woodchester Mansion Ghost Hunt with Haunting Nights

With a reputation 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 and dark rituals.

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.

Resurrecting the Witches Psychic Event

Have you ever wanted to remember who you may have been in a previous life? On Thursday 6 October 2022, The Laura Bird Academy is inviting people to step into the shadows to discover who you once were.

During the Resurrecting the Witches psychic event at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester, Laura and two guest speakers will guide you through a series of talks, regressions and throat activations to help you to remember things you were forced to leave behind. 

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 the adventurous the opportunity to try axe throwing, with no previous experience needed – making for a unique and thrilling evening of fun.

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