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

From classic horror screenings to prison ghost tours, prepare for a scare as SoGlos rounds up 13 wicked ways for grown-ups to celebrate Halloween in October 2023.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Dig out the fake blood and old bed sheets! SoGlos shares some wickedly wonderful ways that grown-ups can celebrate Halloween, too.

Forget trick or treating and face-painting: SoGlos has found some hellishly scary events for adults to celebrate Halloween in Gloucestershire, spanning terrifying escape rooms, spooky strolls, fang-tastic film screenings and more.

Not for the faint-hearted, discover 13 wicked ways for grown-ups to celebrate the spookiest time of the year in this horrifying hot list.

Hauntings at the Everyman Theatre

Expect a hauntingly memorable experience at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, hosting a spine-tingling evening tales of the supernatural from M.R. James and E.F. Benson’s collection of ghost stories, Hauntings, on Friday 3 November 2023.

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

Gloucestershire Ghost Tales on board LV14 SULA Lightship

Intriguing adults across the county with myths and local legends, climb aboard Gloucester's historic lightvessel, LV14 SULA, for an event out of the ordinary on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Local storytellers Kirsty Hartsiotis, Anthony Nanson and David Metcalfe are bringing some of the creepiest and most haunting Gloucestershire ghost stories to life, performed in spoken word, poetry and music — and it's B.Y.O.B and snacks, too! 

Haunted Cirencester Town Tour

With haunted stories, urban legends and ghostly happenings associated with some of Cirencester’s historic buildings, Corinium Museum promises a terrifying time with its ‘Haunted Cirencester Town Tour’ on Tuesday 24 October 2023.

The tour lasts an hour so put on a brave face and meet outside the museum at 7pm to take part.

Halloween Tarot Enchantment at Dunkertons Park

Calling all fans of the mystic! Dunkertons Park is offering the chance to connect with the divine at its Halloween Tarot Enchantment event, hosted by clairvoyant Louis Mander. 

Spooking it up on Tuesday 31 October 2023, visitors can see the celebrated psychic interact with the spirit world and learn to embrace their own intuition, with tickets for this unique experience costing just £5. 

Gloucester Prison Ghost Hunt

18th-century prison HMP Gloucester has an extensive and spine-chilling 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 for an evening inside the foreboding building, along with the tormented souls that remain lurking within the prison’s walls.

Secret horror screenings at Cineworld

Horror fans are in for a treat, as Cheltenham's Cineworld is showing two secret, blood-curdling classics for Halloween on Tuesday 31 October 2023. 

Sure to have you hiding behind your popcorn, you won't find out what either of the movies are until you're sat down but expect some entertaining big-screen terror as spooky season reaches its peak... 

'The Butcher' at Trapped Escape Rooms in Gloucester

One for the bravest of escape room fans, ‘The Butcher’ experience at Trapped Escape Rooms in Gloucester sees you wake up in a dark basement after being abducted by a notorious character, with just 60 minutes to escape before you face becoming his next meal…

The nature of this escape 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 27 to Sunday 29 October 2023, this unforgettable two-night experience sees brave souls exploring St Braivels Castle, believed to be haunted by terrifying spirits. Previous visitors have reported the pitiful cries of a ghost baby, felt their clothes being tugged by unseen hands and even witnessed a grey lady gliding along the corridor!

Halloween party at Clearwell Caves 

Journey 100 feet underground to Clearwell Caves' candlelit cavern and dance with devil during its infamous Halloween party on Saturday 28 October 2023. 

Get ready for a live band and DJ, sure to keep you doing the Monster Mash during your time in the underworld, and fully-stocked bar. Tickets cost £49 per person and include a hot food token, with fancy dress compulsory and flat shoes and warm clothing advised. 

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 for an overnight ghost hunt 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. Explore the endless corridors and cellars deep under the building — where past investigators have seen shadows, been pelted with stones and had doors forcibly shut on them!

Glow In The Park at 270 Climbing

Ever wanted to test your nerve at dizzying heights? On Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Tuesday 31 October 2023, 270 Climbing is inviting people to tackle Europe's tallest high ropes course under the stars, reaching a new level of adrenaline on a climb in the pitch-black dark.

Test your courage and challenge your senses as you climb, swing and jump under the cast of the obsidian darkness, armed with nothing more than a head torch and a handful of glow sticks. 

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.

Love Circus Halloween Cabaret Night

Love Circus is back with a brand-new cabaret this Halloween, taking place at Lansdown Hall and Gallery in Stroud. 

With homegrown local performers, edible treats and a licenced bar, attendees can expect a potion of circus, burlesque, comedy, magic and culinary delights, for one night only on Monday 30 October 2023.

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