Read our round up of Halloween events in Staffordshire. Time to be fully spooked out!
If you’re looking for a total freak out then the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton-upon-Trent will be the place for you. Its eighth annual Screamfest 2018 opens on Thursday 11th October, and it is launching a brand new attraction called Insomnia.
Watch the trailer for the new Insomnia attraction below
Referred to by the organisers as being ‘made from the stuff of nightmares’, the new nightmare themed scare attraction called Insomnia will be the farm’s biggest indoor scare maze where guests have to try and escape their worst nightmare. Other attractions such as Demonica, Freak Out, Love Hurts and maize maze-based Dia de los Muertos will also be running at night between 11th October and 3rd November.
The farm is also hosting a one night only Facebook Live challenge; ‘Cage Fright Live’ prior to the launch of Screamfest in early October.
Screamfest starts at 7pm on selected dates through October and November and is designed for ages 12 and over with youngsters under 14 needing to be accompanied by an adult.
If you need something a little less dark that the whole family can enjoy, Drayton Manor Park is hosting its Halloween event from Saturday 20th October to Thursday 1st November. Tickets for four people cost £80 can be booked in advance and purchased right up until midnight on the 31st October.
Expect themed decorations, entertainment, activities and surprises as well as all the regular attractions such as Thomas Land, the 54-metre drop Apocalypse, gyro swing Maelstrom and stand-up roller coaster Shockwave. The park also has a 15-acre zoo.
In Penkridge, Lower Drayton Farm is running a Pumpkin Patch, Spooky Maize Maze and Family Frights events from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November. Kids are invited to go along in fancy dress for lots of spooky activities. They can pick their own pumpkin from the patch to carve, take part pumpkin races, dig for a bag of potatoes and journey round the Maize Maze.
There are events taking place at Trentham Monkey Forest during the half-term school holidays from Saturday 27th to Wednesday 31st October. Face painting, games, fancy dress, cryptic crafts and a colouring competition will all feature at the park and a seasonal Halloween to do during your walk with the monkeys.
Weston Park is hosting a week-long programme of spine-chilling Halloween fun, from spooktacular crafts to pumpkin carving! Halloween Horrors Craft Activities will give mini monsters the chance to get creative and make their own bats, witches hats, ghouls and goblins. The fiendish fun continues with pumpkin carving, where they can make their own spooky Jack O’Lantern to take home. Every child will also receive a ghoulish goodie bag to remember the day!
Halloween Horrors Craft Activities take place at Weston Park from Monday 29 October to Saturday 3 November. Tickets are £8 per child, £4.50 per adult and £23.00 per family (2+2) and include admission to Temple Wood and the Woodland Adventure Playground. Pumpkin carving is an additional £2 per pumpkin (subject to availability) and a ride on the Miniature Railway is £2.50 per person. Halloween craft activities take place at 11am. Pre-book your place here.
Canalside Farm near Stafford will be opening its Pumpkin Patch again this October, where children can pick their pumpkin and carve it into a Halloween lantern during special workshops. Children will also be given the flesh and seeds from inside their pumpkin to take home, along with recipes and tips on how to grow their own. The patch will be open from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November. There will be a small charge for the pumpkin and the pumpkin carving kit.
If you’re looking for something a little less adventurous but still as frightful and chilling for you and your partner then Hoar Cross Hall has just the ticket. The Grade II listed stately home in Burton-upon-Trent is hosting a costume party this Halloween on Saturday 27th October.
The fancy dress Vampire Ball will include great music, a drink on arrival and a four-course banquet. The event runs from 7pm till late and costs £45 per person. Bookings can be made by calling 01283 575671 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moddershall Oaks is also hosting an All Hallows Eve fancy dress themed ball on Saturday 27th October. Each guests will receive a glass of fizz on arrival before dining from its Hell’s Kitchen menu. There will also be a DJ. Arrival is from 7.30pm with dinner at 8pm. Tickets are £36 each. Book online.
The Windmill, on Hilderstone Road in Stoke-On-Trent is hosting a spooky ‘Hallo-week’! General Manager, Charlotte Black and the team are running events from Friday 26th October until Sunday 4th November, and are encouraging customers to visit in their scariest of guises, any time across the week. “I don’t want to give too much away – but we’ve got a couple of tricks up our sleeves!”, said Charlotte. “Halloween is that time of year where all our sensibilities go out the window – our customers love it and the team has great fun too. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details!” Windmill, Hilderstone Road, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, ST3 7PB.