Our Pick of Local Halloween Horrors!
Looking for a Halloween scream? Whether it’s a half term treat for your little horrors or a trendy fancy dress night out after dark, Rob Edwards gives his bewitching best picks of the season
Fright Nights, Thorpe Park, Chertsey
Experience a whole new park after dark as Thorp Park is transformed this October. Be one of the first to face THE SWARM in the dark, take on all our most extreme rides in the dead of night and face your fears in five terrifying live action horror mazes including The Passing, new for 2012. Wimps need not apply! This Fright Nights you have been sentenced to serve time in the, a dark and twisted prison facility. Beware, when the prison gates slam shut, who knows what’s lurking in the shadows!
Oct 12 to 15, 19 to 21 and 26 to Nov 4
Tickets: Save up to 50% by booking early online, currently £24. Add a hotel room from £8.50pp
Spooky Trail on the Discovery Walk, Priory Farm, South Nutfield, Redhill
Who knows what you’ll find lurking in Redhill this Halloween? Discover creepy spiders, ghastly ghouls and wicked witches on the 40-acre Discovery Walk. If you make it to the other end, you can claim your horrid prize!
Oct 16 to 31, Mon-Sat 9am – 5.30pm, Sun 10am – 5pm
Tickets: £1.95 for Discovery Walk plus £1 for Spooky Trail
Halloween Hocus Pocus, Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road
Spooky family fun including rides in the dark, Zoo and Sea Life centre events and spine-tingling Halloween attractions. There will be surprises around every corner.
Vampire, The Haunting in the Hollows, is new for 2012. Venture through the 1897 Transylvanian village of Black Hollow in this all-new interactive walkthrough! The journey varies greatly depending on the answers you give and the choices you make. Are you brave enough?
Also new for 2012 is Burt and Bilge’s Big Bad BOO! - a slapstick Halloween show for the whole family to enjoy!
Hocus Pocus Hall: Bewitched! What magical mischief waits around every corner of Hocus Pocus Hall? Enter the Hocus Pocus Academy for the Magically Gifted. Just be wary of those naughty resident goblins, waiting to cause trouble!
SPOOK Factor! offers you the chance to get close to some of the strangest Halloween creepy crawlies imaginable!
The adventures continue with The Rangers Club over in our safari-themed hotel! Join the Chessington Rangers in a variety of spook-filled games and activities!
Oct 26 – Nov 4
0870 444 7777
Ghost Walk, Reigate
Murder, ghouls and ghosts, dark alleys and passageways – discover Reigate’s murky past and hear tales of mystery, murder and paranormal activity. There’s no need to book, but make sure you bring a torch – you’ll be glad of it! Tours start outside Café Rouge on Tunnel Road.
Oct 19, 26 and 27, 8pm
Tickets: Adults £6
Spooky Halloween Trail, Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham
Come to Polesden’s stunning country house and gardens for a spook-tacular trail this Halloween. That is, if you’re brave enough! Come in costume and see how many people you can scare for a hair raising adventure just 4 miles from Dorking.
Oct 27 – Nov 4, 11am – 3.30pm
Tickets: £2 per trail
Halloween Adventure, Painshill Park
Dress up in your spookiest costume for a Halloween 2 hour adventure this autumn half term. The spooky adventure starts in the Cobweb Den where you will hear tales of hobgoblins and supernatural creatures. The weird but wacky Mr Bats will then lead you up to the Gothic Temple to the start of the Wise Owl Trail, watch out for spooky surprises! Follow the trail around the magical landscape to hunt for ingredients to make a potion in a giant cauldron. Then, if you dare, you can enter the Haunted Woods. There will be giant spider webs, twig skeletons, talking trees, games and a chance to make your own clay tree troll!
Oct 27 – Nov 2, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm or 2.30pm
Tickets: Adults £6.60, children £4.50, on sale from Sept, advanced booking required
HallowScream Party, Silvermere Inn on the Lake, Cobham
For the devil in you, get along to Silvermere’s HallowSream Party – a wicked evening in costume including food, music and prizes. The price includes bowl food, fright night disco, karaoke and a prize for the best-dressed guest. There is also a late night bar open until 12.30! Strictly 18 years and older, and ID and bag searches are required.
Oct 27, 8pm – 12.30am
Tickets: £19.95, full non-refundable payment required at the point of booking
Wizards and Witches Week, Bocketts Park Farm, Fetcham, Leatherhead
Fun and freaky activities including a spooky quiz trail and creepy crafts. Don’t miss the Reptile Roadshow, including mice, snakes and lizards! Enjoy pony and tractor rides, animal handling and pig racing! Visit the new Small Animal Village and Big Animal Barn – meet and feed all of the friendly farm animals. Go batty in the two large indoor play barns. There’s plenty to keep the whole family amused! The Old Barn Tearooms serve homemade hot food, drinks and snacks and the Gift Shop offers a wide range of souvenirs and toys.
Oct 27 – Nov 4, 10am – 5.30pm
Tickets: £9.20 adults and children (age 3+), £7.60 babies and infants (age 0-2)
Legoland Resort, Windsor
We guarantee – you’ll be bricking it this October! The monsters are invading Legoland Windsor Resort, so come and play your part. Dig out your spookiest fancy dress costume (Mum’s and Dads too!) and came and join the Legoland Brick or Treat celebrations! Look out for lots of special activities including a Monster Fighters Ghost takeover of Miniland, Halloween themed Lego building workshops, Brick or Treat trail and the chance to find out more about the brand new Lego Monster Fighters range. Celebrate the season with the Lego Monster Fighters Fireworks.
Oct 27 and 28 and Nov 2, 3 and 4
Tickets: From £26.55
Ghostly Gatton Park, Reigate
Gatton Park welcomes you to a web of family friendly events guaranteed to spook!
Gatton Ghost stories (families)
A guide will lead you around the Ghostly Gatton Park to hear some ghostly stories to scare your socks off! All children must be accompanied by an adult. The first tour for younger children – it will get spookier the later you come!
Oct 28, tours at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm
Lantern-making Workshop (age 8+)
Your little ghouls can make an amazing willow and tissue paper lantern to take home.
Oct 31, 10am – 2pm
Tickets: £7 per child, bring a packed lunch
Toddler Tales and Trails (age 2-4)
Tots can enjoy the story of ‘Room on the Broom’ and join us for a walk around the park to bring the story to life. Then it gets messy! Let your little ones show off some creative flair with the chance to create artwork linked to the story.
Nov 2, 10am – 11.30am or 1.30pm – 3pm
Tickets: £5 per child
Book in advance: 01737 649066
Wild Times, Nower Wood, Leatherhead
Experience the spooky sights, sounds and smells of Nower Wood, if you dare! There will be activities and games with an environmental theme. Dress up as your favourite ghoul if you want to, but make sure your bring wet weather/warm clothing. Suitable for children aged 5-8 with an accompanying adult. The evening starts promptly at 5.30pm so don’t be late! Spaces are also limited, so make sure to book. Meet at Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way.
Oct 30 – 31, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Tickets: Children £10, adults £2, booking essential
01372 379 509
Spooky Story Telling, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
Join Denbies vineyards for half term holiday activities in the Kitchen Garden Farm Shop. You’ll be quivering in your boots at the Spooky Story Telling with the highly entertaining and interactive Cat’s Grin theatre group. Hear some chilling tales. Fancy dress welcome – the scarier the better!
Oct 31 – 11am or 2pm
Tickets: £6.75 per child, adults free, booking essential
Live Action Horror Maze, Nest of Vampires, The Arc, Caterham
The soft play area for one night a year gets transformed into a Halloween treat for ages 6yrs+ with live actors. A great way to burn off all that sugary energy!
Nov 2, 10am – 5pm
Tickets: £9 per child