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Halloween 2023: Best UK attractions for a last-minute spookfest


The final day of October is looming and ghosts and ghouls are gearing up for some hair-raising horror to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve 2023.

While traditional trick-or-treating trips might basket a questionably flavoured Chupa Chups lolly or two, braving the beasts of scream parks, cracking the case of a murder mystery and devilish family-friendly fun at haunted castles are the ultimate spooky attractions to sink your fangs into.

Unorganised fright seekers need not worry; eleventh-hour DIY-style costumes are all the rage for those not keen to dress up as BarbieWednesday Addams or Ratatouille’s Remy and Linguini (an underdog couples costume). Plus, a splash of fake blood is bound to blend in with the circus of possessed nuns and gory zombies that await.

From the frightening forests of North Wales to London’s bone-chilling dungeons and Derry’s sinister street parade, here are 13 of the UK’s top haunts for this halloweekend.

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Shocktoberfest at Tulleys Farm

<p>Expect a festival of fearful special effects and a circus of screams at Tulleys </p>

Expect a festival of fearful special effects and a circus of screams at Tulleys

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Location: Crawley

Tulleys Farm’s world-famous Shocktoberfest is back for another year of screams, haunts and hellish attractions in Crawley. Picture creepy clown towns, running from penitentiary prisoners and a circus of horrors with spooky street theatre surprises and shocking electric chairs. By day, rather than tricks, the Tulleys Pumpkin Patch Festival is full of sweet autumnal treats for the whole family to pick.

Xscream Pass from £44.95, 29 September-31 October.

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Fright Night at Thorpe Park

<p>Heart-stopping horrors await on Thorpe Park’s famed rides </p>

Heart-stopping horrors await on Thorpe Park’s famed rides

(Thorpe Park )

Location: Chertsey

The ultimate fear fest, Thorpe Park’s adrenaline-fuelled thrills transform into the playground from hell once the sun goes down and designated scare zones come to life. Weave through Lucifer’s Lair, Mawkin Meadow and knock on Death’s Doors before riding the iconic rollercoasters under the cover of darkness.

Pre-booked tickets from £39pp, 6-31 October.

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Ffear Fforest at Zip World

Location: Betws-y-Coed

Brace yourself for North Wales’ eerie Ffear Fforest of jump scares this weekend with night passes that include cursed alpine coasters and bounce nets swarmed with killer clowns. If that wasn’t enough, a 100ft…

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