With summer ending and autumn approaching, we can turn our thoughts to half-term and Halloween activities. Although parties are off the cards, there are still plenty of spooky events and Halloween days out in Surrey to entertain the kids.
See below for our round-up of the best things to do at Halloween in Surrey this year.
Spooky days out with the kids
Brick or Treat at Legoland
If you want a Halloween day out with younger children, Legoland in Windsor is holding its annual Brick or Treat event. The kids can dress up in their best spooky costumes and join Lord Vampyre for some Halloween fun.
The event runs from 15th October to 8th November. Click here for details.
Wizards and Witches week at Bocketts Farm
Alternatively, dig out your witch’s hat and head to Bocketts Farm for some spooky family fun. As well as visiting the animals, children can enjoy a Spooky Quiz Trail and Reptile Roadshow. Other halloween activities include the science and slime shows and tractor rides.
Plus Bocketts Farm will have all the usual family attractions, such as their play barn and jumping pillow.
Wizard and Witches Week runs at half-term from 24th October to 1st November 2020. Click here for more details.
Fright Night at Thorpe Park
Older kids looking for a spine-chilling experience will find their perfect Halloween day out at one of Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights. There’s something very scary about a high-speed roller coaster in the dark and is not for the faint hearted!
The event runs from 9th – 11th October & 16th October – 1st November. Click here for details.
Howl 'o' Ween at Chessington World of Adventures
Chessington World of Adventures is also putting on some hair-raising Halloween events at its Howl ‘o’ Ween event.
The event runs from 17th October to 1st November. Click here for details.
Horror films at Merrist Wood
Another option for some scary Halloween fun is to watch a creepy film at the Drive-In Cinema at Merrist Wood, Guildford.
Anyone brave enough to watch a horror movie in the dark can enjoy live actors, fancy dress and spooky treats. Don’t forget your pillow to hide behind!
The event runs from 26th October to 1st November.
All Hallows Eve at the Rural Life Centre
Head to the Rural Life Museum in Farnham for an evening of ghostly stories, activities and a ride on the haunted ghost train.
Event takes place on 31st October from 3pm until 6.30pm.
Spooky Trail at Priory Farm
Little witches and wizards can help solve the mystery of the missing pumpkins on the Spooky Nature Trail at Priory Farm’s Discovery Walk in South Nutfield near Redhill.
As well as the customary countryside trail, children can enjoy tractor rides to the pumpkin field, where they can choose their own. Remember to buy your tickets in advance.
Meet the ghosts of Surrey
With its extensive collection of historic houses, it’s no surprise that Surrey has its fair share of resident ghosts. And there’s nothing better than a day out at haunted house to get you in the spirit of Halloween.
Hampton Court Palace
One of the most haunted buildings in Surrey is its royal palace, Hampton Court. With so many of Henry VIII’s wives meeting their demise in unfortunate circumstances, it’s the ideal hot spot for paranormal phenomena. At least 3 have allegedly come back from the afterlife to visit. The palace even has its own Haunted Gallery.
Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn supposedly appears here wearing a black or blue dress. Sometimes she is even carrying her own head! Later, apparitions of his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, appeared on the anniversary of her son’s birth.
His fifth wife, Catherine Howard, has also been back for a visit and screams for mercy. She left the castle after Henry accused her of adultery. Henry had her executed and Katherine’s restless spirit apparently returns to plead her innocence.
The Victorians also claimed to see “The Grey Lady”. This is the ghost of a former servant, Sybil Penn, who died of small pox at the Palace.”
Another of the most haunted houses in Surrey is Ham House, in Richmond-upon-Thames. Amongst the things that go bump in the dark are the anguished spirit of a woman in black, the presence of a mysterious man of the stairs and a ghostly dog. And not forgetting, a wheelchair that moves itself in the night.
This 17th Century house is currently closed, keeping its phantoms trapped within the house’s ancient walls. However, you can visit the gardens if you book via the National Trust website.
Click here for details.
Betchworth Castle, Brockham
You can look for another ghostly dog at the ruins of Betchworth Castle near Leatherhead. The black death dog supposedly prowls the castle ruins at night.
The dog is not the only revenant at the site in the evenings, as this is when the spirit of Lord Hope allegedly walks the grounds. He is full of remorse after killing his own son in error, believing him to be an escaped convict.
Loseley Park, Guildford
Or you could head over to the outskirts of Guildford for sightings of another tormented soul. Some believe the historic manor house, Loseley Park, is the haunt of a women in brown who appears in the stairwell.
If she’s not there, stay for a visit the garden and grounds. You don’t need to book in advance.
Surrey's spookiest places
Of course, the phantoms of Surrey don’t limit themselves to inside appearances. Here are some of the spookiest outside places you can go for Halloween days out in Surrey.
Silent Pool, Albury
The small lake near Albury is supposedly one of the most haunted lakes in Surrey. Legend says a young girl drowned in the pool, whilst trying to escape from the unwanted advances of King John. Unfortunately, her brother drowned shortly after when he rushed to her aide. Since then there have been many mysterious sightings and happenings.
Later, it was thought that the author Agatha Christie had drowned here when she went missing from home. However, she reappeared shortly after in a hotel in Harrogate.
After a visit to Silent Pool, climb up the hill to join the North Downs Way for a family walk. Or adults may prefer to head next door to the gin distillery!
Not far from Silent Pool, Officer Major Labelliere’s ghost is a regular visitor to his grave on Box Hill. The eccentric was buried upside down in 1800, as instructed in his will.
Whether or not the ghost is in attendance, Box Hill is a great location for a family day out. Follow one of the nature trails or the family trim trail. Alternatively, head to the viewpoint where you’ll have great views over the Surrey countryside.
Gibbet Hill, Hindhead
Another Halloween day out in Surrey for ghost hunters is to the top of Gibbet Hill near to the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Hindhead. Three unknown sailors befriended a seaman in the pub. They then followed him and murdered him on the Portsmouth Road.
The sailors were caught and hung at the top of Gibbet Hill as a warning to others. Locals were so worried about the area being haunted that a Celtic cross was erected to ward off spirits and reassure them.
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