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It’s sure to be a scream; we’ll make no bones about it. Here’s our top five Halloween scare-fests. 

Halloween at Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey
Various events 25th October – 2nd November 2019
Stay: YHA Whitby

The spooktacular has already begun at Whitby Abbey with fun-filled half term Halloween scare-fests such as scary storytelling and fangtastic family activities available until Sunday 30th October. Visit towards the end of the week (Wed 26th – Sat 29th) to see the remarkable ruins flooded with light for the Illuminated Abbey events each night; a changing light display and live dramatic performances bring this gothic wonder to life (and a few literary figures back from the dead). Finally, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November, a troupe of actors will put on promenade performances of Bram Stoker’s iconic tale Dracula at its spiritual home.


Eden Project, Cornwall
19th  October – 3rd November 2019
Stay: YHA Eden Project

For the ultimate in adventure and a memorable end to the school holidays, stay in a heated Premium Bell Tent on the night of the Little Monsters’ Ball. A fitting finale to the week-long Halloweden extravaganza, the event promises not one but two discos, fire dancing, a creepy crawly bugfest, trick or treat trail around the Biomes, ice skating, frighteningly good food, face painting and a visit from the Screech Owl Sanctuary.

The Haunted Castle

Warwick Castle
19th October – 3rd November
Stay: YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

Dare to be scared by the biggest ever programme of Halloween scare-fests at this humongous castle. Ranging from the slightly spooky to the truly terrifying, attractions include fire jousting, the Horrible Histories Maze, The witches’ tower, haunted castle dungeon and the Black Death outbreak. It’s great fun for all the family by day but the fear factor after dark is not for the faint hearted.

Dickens After Dark

Charles Dickens Museum
9th October 2019
Stay: YHA London St Pauls

Step inside Dickens’ home for an atmospheric evening of clairvoyance and candlelit discovery with this Museums at Night special event. Roam between dimly lit rooms and experience the sights and sounds of a Victorian house after dark. It’s sure to send a shiver down your spine so warm up with a drink from the museum bar.

Trick or Treat Run

Richmond Park, London
26th October 2019
Stay: YHA London Earls Court
Walk, jog or run around the royal park route dressed in your best ghoulish garb. There are three distances to choose from (2, 5 or 10km) and four Halloween zones to pass along the way. At the end you’ll have a devilish decision to make; will your dastardly dash end in a trick or a treat?

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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