Looking for some Hallowe’en entertainment? How about getting together with a few others and heading to one of these options for some frightful fun? But your group had better stick together, as there’s no way of knowing what’s around the corner…
If you are looking for something both family-friendly and fantastically creepy then head to Thorpe Park for Fright
Nights. This live action entertainment will take place on specific October and early November dates this year. Groups should beware of what hides in the shadows – this chilling Hallowe’en event has been revamped by some of the best minds in horror entertainment. Only the brave will survive the surprises that lie in wait in the live action horror mazes before facing some of Europe’s most exhilarating rollercoasters long into the dead of night. Group rates are available.
Info: Thorpe Park www.thorpepark.com 0871 663 1673
At Chessington World of Adventures there is a whole globe of haunted adventures waiting to be discovered. Visitors for Hocus Pocus might find themselves escaping the clutches of Count Dracula in a forgotten Transylvanian village, braving an Ancient Egyptian curse in an abandoned mansion, or encountering the slapstick characters of Market Square. New for this year, Hocus Pocus Hall: The Curse of the Emerald involves entering the stately home of a famous explorer who has mysteriously vanished. Groups can have lots of fun trying to solve the mystery as they journey through the house and discover its priceless collection of antiquities. Is there a strange and powerful curse, or is it all a bunch of hocus pocus?
Chessington www.chessington.com 0871 282 5105
As Legoland Windsor celebrates the end of its season, Brick or Treat, featuring Lego Monster Fighters Fireworks, ensures that Hallowe’en will go with a bang for any visiting groups. From October 13th, creepy decorations will transform the park and glowing Monster Fighter Ghost Minifigures will be taking over Miniland. Prizes can be won by solving the clues on the Brick or Treat trail, and at the Little Monsters’ Ball, Ollie the Dragon and Pink Brick will be leading the dancing. Other Hallowe’en highlights include Lego building workshops.
The season ends with the thrilling Lego Monster Fighter Fireworks (27 – 28 October and 2 – 4 November). There will be a unique twist as special 3D glasses reveal thousands of exploding Lego bricks when the sensational fireworks light up the night sky. After the explosions have stopped, visitors can brave The Dragon coaster, Pirate Falls and more in the dark.
Legoland www.legoland.co.uk 0871 4232 270
If you are feeling unprepared for Hallowe’en this year, how about taking your group to Summer Spells at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour? Here, you’ll be able to learn all about spell casting, potions and wizard duels, and practise these arts before the horrors of Hallowe’en get here! Visitors will be able to discover first-hand how spells such as ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ came to life on screen and how the wand movements that accompanied them were developed. Knowledgeable staff members will be on hand to teach wand battle choreography, aided by an interactive experience created by choreography expert Paul Harris. Paul composed the battle scene between Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and he is the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer.
Groups exploring Diagon Alley will be able to take part in a special effects demonstration created by BAFTA-winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson. By pointing a wand, visitors will be able to cast a spell that will make the sign above Potage’s Cauldron Shop bang and flash as if by magic.
In scenes where a character conjured his or her patronus – a protective charm which usually takes the form of an animal and shields the wizard against dementors – actors such as Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, whose patronus was a stag) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger, who casts an otter patronus) had to use their imagination; patronuses were created post-filming using CGI. The cast were, however, aided by an Irish wolfhound dressed in a specially-made costume which helped them visualise the glowing effect of a patronus. This will be on display at the studio tour for the first time throughout the Summer Spells feature.
Tickets for the attraction must be booked in advance and complimentary parking is provided (as well as free entry and a dedicated room for coach drivers).
Warner Bros. Studio Tour www.wbstudiotour.co.uk 08450 840 900
If you’re in London for Hallowe’en, there are few better ways to get the fright of your life than by taking a group to Phobophobia at The London Bridge Experience and Tombs. Phobophobia means “a fear of all fears” and this spectacular event will run for eight nights, scaring the living daylights out of all groups brave enough to attend. Phobophobia has been described as “the ultimate Hallowe’en night out”. Based in the vaults of the London Bridge, it has been a sellout smash hit since 2008 and this year promises to be one of the biggest and most terrifying yet. Guests can expect much more than the usual horror maze, with mind-bending, horrifying experiences that will leave them wondering what could be next. This is an intimidating, shocking and unnerving show that will stay with groups for a long time to come…
For groups who want to enjoy The London Bridge Experience in the daytime but don’t want to miss out on Hallowe’en, the attraction will be running its usual family-friendly experience with a twist. The Experience takes guests through 2000 years history of one of the most famous and historic bridges in the world, including the origins of the bridge, Boudicca’s battle with the Romans and a fun look at the fate that awaited those who dared betray the Crown. A nod to the horrors of the infamous Jack the Ripper is next on the trail, before a twisting climb through the vortex will take groups to The Tombs, for those who are brave enough.
The London Bridge Experience www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com 08000 434 666