October is all set to be a month of exciting festival fun, with something for everyone to enjoy - but you’re sure to feel a shiver run down your spine, as we prepare for the hauntings and horrors of Halloween.
There’s no better place to be than Nottinghamshire – as ghosts, ghouls and all things ghastly emerge from their hidey holes – so get ready to scare yourself witless, while discovering haunted hotspots, exploring creepy caves, and learning about terrifying tales of murder and mischief.
The county’s castles and grand stately homes may be beautiful by day, but they take on an altogether creepier atmosphere at night. Even the bravest of sceptics will be shaking in their boots, as they hear their footsteps echoing off the stone walls, and see dark shadows moving, during torch lit-tours of the caves underneath Nottingham Castle.
If you dare, why not book onto one of the Ghost Hunts taking place at some of Nottinghamshire's oldest and most haunted attractions, and embark on a quest to discover some paranormal activity? The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk is one of the city’s most popular experiences. Starting at Ye Olde Salutation Inn, you’ll be entranced by the haunted tales all around you. From one spooky walk to another, join Nottingham ghost ‘Ezekial Bone’ as he haunts the cobbled streets of the atmospheric Lace Market, telling frightful tales of Guts & Gore. Finally, the executioner’s wife - Madame Parboiled - will take you on a journey into the depths of the city’s dungeons.
There’s certainly no shortage of horrible history smeared across the walls of the Galleries of Justice Museum, where countless crooks and criminals met an abrupt end, swinging from the gallows. Character led tours run right through the half term break, and are perfect for introducing kids to the grislier side of law and order in Nottingham. Their seasonal Terror, Ghost, and Spirits of the Dungeon Tour offers an even murkier and more devilish journey of Nottingham’s terrible tales than usual and White Post Farm will be making a special guest appearance with a selection of Creepy Critters!
Be prepared to run, as you hear a fluttering in the darkness… is it bloodthirsty vampire bats? No, it’s the beautiful butterflies at The Tropical Butterfly House. Don’t be fooled, though, the Halloween Spooktacular, Fright Nights and Halloween Afternoon Tea will offer plenty of thrills and chills, with everything from pumpkin carving crafts, to interactive animal shows to a haunted hayride.
Feeling a little faint of heart after all of the eerie events in Nottinghamshire? Sup some Dutch courage at the Hand and Heart Halloween Beer Festival, or try the special Halloween Twister and Red Reaper cocktails at Rocket at Saltwater.You could even dress up drop dead gorgeous at the Murder Mystery Nights at Hart’s Restaurant in the historic city centre or Clumber Park Hotel in sleepy Worksop.
For some slightly milder Halloween fun The Big Tops, Conkers, Gulliver’s Kingdom and The Workhouse are all hosting child-friendly spooky events, including Rats, Bats & Cats trails and trick and treating galore!
With so many creepy events taking place in Nottinghamshire this Halloween, you’re sure to be quaking with equal parts fear and excitement, as the October in Nottingham fun reaches a bone chilling climax.