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Halloween Happenings in Spooky Bristol

Maisy Farren

Get your Halloween plans pinned down now, giving you plenty of time to start thinking about your perfect costume! 

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Experience Fear at the Avon Valley Scream Park
The award-winning Scream Park returns to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park this October, offering some terrifying immersive experiences for the fourth year. Alongside terrifying rides and impressive street theatre, you’ll find five terrifying themed mazes. Fight your way through zombies, clowns and creepy underground tunnels and prepare to scream. Not for the faint hearted, this attraction is strictly 12+ and all under 18s have to have an adult with them. Feeling creeped out? Grab yourself a scaredy cat light from the maze hosts for £1, flashing it will ensure that the actors stay out of your way!

Click here to book tickets. 

Embark on a Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour
What better time of year than this to embark on Bristol’s No. 1 walking tour? The Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour is the best way to explore the spookier side of the city. The 75-minute route takes you round the dark and creepy historical locations of the city, including a 16th century haunted house, Bristol’s famous haunted cinema and a church haunted by a ghostly Monk. Ghosts and ghouls aplenty here in Bristol, this tour isn’t for those easily spooked! The tour takes place every Friday evening at 8pm, departing from Bristol Cathedral. On 31 October 2019 there’ll be a tour at 8pm and a tour at 10pm.

All tours must be booked in advance via email. Email for more information and to book. 
Explore the spooky side of Bedminster
If you prefer a walking tour that’ll see you walk into four pubs along the way, then Blood and Butchery in Bedminster is the Halloween activity for you. Bedminster was a notoriously criminal spot, full of grave robbers, body snatchers, public hangings and flayed corpses. It was also the spot of one of most notorious heists in memory – it’s actually where the term ‘money laundering’ comes from. Meeting at The Ropewalk at 7pm every Tuesday, this tour costs just £10 (although you do have to buy your own drinks) and promises to be one of Bristol’s most exciting and gruesome tours.

Click here to book tickets. 

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Enjoy a spooky outdoor film
The end of summer doesn’t have to be the end of outdoor cinema experiences. Bristol Film Festival are putting on a great selection of Halloween films in two of Bristol’s creepiest spots. Head to the crumbling Victorian Arnos Vale Cemetery and sit amongst the headstones to watch The Woman in Black, Ghostbusters or Addams Family Values! Or delve underground at Redcliffe Caves to catch some modern horrors like Us, Get Out and Hereditary, or even dare yourself to watch the classic caving horror movie The Descent whilst buried under the rocks.

Head to the Bristol Film Festival website to check times and dates of individual screenings. 
Embrace the macabre at The Bats Ball
Taking over the Arnos Vale cemetery on 19 October is the second annual Bats Ball, a true celebration of everything gothic! This year’s theme is Victorian Mourning, so be sure to dress up in your best goth, Victorian or punky fashion. The event runs from 7pm – 11pm, however head down during the day to attend the Macabre Market and purchase witchy wares and wonderful artworks from independent artists. The Bats Ball will kick off with some gothic readings, offer you a choice of dark and creepy tours of the cemetery then give you a chance to socialise with fellow spooky folks, take photos in the selfie sections and enjoy a drink and a dance! The perfect precursor to Halloween itself, this event is ideal for those who spend all year long looking forward to the spooky season!

Click here to buy tickets! 

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