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Horrifying Happenings in Batty Birmingham

Emily May

With Halloween on the horizon, why not take a spooky saunter around Birmingham? Try out some of these spine-tingling events to get a taste for the city’s dark side. 


Image credit: Brum Tours via Facebook
Test your bravery on this Birmingham ghost walk

We all know that Birmingham was once home to the blood-curdling Peaky Blinders, but there are also many other ghouls and ghosts that haunt the West Midlands city. If you’re feeling brave enough to scout them out, sign up for the City of the Dead tour. Taking place on All Hallows Eve itself (31 October), the trail will take you around Birmingham’s various haunted houses, and will tell you the stories behind these creepy locations, ranging from old Jewish burial grounds to vile Victorian pubs. 

Meader round dangerous Digbeth for their Halloween festival 

For most of the year, Digbeth is regarded as Birmingham’s artistic hub, populated with galleries, vintage shops and yoga studios. But this year, on the night of Halloween, the district will become into a woeful wonderland for a hideous Halloween festival. Take a saunter down the streets that will be populated with 4000 roaming zombies, admire the breathtaking sound a light displays, and pop your head one (or all) of the five venues that have been transformed especially for the event. 


Image credit: The Black Country Living Museum via Facebook​​​​​​
Creep it real at the Black Country Museum’s Halloween Nights

If you dare to venture slightly outside of Birmingham to the Black Country Living Museum on 26 or 27 October, you will be trick or treated to one of their spooktacular Halloween Nights. Wander along the cobblestone streets of the open-air museum to meet creepy characters, and if you fancy getting dressed up yourself, show off your skeletal style by entering the competition to be crowned best-dressed ghoul. You can even trick or treat at the seasonally decorated historic houses, and rake in sweet treats from their inhabitants. If you’re still not full to bursting after indulging in your Halloween haul, you can always stop off at the Black Country Museum’s renowned fish and chip shop for a portion of fried spuds wrapped up in an old-fashioned newspaper.

Try out some spooky science at Birmingham Science Museum

From Frankenstein's monster to Flubber, scientists and inventors have come up with some pretty creepy and crazy things over the years, both in fiction and reality. Why not become a mad inventor yourself at Birmingham Science Museum’s Spooky Science Night? Taking place on 31 October, this experimental extravaganza will give you the opportunity to have a go at making slime, make your own family light photos, and dance the night away at a zombie disco! Sounds better than your average school science class, right?

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