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This Hal­loween we’re bring­ing alive the cas­tle to thrill and spinechill. There are fear­somely fun at­trac­tions for all the fam­ily. Melissa Pan­ic­cia

FAM­I­LIES and friends will be lured to War­wick Cas­tle this Hal­loween for some ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The Haunted Cas­tle will run from Oc­to­ber 20 to Novem­ber 4 where day­time fam­ily fun makes way for fright­ful night times and spooky self­ies un­til 10pm on se­lected dates.

Three sets of at­trac­tions with in­creas­ing fear fac­tors make it easy for vis­i­tors of all ages to find the best thrill for them this Hal­loween: Scaredy Squires, Dar­ing Dukes and Brave Knights.

Young­sters flock to the Haunted Hol­lows each Hal­loween to scam­per along the spooky wood­land trail and to weave their way through the Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries maze.

Dead Cen­tre Stage (open from 11am) of­fers live-ac­tion per­for­mances, sto­ries and shows through­out the day while back at the cas­tle, Witches Tower re­places The Princess Tower. You can hear first hand from a cast of hor­rid hags who tell tales of ghosts and the un­ex­plained. Just don’t ask them what they did with the princesses...

New for 2018, the Es­cape

Room - an ac­tor-led at­trac­tion set within the me­dieval gaol chal­lenges friends and strangers to work to­gether against the clock on a quest to save a tor­tured soul from the Wars of the Roses (ad­di­tional £5 ticket re­quired).

And you can ven­ture into the cas­tle to find the new House of Wax scare maze and skirt the ghostly glare of the lurk­ing wax fig­ures,

Fire joust­ing re­turns with a dis­play of horse­back hero­ics. Out on the bat­tle­field on River Is­land, fear­less knights wield their flam­ing lances in a skil­ful show­down.

Out­break 1369 in The Cas­tle Dun­geon is a live-ac­tor ex­pe­ri­ence that plunges vic­tims into the deathly dark­ness of the Mid­dle Ages, when the peo­ple of War­wick were at the mercy of the plague, malev­o­lent monks and un­scrupu­lous ‘sur­geons’.

Max­i­mum fear fac­tor be­longs to Seance a spec­ta­cle ex­clu­sive to War­wick Cas­tle that uses ‘bin­au­ral spa­tial au­dio tech­nol­ogy’ to share spir­its’ sto­ries of life on ‘the other side’.

“This Hal­loween we’re bring­ing alive the cas­tle to thrill and spine-chill,” said Melissa Pan­ic­cia, Head of His­tory at War­wick Cas­tle.

“With fear­somely fun at­trac­tions for all ages rang­ing from pump­kins to pla­guerid­den peas­ants, Hal­loween is one of the most evoca­tive times for the cas­tle that bris­tles with the en­ergy of those who’ve lived - and died - here over the cen­turies.

“With the Mighty Tre­buchet fir­ing twice daily, birds of prey cir­cling over­head and cas­tle char­ac­ters shar­ing spooky sto­ries around ev­ery corner, The Haunted Cas­tle is the real deal this Hal­loween, for all the fam­ily.”

The Haunted Cas­tle costs from £20 per per­son for day­time en­trance and from £18 per per­son for even­ing en­trance (from 5pm to 10pm). The Cas­tle Dun­geon costs an ad­di­tional £9 per per­son and Seance costs £5 per per­son.

And you can treat the fam­ily to a spooky sleep­over in the me­dieval-themed Knight’s Vil­lage in the cas­tle grounds.

Hal­loween stays in lodges set in a river­side wood­land start from £90 per per­son per night in­clud­ing break­fast, car park­ing and two full days to en­joy The Haunted Cas­tle.

n Book en­trance and ac­com­mo­da­tion on­line at www. war­wick-cas­tle.com

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