Here we ghoul again
NIGEL THOMPSON MARJORIE YUE
The scariest thing about Halloween is the number of press releases we get containing the word “spooktacular” – seriously, it’s terrifying.
So in a s***ktacular-free zone, here is our, ahem, “witch guide” to this season’s best events.
The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle (October 21-31): The Séance summons the spirits of the dead and the after-dark frights cater for all ages. From £12. warwick-castle.com
The Linlithgow ExFEARience at Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian (October 27-29): Walk through the dark passages of history as night falls... expect the unexpected. £12. historicenvironment.scot
Victorian Halloween at Blists Hill, Shropshire (October 21-29): The Victorians marked All Hallows’ Eve by carving turnips into Jack-o’lanterns to frighten away evil spirits. Visitors can follow a trail to discover more, and meet demon barber Sweeney Todd, who is looking to
Dead-of-night walks in Edinburgh and paranormal activity at spooky Hampton Court Palace give people an extremely close shave! side of Tudor life. There are ghost An Annual Passport Ticket into all tours where stories of paranormal 10 museums costs £25 adult/£15 activity and spooky happenings are child/£68 family. ironbridge.org.uk told. £14 adult/£7 child. hrp.org.uk
Halloween Entertainment at Blenheim The Midnight Hour – Mercat Palace, Oxon (October 21-29): Tours, Edinburgh (October 27–31): The ghost train takes you through a A walk through the Old Town and a creepy tunnel to the Pleasure wander around the Blair Street Gardens, where witches lurk. Underground Vaults in the (living) Explore the Labyrinth or tackle the dead of night demands nerves of Mini-Beasts Trail. There are ghoulish steel. £15. mercattours.com candlelit tours and spooky storytelling. Fright Flights on BA i360, Brighton £24.90 adult/£13.90 child/ (October 28-31): Join the Ghost Walk £59.90 family. blenheimpalace.com of the Lanes for a family-friendly air
Horrifying Hampton Court, scare to discover the town’s creepy London (October 22-28): Interactive underworld secrets. £16 adult/£5 events will uncover the mad and bad child. BritishAirwaysi360.com sykescottages.co.uk
US airline Delta is putting some fizz into flying – it’s now offering complimentary Prosecco in economy class on all its international flights. delta.com
Master Lock 5900 Portable Safe £29.99, masterlock.eu
A concealed cable locks the safe to fixed objects on your travels and it’s water resistant and shock absorbent. Compact, but can fit a smartphone, keys, cash and jewellery.
Here’s an idea that could “cwtch” on. Sykes Cottages has unveiled a Cwtch Collection of cosy breaks in Wales. Cwtch (pronounced kutch) is a Welsh word which means a ‘‘warm affectionate hug, cuddle or snuggle’’ – similar to the Danish hygge cosiness. The rural retreats have hot tubs, woodburning stoves and bedroom bathtubs.
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