Here we ghoul again

NIGEL THOMP­SON MAR­JORIE YUE

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY NIGEL THOMP­SON

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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