With the 31st October looming, we know that we’re not the only ones excited for ghost stories around the fire, trick or treating with the kids and hunting for the goriest costumes. But, want to make this year a Halloween to remember? Why not consider a Halloween family break this holiday?
Here at Snaptrip, we’ve got you sorted. From luxurious gothic estates to old church cottages, we’ve listed the most curious properties, with the spookiest Halloween events in the surrounding area, to match.
So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down if you dare…
Riverside House, Warwickshire
If a mystical stay is on the cards, you must reside at Riverside House. As its name suggests, it sits by the River Anon, where you’ll be greeted every morning from any of the three bedrooms, and overlook the still waters. But what really sells this home is its front garden. Featuring flat top shrubs and a majestic willow tree, it gives off a sibylline feel that is perfect for a Halloween family break.
Located in Warwickshire, this county comes alive during October. With its ghastly architecture, to its tight-knit community, everyone’s buzzing for the holidays.
Best for: Pumpkin carving. Not far from your mythical stay is Pumpkin Week at Hatton Adventure World from the 21st to the 29th October. Pick your favourite squash and get sculping. Let the kids channel their inner Picasso for a chance to win big for the best-decorated jack-o.
If you do one thing to do: If you’re staying in Warwickshire, one thing is for sure – you must visit Warwick Castle! Hosting the biggest haunted event of the year, you and your loved ones are sure to be in for a fright. Find wicked witches, the Horrible Histories and many more attractions from the 19th October to the 3rd November. If the clan is feeling brave, have a nights’ break at the haunted castle and see if you can hold on until dawn.
Where to eat: Visit the Coombe Abbey for a medieval banquet on the 25th October. Enhance your experience by renting a costume and dine like a Terrible Tudor for the night.
Tor Hatch Estate, Surrey
For a gothic getaway, go no further than Thor Hatch Estate. This eight-bedroom, four-bathroom delight is gorgeously furnished with period features, from brass candle light mirrors to plush velvet ottomans.
Tell ghost stories around the fireplace whilst toasting marshmallows. Or, granted the grand family room, get into fancy dress and host your very own Halloween party. Only 18 miles away from Thorpe Park, nothing screams Halloween quite like a theme park. For thrilling rides, Fright Nights run from the 28th to the 29th September, 3rd to the 6th October, 10th to the 13th October, 17th to the 31st October and 1st to the 3rd November.
Best for: Families who can’t slow down. This home features an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court but if that isn’t enough, get out the face paint and head to Denbies Vineyard for a Halloween themed 10k run on the 27th October.
If you do one thing: Take the little ones out to Smyths for Harry Potter wand training on the 22nd October. This thrillingly free event is the perfect way to get them into the Halloween spirit. But beware, it may have them screeching ‘expelliarmus’ on the car drive back!
Where to eat: If you dare to try, drive out to afternoon tea at Macdonald Windsor Hotel. From the 1st October to the 11th November, chefs will use their culinary sorcery to conjure up some ghoulish looking-treats. Expect eyeballs made from coconut jelly to a Scottish shortbread shaped like a finger.
No 1 Church Cottage, Carmarthenshire
For a Halloween to remember, look no further than No 1 Church Cottage. Once an old derelict church, this kirk has now been transformed into a home. Still in possession of its original features, including arched windows and bracket doors, it gives the cottage an uncanny, yet charming feel.
To continue the Halloween fun, head out to Mountain View’s Ranch. A gem for the little ones, all week long, it will be bursting with friendly witches and wizards, marshmallow toasting and an exciting trail with a surprise at the end!
Best for: Trick or treating. With the Welsh having Celtic roots, who birthed what we now celebrate as Halloween, its no wonder that the tradition runs rampant in this region.
If you do one thing: Take a ghostly ride to Devil’s Bridge this Halloween break. The sinister train travels between Aberystwyth and the bridge on the 29th to the 31st October. Marvelled as an area of outstanding beauty for its bridges and ghastly falls, listen out for sinister stories on the way, about the wonder being created by the devil himself.
Where to eat: If you’re starving from all that thrilling fun, take the clan to the Brewers Fayre. Only a few minute’s walk away from the cottage, stuff yourselves with hearty pub grub.
Burton’s Farm Barn, Norfolk
Start your kids’ October term break off right with this family farm. In spite of its eerie exterior, this two-bedroom, two-story home is the perfect retreat after a day of fearful fun. Its open-plan kitchen is a dream to come home to. Be greeted by a home-cooked hearty meal after a day of adventure.
Located in Claxton in Norfolk, the county is known for its ghost and urban legends making it the perfect Halloween family break. Its ancient towns are decorated with old buildings that tell a wealth of mysterious stories.
Best for: Erie architecture. Visit Holkham Hall, which cranks up the frightening levels of family fun. Be transformed into gruesome gremlins, make bubbling potions or write spooky spells. This haunted event runs from the 24th to the 27th October.
If you do one thing: For lovers of all thing freakish, don’t miss Cirque de Bizzare. Showcasing eye-opening acts from the Foolhardy Circus in the woods, be alarmed by fearless fire-eaters to clowns looming in the woods. With live music, food and drink, and a firework display, it would be unheard of to miss this.
Where to eat: For a special Halloween and not too far from your barn stay is the Maids Head. Being the oldest hotel in the UK, this haunted building racks up the fear factor with a murder mysery themed dinner. With suspicious diners and pointing fingers, guess ‘which is witch’ over the table. But beware, booking in advance is essential!