Families are being lured to Warwick Castle this Halloween for The Haunted Castle (until Sunday 4 November) where daytime fun makes way for frightful night-times.
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.
For Scaredy Squires, youngsters flock to the Haunted Hollows each Halloween to scamper along the spooky woodland trail, giggling as they go, to weave their way through the Horrible Histories maze. There are live-action performances, stories and shows throughout the day while back at the castle, Witches Tower replaces The Princess Tower. 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…
For Daring Dukes, there is an Escape Room – an actor-led attraction set within the medieval gaol – which challenges friends and strangers to work together against the clock on a quest to save a tortured soul from the Wars of the Roses.
You can also witness knights fire jousting with an awesome display of horseback heroics.
For Brave Knights (over 10 years only; parental discretion advised) they can experience ‘Outbreak 1369’ which drags pitiful plague victims from their medieval resting place in the fetid bowels of the castle to torment the living. Stomach churns and teeth chatters – punctuated with screams of terror – are to be expected.
‘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 plague-ridden 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.’
The Haunted Castle costs from £20 per person for daytime entrance and from £18 per person for evening entrance (from 5pm to 10pm).
You could also 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.
Warwick Castle’s Christmas season also offers plenty of treats and surprises from 24 November including ‘Santa Sleepovers.’ Find out more on the website here.