20 spooky things to get up to this Halloween in Bristol & Bath

Howl-oween at Bristol Zoo Project

Blood curdling Halloween events in Bristol and Bath

Our friends at Visit Bath & Visit Bristol have shared with us some of the best events and activities in the region to spook you this Halloween.  So, plan ahead and get these dates in your diary.


The Shallows – Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein

An immersive new Escape Room experience.  Uncover the truth about a hideous conspiracy linked to unethical human research, deep within the dank basement shallows before your time runs out. From £27.50 per player including entrance to the museum.


FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park, in Keynsham between Bristol and Bath

Various dates over 13 nights between 13-31 October 2023

FEAR at Avon Valley returns with five bone-chilling attractions, funfair rides, street entertainment, fire show and a theatrical scare experience known as The Exorcism. New this year is Fright FEAST, where visitors can expect to dine like cannibals in a unique dining experience for #ABloodyGoodNight in the west. Strictly over 16s only, tickets from £35.


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FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park

Murder Mystery Night: A Gothic Horror at The Mount Without in Bristol

16 October

Get dressed up as your unique character and be immersed in this interactive themed Gothic horror party, with secret tasks, prizes and mysteries to solve. Tickets are £35 per person (adults only).


Buffy Revamped – Theatre Royal Bath

30 & 31 October

A fast-paced new production straight from Edinburgh Fringe brings you the story of hit 90s show Buffy the Vampire told through the eyes of Spike. Funny, satirical, and bursting with 90s pop culture references it’s the perfect parody for Buffy fans. Tickets from £30.50


Haunted and Hidden Bristol walk and haunted pub stop tour

21 October – 18 November

Walk the streets of Bristol during this fun and frightening walking tour of haunted buildings, TV locations and Bristol trivia, now complete with a stop off at one of the city’s haunted pubs too. Tickets are £8, concessions £6.


Family-friendly events

Halloween at Wookey Hole

21– 29 October

Explore the great chambers of Wookey Hole Caves, where you’ll learn about the legend of the Witch then join in the Giant Pumpkin trail and solve a mystery to win Halloween treats. Head to the 4D cinema, where Mystery Inc. will be solving a mystery of their own in the Scoob! 4D Experience. Tickets from £22.45 adult & £17.95 child. Concessions available.


FEARless at Avon Valley Scream Park

28 & 29 October

Avon Valley are also hosting two tamed down evenings on 28 and 29 October for families with 11-15 year-old children, with access to 4 scare attractions called FEARless at Avon Valley, tickets from £15.


The Ghost of Cheddar Man at Cheddar Gorge and Caves

21 – 29 October

Celebrate the discovery of Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest complete skeleton (10,000 years old!) found in Gough’s Cave at Cheddar, 120 years ago. Join the trail and track down Cheddar Mans’ friends dotted around Gough’s Cave to gain entry to The Ghost of Cheddar Man’s fun celebrations and win a reward to take home.


Sea Monsters at Bristol Aquarium

20 – 31 October

Enjoy a spooktacular underwater adventure and dive deep into the aquatic abyss to dare to discover a host of spine-tingling, creepy creatures that await beneath the waves.


Howl-oween at Bristol Zoo Project

21 October – 5 November

Explore Bristol Zoo Project in all its ’gory’ by learning about the animal bones, skulls, x-rays, then visit the witch’s campsite to hear spooky stories and create some creepy craft, before finishing the Howl-oween trail with a trick or treat surprise. Howl-oween is included in admission.


Howl-oween at Bristol Zoo Project
Howl-oween at Bristol Zoo Project

Zombie Outbreak at Mendip Activity Centre

6-31 October

Join the Zombie outbreak team to combat the zombie invasion at Mendip Activity Centre. All archery, air rifle, axe-throwing and tobogganing sessions are Halloween themed.


Luxmuralis: Force of Nature at Bristol Cathedral

30 October – 4 November

Bristol Cathedral is hosting a spectacular light show, Luxmuralis: Force of Nature which will see immersive, show-stopping visuals projected onto the historic building, exploring the themes of Fire, Water, Air and Earth and how they relate to religion, mythology and art history.


Eek! Week at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

21 October – 4 November

Join WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre on an eek!citing interactive trail where visitors will be dared to put their hand into a snake box, take a photo op with a bat and get up close and personal to a toad.


Spider Trail at Dyrham Park

19 October – 1 November

Find clues and facts about these creepy crawlies in Dyrham Park’s Spider Trail across their 270-acre site.


American Halloween at The American Museum & Gardens

21 – 29 October

Enjoy a spooky day out at the Museum with a classic American trick or treat atmosphere and a fun potion trail around the Manor House. Visit the Lego Bricks exhibition and taste some Halloween treats in the American Deli. £3 per child plus normal admission for the trail.


Witchcraft & Magic at Bowood

21-31 October

Join Witch Ramona and black cat Luna on a hunt to break the spell that the ghosts and ghouls have cast over the Bowood Estate. Find all the things needed to complete the Ramona’s magic rhyme as you work your way around the pumpkin trail this Autumn half-term. The trail is included in the Bowood House & Gardens Day Ticket, normal admission fees apply.


It’s a Hoot at Avon Valley Railway

28 & 29 October

Go on a train ride from this historic station located in Bitton near Keynsham and spot birds of prey from Pitcombe Rock Falconry and take part in the Autumnal trail around the station. Children who visit wearing Halloween-themed costumes or fancy dress will travel for free.


Woeful Wounds at Brunel’s SS Great Britain

21 – 29 October

Experience the magic of special effect make-up artistry and visitors to Brunel’s SS Great Britain will receive their own Woeful Wound, much like the voyagers and passengers did on ship hundreds of years ago. Artists from the Specialist Make-Up Design department at SGS College will be there to help create fake cuts, blisters and other wounds for visitors aged 4-18.


Ghoul School at Berkeley Castle

22 October – 5 November

Young thrill seekers will learn how to become proper little monsters at Berkeley Castle this Halloween with this interactive self-led audio experience. Ghoul School brings an array of spooky teachers for visitors to encounter with delights, frights and vampire bites.


Pumpkin picking in the west

This Halloween, head out to Pumpkin Patch at Avon Valley to pick your own pumpkin (30 September – 29 October) Farrington’s Pumpkin Picking Festival is also situated between Bristol and Bath with its 12-acre patch and a huge variety of squashes ready to pick, as well as a carving marquee, fairground games and fun rides, and straw pool.

Happy Halloween!




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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