BRITAIN’S mightiest castle is serving up a triple trick or treat this Halloween, with thrills and chills to suit all ages, including after dark specials and spooky sleepovers.
Halloween at the Castle is already up and running all the way through to October 21 at Warwick Castle with daytime misadventures in The Haunted Hollows, Halloween school and the opportunity to greet the Witches of Warwick in the Witches’ Tower.
Expect costumed characters, pumpkins and family-friendly frights galore each day between 10am and 4pm – without pushing the fear factor too high for younger children.
Things get a little scarier at The Haunted Castle from October 22 to 31 when the castle’s spookier residents host a haunting half-term, with mysterious mazes, eerie entertainment and frightful delights, as more than 1,000 years of history come to life.
The Haunted Hollows returns, alongside Scare Schools and the Dead Centre Stage, which belies its name by bringing the castle courtyard to life with motley Victorian circus performers raising both hairs and smiles with their uncanny comedy.
Learn about the funny but frightful demise of Warwick’s ghosts in the Foolish Ghosts walkthrough adventure, and help solve a high society mystery in the Upscares and Downscares maze.
But for full-on frights, Castle After Dark does what it says on the tin, offering guests the chance to brave a darker side of Halloween on selected evenings from October 22 to 31, with terror lurking around every corner as night falls.
Meanwhile, the Hunted maze returns, bringing its underground twists and turns back to life and inviting guests to dinner at the castle. Sounds fine but be warned that you could end up on the menu if you’re not careful.
It’s here that scare-seekers will find themselves in the beating heart of the action, and things will most definitely go bump in the night throughout three special scary sections of the Castle and its extensive grounds.
New this year, The Crest leads visitors through spine-chilling rooms as they discover the Countess of Warwick’s creepy connections to the occult and are invited to join a very secret society.
Finally, there’s the gruesome history of the Castle waiting in The Castle Dungeon; The Haunted Hollows are still open, and the Dead Centre Stage’s fire-breathers, creepy characters and musical acts complete the festival atmosphere.
There’s also the chance to turn your spooky day into a fearsome family sleepover, staying the night in the renamed Fright’s Village, decked out in Halloween décor, with evening ghost stories and visits from witches or wizards at breakfast.
Throughout the Halloween season, regular Castle attractions including the Horrible Histories maze, Falconer’s Quest – the UK’s biggest birds of prey show – the Zog Playland and Castle Dungeon remain open, too.