14 October 2016

Spooky Halloween Events in Wales in 2016

Bored of the standard Halloween nights, or want to know where's best in Wales to go to experience the spookiest day in the calendar? There are so many Halloween events across Wales this year, both before and on the day itself. Take a leap into the scary unknown and try something new at one of these stand-out events. 

Hallowe’en Underground Cinema 

22-24 October, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

Cardiff Castle plays host to three days of spooky screenings in their 15th century undercroft. There are day and evening showings, with scarier stuff reserved for after 6pm. The schedule includes The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Coraline. If films aren't your thing, Cardiff Castle is also hosting creepy crawly meet and greets and storytelling – check out the website for more information.

Poster for Cardiff Castle's Underground Cinema

Cardiff Castle's Underground Cinema

 by Cardiff Castle

Building and Burning the Wicker Man  

24-30 October, St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff  

Many moons ago, the ancient Druids set large wicker statues on fire as sacrifices. Nowadays, the wicker man is less entangled in religion and belief, instead becoming a centrepiece at festivals and outdoor autumn events. St Fagans build a wicker man every year in the week leading up to Halloween, before setting it alight on the Halloween weekend. It's free to help to build the wicker man and to watch it burn – see their website for timings. Why not go on a Morbid Curiosities tour around the darkest corners of the museum while you are there?   

Halloween Spooktactular  

24 October – 1 November, Greenwood Forest Park, near Caernarfon   

One of North Wales' best loved family attractions, Greenwood Forest Park is always a pretty magical place to visit. In the week before Halloween, the park is having a spooky transformation. They're holding special creepy craft sessions where you can make broomsticks and scary masks and one-off daily activities including performances and workshops.   

Terror Mountain  

27-29 & 31 October, The Silver Mountain Experience, Aberystwyth   

Experience the Welsh mountains like you've never experienced them before. The Silver Mountain Experience, a Victorian silver mine, is transformed into Terror Mountain, a night of terrifying entertainment set to give you nightmares! There are four live horror attractions and entertainers scattered throughout, so expect people to jump out from nowhere, creep up on you and spook you when you least expect it!

Halloween Deep Underground 

23-30 October, Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves of Wales, near Swansea   

Are you afraid of the dark? This will surely put you to the test! Deep underground in Dan yr Ogof cave, the howls of ghosts bounce off the walls while witches fly through the cave passageways. Prove how brave you are with this unpredictable underground experience. 

Person standing in a dark cave at Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales

 by Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves Centre

Halloween Train Rides  

27-29 October, Ffestiniog Railway, Blaenau Ffestiniog

The charming Ffestiniog Railway has had a spooky makeover, and it seems to be taking a new route... Put on your creepiest costume and take the train to Tan y Bwlch, where you can enjoy food, fun and Halloween-themed games in the woods.   

Halloween Spooktacula at Oystermouth Castle 

29 October, Oystermouth Castle, Swansea   

Swansea's stone castle from Norman times is holding a night of fancy dress, gore, games, craft sessions and storytelling. As well as the spectacular Swansea Bay waters, you may spot the castle's best-known resident, the ghost of the White Lady.