29 September 2017

8 spooktacular Halloween events in Wales 2017

Whether you want family-friendly Halloween activities or an adult scarefest, there are many ways to celebrate the spookiest day of the year in Wales. We've picked out some of the best events across the country, from the mild to the murderously scary. Just don't blame us if you have nightmares after!

Go batty for bats at Folly Farm 

Ring tailed lemur with a carved pumkin

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire by Folly Farm
28 Oct - 5 Nov, Kilgetty

Forget Dracula! You can meet a group of critically endangered Rodrigues fruit bats at Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire. Watch the animals fly and frolic, learn about the species and take part in bat-related games, competitions and crafts.

Tour the haunted history of Blaenavon Ironworks

Sculpture featuring iron worker in the cast house at Blaenavon Ironworks

Blaenavon IronworksSouth Wales Valleys
29 Oct - 3 Nov, Torfaen

Halloween isn't just for kids. This adults-only evening tour of Blaenavon Ironworks will give even the toughest grown-ups goosebumps. A local guide will share ghostly tales and ancient legends of Blaenavon and Blaenau Gwent as you walk, blurring myth and fiction with reality for a very different night indeed!

Get spooky at Stackpole

Several carved pumpkins on a stony floor

Stackpole Outdoor Learning CentrePembrokeshire by Mike May / National Trust
31 Oct, Stackpole

Dress in your spookiest outfit and head to Stackpole Centre for a family friendly night of lantern making. There's a creepy woodland trail for the brave, too!

Tingle with fear at Terror Mountain

Terrifying red covered faces

Terror Mountain event at the Silver Mountain Experience, Ceredigion by Silver Mountain Experience
12-31 Oct, Aberystwyth

For the boldest teens and adults, the live action scarefest that is Terror Mountain is possibly the jumpiest Halloween event for miles around. Set in a Victorian silver mine, there are four equally nerve-wracking story experiences to choose from. Expect guest appearances from the likes of alien invaders, serial killers, hideous demons and horror legends. You might pee your pants.

Run wild at Bodnant Garden

Young children running round a large tree

The Dell, Bodnant Gardens, North Wales by National Trust
29 Oct - 4 Nov, Conwy
As part of Wild in the Woods Week at Bodnant Gardens, the Furnace Wood is being transformed into a funzone for all ages. Enjoy hula hooping, outdoor games, limbo, giant noughts and crosses and much more in autumnal surroundings. Help their friendly Halloween witches make a hovel from sticks and branches on Sunday, October 30 (12-2pm).

Visit St Fagans after dark

Creepy large shadow of a figure against a building end wall

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff by National Museum Wales
29-31 Oct, Cardiff

For a spooktacular series of events, head to St Fagans National History Museum in the dark in your best creepy get-up. Take a torch to light the way between a craft-making workshop, a burning wicker man and a haunted parade.

Carve a pumpkin at Chirk Castle

Children and their carved pumpkins at Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle, North East Wales by National Trust
23-31 Oct, Wrexham

If you want to get stuck in with pumpkin-carving but don't want to do all the messy bits, pop by Home Farm at Chirk Castle. There will be plenty of pumpkins for you to choose from, all cleaned out and ready to be transformed! Pick a stencil, carve a face with the help of experts and make it glow with a tealight. 

Reach your fear limit in Rhondda

 Red film strip with face

X Scream at Rhondda Heritage Park, South Wales Valleys by X Scream
12-31 Oct, Rhondda

X Scream, an adults only immersive and interactive horror experience, is taking over Rhondda Heritage Park for 14 nights. On Halloween night, the experience will see visitors facing an onslaught of psychotic nasties as the filming of a fictional slasher film becomes a gory reality. It's a very jumpy affair, with live actors, sudden shocks and special effects along the underground tunnels and outdoor trails.