The Very Spooky Guide to Halloween

Need some inspiration for Halloween? Then look no further – we’ve got it covered, from unusual scary places to go, to ghouslishly good recipes, chillingly good activities and costumes to die for!

Spooky places to go:

Fright Nights, Thorpe Park
7-9, 14-16, 21-31 October
Fancy finding your way out of a live action horror maze or taking a ride in the dark? If so, this is the experience for you. Prices start at £26.99 per person, visit for info.

Frightmare Festival
8, 14, 15, 21-31 October
If you’re in or around Gloucester, why not check out the family friendly attractions and more spooky shenanigans here. From £14 per person, visit

Halloween Evening at Hoghton Tower
31 October
Definitely something a bit different, this torchlight walk and witch trial is based in Lancashire. You’ll also get a meal and mulled wine, all for £41.68 per person. See

Virgin Zombie Survival Experience
6NLGA, £99.99
This experience is now available at Very here – if you’d enjoy being chased by zombies, completing tasks and planning in order to win the ultimate survival game, head to Heywood and Kidderminster.

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park
22 Oct – 5 Nov
If you fancy a spot of ghost hunting, enjoy a guided tour in North Wales for £42.69 per person. Head over to

Celebrity inspired costumes:

Scary like Kim:
If you’d rather opt for a traditional, spooky costume, however, do it like Kim Kardashian and opt for an old favourite like a skeleton or witch.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock (4230584f) Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian out and about on Halloween, Los Angeles, America - 31 Oct 2014 Kim Kardashian once again outdoes herself on Halloween. Costume one is a skeleton and costume two she is dressed as Editor in Chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour. Little North as Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley. Kim`s makeup artist Joyce Bonelli was dressed as Grace Coddington, Creative Director of Vogue, and Joyce`s son as a mini Karl Lagerfeld.

New like Holly:
If you want to bring something fresh and different this Halloween, how about doing it like Holly Willoughby and going with a new character, like this awesome Suicide Squad outfit?

Girly like Paris:
If you prefer to keep your Halloween costumes on the cute side, then take inspiration from Paris and go with a cartoon character or fairytale spin on your outfit.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock (4221254b) Paris Hilton Casamigos Annual Halloween Party, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, America - 24 Oct 2014 Casamigos Tequila Halloween Party - Celebrity Sightings

Retro like Laura:
If, like us, you’re swept by by Strictly fever at the moment – or you love a vintage flavour – then why not channel flapper style with your Halloween outfit?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5848946ce) Laura Whitmore 'Strictly Come Dancing' launch, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, UK - 30 Aug 2016

Check out our fancy dress section for even more costume ideas for the perfect Halloween outfit this year!

Quirky finger food:

Mummy hotdogs:
Quick and easy to make, these fun hotdogs will look extra cute on your food table – all you need is a tin of hotdogs and some roll out dough. Cut the dough into strips and wrap them around your sausages – leaving about 1/2 inch for the faces – then whisk together 1 egg and a tablespoon of water and brush over the dough. Pop in the oven for 10-15 mins or until golden, and pop some mustard on with a toothpick for the eyes!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Food and Drink/REX/Shutterstock (3690359a) Wrapped frankfurter sausages Food and Drink 

Ex-scream-ly good decorations:

Make sure you stand out from the crowd with your decorations and set a suitably spooktacular scene, from cardboard cut-outs to pop-ups and flying witches.


How are you spending Halloween?

Blogger Gymbunnymummy tells us her family’s plans:

“Our little man has Autism so Halloween can be really scary for him, more so because of his sensory & developmental issues rather than the ghosts & ghouls, but you still want it to be a fun occasion even if you don’t do the ‘traditional’ Trick or Treating.

Instead of heading out on Halloween we stay in and have a little family get together, having fun making our own treats. One of the boys favourite things is a Halloween cake dripping with edible blood, and I have the easiest recipe for you to make your own edible blood using on two ingredients. Simply mix a little red gel food colouring into some golden syrup! Easy or what?”

Read more about Toni over at her blog 


We think it’s pretty impressive – tell us in the comments below if you’ve got any good Halloween tips or ideas. And have a fantastically frightful time!


24th October 2016
Written by Alex Blythin