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Kentish Halloween Haunts

If there is one thing that October is known for (apart from the clocks going back giving us an extra hour in bed – hooray!), it’s Halloween. 31st October has long been a celebration of the ghoulish and the ghostly. The tradition dates back around 2,000 years and its origins can be found in the old Celtic festival of Samhain, which celebrated the end of the harvest period. The Gaelic people believed that if the crops weren’t harvested on time, then the dead would come back to life to destroy what was left, and wreak havoc over the earth.

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That’s why, if Halloween is your kind of holiday, you’re in gruesome luck – there are plenty of blood curdling events taking place across the county to give you a scare – so beware (and have fun)!

Broadwitch Hauntfest // Southfleet // 16 Oct – 1 Nov

National Scar Award winner Broadwitch Hauntfest returns this Halloween with not one but two brand new haunts to satisfy its patrons’ quest for gore. MassAcre is a new corn maze that will terrorize you to your very core. The inhabitants of MassAcre Farm love to have visitors, they always put on a welcome feast; the only drawback is the guests are the ones on the menu! The Edge, the second of the new attractions for 2015, will take you to a dark netherworld where vampires will hunt you down so they can suck the lifeblood from you. Deep within the catacombs, the living dead are waiting to ensnare you and keep you entombed with them forever. The Spooky Castle, Thirteen and the National Scar award-winning Biometrix are the remaining three haunts that will both scare and enthral you. Not forgetting the daytime attractions for younger guests!
www.broadwitchhauntfest.co.uk

Halloween at the Powell-Cotton Museum // Birchington // 26 Oct – 30 Oct

This Halloween at the Powell-Cotton Museum you and your family will travel to the haunt of the White Lady. Before your journey begins you will create and decorate a lantern to light your way in dark places. With your willow and paper lanterns you will then trek in the footsteps of Percy Powell-Cotton to the dreaded tower hidden amongst the trees in the northern woodland of Quex Park. At this ill-fated location you will hear the spine-tingling tale of an ancient tomb, a terrible curse and discover the identity of the white lady…
Tickets must be booked in advance.
www.quexpark.co.uk/events/halloween

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Halloween Horrors at Fort Amherst // Chatham // 23-31 Oct

This year is the 30th anniversary of this famous event – join in if you dare! Fort Amherst’s annual Halloween Horrors have been described by the experts at Scare Tour UK as ‘not for the faint of heart’ and as being ‘like something straight out of a horror film!’ by What’s On magazine… and they are as terrifying now as they have ever been! However following last year’s success with events suitable for younger guests, the children’s and teens tours will again be available for this October.
www.fortamherst.com

Freak Week at The Hop Farm // Paddock Wood // 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Treat the kids to a spook-tastic feast of fun at The Hop Farm for the half term holidays! Dress up in your best Halloween fancy dress and come and join in. Here’s just some of the fun that’s in store: indoor Halloween entertainment, ghoulish face painting, crazy animal show, 4D cinema, creepy storytelling, magic show, ghostly disco, magic castle, and a Halloween fancy dress competition. And on the 30th and 31st October there are spectacular evening firework displays!
www.thehopfarm.co.uk

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Halloween Train of Terror // Dover // 25 & 31 Oct – 1 Nov

Prepare to be spooked at the Halloween Train of Terror event with East Kent Railway. Discover the Haunted Tunnel on the Train of Terror!
www.eastkentrailway.co.uk

Kent Life Halloween Ghost Hunt // Sandling // 30-31 Oct

Situated at the bottom of one of the most haunted hills in England, Blue Bell Hill, Kent Life is a working farm and tourist attraction during the day, but by night it takes on a very different and sinister feeling. As part of Allington Castle, this land was once owned by Sir Thomas Wyatt, lover of Anne Boleyn. The Lenham Cottages here, which are Grade II listed buildings, and the chapel, originally built in 1897, were all moved from various locations and rebuilt piece by piece on the farm. An old gypsy caravan sits near one of the barns and is said to be cursed. Ghosts rumoured to haunt here are that of a German fighter pilot whose plane crashed on the site, a woman seen holding her baby, and also a ghostly figure seen wandering near the pond close to the oast house… Will you be able to spend the night, or be brave enough to try a lone vigil?
www.twilightghosthunts.co.uk 

Halloween Dine & Stay at Hever Castle // Hever // 31 Oct

Hever Castle Luxury Bed and Breakfast will be hosting a spooktacular Halloween Dine and Stay event on Saturday 31st October 2015. The event will combine an overnight stay in luxury accommodation with a drinks reception and a private tour of the castle followed by dinner. Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in a paranormal investigation and vigils in various locations within the historic castle. The vigils will be a mix of traditional ghost investigation techniques (séance, dowsing, and audio experiments) to ultra-modern techniques using the latest in thermal imaging and infrared with static detection. A sumptuous three-course meal will be included and a varied wine list will be on offer for guests to pre-order wine for their meal. After a busy night of ghost hunting and feasting, breakfast the next morning will be held in the stunning Tudor Suite Dining Room. For those who wish to stay and enjoy the castle and gardens the following day, complimentary access to the castle and grounds is included in the package.
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Screamland // Margate // 16-31 Oct

Screamland is a live, immersive and theatrical experience like no other. Engage and interact with live professional actors as you explore the twisted themed mazes and sideshows. Each of the scare attractions offers a completely different experience. They have been designed in a way that will make you feel completely alone and abandoned – perfect for Halloween! Attractions include The Scream Machine Scare Zone, the Monstrous Menagerie, the Strange Sisters, Festino’s Forgotten Funhouse, and Dead and Breakfast. Discover the darker side of Margate’s famous Dreamland!
www.dreamland.co.uk/screamland 

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Hellgate Winter Gardens // Margate // 27-31 Oct

Hellgate Winter Gardens — the 2014 sell-out Halloween horror attraction — returns to Margate Winter Gardens for 2015 and promises to be bigger and scarier! Hellgate Winter Gardens 2015 will feature three new fully immersive attractions which start where last year’s Zombie Apocalypse event left off. The fully immersive experience at Hellgate will also include the all new Bloody Boulevard with Scare Fair Stalls, Trick or Treat Street Theatre, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night plus the new Laser Zombie Run Zone.
www.halloweenmargate.com

Welcome to the Carnevil // Bromley // 1 Nov

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and is now a West End smash is back to mark its 21st Anniversary in spectacular style. The latest incarnation, Welcome to the Carnevil, is set in Victorian London in 1899, Jack the Ripper was still at large and this was the age of the freakshow… A young girl dreamt of running away to join the circus only to see her dream become a nightmare in a decrepit and corpse ridden Carnevil, plagued by a swamp of killer clowns, sword swallowers, demon dwarfs, death deifying aerialists, a Guiness World Record holding hairculian hiva swinging solely from her hair, back flipping and fire limboing acrobats and lots, lots more.
www.circusofhorrors.co.uk

Halloween Fear & Fun // Ashford // 24-31 Oct

There are plenty of ghoulish daytime fun and frolics to keep you and the family entertained down at the Rare Breeds Centre this Halloween half term. Ghost hunt around the farm to meet Halloween ghosties, but be prepared to be scared… are you brave enough to talk to them? Wiley Wolf Productions will present a unique and exciting experience for all the family, Vunderbar the Wizard will tell scary tales and sing spooky songs in the Discovery Room. You can even help him with his spells! Make your very own broomstick to rival Harry Potter’s, have your face painted, and take the spooks quiz trail along with much more! Go along in fancy dress as there is a daily competition, and what’s more, the extra fun is included in the standard admission price!
www.rarebreeds.org.uk 

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