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Halloween events in Kent: 13 spooky things to do

PUBLISHED: 17:03 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:03 17 October 2017

Haunted Dover Castle

Haunted Dover Castle


We have selected 13 events happening this October for the Halloween season

Spook Academy (7th and 8th, 14th and 15th and 21st to 29th October)

Embark on a Halloween adventure by enrolling in Spook Academy. Children will learn how to scare their parents silly in Ghoul School, meet Professor Spring, who will test their knowledge on cures for the most disgusting of diseases and write their very own spells. Families are encouraged to dress up in their spookiest Halloween outfit for a graduation photo, with the best costume receiving a prize.

Tickets: £12 (child); £6 (adult). 01227 696002. The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2TG

Halloween at Hever (21st to 29th October)

Prepare to be spooked out of your wits this half-term. Meet Viscous Vampire and his Goblin friend in the Creepy Crypt and hear terrifying tales of goblins, trolls, witches and vampires. Follow the eerie Halloween trail, help ward off vampires with a spooky activity and sink your teeth into a sweet treat at the cupcake decorating workshop.

Tickets: £9.50 to £44.50. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge. Satnav: TN8 7NG

Betsy the Cat trail at Scotney Castle (21st to 29th October)

Resident cat Betsy stars in a Halloween trail to mark the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm. Spot the cut-outs of her in the trees connected to the Storm, and find out its story.

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply: £1 per trail. 01892 893820. Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN3 8JN

Spooky trail at Chartwell (21st to 29th October)

Find as many spooky things as you can and receive a prize at the end.

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply. 01732 868381. Chartwell, Westerham. Satnav: TN16 1PS

Haunted Castle at Dover Castle (21st to 29th October)

Are you feeling brave enough to take on Kent’s most haunted castle? Prepare to be scared this autumn half-term as a frighteningly fun time awaits you within the castle walls

Tickets: £11.60 to £50.40. 0370 333 1181. Dover Castle, Dover. Satnav: CT16 1HU

Halloween trail at Emmetts Garden (21st to 29th October)

Join in an Edwardian-themed Halloween trail.

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply; £1 per trail. 01732 868381. Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks. Satnav: TN14 6AY

Spider trail at Ightham Mote (21st to 29th October)

There are spooky goings on this half-term as giant spider webs are cropping up in the garden at Ightham Mote. Follow the trail and solve the clues.

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply; 50p per trail. 01732 810378. Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks. Satnav: TN15 0NT

Pumpkin carving at Down House (23rd to 27th October)

Get creepy and creative this Halloween as you carve your own pumpkins. Show off your spooktacular costumes and frighten our fang-tastic staff in our costume competition

Tickets: £7.10 to £30.70; £4.00 (pumpkin carving). 0370 333 1181. Down House, Orpington. Satnav: BR6 7JT

Wild Wood at Penshurst Place and Gardens (23rd to 27th October)

If you head down to the woods this Halloween, you’re sure of a frightening sight. Over the October half-term a shockingly ugly witch or two can be found in a tent in a small clearing on the Woodland Trail. There the witches will tell some spooky tales.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst. Satnav: TN11 8DG

Fright Night Express at Kent & East Sussex Railway (24th to 27th Oct)

Take a spine-tingling ride on the Fright Night Express and enjoy some Halloween Hi-Jinx as part of the spooky shenanigans. There will also be plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy along the route, including face painting, a magic show and pumpki carving.

Tickets: £12.00 to £38.00. 01580 765155. Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden. Satnav: TN30 6HE

Witchcraft and Wizardry at Chiddingstone Castle (26th, 27th and 28th October)

You are invited to attend Chiddingstone Castle’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Meet the School’s Headmaster Wizard on arrival and be ‘sorted’ into your house. Then attend special classes of Potion Making, Choir Practice, Spell School and, of course, Flying School.

Tickets: £10 to £40; £120 (party of 10 plus two adults). 01892 870347. Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge. Satnav: TN8 7A

Fancy Dress Parade at Penshurst Place and Gardens (28th October)

Calling all Halloweenies. Come and take part in a ‘not too’ spooky story telling session, make sure you’re dressed for the occasion and be entered into a Fancy Dress parade.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst. Satnav: TN11 8DG

Pumpkin carving at Lullingstone Castle (29th October)

Celebrate all that is spooky and scary at Lullingstone Castle, carve pumpkins and go on a spooky house and garden tour. Learn about the origins of pumpkins, colours and varieties, and spot the Halloween tricks in eerie torchlight. Fancy dress is welcome.

Tickets: Free to £10.00; £1.00 (pumpkin carving). 01322 862114. Lullingstone Castle, Dartford. Satnav: DA4 0JA


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