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halloween events in cotswolds

With Halloween coming up tomorrow, we decided to compile a list of spooky things to do in Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. Most Halloween events are running into November, however some are all year round, so you can get your fright fix no matter the month!

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle can be a spooky experience no matter what the date is, but Oxford Castle Unlocked have a number of Halloween specific events to enjoy.

After Dark Dinners allows visitors to take a sinister journey into the most haunted areas of the castle including the former Royal residence and the 900 year old Crypt. But to follow this frightening experience is a three-course meal in the castle quarter! There a number of dining options too so should be something for every taste and budget. This event is happening on the 1st of November.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

While not likely to be particularly frightening, “Howl-o-ween” should prove to be fun for children or people not interested in scary alternatives this Halloween! Among the features are a ‘spooky train ride’, Wolverine feeds (we wonder what they’re being fed!) and a ‘Pumpkin Patch’ with pumpkin people and carved pumpkins. This is running from the 27th of October until the 2nd of November.

Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails

Anyone that has visited Oxford will be familiar with these ghost trails – happening all year round, it is a common site for groups to be stood around a Victorian Undertaker describing the scary side of Oxford. Plus, there are a couple of extra events just for Halloween. The best thing about these trails is that you get to see and learn a lot about Oxford’s history, but in a really entertaining way, so you often learn more for that reason (and have fun doing so!). The extra trail is happening on the 31st of October.

But let us not forget about Burford Burford ghost trails are available by private booking for those wishing to learn more about this pretty, Medieval town.

Blenheim Palace

You can always rely on Blenheim Palace for fun events throughout the year and this Halloween is no different. From the 27th of October until the 4th of November, they are putting on a family day out with ‘Witches and Wizards’, with trails through the Pleasure Gardens, spooky tours and ghost stories.

Scattered throughout the Pleasure Gardens are items you need to find (ones which you’d find in a witches or wizards house) and you hand in your completed clue sheet when you’re done. The tours will involve a look at the State Rooms where you can hear stories of ghostly goings on from the past!

Best of all, you only need a standard Park and Gardens ticket for this event (which you can buy to give you annual access) so if you visit Blenheim more than once a year, you won’t need to spend anything extra.