Think Halloween is just for kids? Think again. These nerve-shredding events will make your heart pound – and that’s why you can’t afford to miss them…
The scariest night of the year is on a Tuesday this year, but don’t let that stop you from getting the fright of your life. Leave the trick or treaters to their own devices and watch the scariest movies of all time play out on stage, or squeeze your way through the ‘Scare Maze of the Year’, chased by chainsaw-wielding maniacs. Alternatively, search See Tickets for more strange happenings in your local area this Halloween.
1. Brave a live rendition of The Exorcist
Swap the classic 1973 movie for something that feels all too real this Halloween – The Exorcist will be performed on London’s West End for the first time ever, complete with distressing video projections, curls of smoke and Sir Ian McKellen’s voicing the demon. Thrill-seekers shouldn’t be anywhere else. Even if you’ve already seen it, Regan’s story is bound to make your toes curl – a demon possessed the young American from Georgetown, giving her distraught mother Chris no option but to beg her priest for help. Father Damien fights for the girl’s soul with terrifying results.
The Exorcist is at London’s Phoenix Theatre from Friday 20th October 2017 to Saturday 10th March 2018. Tickets available now on See Tickets. Connect to See Tickets customer service, call for help with your booking.
2. Face your fear of needles at Halloween Tattoo Bash 2017
Scare yourself silly for a good cause – catch 150 tattoo artists in action at Wolverhampton’s 10th charity Halloween Tattoo Bash, starring the likes of Art Fusion 13’s Lisa Priestly, Maitland Inkspiration’s AJ Richards, and Deadwood Tattoo Company’s Tim Brady. If you don’t want to be inked, watch the stilt walkers and angle grinders, magicians and firework displays both indoors and out. Want more? Hold on tight to the bucking bronco to win prizes, snap up some artwork or wear your spookiest fancy dress to the VIP ball.
Halloween Tattoo Bash is at Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park from 10:30am on Saturday 14th October and from 8pm on Sunday 15th October 2017. Tickets available now on See Tickets – Connect you to customer service, call for help with your booking.
3. Risk being cursed by The Woman in Black
As ghost stories go, The Woman in Black is as gripping as it gets. Just ask the 7 million theatre-goers who’ve already seen the play – or watch it with your own wide eyes at London’s Fortune Theatre this Halloween. Here, a young actor will help retired solicitor Arthur Kipps tell his story. As you see the pair rehearse, delving back into his darkest memories, you’re taken back to where it all began – Eel Marsh House in the remote town of Crythin Gifford, where Kipps is utterly convinced the spectre of The Woman in Black cursed him. But he isn’t out of the woods yet. Can you see the empty chairs rocking? And feel that icy chill?
The Woman in Black is at London’s Fortune Theatre every Tuesday to Saturday in October 2017, with shows starting at 3pm or 4pm and 8pm. Tickets available now on See Tickets.
4. Escape the maniacs infesting four mazes at Alton Towers
Scream your way through the nights’ sky on a rollercoaster, walk among sinister clowns and circus rejects, enter the House of Monsters or the fancy dress competition – Alton Towers’ Scarefest has its tamer side. But if you really want to test your metal, tackle all four mazes, including the Scare Maze of the Year, ‘Sub Species: End of The Games’. It sees you chased on your hands and knees through pitch-black sewer pipes, by sewer dwellers who want to feed you to their alien overlord. Elsewhere at ‘Altonville Mine Tours’, the most claustrophobic maze, the Skin Snatchers will hunt you and your mates as the monks await you at the ‘Terror of the Towers’.
Scarefest runs on Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Friday 20th to Tuesday 31st October 2017 at Alton Towers in Stoke-on-Trent.