Attractions steel themselves for spooky Halloween

Summer is still in full swing, but theme parks and attractions in the south east are making plans for Halloween half-term activities (October 20-28).

Shriek Week at Drusillas Park near Eastbourne will host ‘Haunted Heights’, with creepy cobwebbed corridors and scary stories, plus ‘Creepy Crawly Encounters’ with insects, molluscs and spiders.

Spooky Castle, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, will have ‘Halloween Adventure’ including crafts, and the chance to explore the grounds with Victorian ghost hunters.

At Hever Castle, the former home of Anne Boleyn at Edenbridge in Kent, the theme for this year’s Halloween activities will be ‘Haunted Hever’ with prizes for the best costumes; craft workshops; and a spooky trail to follow in the grounds.

Legoland Windsor Resort will have its annual Brick or Treat with themed activities, while Screamland is the name for Halloween fun at Dreamland in Margate.

Marwell Zoo’s resident wizard will be putting trainee flyers through their paces during ‘Boo at the Zoo’ while the Wizard Express steam train will feature Harry Potter-style coaches on the Watercress Line at Alresford in Hampshire.

Families can also spot wizards and witches around the grounds at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.

Pictured: Halloween on the Watercress Line. Credit: Carswell.