Wondering what to do or where to go for Halloween? Look no further! There are some wonderful spooky, scary and downright dastardly activities taking place in Newark and Sherwood in October and November. Here are a few to get you shaking in your boots. We start with the family fun, before moving on to the really scary stuff for grown ups!



A night of Fright for the kids

Halloween camp at Back2BasicsBack2Basics Halloween night at Kelham Hall

Date: 28 October

Cost: £20 per person

This is a jam-packed evening with spooky themed games and activities. Running from 4pm through to 8pm, it includes an eerie ghost walk through a haunted cemetery, apple bobbing and pumpkin carving. Find out more here.


Monster Mash-Up

Family fun at the National Civil War CentrePrince Rupert and his devil dog

Date: 21-29 October 2017

Cost: Free for activities. Normal entry free applies – with a Halloween discount of 20% off admission for any group with a paying child.

A programme of family fun activities, Monster Mash Up runs throughout the half term and includes performances from Boye, Prince Rupert’s devil dog, as well as craft activities, such as designing monster shadow puppets, creating a book of magical beasts and making a monster in a jar. More information.


Outdoor cinema screening experience: Hocus Pocus

Family viewing at Rufford Abbey outdoor cinemaOn the home front 1940s weekend at Rufford Abbey

Date: 28 October

Cost: FREE (normal parking charges apply)

An outdoor screening of the classic 90s film Hocus Pocus (PG), featuring talking cats, big teeth and Thackery Binx. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and dress up spooky (but warm!) – witches, wizards, ghouls and ghosties are all welcome. Make sure you arrive early as there is limited space. Hot food and drinks will be available along with the opportunity to have a scary face painted. More information.


Spooky Critters Crafts

Family activities at The WorkhousePumpkin at The Workhouse, Southwell

Date: 25 October for crafts/21-29 October for family trail

Cost: £2 per child for crafts and £1.50 for children’s trail (normal entry fee also applies)

Make your own spooky creatures at this family craft activity. Also running through the week (21-29) is a special children’s trail. Find out more.


Spooky Halloween Terror Trail

Family fun at Rufford Abbey Country ParkBoys dressed in Halloween outfits

Date: 21 October – 5 November

Cost: £1 per person

This is a terror trail along which you can explore the haunted hideaways, creepy woods and hidden terrors of Rufford Abbey Country Park. If you manage to survive, you can claim a prize. More information can be found here.


The Canterville Ghost

Show in The Gallery, Rufford Abbey Stables

Date: 25 October

Cost: £15 adults, £10 children, including homemade scones and tea/coffee/juice

Specially for Halloween half term, this one man show based on the charming short story by Oscar Wilde is full of chills and chuckles. Suitable for anyone aged 6 and over. Book here.



Fright Night Outdoor Cinema Experience

Rufford Abbey evening screening

Date: 27 & 28 October

Cost: £15 per person, seating included. Discounts available for tickets booked before 30 September.

Get into the Halloween spirit and dress for the occasion for a Fright Night that you won’t forget. On 27 October, it is the classic film, Lost Boys (15). Dress code is Vampires versus Zombies (make sure you’re warm). On 28 October, the film being screened is A Nightmare on Elm Street (18) and dress code is Spooky Freddy Stripes. Hot food and drinks will be available to purchase along with a licenced bar at both screening. Find out more here.


Ghost hunt at Newark Castle

Halloween ghost hunting from 21.00Newark Castle

Dates: 13 October / 28 October / 31 October

Cost: £49 per person

There are regular reports of paranormal activity and ghostly sightings at Newark Castle. Join the Haunted Happenings team as it ventures inside and attempts to make contact with the spirits and ghosts that still lurk within. Tickets are selling out fast and can be booked here.


Witchfinder General (15) screening

Cult classic screening at the National Civil War Centre

Date: 31 October

Cost: £5 per person

This chilling film will be shown within the sinister old world ambience of the Tudor Hall, pairing the ominous atmosphere with the film’s unnerving horror. The screening begins at 8pm with the bar open from 7pm, and will be introduced by Civil War historian and film aficionado Adam Nightingale. Tickets are limited – book here. The film is rated 15, ID may be required.

** Amended 26/9/17 to remove the Halloween Hullabaloo and Eerie Explorers events, which have been cancelled.


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