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National Trust News: Halloween With The National Trust

"With the October half term week and Halloween coming up fast, we’ve got some frighteningly good family events to keep the kids busy,'' wrotes Phil Harper.

Enjoy Halloween with the National Trust and experience spine-chilling thrills at some of the most hauntingly atmospheric houses and castles across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From terrifying trails and spooky story-telling to fearsome face painting and frightening fancy dress, there’s something to give the whole family the jitters.

Here’s a spooktacular selection of Halloween events on offer with the National Trust:

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Spooky challenge, 22-30 October 11am – 3pm

Seek out the clues then track down the creepy castle character to claim a Halloween prize.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £2 per child.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01580 830196

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Belton House, Lincolnshire

Halloween happenings, 22-30 October 11am – 4pm

Wear a spooky costume and join Belton for a spooks, spoofs, ‘skellingtons’ and wellingtons family fun trail around the garden (£1.50); a magic pumpkin trail for small children; masks a crafts in the discovery centre and frightening food in the restaurant.

Extras for weekends include fearsome face painting (£3) and spooky stories in the stables.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £1.50 per child, per trail.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01476 566116.

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Basildon Park, Berkshire

Halloween witchery, 24 & 26-31 October 10am – 5pm

Prepare to be spooked at Basildon Park. The wicked witch has hidden all the sweets so find the clues and win a tasty prize.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £2 per trail.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01189 843040

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Chartwell, Kent

Halloween twilight trails, 26-28 October 5pm – 7pm

Only the brave should embark on this Halloween trail. Beware and be careful to make it back to the restaurant for a home-cooked Halloween supper. Plus discover spooky treats all week in the Chartwell shop.

Adult £10.95, Child £12.50 (suitable for children aged 8 years and over).

Booking is essential for this event, please call 01732 861161

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Arlington Court, Devon

Grim tales around the grounds, 28 October 3pm - 4pm

Grim tales will be told around the grounds by expert story teller, Michael Dacre.

Normal admission charges apply, plus adult £4 and child £2.

Booking is advisable for this event.

For more information please call 01271 850296.

Grimmer tales around the grounds, 28 October 7pm – 8pm

Along comes more tales to fill even the bravest with terror and dread. Older children and adults will be chilled and thrilled on this tour of Arlington in the dark.

£6 per person.

Booking is essential for this event, please call 01271 850296.

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Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Freaky Friday, 28 October 2.30pm – 4pm

Join the chef as he gets creative making spooky cookies for Halloween.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £5 per child.

Booking is essential for this event, please call 01223 810080.

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Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Halloween activity weekend, 29 October 11am – 4.30pm

Relax and enjoy hands-on, themed activities and take part in haunted Halloween trails and frightening face painting.

Normal admission fees apply, plus some additional charges for activities.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01527 821214.

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Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire

The Hex Factor, 29 October 5pm-9.30pm

Spooky night time fun with ghost tours around the Hall. Do your best to scare us with your frightening Halloween costumes and enter into our Hex Factor fancy dress competition. With a pumpkin lantern competition and blood curdling soup in the tearoom – this is one ghostly night not to be missed.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01439 748283.

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Wallington, Northumberland

Halloween fun, 29-30 October 11am – 4pm

Come along and make a special lantern for the Halloween lantern parade, try the spooktacular children's trail and hear scary stories told by the Wallington witch.

Normal admission charges apply, plus a small, additional charge for some activities.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01670 773600.

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Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Family activities for Halloween, 29-30 October 11am – 3pm

Enjoy a Halloween trail, make spiders and other spooky Halloween crafts and hear blood curdling stories from our resident witch!

Normal admission charges apply with an additional £1.50 per child.

Booking is not needed for this event.

For more information please call 01332 842191

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Mount Stewart

Halloween Enchanted Garden, 30 October 6pm – 10pm

The gardens will open for a truly magical night. With storytellers, twilight tours of the mansion and a few spooky surprises, this is a chance to see Mount Stewart like never before.

Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30

Booking is essential for this event.

For more information please call 028 4278 8387.

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Erddig, Wrexham

Halloween hootings, 30 October 11am – 4pm

A bewitching weekend of spooky fun for all the family. Join in the Halloween craft workshop, see the owls, follow the trail, try the lucky dip and read creepy books. At the Halloween workshop, meet live spiders and scorpions and there’s also story telling from Hagrid. For those who want to really get in the spirit, enjoy frightening face painting, the fancy dress parade and lots more.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01978 355314.

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Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Pumpkin and ghouls, 30 October 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Get in the spirit of Halloween and carve a pumpkin and join in the spooky walk through the woods.

£6 per adult and £4 per child.

Booking is essential for this event.

For more information please call 01208 265950

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Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire

Autumn colours and Halloween fun, 30 October 12pm – 6pm

Explore the Dudmaston hall's garden in all its autumn glory. Admire the gold’s of the lime trees, the reds and yellows of the acres and the striking exposed white bark of the silver birches, while children follow the spooky Halloween trail round the grounds. Warm up by the log fire in the garden room where children can make a special Halloween memento. And visit the tearoom to try some traditional Halloween fayre.

Normal admission charges apply with an additional charge of £2 per child for the trail/activities.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01746 780866

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Wallington, Northumberland

Halloween lantern parade, 30 October 4pm – 6.30pm

Bring your lantern along and join our spooky lantern parade through the woods as the sun sets!

£2 per adult, £1 per child, and family tickets £5 (2 adults, 3 children).

Booking is essential for this event.

For more information please call 01670 773600

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Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Halloween hunt, 29-30 October 2pm – 4pm

Are you up to the challenge of the scary trail in the wicked woodland play area? If so come and join in the outdoor adventure.

Normal admission charges apply with an additional £1 per child.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01283 585337.

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Halloween story telling, 30 October 2pm – 4pm

Spooky stories will be told for 4-9 year olds. To get into the spirit you can dress up and frighten everyone and a prize for the best costumes will be given.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £1.50 per child.

Booking is essential for this event.

For more information please call 01765 643166

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Ightham Mote,

Decorate a Halloween biscuit, 30 October 12pm – 3pm

Have fun decorating a pumpkin shaped biscuit to celebrate Halloween.

Normal admission charges apply with an additional £1 per biscuit.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01732 810378.

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Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Haunted happenings, 30 October 11am – 4pm

Come to Chirk Castle and see the spooky goings on. Listen to spine tingling tales of terror and take part in the 'live' Ghost Hunt through the Castle.

Normal admission charges apply with an additional cost to see the full castle.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01691 777701

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Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Halloween ghost tours, 30 October 6pm – 8pm & 31 October 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Discover the centuries-old ghosts of Ham House in a special after dark visit at the spookiest time of the year. It consists of a one hour tour followed by drinks and canapés in the 17th century Orangery.

£26 per person.

Booking is essential for this event.

For more information please call 08442 491895.

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Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Twilight tour of terror, 31 October, 6pm – 9pm

Join an eerie tour of 16th century Rufford and its grounds.
Not recommended for

under 7s.

Timed tickets £8.

Booking is essential for this event.

For more information please call 01704 821254.

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