Scare Yourself Silly in Staffordshire… Tuesday 27 September 2011 PDF Print Once upon a time in Staffordshire, ancient manor houses, forgotten forests, creepy castles and ghoulish gardens tempted unsuspected victims to their Halloween spooktaculars - where horrors awaited at every turn. Only the most courageous took up the challenge; and only the bravest of souls made it out alive... For a taste of the truly terrifying this Halloween, head to some of Staffordshire’s most spine-chilling events – if you dare… Creepy Castles In the dark and dingy castles of Staffordshire, Halloween horrors lurk around every corner… Fancy dress to impress at Tamworth Castle from the 24th - 28th October at the Family Halloween Haunted Castle. Meet gory medieval characters from one of the Midlands’ most haunted landmarks – but beware the eerie executioner, barber surgeon and castle witches… There are also spooky craft workshops for those in search of hands-on horror. For only the most serious ghost hunters, the castle is also holding a Halloween Ghost Search on 31st October between the witching hours of 10:00pm – 2:00am. A true investigation of the paranormal, with tours and vigils around the castle, only over 16’s need apply… Stafford Castle is indulging in half term hi-jinx with Halloween Hands on Horror from 26th – 28th October. With children’s pumpkin carving workshops, ghostly guided tours and dastardly delicious refreshments, there are frights for all the family! For some Tudor terror, Tutbury Castle is hosting a ‘Poltergeist and Pies’ evening on 31st October where each brave ghost hunter gets a hearty pie and mash supper, before a chilling tour around the grounds, torture chamber and famous Kings’ Bedroom - said to be one of the most haunted rooms in England! You will also have the chance to meet Mary Queen of Scots and their very own castle executioner… The event is open to over 18’s only, and pre-booking is essential. Heritage Horror Where better to hunt for evidence of life on the other side than at one of Staffordshire’s old stately houses, where perils aplenty lie in wait… Head to Shugborough Estate on 29th October for their annual Halloween Spooktacular – an evening of spooks, spells and things that go bump in the night! With family-friendly thrills in the Shugborough haunted mansion, and grown-up frights in the Servant’s Quarters, there are surprises lurking around every corner… There are also ghoulish goings-on in the estate gardens, with a ghost train, trick or treating, terrifying yet tasty treats and a frightful funfair! Beware the ghosts and ghouls of Weston Park on 30th October - board the Phantom Express for a one way train ride through the wild woods, then follow the Pumpkin Lantern Trail back to the house if you dare… The 17th century Stables Courtyard at Weston Park will boast a bewitching array of Halloween activities including children’s craft-making sessions and a devilish disco, as well as sausage sizzlers and homemade pumpkin soup. Fancy dress is encouraged and nerves of steel are essential… For some creepy creativity, Biddulph Grange Garden is hosting pumpkin carving workshops throughout the day on 26th October, whilst Whitwick Manor is holding Wicked Willow Weaving on the 29th October… Join a willow weaver and have a go at making a spooky spider or Halloween lantern. Booking is essential. Truly Terrifying At Ancient High House, Stafford, bloodthirsty spectres from across the centuries await… Join a ghost tour on 31st October for a terrifying tour of Stafford Town Centre and the Ancient High House, and learn about the truly macabre history of Staffordshire’s county town. Pre-booking is essential. Take a one-way train ride to terror with Churnet Valley Railway’s ‘Graveyard Express’ on 29th October. Departing at various times from Cheddleton or Kingsley and Froghall stations, you will be proclaimed dead on arrival at the Beetlejuice Ball – expect sickening sideshows, a BBQ, bars, live music, spooky activities and a fairground to keep you entertained until well beyond the witching hour. (Booking is essential) For adrenaline-fuelled frights, this year’s Alton Towers ‘Scarefest’ from 15th – 31st October promises to be more spine-chilling than ever, with rip-roaring rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters – and the park will be open until 9:00pm! In the park grounds, a Boiler House found deep underground has become the grisly lair to a pair of violent and psychopathic serial killers - dare you explore the darkened corridors and risk falling victim to the gruesome games of the Hamble Twins? Truly twisted times also await in travelling funhouse ‘The Carnival of Screams’ – just make sure that you come out the other side… For Little Devils Even little devils can get involved in the Halloween scares, with a huge range of family-friendly Halloween fun to be had throughout the county… Spooktakular fun is order of the day at the Maize Maze in Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge with a grand ‘Spooktacular' event on Saturday 29th October. Brave the Maize Maze in the dark (bring your own torch) and enjoy spooky trailer rides, a haunted wood, face painting, refreshments and pumpkin races, all followed by a spectacular fireworks display. There is also a whole range of eerie Halloween activates at the farm running through half term from 22nd October to keep little ghouls out of mischief! Gladstone Pottery Museum is giving you the chance to create your own little creepy keepsake with ‘Spooky Pottery Painting’ throughout half term. From 24th – 28th of October, anybody visiting the museum can decorate their own piece of petrifying pottery for just £1. There will be no monkeying around at Trentham Monkey Forest this Halloween, as spooky happenings keep even the bravest souls in line… All throughout October half term enjoy terrifying treasure hunts, frightful face painting, and scary storytime all in 60 acres of woodland. Here’s hoping that the monkeys are the only things hiding in the bushes… For information about all of these grisly goings-on visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com or visit the Enjoy Staffs Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter @enjoystaffs. 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