How to Spend Halloween in Oxford
From spooky seances to more tame activities suitable for the entire family, keep reading our blog to find out what’s on in Oxfordshire this Halloween.
If you want to avoid any spooky goings-on, then the Oxford Playhouse has plenty of theatre and activities going on that day. You could attend Hey Diddle Diddle, a sing-a-long and play session that is perfect for pre-school children and their parents or perhaps you prefer Shakespeare in Love, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. That’s not all that you can choose from Mothers Who Make and amateur student drama performances, too. Better still, you’ll be there in 27 or so minutes by car or taxi.
Oxford Castle & Prison is certainly the place to be this Halloween! On the 31st October you can undertake a one-hour tour around the castle and prison through to midnight – but only if you are brave enough… Tickets cost £27 per person and are strictly 18+ only. Expect ghost stories, ancient chambers, underground crypts and punishment cells. With 101 steps to climb up a staircase, the glass of bubbly at the stroke of midnight will be much deserved!
Back by popular demand, Spooktacular Potions will see magic return to the castle’s 900-year-old crypt. Sessions are available on the 22nd, 24th, 26th and 27th October – just in time for Halloween. Perfect for little ones aged 5 – 12, they can make potions, decorate bottles and learn all things magic from the castle’s very own Warlock.
Fans of Most Haunted will not want to miss an evening with parapsychologist Ciaran O’Keefe. Costing £32 per person and taking place on the 23rd and 27th October, visitors over 18 can learn about demons, evil spirits, other cultures, seances and religion. A worthwhile lecture in its own right, afterwards Ciaran will lead a ghost tour around the castle. If you feel up to it, afterwards you can enjoy a glass of fizz.
On the 28th October, your little ones aged between 4 and 12 years old can head along in their costumes and enjoy a perfect trick or treat trail at the castle. Not overly scary, a tour guide will be on hand to show them around and there will be plenty of sweets and treats. Tickets cost £6 per child and the trail lasts 30 minutes.
There aren’t many other hotels in Abingdon that offer such a convenient location like ours. All the previously mentioned Oxford Castle & Prison activities can be reached in just over 20 minutes by car from our hotel.