Halloween is coming to town
From ghoulish ghost hunts to hair-raising horror mazes there’s a lot of ways you can enjoy some fun frights in Birmingham this Halloween.
We’ve been getting goosebumps researching the chilling encounters happening across the city and wider West Midlands.
Here are seven of the best things to do in Birmingham and beyond this Halloween.
1) Torchlit Ghost Tours at Aston Hall
Are you afraid of the dark? This Halloween, why not join Aston Hall for a torchlit tour of one of the country’s most haunted buildings.
Sure to send a chill down your spine, the hour-long tour will allow you to explore the hall like never before.
Expect scares and laughter along the way as you learn about Aston Hall’s eery history.
The tours are running on selected dates throughout the month, and pre-booking is essential.
Tickets are priced at £15 per adult and £12 per child. To find out more about booking a tour and available dates, click here.
There are also plenty more family-friendly Halloween events happening across the Birmingham Museum venues. Click here for more details.
2) Halloween Silent Movie Special: The Phantom of the Opera
Nothing says Spooky Season quite like a scary movie. This Halloween, Town Hall Birmingham is dusting off its organ for a special screening of The Phantom of the Opera.
The Silent Movie Special will show the 1925 black and white classic, starring Lon Chaney (Snr) as the Phantom and Mary Philbim as Christine Daaé.
Brought to life by the chilling sounds of the Town Hall’s organ, this is your chance to experience The Phantom of the Opera like never before.
3) Spooky Brunch Social at Flight Club
Steering clear of frights and scares, Flight Club on Temple Street introducing a creepy twist to its popular Social Brunch.
Taking place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of October, Flight Club’s Spooky Brunch Social will be filled with tricks and treats that’ll be sure to shake up your Halloween.
Gather your fellow ghouls as you battle it out over the venue’s interactive dart games, including the latest launch, Donkey Derby.
Perfect for groups of six or more, the Spooky Brunch Social features an hour of darts, a devilish drink on arrival, plus a bottle of Prosecco and bottomless pizza.
Tickets for the Spooky Brunch Social are priced between £30 - £40. To find out more information and book your place, click here.
4) Halloween Outdoor Screening of Hocus Pocus
Come, we fly! This Halloween Open Air Film & Chill is hosting a screening of the classic Hocus Pocus at Moseley Cricket Club.
Perfect for young witches and vampires, this outdoor screening will have two showings on Sunday, October 31st at 5pm and 8pm.
To warm you up, you can indulge in tasty hot food and drinks from vendors throughout the evening.
You’re also welcome to bring your own seating and blankets for the perfect movie night.
Pre-booking is essential for this event. Tickets are priced at £14 per adult and £9 per child. You can also book a family ticket (two adults and two children) for £34.
5) Spooky Spectacular at West Midlands Safari Park
West Midlands Safari Park is getting a creepy make-over this Halloween.
Brimming with decorations across the park, Spooky Spectacular: Perils of the Pumpkin Patch is set to be a frighteningly fun event for all the family.
Running from October 22 - 31, expect hundreds of pumpkins, the chance to meet the resident scarecrow, Patch, and take part in the Perils of the Pumpkin Patch’ Scratchcard Trail for the chance to win a spooky prize.
There will also be seasonal shows running throughout the day, plus you can explore everything the park has to offer, including its friendly residents and thrilling rides.
You can find dates and opening times on the website, as well as options to book tickets. Click here for more details
6) The Castle After Dark at Warwick Castle
If a true fright is what you’re after this Spooky Season, then Warwick Castle’s got you covered.
Sure to send a chill down your spine, the castle’s running two Halloween events this year.
The Haunted Castle is perfect for families, giving little witches and wizards the chance to interact with a host of characters, catch live performances and experience the history of the castle.
The Haunted Castle runs from October 23 - 31. Tickets are priced from £26.
When darkness falls, the castle comes to life with more frights and scares than ever before.
The Castle After Dark isn’t for the faint-hearted. With haunted attractions that’ll get your heart pumping, live music and more, you’ll experience Warwick Castle like never before as you dive deep into its spine-chilling history.
The Castle After Dark runs on four nights in October with tickets priced from £20 per person. Visit the website for more details.
7) Scarefest at Alton Towers
If you’re willing to travel a little further for the ultimate scare, Alton Towers Scarefest is well worth a visit.
Back for another year of chills and thrills, Scarefest is one of the most popular Halloween events, attracting thousands of visitors to the Staffordshire theme park each year.
Its scare mazes have won multiple awards over the years. And with terror lurking in almost every corner, you’ll have to be brave to take a step into the darkness.
The perfect chance to experience the park’s hair-raising rides in total darkness, Scarefest runs on selected dates throughout October.
Prices start at £39 for day passes and from £10 for Scare Mazes. Click here to find out more.
8) Zombie disco and other events at The Night Owl
Friday 29th October- Le Freak: Zombie Disco
The Night Owl presents a special night of disco, funk, soul & boogie with DJs T-Bird, Joel Webster and Richard Buckley this Halloween weekend. The night also sees dancing diva Kira Shaid & friends. There will be prizes for the best costumes and face painting, as well as your usual Le Freak DANCE OFF.
Tickets available here.
Saturday 30th October - Dark Labyrinth: An Immersive Halloween Party
The Night Owl is famous for its immersive halloween parties such as Stranger Things + Pulp Killers (a Tarantino Halloween), this year they’ll be bringing you The Dark Labyrinth on Saturday 30th October. An immersive halloween party inspired by Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and Netflix hit Dark Crystal. Expect themed cocktails, visuals and more. And of course, there will be prizes for the best costumes! DJs will be playing alternative 80s, Bowie + more!
Tickets available here.
Saturday 6th November - Rocky Horror Brunch
The Night Owl presents Rocky Horror Brunch with DJ & Magician Ed Quigley plus
Night Owl DJs! Expect themed cocktails, spectacular visuals and street food from Dining by Dalton. Prizes go out for the best costumes and the best time warp!
Tickets are available here.
9) Stranger Things Quiz and Disco Pussy at The Old Crown
The Old Crown are kicking off the spooky proceedings with a Stranger Things themed quiz on Thursday 28th October. Stranger Things fans of Birmingham come and join us as we take a journey into the upside-down for a night celebrating all three seasons of Netflix’s record-breaking hit TV show. Themed prizes are available for the winning teams.
Quiz tickets available here.
Saturday 30th October sees the return of Disco Pussy to The Old Crown for a Halloween special - ‘Disco Isn’t Dead’, from 10pm - 3am. The night is free entry all night long and is set to be very, very spooktacular!
10) Digbeth Fest-Evil
A free day of fun for all the family with activity taking place in the Custard Factory and Zellig, and various venues in the area, with road closures in place on Gibb Street, and Lower Trinity Street.
The Digbeth Business Forum, who are currently in stream to develop a Business Improvement District in Digbeth, have secured funding for this brand new event as part of the National Welcome Back Fund.
The event will start at 12pm. The Shanty Town collective will host their own tent in the Custard Factory providing an eclectic mix of performances from 12 - 9pm, free workshops and performances from Circus Mash in Arch 21, Clean Kilo and Rasculter & Wheathouse bakery will be showcasing sweet treats, and the Digbeth Arts Market will be hosting the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ market and exhibition in Zellig.
Also getting in on the fun is Lower Trinity Street, with Mama Roux vs Zumhof street party, plus Luna Springs’ Day of the Dead brunch and The Mill’s Halloween and Fancy Dress Karaoke Event.
11) The Drag Bottomless Brunch, All Bar One, Brindleyplace
Expect 2.5 hours of fun filled with Drag Cabaret, DJ’s playing nostalgic 90’s & 00’s hits, competitions & giveaways for one day only - 31 October!
For an unforgettable day, hen/stag, birthday or just a reason to celebrate, grab your tickets today!
Each ticket costs £45 and includes one brunch dish and bottomless drinks for the first 90 mins from 12pm or 3pm depending on your timeslot. Choose between Prosecco, Tanqueray G&T, Aperol Spritz, Pineapple Daiquiri, Mango Daiquiri, Strawberry Daiquiri or Raspberry Daiquiri. Or upgrade to bottomless Porn Star Martini, Espresso Martini or Long Island Iced Tea for an extra £10 per person.
Tickets are now on sale via Design My Night and can be purchased here.
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