Sunday, 27 September 2015

Halloween Events in Oxfordshire

Info from Oxford City Guide Website...

Friday 01 October - Sunday 31 October
Ghost Fest at Oxford Castle Unlocked
Now in its third year, Oxford Castle Ghost Fest is bigger and better than ever before! England’s premier ghost festival returns to Oxford Castle-Unlocked, thought to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country. With the help of Fright Nights, the UK’s leading ghost hunting specialists, Ghost Fest sets out to uncover the dark secrets that lie within the grounds of Oxford Castle including a Halloween special of ‘In Extremis’ - an amazing ghost hunting experiment. Are you brave enough to join us?

Witches and Wizards Halloween Trail
02 - 29 October
Wander through the museum looking for wicked witches and wonderful wizards.

Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October
October Half Term - Halloween Entertainment at Blenheim Palace
There are ghostly goings-on at Blenheim Palace this Halloween for families to enjoy over the Half-Term week.
Blenheim Palace, Wooodstock

Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October
Halloween Half Term -The Maze of Bones
There are skeletons rattling and spooky story-telling this Halloween at Blenheim Palace! Funny bones’ our resident spooky skeleton has lost his body parts in ‘The Maze of Bones’! Can you find them rattling around the world’s largest symbolic hedge Maze this Autumn Half Term? Are you brave enough to meet our resident story teller Bill Spectre and Colin – The Crow-in-the-Know at weekends? From 23rd – 31st October the Marlborough Maze, situated at the Pleasure Gardens, will be transformed into a ‘Maze of Bones’, with a challenge to find all 10 body parts that make up our spooky skeleton. A spooky miniature train ride from the Palace brings you to the Pleasure Gardens where an additional spooky hunt called ‘All things Halloween’ will also be available. Come along and try one or both hunts if you dare! You can have a go at Pumpkin ‘Jack-O-Lantern’ making in the Garden CafĂ© by purchasing your own pumpkin to gouge out and create a spooky design to take home with you. Spooky face painting available, or why not petrify your closest friends or family by decorating your own piece of scary pottery with ‘Pottering About’ from 11am – 4pm. Additional charge applies for pottery and pumpkin activities.
10:30 to 16:30

Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October
Half – Term Frightful Family Fun
10.00am – 4.00pm. Throughout Halloween Week, young explorers can take part in pumpkin trails and search for chilling clues hidden by the wicked witch to win a spooky prize. Join our Halloween arts and crafts in the Prison Gallery; and hear spine-tingling tales from the Oxford Castle gruesome ghouls. FREE with Castle admission. Activities only £4.00 per child/adult

Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October
The Great Pumpkin Hunt!
Give the kids an exciting challenge by taking part in the Great Pumpkin Hunt. Throughout half term week join the race to find 10 pumpkins hidden in our beautiful gardens – and at other locations around the estate – to win a special, seasonal, edible prize! Children must be accompanied by a paying adult but there’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy

Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October
Halloween Howl at Millets Farm
Come face to face with ghosts and ghouls this Halloween in the haunted grounds of the Mass-Acre Maze. The 10 acres of maize will be transformed into a wicked world of webs and ghastly creatures for 9 days and 9 bone-shaking nights for all the family. The Gruesome Disguise Awards will be taking place both during day time and night time spookings, so come along dressed up as a grotesque ghoul or weathered witch and feature on our ‘Hall of Horrors’ ! The most terrifying outfit will win a mystery prize so be imaginative and inventive.
Fun By Day: 11am-4pm Fun for all the family. Terrifying By Night: 6pm-10pm Not recommended for under 8’s

Spooky Make & Take (Family/Workshop)
Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October
11am-5pm, drop in activity with discovery zone entrance/SO Live Friends Free. Come along to the discovery zone this half-term and make some spooky crafts and decorations to take home in time for Halloween! Suitable for 5+

Ollie the Ox’s Activities - Halloween hangings
Thu 28 Oct
Make a marvellous lantern to hang in your window to scare off ghosts and ghouls this Halloween. £3.50 per person Booking is recommended as space is limited (we regret no accompanying younger siblings).

Halloween hangings
Thursday 28 October
Make a marvellous lantern to hang in your window to scare off ghosts and ghouls this Halloween 11am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th October
6.00pm – 7.00pm. Enjoy safe Trick or Treating this Halloween. Children are encouraged to dress up in their favourite costumes and collect tasty sweets as they trick-or-treat around the Castle. Courageous children who survive meeting the gruesome ghouls can then enter the Prison Gallery to hear spooky stories from the haunted Castle. £4.00 per child, £2.00 per adult.

Sat Oct 30
Queen of Clubs’ Halloween Spectacular!
TICKETS: £7.50 adv (no booking fee) via Paypal: and £7.00 (plus booking fee) on - £10 door. Relive the best of this year’s Arcane Festival ( with a pick of the craziest live bands and then some! Chancery Blame and the Gadjo Club - Inflatable Buddha - The Goggenheim - Shimmy Shimmy Bang Bang - DJ Mystic - PRIZE for the bestest vintage Halloween getup - freakish facepainting from Lapis Lizard - more TBC!!
Baby Simple

Sat 30 October, Sun 31 October
Extra Trails at Halloween at Bill Spectre's Oxford Ghost Trail
You are hereby cordially invited to join Bill Spectre on a tour of Oxford's ghosts. Illustrated with props and illusions, your costumed guide (who is a professional actor and equity member) will entertain and horrify you through the streets of this most historic city. You may regret not bringing a camera.
Tours at 18:30 and 21:00 Adult £6, children £3

Millets Farm taken from Millets website
24th October 2015 - 31st October 2015
Halloween Howl - Wizard School all half term!
The Millets Maize Maze is transformed into "Wizards School" as this years theme for the Halloween Howl!.  With bone-shaking and spooktacular experiences both inside and out of the maize, come and enjoy a day of Halloween fun for all the family from Saturday 24th October right through till the following Saturday 31st October!
Millets Halloween Howl is open from 10am - 4.30pm daily (last entry 3.15pm to allow you time to complete the activities on offer).
With three mazes open and more games to play in both woods, as well as the fort maze and the Wizards Courtyard..............with our (weather permitting) courtyard offerings of bouncy castle, trampolines and our star attraction: Lizard keeper with his array of snakes and lizards!!

 Ticket Pricing for 2015:
Adults (and concessions): £4.50  Children (under 16's): £6.40  Under 2's (babe in arms/prams): FREE


  1. My children love Halloween. We'll definitely be looking out for events during half term.

  2. Wow, looks like there is a lot of to do. I wish there was so much near us like this. Oh the joys of living in the back of beyond!

  3. WOW, lots going on near to you......have fun!!

  4. ah well done collecting all these events, I tried to do a similar thing before with my local area and know how hard it is to put together! x

  5. I'm afradi I hate Halloween but I hope you all have fun. x

  6. I wish we celebrated Halloween like they do in the USA!

  7. Ooooh great selection of events there x