My plans for this Halloween are set, it’s the night before an early flight to the States for my little brother’s wedding, and my last day attempting to be a vegetarian (read all about it here). So it’s going to involve a late walk around the walls with a huge flask of hot chocolate and a husband. Then we’ll coax the fire pit in our garden to life, and sit around it panicking about what we’ve forgotten to pack. Finally my Halloween must, settling into the sofa to watch Hocus Pocus (surely one of the best 90’s films). And of course a farewell feast of broccoli (other vegetables are available).
But if you’re feeling more adventurous, and find yourself free of a 3am drive to the airport, you might want to check out a few other things scary Chester has to offer on and around that terrifying night…
Hang out with the Plague Doctor at the Water Tower on Chester City Walls. It’s ‘The gory story of medicine through time’ and an opportunity to check out some real human remains. It’s open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm (after the 14th Oct), so pay them a visit on the 28th or 29th Oct to retain that Halloween feeling, or even Guy Fawkes night on the 5th November. £4.75 for adults. £2.75 for kids. Under 5’s go free.
Party with Peaness at Telford’s Warehouse – 28th October. Free before 9pm, £4 after, free all night with a student card. Peaness are a three piece indie-pop band based in Chester. The trio will pick their top 3 costumes and announce the winners on stage! Prizes will include some Peaness merch and possibly some alcohol related liquids.
18 and over? Consider a night of scary cabaret at burlesque at St Mary’s on the Hill, at an event named, ‘The Unearthly Ones.’ Feel that your life has been missing an axe throwing duo? Of course you do. Advance tickets are £16.75.
If you’re feeling mysterious, look no further than the Grosvenor Museum’s Murder Mystery Night on the 31st Oct. There are several performances of this victorian, halloween inspired show, from 6:15pm and admission is free (donations welcome). Find out more here. Or check out their free screening of Tim Burton’s ‘The Corpse Bride’ on Sat 28th Oct.
There are seven screaming nights available for The Crocky Horror Show, ‘a 600 yard creepy crawl through the woodland, packed with zombies and monsters.’ Naturally there are also catacombs, a wall of death show, rides and much more. It’s about a ten minute drive from the centre of Chester. Tickets are £8-14.
If you’re already terrified and feel like running far, far away, why not to do it as part of a group? The Halloween Fancy Dress Run meets at 6:15 pm on the 30th Oct outside Chester’s Up and Running store, on Bridge Street.
Ghost tour for a party of ten or more? (their restriction not ours!). Adults £8, Children £6. Tours run for 90 minutes every Friday and Saturday from 7:30pm from the Eastgate clock. Booking in advance is essential.
It’s got to be a Monster Mash Ball on the River Dee. A three hour cruise on the 28th Oct from 7:30pm. Tickets are £31.50 and include a glass of wine and a bbq supper (hopefully nothing scary about those).
To be truly enchanted visit Chester Zoo between 21st-31st October. It’s targeted primarily at kids and included with the price of zoo admission. Described as: ‘The Enchantment of Chester Zoo is full of adventure, acrobatics, music and discovery. And you’ll learn lots about some of your favourite animals along the way. It’s a perfect half term treat with a sprinkle Halloween sorcery.’
Hopefully I’ve saved the best till last – The Day of the Dead Festival at The Live Rooms. I say hopefully because me, and several giddy Amble team members will be attending. It kicks off at 10pm, so a few of us definitely won’t make it, lured by the temptation of our usual bedtime. But the ones that do will experience confetti canons, circus acrobats and fire breathers. Fingers crossed it lives up to the hype.