COVID might still be raging across the globe, but that’s no reason to forego the spooky season. Don your facial coverings, keep your distance and prepare to be scared out of your wits.
Pick a pumpkin
There are plenty of places to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve this Halloween. The Hayloft in Widnes is a great choice for families, and they’re hosting pumpkin picking sessions every weekend in October, along with tractor rides and a spooky maze for the kids.
There’s no need to book, but for further details check out www.thehayloftcheshire.co.uk/events/
See a scary movie at the drive-in
Woodside Drive-In in Birkenhead is showing scary movies nearly every night of the month in October! From classics like Jaws and Hocus Pocus to more recent blockbusters like Ready Or Not and The Curse of La Llorona, you definitely won’t want to be alone at this drive-in.
Tickets are available at www.woodsidedrivein.co.uk/whats-on/
Go trick or treating
Just because you’re keeping your distance doesn’t mean the kids can’t enjoy some old fashioned trick or treating (and what better way to incorporate a mask into your outfit?). Head off on a walk around your neighbourhood, only instead of knocking on doors, pass out treats to your child every time you spot a Halloween decoration or a pumpkin. This way, you could even sneak in some healthy snacks – though don’t blame us for the aftermath!
Host a murder mystery night from the comfort of your home
Zoom was never so terrifying! Grab up to 11 friends and get solving a virtual Jack the Ripper mystery with an expert guide. You’ll investigate the historic crimes with the help of suspect cards, photographic evidence and true stories. Various dates and times are available for the event, and tickets can be booked on FeverUp – www.feverup.com/m/85301
Fancy hosting your own event? Grab your social bubble or hook up a video call, with pre-made clue cards and props! Some tips to make your virtual event spook-tacular can be found at www.stylist.co.uk/life/virtual-murder-mystery-tips-hosting-zoom-video-themes-ideas/386258
Explore your city with a ghost walk
What better way to learn more about your city than with a ghost tour? Liverpool’s Shiverpool tours are legendary for getting your spine tingling and hair raised – plus, it’s implementing social distancing on its tours to keep people safe.
Bookings are taken at www.shiverpool.co.uk
Get out of lockdown with a home-based escape room
Missing escape rooms during the pandemic? Try a virtual one from home! Trapped at Home could be the perfect choice – your friend goes missing from a sleepy town and it’s your job to bring him back. You’ll be solving puzzles, cracking codes and trying to get him back before the time runs out.
Tickets cost £10 for a group of up to 5 people, and can be purchased at www.feverup.com/m/86430
Written by Jess Phillips