It’s hard to believe that Halloween was once something that a few kids enjoyed; knocking on doors and shouting ‘trick or treat’ in the lame hope of getting a few sweets or pennies. Now Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year, a time when everyone can get dressed up, enjoy all things spooky and generally have a bit of haunted fun.
Many people are now making Halloween a focal point of their Autumn/Winter Getaways, with some tying in the celebrations for bonfire night that follows just a few days later to make a totally authentic British Autumn break.
Norfolk is a great getaway idea if you want to combine the great British Seaside, the beauty of the Norfolk Broads, and all things Halloween. As a County, it really does have a diverse range of activities on offer this year to make sure you break is pretty spooktacular. (Sorry, couldn’t resist that one!)
First up is the traditional seaside town of Great Yarmouth, certainly a favourite from my childhood. This year, the Hippodrome Circus has its own special Halloween show, The Halloween Spooktacular, a new adventure written by Jack Jay and Johnny Mac. It promises thrills, scares and all the fun of the Big Top with a range of international acts taking part.
Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham
If you prefer your scares to be of a more vintage variety, then you could take a trip on a Spooky Express, where you will find your scares along the route. Don’t be too afraid though, children travel free with a paying adult, so I’m guessing this will be more scares of the Scooby Do! variety than Nightmare on Elm Street.
Norwich will be home to the Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, as beautiful woodland is transformed through the addition of illuminations that come to life after dark. There are also ghost walks to enjoy starting from local pubs if you can dare to listen to devilish stories of ghosts and ghouls.
You could enjoy your Halloween in Norfolk, combining the sights and adventures with a leisurely stay in a luxury cottage. As Halloween falls in the October half term holiday, this could be a relaxing break for the whole family, albeit one with a scare in the tale!
What are your plans for half term and Halloween?