It’s that time of year again, when witches and wizards, warlocks and demons and all the things that go bump in the night make their annual appearance. Halloween is almost upon us and with it, the beautiful, historic Warwick Castle becomes the spooky, mysterious haunted castle, with Witches Towers, Devils ramparts and haunted hollows. We went along yesterday to check out the seasonal activities, and, getting into the spirit of things, took our own little ‘Grim Reaper’ along for the trip.
Warwick is one of the best examples of a castle in England, and I love how it truly gets into the spirit of Halloween, with activities and attractions that can be enjoyed by lots of different age groups. Activities range from those aimed at children and families, including the rather wonderful ‘Horrible Histories’ maze and the spooky but beautiful ‘Haunted Hollows’, to the terrifying, adults only ‘Tormented’ and ‘Outbreak 1349’ where you can come face to face with the plague ridden residents of Warwick Castle.
Certain events are free, but timed, so it makes sense to get your tickets and then enjoy something else whilst you wait. We got timed tickets for the Witches Tower session, which is a story and spell session perfect for children under the age of eight. This is interactive, with children tasked with finding the ingredients for a special witches spell, and the taking screens and decorated surroundings make this great fun.
Whilst we were waiting for our session in the Witches Tower, we made our way to the Horrible Histories Maze. This was Joe’s favourite activity, he loved following the trail, and trying to send me the wrong way. At different intervals you can find stamps, and when your book is completely stamped, you can collect your reward from one of the castle shops. The highlight of the maze is the enormous Viking longship, with the trenches of First World War proving to be poignant, especially with their poppy tribute.
A trip around the ramparts is both exhilarating, and a horror in itself, with a total of 500 steps. The winding staircase of Guy’s Tower is hellish, but you are rewarded with spectacular views across the Warwickshire Countryside and a real sense of achievement at reaching the pinnacle…it’s just that you then have to make your way down again!
We finished our wonderful trip with a visit to The Haunted Hollows. This is a spooky Halloween trail with skeletons, graves, a witches garden and talking scarecrows. With atmospheric smoke and sounds, this really is the perfect way to get yourself in the mood for Halloween, and is a great way to end your visit to the spookiest castle in England.
Warwick Castle – The Haunted Castle is open every day until 9PM until Halloween, and is then open 10-4pm daily. For ticket prices and information, visit the website https://www.warwick-castle.com/