A cauldron full of scary delights is being conjured up at Bamburgh Castle this Hallowe’en.
Young and old will be left spellbound by the tricks and treats awaiting them within our centuries old walls. From creepy crafts to a ghoulish trail, hauntings, slimy All Hallows Eve activities, and a spooky take on ten pin bowling that will have you literally ‘squashing’ the opposition, there’s plenty of bewitchingly brilliant fun to be had over the half-term holiday between October 26-November 3.
Visitors and their pooches to the dog friendly attraction are also being invited to share in the magic of the season by donning a scary Hallowe’en costume, with the most ghoulish two and four-legged outfits in with the chance of winning a prize.
Even better, most of the activities are included in the standard castle admission.
Castle owner William Watson Armstrong says: “With its thick stone walls, secret tunnels, creepy crypts, eerie dungeons, and shadowy corridors, Bamburgh is the perfect backdrop for some genuinely haunting Hallowe’en thrills and spills.
“With a history stretching back more than 1400 years to the ancient kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is not only wound up in our nation’s folklore and myth, but has been witness to countless battles and bloodshed.
“So it will come as no surprise to learn that Bamburgh is home to its fair share of ghostly goings-on, from visitors who claim to have been touched by unseen hands, to stories of music playing in empty rooms, and the sound of feet running along gloomy corridors in the dead of night.”
New this year is Pumpkin Bowling taking place on the grassy expanse of the East Ward. Using real pumpkins, players will have a rolling good time as they chance their arm trying to knock down the googly-eyed bowling pins with a ‘ball’ that refuses to run straight.
Flying in on her broomstick will be Bamburgh Castle’s very own Madame Pumpkinspook, who will be press ganging visitors into helping her mix up a heady brew of slimetastic lotions and potions, including her infamous Dragon’s Breath Gloop complete with floating eyeballs!
You can also take your chance on Madame Pumpkinspook’s Unlucky Dip. Plunge your hand into the Hallowe’en slime to find an object and receive a sweet-tasting prize.
With regular slime making and a pumpkin volcano fizzing into action too, you’d be mad not to join in one of Madame Pumpkinspook’s smoke and dagger classes.
Tabitha, the ghost of a lively Victorian serving maid, will be making her presence felt between October 26-28. Her ghostly schedule will include general hauntings, lots of waltzing, and even the occasional bit of feather dusting. If you’re really unfortunate, Tabitha might even serenade you.
The Pumpkin Trail runs throughout October. Find all the letters on the trail to spell a magic word and claim a prize. This is part of the children’s activity pack which can be bought with the admission ticket on arrival at the castle.
Also joining in the fun will be Marley the Pony. A popular regular during holiday times, Marley will be dressing up for the occasion with themed cart rides on the area outside the State Rooms. A small charge will apply.
And, of course, there is the chance to show-off you and your dog’s darker side in a gruesome Hallowe’en-inspired costume that’s sure to send shivers down the spine of even Bamburgh Castle’s resident ghosties and ghoulies.