Ten spooky days out for Halloween

Castle illuminated for Halloween days out in the UK October half term
Castle illuminated for Halloween days out in the UK October half term

What better to celebrate Halloween than with a visit to one of England's many haunted castles? Our green and pleasant land has more than its fair share of frightening fortifications - which is good news if you and the kids have a penchant for all things spine-chilling.

During Halloween, England's castles come into their own, lighting up in spooktacular displays. There are plenty of ways to keep the family entertained, from ghoulish ghost hunts to guided tours of all those scary nooks and crannies that other guided tours fail to reach. In other words, they're the perfect day out for October half term.

Take Battle Abbey, in East Sussex, for example. This half term they are laying on all sorts of activities for families who fancy a bit of ghost spotting. Built on the site of a bloody battlefield, paranormal activity is practically the norm according to those in the know. Visitors have claimed, for example, that they have seen a monk gliding through the abbey, with shadowy figures regularly spotted in the undercroft and cloisters.

Then there's the eerie Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, where a disembodied face of a drowning victim can be glimpsed in the water of the well...

But with so many spooky things going on this Halloween, how are you meant to choose where to turn? We asked English Heritage to name the the top spots around the country to spend a little time getting spooked out this half term and here's what they said. For full details on events, visit englishheritage.org.uk.

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