As October draws to a close, attentions turn to all things creepy as many of us look to celebrate Hallowe’en.
Whether you’re an avid trick-or-treater, a horror movie buff, or a talented pumpkin carver, chances are you will probably end up doing something, however big or small, to celebrate the spooky season. If you’ve yet to make any plans, let us guide you through our pick of the most spook-tacular things to do this Hallowe’en in Birmingham.
Fright Nights: Aston Alive! At Aston Hall – 26 – 27 October
We can think of no spookier place in the region to spend a chilling evening in the lead up to Hallowe’en than local heritage site, Aston Hall. Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience the magnificently spooky hall at night. The year is 1858 and the grand unveiling of the Star of Al-Ara has drawn the attention of many to Aston Hall. Witness the spectacle of this mysterious and mystical gem…and avoid the Curse of the Star, which threatens to bring the past and the present together, as Aston Hall comes alive! Witness the ghosts of the Hall’s past walking the corridors as the diamond’s power brings the past to life. Behold the exhibits as the gem’s energy fills the hall and brings its treasures to life! Expect a few laughs, as well as scares, at this spooky event. Saturday is now SOLD OUT but there are still some tickets left for Friday. Tickets, and more information, can be found here.
Dracula Wine Tasting At The Electric Cinema – 31 October
On Hallowe’en night itself, head to The Electric for a spook-dracula evening of wine tasting and movie watching. Settle in to watch Hammer House of Horror’s 1966 ‘Dracula: Prince of Darkness’ as wine geek Tony Elvin presents you with wines to taste. The movie sees Christopher Lee reprise his role as the bloody thirst Count Dracula, and with 5 themed wines to taste throughout the evening, this sounds like less of a trick and more of a treat to us. If you think this is the ideal way to spend Hallowe’en night, grab your tickets here.
Hallowe’en At The Old Crown – 26 October
Head to Birmingham’s oldest pub on the Friday before Hallowe’en for a night of revelry. Round up your office pals and head there straight after work to make the most of this free to enter spooky shindig. Expect a BBQ, banging tunes from the DJs, lots of drinks, and a fancy dress showdown. Best-dressed office wins a prize, so pull out all the stops and get your team to kill the competition (not literally, of course). Plus, with free shots for the first 200 people, it’s worth leaving the office five minutes early, right? Details can be found here.
Much Stranger Things At The Night Owl – 27 October
Back for another year, The Night Owl’s Stranger Things Hallowe’en party is a must for enthusiasts of the show and anyone who loves a good time. Think ghoulish décor, spooky themed cocktails, and all kinds of Stranger Things. Throw on your creepiest get up as there are prizes to be won for the best dressed, and then boogie on down to the spookiest tunes. The DJs will be spinning all the best tracks from your favourite cult horror movies and more. Starting at 8pm, this is strictly ticket only – and trust us when we say this will sell out. Bagsy your tickets here.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Quiz And Sing-A-Long At The Jekyll And Hyde – 31 October
Why not spend Hallowe’en night in a battle of wits and knowledge at a brilliant themed pub quiz? The Jekyll and Hyde are hosting a Rocky Horror Picture Show themed quiz night complete with sing-a-longs, prizes, and plenty of fun and games. Booking a table is essential and costs just £5 deposit (+£1pp on the night). Reserve your spot in this Hallowe’en quiz by calling 0121 236 0345. More info here.
Dr Nerium’s Garden Of Ghouls At Birmingham Botanical Gardens – 26 October – 4 November
For a whole week Birmingham Botanical Gardens is being transformed into the garden of your nightmares. Take on the creepy live action trail around the gardens complete with performers, music and entertainment. Earlier time slots are suitable for the whole family, or if you’re a dare devil you can try tackling the much ghastlier trail after dark (14+ only after 7pm). For those brave souls who make it out of the Garden of Ghouls alive, join the party and enjoy the entertainment from stilt walkers, fire jugglers and extreme performers. Tickets get you entry to Dr Nerium’s Garden of Ghouls as well as access to the food court, bar and extra attractions. Book your tickets here.
Festival Of Terror At The Mockingbird Cinema And Kitchen – 25 October – 4 November
This Midlands based horror convention is deigned by horror fans, for horror fans. Hosted primarily at The Mockingbird Cinema, the Festival of Terror features a whole load of cult classics of varying degrees of gruesomeness. From Hellraiser to Summer of 84, and even a preview of new comedy horror, The Snarling, there’s a whole (g)host of films to terrify you. For those hardy souls who love a screamfest, they’re even showing a double bill of Halloween 1978 and Halloween 2018, just in case you want to have nightmares for the rest of the week. Each to their own. You can find all of the listings, and grab your tickets, on The Mockingbird’s website here.
Hallowe’en Party At Anchor Digbeth – 27 October
Remember going to you friend’s house for a Hallowe’en party, dressed in a bin bag and a witches hat, your friend greeting you at the door, wrapped in reams of toilet paper? Thus commenced an evening of trick-or-treating, telling ghost stories and apple bobbing, eating way too many sweets and feeling sick all night. Well, The Anchor are hosting a grown-up version of this nostalgic scene. Head there on Saturday 27 October for spooky party playlists, death beer pong, apple bobbing and more. Dressing up is encouraged, and we hear there’s a free shot for anyone who does (bin bag optional). Find out more here.
Dracula At Blue Orange Theatre – 11 – 20 October
Yet another fantastic chance to get your dose of all things spooky in Brum this month. Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire novel, Dracula, has been transformed into numerous film and stage adaptations. This version was first presented at the Blue Orange Theatre in 2012 and incorporates all of the intricacies and intrigue of the original. This is your chance to see the legendary tale brought to life before your very eyes. More information, and tickets, can be found here.
Second City Executions Talk And Candlelit Tour At Coffin Works – 25 October
As part of Museums at Night, you have the chance to embark on a candlelit tour of the spooky Coffin Works Factory followed by a gruesome talk all about executions in the Second City. In the 19th Century, Birmingham’s population boomed with the rise of the metalworks industry in the city and along with the rise in population, came a rise in crime. Often these criminals faced the hangman’s noose, and here you can learn more about the characters behind the grizzly and tragic tales of their hangings. Find out more, and grab tickets, here.
Dogbeth Dining Club – 28 October
Everyone stop what you’re doing, Brum-famous street food venue Digbeth Dining Club are hosting their first ever DOGbeth Dining Club. Hell, yes. On Sunday 28 October (12pm – 8pm), take your good boys and girls down to DDC for a Hallowe’en doggo parade (inspired by the legendary New York Hallowe’en Dog Parade). Dress your puppers in ridiculous costumes and devour delicious street food whilst chuckling at all the outrageously dressed floofs. Prizes for best dressed pups on the day. Info here.
Hallowe’en At BMAG – 29 October – 2 November
If you’re looking to keep the kids entertained over half term week and want something Hallowe’en themed and fun to do, then head over to BMAG. They have plenty of fun things planned from handling spooky objects such as skulls, to making Hallowe’en masks, a creepy photo booth, making your own brain in a jar (yes, really!) and lots more. Take a look at their website for a full list of activities with dates, and then rally the troops and march them down to BMAG for some half term fun. Info here.
Best Of The Rest – Various Dates
If you’re looking for more Hallowe’en fun to keep the kids entertained this half term, then the following places are also holding Hallowe’en themed activities that you can get involved in (some a little outside the city):
Jewellery Quarter Hallowe’en Trail – info here.
Think Tank: Spooky Science Week – info here.
West Midland Safari Park: Spooky Spectacular – info here.