The seasons may be changing but the excitement isn't over. Escape for an autumn break with friends and discover some of the Halloween events on offer across the country. After all, grownups like a good scare too.
We're coming up to one of the most beautiful times of year. The trees turn gold and bronze and all shades of red, like a streak of glorious fire across the horizon. The ground is carpeted in crunchy fallen leaves, the air is crisp and night falls sooner, bringing out nocturnal animals and a wonderful opportunity to see them on a Night Vision walk. Autumn is a glorious time to be in the forest.
Of course, there is one event in the autumn that is less about the glory of the changing seasons, and more about the chill and trepidation of things that go bump in the night.
Did you hear that screech? Was it an owl, swooping down on its prey, or something more sinister? If you and your friends are searching for the right atmosphere for a truly spooky Halloween, the forest at night could offer you the perfect place to keep your nerves on edge. And, if your appetite for thrills is still not satisfied, try one of these scary events, close to our forest locations:
Get your creep on in Nottingham
If you dare to venture out of your luxury cabin in the heart of Sherwood Forest, tread carefully through the deep shadows of Bolsover Castle on an eerie night-time adventure on 28 and 29 October. Just don't forget your torch.
Could you face a night at one of the UK's most haunted buildings? Search for the poltergeist at The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham on 28 October, and escape back to your luxury cabin in time to watch the sun rise over the forest - the perfect way to calm your heart rate.
Cross the moors of North Yorkshire by night
By day a magical mixture of winding streets, sandy beaches and fish and chips. And by night, home of the deadly vampire bat… for a short time only. Visit Whitby this Halloween and join in a celebration of all things dark and macabre at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival from 27 – 30 October.
After experiencing the thrill and frights of the original vampire, escape back to your forest cabin at Keldy and shake off your fear with friends over a delicious BBQ on your private veranda – with plenty of garlic marinade, just in case.
Ghosts, ghouls and hauntings in Scotland
There's no better place to find ghostly goings on than in Scotland, renowned for its castles and blood curdling past. The famous GhostWalks of Stirling are a prime example, with local experts providing a personal tour of the town's more frightening history. Running throughout Halloween weekend and again on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November, it's an ideal night out for groups looking for a spine-chilling tale or two.
The large cabins with open plan living space at Strathyre offer a luxurious base from which to plan your group break. And book everyone in for the Forest Survival session with your Forest Ranger – so you are fully prepared if you do get lost in the woods this Halloween.
Don't go in the caves – Forest of Dean
Every horror movie fan knows that you never go into the caves at night – unless you feel like joining a fabulously creepy Halloween party that is. Held deep in the spectacular Clearwell Caves on 29 October, this really is a party with a difference. Dress up in your spookiest costume and join the fun in a candle lit cavern 100ft underground.
Open only to adults, if you are looking for a unique escape, this is one party you don't want to miss. It's just 10 minutes away from your sanctuary in Forest of Dean, where everything is on hand for your Halloween break.
Down in the woods
Closer to your cabin, whichever of our locations you choose for your Halloween holiday, there are plenty of spooky goings-on designed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
Of course, if you would prefer to stay in, then your spacious cabin has everything you need to enjoy Halloween without the scary parts. Light the log burner, put the steak on the BBQ and let the heat of the hot tub chase away the chill of the autumn air as you watch night draw over the forest.