13 fun things to do for Halloween in Bristol

Ghosts, ghouls, and all things spooky during the month of October are, for some, way more thrilling than the pending Christmas festivities.

It’s no surprise that Bristol has a whole host of Halloween activities going on throughout the month and if you’re struggling to find the perfect activity, we’ve got you covered. From fright nights to pumpkin patches, cemetery cinemas and everything in between.

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park has loads going on this spooky season. Head to their pummpkin patch and get hunting for the perfect Jack-o’-lantern to pop out for trick or treaters. Slots are selling out quickly, so if you’ve not yet booked, we highly recommend you do to avoid disapointment. Book tickets here.

Pumpkin patches are great for all ages, and if you’re wanting to take the perfect aesthetic autumnal photo for the gram, Avon Valley is the place to do just that!


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FEAR Avon Valley Scream Park

If you’re wanting something a bit higher on the spooky-scale, it has to be FEAR Scream Park, which was voted the UKs Best Scream Park for the second year running. FEAR, which runs from 14th-31st October, is a sure fire way to feel the fear this Halloween. For more information and tickets click here.

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Halloween half term activities for kids

There are also plenty of activities and days out to keep little ones busy this half term:

  • Pumpkin picking at Puxton Park (19th-31st October): It is free to enter the fields on weekends and during the October half term, however, pumpkins are priced between £2-£10 if you’d like to purchase some to take home and carve for trick of treaters.
  • Terrifying Turnip Trail at SS Great Britain(from 22nd October-6th November): This year, the SS Great Britain is teaching us about the Victorian Era through Halloween. Did you know that back in the 19th century they would carve turnips instead of pumpkins!? See the SS Great Britain illuminated by spooky turnips, as they reveal truths about ‘All hallows eve’…
  • Bedminsters Haunted Halloween Trail (from 15th October): Head to the following independent shops in Bedminster and collect stickers as you seek out monsters lurking in the area. (Five Acre Farm Shop, Occasion Cakes and Catering, Glass Designs Gallery, Southville Deli, Compuwave, Farahway Cafe, Mon Pote, Lion Stores, Upfest, Bristol Flooring, Independent Design Collective, North Street Cheese Company, Trylla, No Frills Knitting, Emporium, Vx Bristol, East Street Emporium, Miss Millie’s, Revival Market, Alpha Bottle Shop and Tap). Receive a prize for finding all 20.
  • Wild Place Project Half Term Trail for Little Monsters (from 21st-30th October): Let little ones run wild this half term as they explore a Halloween trail. Plus see animal talks and feeds. Recieve a 20% discount on entry for those who put on their best costume or bring a pumpkin to add to the trail.
  • Spooky Lantern Parade (30th October): Marvel at the giant illuminated puppets as they parade through Bristol City Centre, which goes from Broadmead to King Street. The perfect way to end Halloween weekend and get out and about within the city, great fun for all of the family to enjoy.
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Terrifying Turnip Trail: Photo SS Great Britain

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Visiting Arnos Vale Cemetery isn’t just for Halloween, but for the added spook factor, taking a trip during October is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck!

They are also showing some classic Halloween films this year within the cemetery cinema. Choose from Hocus Pocus, The Adams Family, The Corpse Bride or Interview with a Vampire. Find film screenings and tickets here.

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Bristol Film Festival: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Whilst were on the subject of Halloween classics, you can catch a showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas at Bristol Museum on Thursday 27th October, as part of the Bristol Film Festival. Catch live performances before the screening as you marvel at the Tim Burton classic amoungst the museums exhibits.

Bambalan: Halloween Drag Brunch

If you’re more about having a fun time than a scary time then head to Bambalan for their Halloween Drag Brunch on 22nd October. A Halloween special, filled with thrills, music, fizz and of course, spectacular drag talent! Tickets are going quickly so be sure to book early to avoid dissapointment.

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Motion Nightclub

For those that like to dance the night away, Motion have got a fab line-up ready for Saturday 29th October with Eliza Rose, Elkka, Sally C and Charlie Boon. Tickets are going quickly, so click here to secure yourself a night of dancing this Halloween.

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Spooky stories in the Leigh Woods Vaults

During the half term you can also head below street level to the Leigh Woods Vaults, as you embark on a dark and spooky journey. Within the largest chamber you will be met by candlelight to hear spooky stories. Please bear in mind that you will need to wear a high vis and hard hat when you get there and climb down a ladder. Book tickets here.

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Photo Clifton Suspension Bridge

Beauty and The Beast at Bristol Hippodrome

And finally, why not book yourself a night at the Bristol Hippodrome for a showing of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. It may not be spooky, but it’s sure to get you ready for the cold festive months ahead. Tickets here.

So there you have it, whether you’re a born and bred Bristolian or visiting the city for the first time, there are plenty of Halloween activites going on for everyone to enjoy during October. No matter your age, get spooky this October!

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