Have you ever seen a ghost walk across the landing in a medieval castle? Can you recognise the faint echo of witches cackling on the wind? Or the sight of a zombie stretching its legs after 500 years in a coffin? It can only be Halloween in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Cumbria is a favourite, not only for visitors, but for ghosts and ghouls. It obviously their favourite playground because of our wealth of ancient castles, stately homes, and spooky forests.

If you are looking to be scared out of your wits this year there are plenty of terrifying events suitable for all ages.

Dare you visit one of Britain’s most haunted castles this Halloween?!

Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District are hosting special themed events including the Scary Maze, fire juggling shows, alchemy workshops, kids crafts in the Ghostly Grotto and even Axe Throwing – stand well back! You’ll find plague medicine workshops, lantern and drumming workshops and fabulous fire shows. Be entertained by the Witch Warbler trails around the gardens, the eerie Enchanted trail and even a Juggling Jester!

Halloween in the Lake District, Cumbria

Brockhole, on the edge of the lake at Windermere, is being taken over by monsters, ghouls and ghosts and you're invited to join them… if you dare!

Get a Pumpkin passport and enjoy up to 8 hours of ghostly fun. There is plenty for the family or over 18 activities that are not for the feint-hearted!

Halloween in the Lake District, Cumbria

What better place to hear a ghost story than the spooky cottage once home to William Wordsworth. Dove Cottage in Grasmere are serving chocolate, gingerbread, and Halloween crafts with the kids dressed up in Georgian costumes. At Twilight it’s time to settle down for a series of spooky tales. We hope you don’t have nightmares.

Halloween in the Lake District, Cumbria

If you are feeling brave head to Go Ape at Grizedale Forest and try a spook-tacular series of twilight adventures in the trees.

Navigate the high ropes with a terrifying Treetop Adventure, or experience some bizarre bouncing, 30-feet up in the air, with Nets Adventure. Expect plenty of spooky touches and eerie entertainment to keep the kids the adults alike amused. Question is, do you dare enter the woods after nightfall?

A great way to spend Halloween is to take advantage of the open spaces of the Lake District, Cumbria and enjoy an atmospheric night-time walk.

Halloween may be an evening that conjures of feelings of terror but it can also be a night of pure relaxation. Have you ever tried forest bathing after nightfall?

Celebrate the energy of Halloween at the beautiful Whinlatter Forest with a series of mindful ‘invitations’ to connect with yourself and nature.

If you really want to terrify yourself thus year the works of Bram Stoker are enough to send shivers down your spine. Dracula's Guest is heading for the Rosehill theatre in Whitehaven. Experience a story that takes you into the dark heart of Victorian horror to reveal the very meaning of terror and the consequences of collective evil and personal spite.

We hope you have a frightfully good time in the devilishly good Lake District, Cumbria this Halloween.

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