Family at Halloween celebrating at Blackgang Chine's Frights and Sprites

Six of the best spooky activities on the Isle of Wight this Halloween

Visit the Isle of Wight this October to see a darker side of Wight, typically known for its sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes and fresh sea air.  The Isle of Wight has a long, spooky history and is world-renowned for its paranormal activity, earning the title of the UK’s most haunted island. Home to hundreds of ghosts and spooky happenings, from poltergeists and the souls of shipwrecked smugglers, to a haunted ghost train and phantom monks – the Island is teeming with supernatural goings on.

Throughout the month of October, the Island celebrates all things supernatural and will be playing host to an array of scary activities suitable for both adults and children. Plus, kids travel for free to the island during the school holidays with Wightlink.

For children

Wanda’s Pumpkin Patch on Tapnell Farm - 16 - 31 October

Meet Tapnell Farm’s old friend Wanda the Witch and her scatty scarecrow friends in the Magical Pumpkin Patch. A variety of new freaky friends are on hand to help children pick out their very own pumpkin before heading to the ‘Pimp my Pumpkin’ carving cabin to create a jackolantern to take home ready for ol’ hallows eve. Beware of the creepy crawlies during the Bugs and Beasties show and prepare to know your future after a special tarot card reading with Rosella the Fortune Teller.

Frights & Sprites at Blackgang Chine - 18-22 & 25-29 October

Frightening festivities for the whole family are returning to Blackgang Chine this October half term. Children will love heading to Rumpus Mansion LIVE to hear brand new ghost stories told by quirky characters Lady Edwina and Franklin. Fancy dress is highly encouraged, and special prizes are awarded to those with the most creative costumes. Chase down gremlins, dance like a devil at the Spooky Disco and get creative with creepy craft workshops.

All aboard for Wizard Week - 25-29 October.

Children will transform into the spooky apprentices of the friendly witches of Havenstreet with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Joining the real-life magician, children can conjure up magic spells sure to create a few surprises and head to the station yard to hear terrible tales. On board, a crafty witch will be dealing out treats (maybe a few tricks) as visitors steam through the haunted woodland.

For adults

Award-winning Terror Island at Blackgang Chine - 22-31 October

Blackgang Chine invites the brave to journey into the unknown of three truly terrifying interactive mazes. Hearts will race as you’re hunted down by ancient spirits, face underground curses and encounter the hideout of bloodthirsty smugglers willing to do anything to protect their precious cargo from intruders.  Frighteningly realistic live performers, epic special effects and dark tunnels have earned Terror Island ScareCON’s award for ‘Best New Event/Attraction’ so those who are faint of heart should enter at their own risk. Tickets are available to those aged 16+.

Fright Nights Spooky Steam Train - 30 & 31 October

Beware of your fellow frightening passengers as you take a trip along the pitch-black track with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Shadows circle the scared in the desolate countryside where you can’t help but feel as though something out there is watching you. The Havenstreet Haven Falconry fly their birds under the moonlight as legends of ghastly goings on are shared as whispers. For those with stomachs of steel, Halloween inspired refreshments are available to help visitors settle their nerves. It is recommended that only older children or adults attend.

The Project at Tapnell Farm - 22, 23, 25-31 October

Every BODY is welcome to book an appointment at this horrific, immersive scare maze. The Project’s researchers and doctors are dedicated to obtaining special donations from every visitor in a process that will leave them feeling like a totally different person… if they ever get to leave at all. Horror reels play as live performers lead visitors through their ‘appointments’ – confronting them with scary confined spaces, sudden surprises and bloody surgeries. Visitors can join this innovative movement.

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