Spending Halloween close to home this year? We have some suggestions

Everyone loves dressing up at Halloween and the annual spooky holiday is just around the corner. The greatest Halloween hotspot is arguably New York, with its spectacular procession of monstrous figures parading up Sixth Avenue, from Spring Street to 21st Street. But if joining the two million New Yorkers is out of your league this year, there are destinations closer to home where you can don scary clothes and have fun. Here are a couple of options.

If you’re free on the 28th of October, head for Bristol where you can join the city’s ‘Haunted and Hidden Walking Tour’ (hauntedandhiddenbristol.co.uk). The tour takes quivering participants around the city’s haunted buildings, including a Bristol’s famous haunted cinema, a spooky church with its ghostly monk and a 16th century haunted house. Halloween Night tours run at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm and you need to book in advance.

Alternatively, head for spooky week at Belfast Zoo. From the 24th to the 29th of October, there’s a spooky trail for visitors at the zoo, with prizes to be won. Make sure you’re there for ‘Boo at the Zoo’ day on the 29th, when you can join in creepy crafts activities along with pumpkin carving and face painting. Under eighteens in fancy dress will gain free entry so get those monster, ghost, skeleton and witches costumes ready!

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