It’s the month of Halloween and whilst this isn’t a traditional British celebration it’s certainly one that we’ve embraced. There is always lots going on during this time of year and for those who enjoy scaring themselves senseless we’ve picked out a few of the best Halloween nights available with Travel Republic attractions.
Just a short flight away, Spain has a few attractions that like to go big for Halloween. PortAventura, probably one of Spain’s most famous theme parks, is one of the best. The park stays open for the whole month of October, staying open to 11pm on the weekends. This a good options for families as there are child friendly Halloween characters in the day with some fun shows and activities for the kids to enjoy. Having visited the park myself during this time I learnt the hard way that not everything is for the kids when I stumbled into the horror maze, which on the outside looks like a simple ghost house (trust me it is not!). In the maze as you walk through darkness all kinds of hideous characters come at you from all side; if you are of a nervous disposition stay away from this! You can still grab PortAventura Halloween tickets on the Travel Republic website.
Also in Spain, Melia hotels the Sol Pelicanos Ocas, the Melia Benidorm and Melia Villaitana all in sunny Benidorm are offering family Halloween packages. The Halloween weekend starts just after the 31st on the 1st-4th November and are a good option if you want to celebrate Halloween with the kids whilst also enjoying some sunshine. The hotels have put on a range of fun activities including games, fancy dress and face painting. Not forgetting the adults either, there is a blood-cocktail making hour.
A little closer to home, the London Dungeons always puts on a good show at Halloween and this year will prove to be no different. This year the new character, ‘The Trickster’ takes over the dungeons playing a series of tricks and treats on guests as they take a tour through medieval London. Expect characters lurking in corners and things popping out at you during the tour. The dungeons also have three rides which you can brave, the 5D ghost hunting Vengeance, the drop ride Extremis and Traitor, a dark and wet boat ride to hell. Other experiences include The Rat Walk (and yes it does use real rats), the Jack the Ripper experience and a Sweeny Todd haircut. Not all the attractions are suitable for smaller guests and some rides require an age of over 12 years old. Suited to both families and adults the London Dungeons are an all round Halloween day out. You can get your London Dungeons Tickets here.
Saving the best till last is Universal Studios in Orlando, only for those who enjoy being petrified beyond sense. No one quite does Halloween like Universal Studios and the Halloween Horror Nights are only suitable for ages 13 and up, even though many grown adults find it terrifying! The horror nights take place every weekend in October and starts at around 6.30pm and ends at 2am on some nights. This year’s Halloween night is in its 22nd year and it’s expected to be a big one with the theme being the walking dead. There are several different houses, tours and rides that you can explore in the dark with the whole of the park filled with monsters, zombies and killers that walk around with the mission to scare you to death! This year the horror houses include Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare, Silent Hill, The Walking Dead and the traditional house of horrors. The costumes are scarily realistic and it would be difficult not to jump during one of these shows. If you’re still interested, or are already booked to go to Florida and are feeling brave then the Halloween Horror Nights tickets can be found on our site.