Looking for the best spooky things to do in Bristol this Halloween? From haunted pubs to ghostly graveyards, Bristol is full of amazingly creepy corners, venues and experiences sure to delight any trick or treater!
Halloween is the perfect time to start getting crafty and making things. You can find creative Halloween crafting experiences across the city that will give you tips for scary costumes, make-up ideas and handmade party decorations. We've included things to do in the city centre, Gloucester Road, Redcliffe and even the countryside.
Have you ever been to a fright night in a Frankenstein horror house? How about sipping cocktails and making your own pumpkin? From gothic candlestick pottery classes to classic ghost walk pub tours, there are tonnes of Halloween experience days in Bristol to get your teeth (or fangs!) stuck into.
Besides all these ghostly goings on, autumn is also the perfect time to catch scary film screenings at Bristol Film Festival. With horror classics being shown in the depths of Redcliffe Caves and vampire favourites in Arnos Vale Cemetary, what better way to get embrace the spooky season than with a classic horror film in an iconic Bristol location? You can see this guide for more details on the horrifyingly good screenings on offer.
But Halloween isn't just about all things scary. These experiences will also help you spend time with friends, and family while getting creative with costume ideas and tucking into sugary treats!
So with the evenings are drawing in and the leaves turning crispy, here's a guide to what's on in Bristol for the best Halloween events 2022:
- Shoot a zombie target at a Halloween archery experience
- Make a gothic candlestick holder at a pottery workshop
- Test your nerve at an immersive horror Frankenstein house
- Make a pumpkin out of velvet and sip on delicious cocktails
- Go on a haunted ghost walk pub tour of Bristol
- Catch a classic horror movie at a creepy Bristol location with Bristol Film Festival
1. Shoot a zombie with a bow and arrow
Have you ever wondered if you'd fare in a zombie apocalypse? Well, this zombie archery experience will give you a taster! This Halloween special will see you learning the basics before shooting at zombie targets. Points go to anyone who can hit the bull's eye- in this case, the zombie's head! Just watch out for the blood splatter. This one is sure to be gory-ious fun.
2. Make a gothic candlestick holder at a pottery workshop
Calling all witches and wizards- this gothic candlestick holder pottery workshop is one for you! In this experience, you will be conjuring up your own candlestick holder out of clay. Come with your friends and enjoy a tipple as you get your hands messy.
This is the perfect way to channel your spooky cravings into hands-on crafts. You'll be leaving with a handmade Halloween party decoration that will take centre stage! Stick a candle in it and get ready to cast some spells.
3. Go on an after-dark horror tour of Frankenstein's house
Terrifying basements. Creepy escape rooms. Live actors and special effects galore. This immersive horror house after-dark tour is one for the brave-hearted!
Mary Shelley wrote her most famous novel, Frankenstein, in Bath. On this special Halloween after-dark tour, you will be taking a closer look into the mind behind one of the world's most famous horror stories.
Stop at the Bloody Mary bar for a drink (or two!) to steel the nerves.
4. Have fun with Halloween crafts and cocktails, and make a velvet pumpkin
What could be more Halloween-y than a pumpkin? In this experience, you'll put a twist on a classic Halloween tradition when you make your own pumpkin out of velvet. You will be sipping on a delicious cocktail or mocktail, choosing from a selection of lovely soft velvets, before learning how to craft your cute Halloween pumpkin! Points go to the plumpest one.
5. Go on a ghost walk tour of Bristol's haunted pubs
It wouldn't be spooky season without a ghost story or two. And Bristol is full of them! With some of the oldest pubs around, it's no surprise that each one has its own particular ghoul knocking about, tipping over glasses and causing mayhem for the staff and punters!
You will hear all these stories and more when you go on this haunted and hidden pub tour of Bristol. Visit the most haunted watering holes in the city before stopping for a pint. Just watch
6. Watch horror movies in Redcliffe Caves and Arnos Vale Cemetery
Watch Twilight at Arnos Vale Cemetery? How about The Curse of Frankenstein in Redcliffe Caves? Catch these and more with the return of the Bristol Film Festival! This year's line-up includes horror movies and supernatural faves in some iconic spooky locations around the city.
Step through the grade 2 listed Victorian graveyard after dark or descend into the hidden caves for a cult classic. Either way, you'll be taking your classic Halloween scary movie experience to the next level! Go on down, we're right behind you...