Anwen Williams looks into this year’s spookiest soirees to help you make the most of this Halloween.
LLANDAFF GHOST WALK
Take a mysterious ghost walk just 15 minutes from Cardiff City Centre by bus. The walk will take place around wooded lanes, pathways and ruins around Llandaff Cathedral, and will include the recital of true stories; the mournful white lady seen for generations near the river, a faceless hooded man as well as curious ghostly children can be seen, heard and felt throughout the walk.
Llandaff, Cardiff, Until Tue 31 Oct. Tickets: £8-£11. Info: www.cardiffhistory.co.uk
CARDIFF CASTLE UNDERGROUND CINEMA
For those who’d rather not go searching for creepy ghouls and ghosts this Halloween, Cardiff Castle’s underground cinema will be showing a bunch of films for Halloween Week. Films will include Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Evil Dead, Ghostbusters and Poltergeist.
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Mon 30 Oct – Sun 5 Nov. Tickets: £6. Info: www.cardiffcastle.com
ALL HALLOWS GHOST TOUR
For the more serious ghost hunters, Craig Y Nos Castle are offering the chance to stay at the haunted castle. You’ll be able to enjoy a three-course meal before embarking on a five-hour ghost tour. The tour includes a haunted bar where you can hear about the hauntings of the castle and visit unseen areas. This is followed by a castle history tour the next day.
Craig Y Nos Castle, Penycae, Sat 28 – Tue 31 Oct. Tickets: £99. Info: 01639 731 167 / www.mosthauntedcastle.com
NIGHTMARE PROJECT CARDIFF
If you fancy a night on the town in full costume, Soda are hosting a Halloween themed party. The venue will be filled with decorations, litres of fake blood, a trick or treat tuck shop and talented Halloween performers to show you how it’s done. Hosted by Fright Fest UK, this is not one to be missed.
Soda, Cardiff, Tue 31 Oct. Tickets: £5-£10. Info: www.fatsoma.com/the-nightmare-project
CREEPY CARDIFF GHOST TOUR
Starting outside the National Museum Cardiff, this creepy tour makes its way through Cardiff’s beautiful white stone buildings where you’ll be told stories about hauntings, reincarnation and the burial place of Queen Boadicea. With a mix of history, mystery, myth and humour, this tour has been regarded as one of the most informative and entertaining in the country.
Cathays, Cardiff, Tue 31 Oct. Tickets: £5. Info: 079 0585 8167 / www.creepycardiff.com
ST FAGANS MUSEUM GHOST WALK
Interested to find out why St Fagans is named the most haunted museum in the country? The museum are offering an opportunity to dress up and visit the areas where unexplainable things have been seen and heard over the years. There will also be some workshops that lie on the more light-hearted side, where you can make lanterns to participate in the lantern parade.
St Fagans, Cardiff, Tue 24 – Fri 27 Oct. Tickets: £15. Info: www.cardiffhistory.co.uk
This event has recently been named the most terrifying and best Halloween event Wales has to offer. Set in a genuine Victorian silver mine, the event offers the chance to be truly scared out of your wits by actors in costume and haunting decorations. The event has a number of 5-star reviews, claiming that it’s a brilliantly fun event not worth missing out on.
Llywernog, Aberystwyth, Thu 12 – Tue 31 Oct. Tickets: £11.25-£23. Info: 019 7089 0620 / www.terrormountain.co.uk
DAN YR OGOF
Dan yr Ogof are holding their annual Halloween experience, where they claim you’ll hear whispers and strange noises echoing throughout the cave. Human skulls, rats and screeching sounds will add to the ghostly atmosphere aiming to create an unnerving, underground experience. It’s warned that young children may find the event frightening.
Abercraf, Swansea, Sat 21 – Tue 31 Oct. Tickets: £15. Info: 016 3973 0284 / www.showcaves.co.uk
SKIRRID MOUNTAIN INN
This tavern is popular among thrill seekers. The inn dates back to at least 1100, claiming to be one of the oldest surviving pubs in Britain, where convicts were hanged in its stairwell. It has been said that the hanging judge and the hangman himself have been seen wandering the upper floors. Most Haunted host Yvette Fielding claimed that this was her favourite place in Wales to visit.
Llanvihangel, Monmouthshire. Info: 018 7389 0258 / www.skirridmountaininn.co.uk
This immersive event set in a colliery requires you to be the lead character in an interactive horror movie setting. Featuring live actors, special effects and terrifying scares, brave souls will have to proceed into the unknown. Trailing through deserted mines making an old abandoned track, this one is not for the scaredy-cats. The track is said to be a place where unexplained visitor disappearances have happened over the years.
Rhonda Heritage Park, Pontypridd, Thu 12 – Tue 31 Oct. Tickets: £16.99-£22.99. Info: www.x-scream.com