It’s that time of the year where pumpkins are carved, costumes are adorned and trick or treaters grace our streets. Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve is considered a time to remember the dead, with jack-o’-lanterns representing the deceased, and the centuries old tradition of dressing up is thought to ridicule death’s power. It is fast becoming an incredibly popular holiday, so what better way to spend it than on some of the most spookiest tours on earth.
The London Dungeons is a favourite with anyone who loves gore and to be scared out of their wits. It is a unique experience that uses all of your senses to convey 1000 years of London’s most gruesome history from Jack the Ripper to Sweeney Todd. Halloween is the holiday of the year for the dungeon and all the stops are pulled out, so if you want the ultimate fear experience on the 31st October, then the London dungeon is the place to be.
Fright Night is the ultimate in fear factor. With nearly 15 years experience, this company conducts ghost hunts in over 300 destinations around the UK where paranormal activity has been reported. 400,000 people have undergone this tour with chilling results being documented at Forge Mill in Worcestershire, Armley Mill in Leeds and Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh, which is famous for its poltergeist activity. There are hunts that take place in haunted houses, workhouses, castles, abbeys and even jail and prisons around the country, so pick your destination and be prepared to be scared out of your wits.
Zombies, zombies everywhere! The Zombie Mall in Reading is the perfect Walking Dead experience with weapons, training and a huge cast of zombie actors. Enter the abandoned mall and try to find out what happened to the previous police tactical team without getting eaten and infected yourself. The beauty of this attraction is that it can be played in small groups, which means that you and your friends can fight and work together to survive. What a perfect way to spend your Halloween, running for your life from flesh-eating zombies.
The Americans really do know how to celebrate Halloween. Full make up, costumes and copious amounts of candy; it is regarded as one of the best holidays, especially for children. However, these following tours are not for children or for the faint-hearted, so if you get scared by a ghost ride at the fun fair, look away now!
The 13th Gate in Baton Rogue in LA.
What are your worst fears? Spiders? Clowns? The dark? Possessed children? Welcome to The 13th Gate where all of your deepest darkest nightmares come to life. This expansive 40,000 square foot house includes feeling your way through the dark underground tunnels while being surrounded by live actors which have been made up by Hollywood trained make up and special effects artists. Are you brave enough to face your fears?
Blackout in New York, LA and soon to be in Chicago
Blackout really takes you to your fear limits, so much so that you have to be 18 and over and you have to sign a waiver before you enter! This is the ultimate horror show where it has been reported that you will be encased in tight spaces, crawling through darkness, fog, water and there will even be physical contact with the actors. People who have previously witnessed the horrors of Blackout have said that they were forced to put things in their mouthes, had someone urinating on them (all synthetic of course) and they even went through a fake water-boarding. This attraction is designed to push you to the very edge of your fear and if it all gets too much for you, simply use the safe word, after all, you will be doing all of these things completely alone…
McKamey Manor in San Diego
Extreme physical contact, copious amounts of fake blood, locked in a freezer, bundled in to a coffin, duct taped, caged…these are just a fraction of the things that will be done to you during the 4 to 7 hours that you will spend at the McKamey Manor. Needless to say, there is an age restriction, you need to be 21 and over and a waiver most definitely needs to be signed before anything can take place. Most people cannot survive the whole experience without crying out the safe word, could you be the first? Be warned, this is mentally and physically testing and is only for those who want to have a recurring nightmare of this place for the rest of their lives.