A spooky October adventure awaits you this Halloween in Coventry…

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, enjoy a feast of hands-on fun and spooky activities to take part in this autumn and Halloween across Coventry.

Venture into haunted venues, and brave bone-chilling attractions, dare to go on special Halloween tours and find tricks and treats with gripping family events. Plan your Halloween in Coventry with this roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities for all.

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Show-stopping events

Experience a thrilling Halloween adventure at St. Mary’s Guildhall where you’ll be transported back to the 14th century to uncover ghoulish medieval mysteries and fascinating history. Located in the heart of Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter, St. Mary’s Guildhall is hosting a series of Halloween events that delve into real history and historical ghost stories. Gertie, the Guildhall Witch, has plenty of spooky tales and enchanting activities planned for curious guests. And if that’s not enough, the Guildhall’s Tudors will host hands-on activities in the medieval kitchen, such as making cloth pumpkins and willow wands to take home and get you in the Halloween spirit.

Get creative by upcycling waste and creating mischievous monsters in the Coventry Transport Museum ‘Junk Modelling Maker Challenge. Take a break from exploring the largest collection of British vehicles and relax in our family zone. Make junk-model monsters and get them to move. How far will your moving monster move?

Looking for something less spooky? Why not get back to nature this half-term and discover what it means to be a photographer by crafting crazy cardboard cameras, exploring lenticular art, and making decorative driftwood frames to take home for amazing wildlife photography? There’s a lot for all the family to capture this October half-term at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Enjoy a range of daily activities including creating your own 3D crazy camera.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without picking your own pumpkin. The Barn At Berryfields pumpkin, skating and street food indoor Halloween event is back! Get ready to go pumpkin picking in their giant homegrown pumpkin patch featuring your classic, novelty and giant pumpkins. Go axe-throwing in thier brand-new axe-throwing cages, which both kids and adults can enjoy! Enjoy some eco-skating, surrounded by twinkling lights and spooky faces. And after all that excitement, I am sure you will have worked up an appetite. Enjoy epic award-winning street food, including stone-baked pizza, burgers and loaded chips perfectly paired with a cocktail, draught beer or soft and hot drinks from the fully-stocked bar!

From 1st November The Barn At Berryfields are then launching a brand new ‘Half Term Fun’ event where you can enjoy pumpkin smashing, axe-throwing, go-karting, Eco-Skating and their award-winning street food & bar. Launching soon! Keep an eye on their social media pages – @thebarnatberryfields

Keep the children entertained by picking up one of our Charterhouse cotton bags jam-packed with puzzles, colouring and autumn activity sheets. Travel through time exploring the textures of the house through a keyhole and go on a pumpkin trail in Charterhouse Garden. Be the first of fifty to complete a trail sheet to claim a free sticker and Fruit Shoot from Purnell’s Cafe and Bistro!

Triumph Brewhouse’s “Don’t Be Afraid To Screen Bingo” event was a spooktacular evening filled with Halloween-themed music, eerie delights like “Digging Up the Dead,” spooky classes, and creative fancy dress competitions, all with the exciting allure of winning fantastic prizes.

Haunting theatre and films

This Halloween, Coventry’s EGO Arts brings you Mortal, a gruesome tale performed at London Road Cemetery. This theatre performance tells the tale of Dr. Cornelius Hunter looking to cut a deal. But finding himself caught between the Crows and the Perkins, he soon discovers he has more to fear from the living than the dead.

Join Warwick Arts Centre on a mysterious cinematic adventure where the title of the film will remain unknown until the lights go down! Bring a friend, and Halloween themes snacks and secure your seat for this exclusive Halloween screening. Although they cannot reveal the film’s title, they guarantee a night of exceptional cinema and a few spooky surprises.

Enjoy The Albany Theatre’s haunting performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a full-cast production set in the murky Dark Ages where love, politics and witchcraft collide. The production will get you in the mood for Halloween as you watch the three sisters tell the story of the King of Scotland and the series of events that lead to the destruction of Kings, friends and souls as he, and his Lady, try to cling to the tainted crown.

Under the buzzing lights of a psychiatric hospital in Aberdeenshire in 1897, Mina Murray recounts her encounters with the most terrifying of beasts: Dracula in the National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen Performing production at the Belgrade Theatre. A throng of patients listen with bated breath as they are transported to a world where immortality and ultimate power are possible, even for women – but with terrible consequences…

Fewer tricks, more treats!

When you and your best ghoul-friend are craving a hauntingly delicious tea time, The Telegraph Hotel got just the treat! Introducing their new Spooky Afternoon Tea at only £30 for two! Reserve your table today and let the boo-tiful feast commence.

Get excited for a creepy adventure aboard the train through the woods at The Heart of England Conference Centre! Enjoy an incredible festival village with a lot of fun activities for children, including dancing in the spooky disco tent and a fancy dress competition! If you are lucky, the powerful fairy Maleficent will emerge from the woods to say hello. If that is not enough, there will be a shopping village section with local crafters.

Find a selection of our most monstrous makers and deadly designers for a fang-tastic Halloween Makers Market at FarGo Village. Independent businesses will be filling the Market Hall with some of Coventry’s favourite creatives so you can celebrate Halloween in Spooktacular style! From candles and needle-felted pumpkins to jewellery and sweets, you will be spoilt for choice.

Coombe Abbey’s Haunted Halloween Afternoon Tea promises to be spooky and delicious! Perfect for adults and children who want to celebrate Halloween in style. The hotel’s rich history adds to the eerie atmosphere of the occasion and our actors will put on a fantastically spooky show whilst you enjoy a Halloween-themed menu consisting of sweet and savoury treats.

The Haunted Halloween Afternoon Tea is not the only chilling feast happening at Coombe Abbey this autumn. Enjoy an experience like never before with the Gunpowder Gala! Sit back and watch as actors reveal the story of The Gunpowder Treason and the danger it presented to Coombe Abbey, all while enjoying a three-course meal. After dinner, look forward to the outdoor fireworks display over the lake, followed by an evening of music and dance.

If you go down to the woods today….

Love swinging from the treetops? Fancy yourself a daredevil? Want to try something new? Go Ape Coventry’s Sundown Sessions are the perfect spooky activity for you! Become a creature of the night as you soar through the treetops in the pitch-black autumn air. But you will need to be quick, as sessions are limited. Autumn is a time to enjoy red leaves, crisp mornings, light breezes and a change in scenery. Take a moment to escape the everyday at one of the city’s parks. Jump in crunchy leaves, discover shiny conkers and enjoy the fresh air with all the family. Read our latest blog on where you can fall in love with Coventry this Autumn.