Halloween guide for events in Liverpool

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Clown craze sweeps Farmaggedon. Pic by Lewis Jennings © JMU Journalism

Clown craze sweeps Farmaggedon. Pic by Lewis Jennings © JMU Journalism

It’s the spookiest season of the year, and to celebrate JMU Journalism has selected the best trick and treats from across the city on offer for Halloween.

Farmaggedon is celebrating 10 years of terror with the launches of two new experiences, including a zombie paintball experience that is a first of its kind in the UK.

Olivia Kirkwood, who has worked at the award-winning Ormskirk attraction for two years, told JMU Journalism: “It’s amazing to see all the months of preparation and how it’s turned out in the end. It’s lovely seeing everyone you know and their reaction to it all.”

The scare park season runs throughout October.

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St George’s Hall is getting into the spirit of things with the Chamber of Horrors, an eerie late night tour of the Lime Street landmark aimed at horror fans and thrill-seekers alike. ‘LoveHistory Loves Horror’ is behind the £15 tour, which begins on October 24th for a week-long run.

Spooky city sites

St James’ Cemetery – holds the remains of nearly 58,000 people

Empire Theatre – allegedly home of the ‘Black Phantom’

Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse – reportedly haunted by ‘Headless Moll’

Adelphi Hotel – named one of the most haunted hotels in the UK

Croxteth Hall – CCTV footage once said to have captured a ghost

Judy McLean, creative director of LoveHistory Loves Horror, revealed: “We’re working with Savage SFX, experts in special effects, and a team of technicians who will all transform the building into a place of nightmares.

“Expect powerful scenes and characters that have been inspired by the best in horror film, and of course those surprise moments you can never prepare for.”

If you aren’t easily scared, you might want to spend the night in what is said to be one of Liverpool’s most haunted locations – Newsham Park Hospital. The spine-tingling experience runs into the New Year and costs visitors £59.

A Halloween film festival will also be held at Newsham Park, run by Independent Liverpool. The event is from 4pm-11pm and four films will be screen throughout the night. Organisers promise that  zombies, monsters and Draculas will be “roaming the dark corners and lurking, ready to scare you at any point”. Tickets are £15 for this one-night-only special.

Halloween pumpkin. Pic © Gemma Sherlock/Twitter

Halloween pumpkin. Pic © Gemma Sherlock/Twitter

The Grosvenor Casino Leo Liverpool is holding a ‘Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Halloween Special’, which sees TV’s psychic medium Derek Anaconda perform his final séance before he retires.

Halloween isn’t for everyone and perhaps being scared is not your cup of tea. If so, perhaps you may want to check out Howl’Oween – particularly if you’re a dog lover.

The annual puppy parade is sure to be filled with barking mad costumes, and will start and end at BrewDog Liverpool on Colquitt Street on October 30th at 1pm.

For a fun-filled family time you could head to Chester Zoo, which is being transformed into a mysterious wonderland from October 22nd until Halloween.

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