Halloween events happening in Dorset this year

PUBLISHED: 11:15 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 02 November 2020

The Poole Zombie Fest is coming for you!

The Poole Zombie Fest is coming for you!


From gentle spooky fun for little witches and monsters to an immersive zombie experience in a haunted fort, Helen Stiles rounds up her pick of Halloween events happening around the county this year


Fang-tastic Hallowe’en

22 – 26 October

Low-key spooktacular family fun for little witches and monsters at Farmer Palmer’s near Poole.



Hallowe’en Family Fun Day

23 October

Nothe Fort in Weymouth hosts this not too scary event which includes ghost passage tours and Wanda Witchway and her Spookyloopy Magic Show.



Spooky Fun at Lulworth

23 – 26 October

Meet Merlin the magician, hunt the bats or make a spooky mask at Lulworth Castle and Park.



Poole Zombie Fest

27 October

Family friendly day of ‘spooky’ activities, a pop-up zombie-themed escape room, fancy dress and face painting followed by a free-to-enter Zombie parade starting at Falkland Square at 4pm.



Ghostly Whispers

27 October

Experience Gothic tales and hear of ghostly sightings on this eerie audio tour of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, washed down with drinks from Annie’s Unearthly Apothecary. Not suitable for under 12s.



Brewery Square Ghost Hunt

27 – 28 October

Search for the spooky images around Brewery Square (10am – 3pm) to win a prize. Entry forms from Concierge Office opposite Dorchester South Train Station.



Nothe of the Living Dead

26 – 27 October

An immersive zombie experience (minimum age 16, under 18s to be accompanied by an adult) at Nothe Fort where survivors of the new apocalypse battle through tunnels infested with flesh-devouring zombies. 7pm –1am. Booking at nothefort.org.uk


Paranormal Tours

29 – 31 October

A guided tour (not suitable for under 16s) of the underground tunnels of Nothe Fort with a local paranormal expert who will share accounts from research conducted at the Fort. 7pm – 10.30pm.

Booking nothefort.org.uk 01305 766626.


Shelly Frankenstein Festival

31 October – 4 November

Celebrating the life and works of the Shelley family, many of whom are buried in Boscombe and Bournemouth, events include ‘Spooky Music’ in St Peter’s Church, and street theatre.


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