Halloween events happening in Dorset this year
PUBLISHED: 11:15 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 02 November 2020
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
22 – 26 October
Low-key spooktacular family fun for little witches and monsters at Farmer Palmer’s near Poole.
Hallowe’en Family Fun Day
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
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.
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
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.