Historic sites mark Halloween with trails and tales of terror

Thursday 15 October 2015

Visitors to Welsh castles can expect ghostly goings-on later this month, as sites in our care host eerie events to mark Halloween

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Terrifying trails and fright-filled fun days will take place at over a dozen castles, giving visitors of all ages a chance to take part in craft activities and see the historic sites in a ghostly light.

For the first time, modern-day visitors to Raglan Castle can experience first-hand the frenzy of a witch trial — including gruesome mock executions of the ‘guilty’ (31 October).  Raglan’s formidable fortress also welcomes back Mistress Blackstone, the castle’s stewardess from 1646, for an after-hours tour straight from the afterlife (26 and 30 October).

The frights will have a Victorian flavour at Castell Coch, as the Third Marquess of Bute’s ‘Red Castle’ hosts three wicked walking tours (29–31 October) that pose the question: what drove his family to leave this fabulous folly in such a hurry?

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Halloween is a great opportunity to present our historic sites in fun and unconventional ways — and give a different take on the characters associated with them.

“Children are sure to enjoy the castles’ creative events over the Halloween period, whilst grown-up visitors will appreciate the imaginative and immersive approaches to storytelling, such as Castell Coch’s fascinating folklore evenings.”

For more information on our Events programme and our special Halloween events, visit our Events calendar to find a spooky scary event near you.