Bristol Halloween Events: Our Guide to Halloween in Bristol
If you’re heading out in to the frightening darkness of Bristol this Weekend on a stag do, hen weekend, or just for fun, then make sure you make the most of it! There is so much in the way of spooky shenanigans up for grabs on this Bristol Halloween, we want to let you know the good bits on offer. Read on, if you dare!
Our guide to the best bristol halloween events of 2019
Halloween is no longer just an American holiday; us Brits have embraced the spooky splendour and have started indulging in fancy dress, trick or treating and pumpkin decorating to boot. And hey, us Bristolians love an occasion… so we really do go all out!
If you’re looking for more info on what Halloween in Bristol could be like for you this Autumn, read on. There really is plenty to see that’s spine-chilling and do that’s devilish.
You can always count on Lakota to put on a great party and this Halloween in Bristol is no different! Head down to this legendary venue in Stoke’s Croft for another whacky night!
This year, Lakota have conjured up a night combining cult films Pulp Fiction and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. For the dress code think Hawaiian shirts, bucket hats and coloured glasses a la Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro, or channel John, Samuel L or Uma in your best suit and wig.
The music, of course, will be up to the usual mind-bending par, with top DJs pounding out Acid House, Disco, House and Jungle.
Get in the mood for Halloween a week early with this hair-raising spook fest put on by Bristol Film Festival! Head deep down underground beneath the city to the Redcliffe Caves.
Once home to wily smugglers and dastardly pirates and later, used as shelter from the perilous bombs of the Second World War, these cave walls certainly hold a lot of mysteries!
A double bill by award winnng director Jordan Peele kicks off the run with films Get Out and Us. Watch out this one will haunt your nightmares for weeks after!
You can then choose from a wide array of macabre movies, from classics such as Bride of Frankenstein and The Exorcist to spine chillers Insidious and The Descent… Was that noise behind you from the surround sound or from the depths of the dark tunnels…?
Meet at College Green, at the bottom of Park Street in your most terrifying zombie attire to take part in this epic zombie walk. Now in its twelfth year, the organisers are ever keen to make their events bigger and better!
Make sure you pull out all the stops with your outfits and make up! Drag your heels around the city centre on a carefully planned route (no steps!) and scare the crap out of the tourists!
Once they have their fill of brains, the whole pack will be heading to for a drink or several to party like only the living dead can so make sure to stay on until dawn!
If you really want to freak yourselves out, head over to the Hatchet Inn for the authentic Halloween experience. The pub dates from 1606, is reportedly haunted and it is also rumoured that underneath all the paint, the front door is made from human skin.. need we say more!?
This year The Hatchet are putting on a Halloween Quiz on 31st October with the big party the day after, on Friday 1st November. Free Festivities kick off at 10pm when there will be prizes for the best fancy dress and DJ Durs (Danger Zone) will be on the decks all night with bass loud enough to wake any undead in the building!
One of the coolest venues in town, The Old Crown Courts set the stage for this belter of a halloween party. Journey down to the Bridewell complex and party the night away at all six of the venues to some serious jungle beats.
With over 50 artists, 25 headline Jungle DJs and MCs and some huge DnB crews, this is going to be the party of the century! Book your tickets as soon as you can to avoid disappointment!
Ever wanted to learn more about your Bristol’s creepy past? Join this award winning 75 minute walk to discover the dark histories and grim secrets lurking around every corner!
Find out which city centre pubs are haunted, (not what you expect!), visit film and tv locations and hear spine chilling tales that will make you look at the city in a whole different way next time you’re stumbling home from the pub in the dark!
Make sure you book in advance for this spooky night time walk, after all, where else are you going to hear the story about Clifton’s ghostly Dwarf Highwayman?
For something a bit more intellectual.. (well about as intellectual as we get!) check out The Old Bookshop’s special Halloween Pub Quiz! Test out your knowledge of all things spooky for the chance to win the top prize!
Brush up on your scary movies, lyrics to Thriller and names of serial killers and make sure to come up with a great, Halloween themed team name too!
Just don’t forget that using a Ouija board is just as much of a cheating offence as using your smart phone!
Halloween Traditions in Bristol
Halloween is becoming a bigger and bigger deal across Bristol and it’s a great excuse to dress up and get out. West Country Halloween traditions are still being set and are similar to those celebrated in the US of A, so help shape the spooky season and head off to one of the eerie events on offer to support local businesses and venues. Plan out your wicked weekend and make your own annual tradition to honour the hair-raising holiday!
Halloween events in Bristol include family-friendly parties and activities as well as adults-only nights, so there’s something for everyone… from cartoon cobwebs to phantasmal performers!
Top 3 Bristol Halloween Events
The city has a whole host of events on for All Hallows Eve, so we’ve picked three Bristol Halloween events that are all a little different. Don’t limit yourself to just one – there’s lots on!
Bristol Halloween Zombie Walk
Don your best zombie costume and get grey, ghoulish and bloody within this year’s theme. Join the mass walk (well, amble, given that zombies aren’t best known for their speed) around the city centre route to scare tourists and enjoy lots of photo opportunities. This is the eleventh year of the Zombie Walk for Halloween in Bristol and it always draws a good crowd. Once you’ve eaten your fill of brains and guts, it’s time to head to the Winchester and wait for it all to blow over… or whatever nearest pub is easiest for you!
Necropolis City of the Dead Halloween Circus
One of the most prestigious Bristol Halloween events, you won’t see a show like this anywhere else. With a dress code of Dead Divas and Gaudy Ghosts, The Loco Club will be illuminated with all things supernatural, startling and spooky. Entry is from 8pm on Friday 26th October, and you can expect live music, a frightful photo booth, cocktails cooked up in a cauldron and petrifying performances.
Bristol Film Festival: Horror in the Caves
Deep beneath the streets in the Radcliffe Caves, the local Film Festival presents one of the most unique Bristol Halloween events: films in the crypts! The Lost Boys and The Witch kick off the scary screenings with an impressive line-up of monstrous movies across the whole of the Halloween weekend. Even visiting in the day can be daunting as the darkness never leaves the caves… and those stone walls have a lot of ghost stories to tell.
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