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 2021
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 another amazing all-immersive night. With acro-bats, fire performers, and zombie cages, you’ll be in for a surprise around every corner! Ghoulish outfits are a must to gain entry into the fun within.
The music, of course, will be up to the usual mind-bending par, with top DJs pounding out Drum & Bass, 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!
This year Bristol Film Festival are hosting screenings at Arnos Vale and Bristol Museum too around the Halloween season so you have plenty of chances to catch one of their showings. We think Redcliffe Caves are still the best spot to catch a horror film that will haunt your nightmares for weeks after so snap those tickets up fast!
You can choose from a wide array of macabre movies, from classics such as Dracula and The Exorcist to spine chillers such as The Descent… Was that noise behind you from the surround sound or from the depths of the dark tunnels…?
For a riotous night out, you can’t get much better than Motion and their epic all nighters. This year, the Carnival of the Dead is set to enthral your senses with some legendary DJs such as Shy FX, DJ Marky, and DJ Hype taking over the whole Motion and Marble Factory complex.
Motion really go to town with their Halloween celebrations so expect amazing decorations, crazy carnival dancers and insane beats!
Fancy dress isn’t compulsory but strongly encouraged.
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!?
Whilst there is no official party going on this year, The Hatchet is always a hub of Halloween activity, both human and supernatural! Head over for at least one Bloody Mary to get you in the mood for the evenings festivities.
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 4 of the venues to some seriously funky beats.
Rumoured to be haunted, the undead will certainly be awoken by the eclectic music choice on offer. From funk and soul via power ballads to trance, there really is something for everyone! The organisers have pulled out all the stops with dancers and performers throughout the complex ready to entertain and terrify.
Ever wanted to learn more about your Bristol’s creepy past? Join this award winning 90 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 Royal Naval Volunteer’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!
Lakota House of Horrors Bristol Halloween Special
This has to be the best of the Halloween club nights that Bristol has to offer this year – and there’s a great choice! Lakota has long been the scene of some of the craziest nights with the best music. The venue really pulls out all the stops for its big events and All Hallows Eve is no different! Not only is the music top class, but as soon as you walk through the door you will be immersed in a spectacular world of macbre dancers and performers. This is one not to miss!
Haunted and Hidden Bristol Halloween Walking Tour
The perfect activity to get you in the mood for the scary season. Learn about the terrifying past of Bristol lurking within the shadows of the streets you thought you knew. Taking place after darkness has fallen, you will explore the old quarter of the city and hear some truly hair-raising tales of the old inhabitants and their bloody deeds. With a strong pirating past, and plenty of deranged characters, expect to never be able to walk around the city at night again without looking over your shoulder!
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! Check out a scary screening with newcomers such as Midsommar or the classic Dracula – there is 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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