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Frighten Yourself Silly This Halloween
If you're looking for something to scare the bejesus out of you this Halloween, you've come to the right part of the world.
For all you know, this could be George Clooney's hand. I doubt it, though...
Terror Mountain, Aberystwyth: Situated on the outskirts of the University town, Terror Mountain offers 4 separate horrendous ordeals for anyone brave enough to sign up.
Whether you decided to follow your guide into a deep, deserted mine in the hope of locating a maniacal demon; groping your way around a dark forest, trying to keep calm; escaping from monsters in a disused but radioactive silver mine, or attempting to outrun the Night Stalker in the mortuary, there's no end to the sheer hell you can put yourself through by buying a ticket.
Adults are charged at between £13.50 to £19, depending on the activity and the date. Online prices offer a discount and the attraction is operating until Monday 31st October. Check out Terror Mountain HERE.
Don't go out on the moors...
Welsh Highland Railway Halloween Train: Running from Porthmadog to Tan-y-Bwlch, where the train will deposit you in the midst of a terrifying dark forest (is there any other kind??), you can board the train and head off into the depths of the North Walian darkness for an evening of fireworks, fancy dress and fun with the kids. Well, I say 'fun', but it's bound to be more Hell than Heaven.
Adults are charged at around £18 (including for kids 10-15) and the trains run from October 27th-29th. Check it out HERE.
Think I'll walk, thanks
Penrhyn Old Hall, Nr Llandudno: Now, this experience isn't for the faint hearted, as the Old Hall is very famous for its, shall we say... transparent inhabitants.
Do you have what it takes to spend a dark and terrifying evening in the confines of one of the most haunted buildings in Wales? No? Me either! I jest, of course, I'd be right there, but I'm washing my hair that night.
From ghostly little girls to the spirits of the family who were murdered there, it promises to be a night you'll never forget. Whether that's a good or a bad thing is yet to be decided.
Tickets are priced at £25 each for adults and the event takes place between 10pm and 3am on Saturday 29th October. Further information can be found HERE
Pen-y-Llan Hall, Wrexham: This ghostly event is strictly for over 18s because, quite frankly, it'll scare the pants off you. Peny-y-Llan is one of the most active ghost sites in the UK and this event is a real live chance to find one. Think of it as a kind of Most Haunted, but without all the odd night vision cameras.
There are no dressed up members of staff at this event. If something jumps out at you, then it's the real thing. There are also time test on offer during the evening, you know, for those of you who think you can handle being alone in the middle of a poltergeist infested old building. And the very best of luck to you, I say.
The event runs on Friday 29th October from 10pm until 3am (if you make out alive, that is). Each ticket is priced at £40 for the early bird offer. Further details can be found HERE.
When I was searching through dozens of events in North Wales this Halloween, I have to admit that Portmeiron's inclusion of the words 'cake and cocktails' in their advert made me want to read more.
You can join the team at the exquisite Italian village for two days of family fun over Halloween weekend and get dressed up and follow a trail of treats deep into the woods to find the witch's house. I can only assume that the cocktails are included to give you to bravado to do this, I don't really know. I think they might actually be alcohol free as this is very much a family events. That pretty much rules me out, then, as I like wine and don't have any kids.
The village is open for the event between 10am-5pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October and tickets are priced at £11 for adults and £8 for kiddies. More information can be found on Portmeirion's website HERE.
Whatever you decide to do on Fright Night; have fun! If you're not the going out type, you could always hole up at home, switch all the lights off and watch Stephen King's IT. That always works for me.