Soon, we expect to see ghostly spirits haunting our streets, zombies chasing after our brains, and an assortment of blood-thirsty vampires, cackling witches and meandering mummies asking for… treats? Yes, Halloween in Birmingham returns. And with it comes a spooktacular splattering of harrowing holiday celebrations. From haunted houses to twisted circuses, discovering the creepiest of crawlies to heading to the cinema for some classic horror, Birmingham’s Halloween season is jam-packed with lots of terrifyingly exciting activities. Of course, you can’t do everything, but so to help you decide we’ve rounded up the very best things to do this Halloween in Birmingham.
Before you do anything else on Halloween (even before dressing up!) you have to pick your own pumpkin to carve. Luckily, there are a number of local Birmingham pumpkin patches nearby. Many of these are open to the public for the entire month of October, so there’s no excuse not being prepared this year. We suggest maybe picking up a couple, however, just in case your jack-o’-lantern carving skills aren’t quite up to scratch.
On October 31, a talented string quartet will string together a concert of haunting Halloween musical classics in St Paul’s Church. Expect everything from Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Marilyn Manson’s This Is Halloween, to twisted versions of classical numbers. Keep your ears out for some eerily familiar theme tunes too, such as Stranger Things and Psycho. The 65-minute show will be held by candlelight too, so don’t be surprised if the music summons some spirits too. Get your tickets by heading here.
Birmingham is one of the spookiest cities in the UK and, from wandering around it’s haunting locations, we can see why. So maybe the best way to celebrate Halloween in Birmingham is to head out on a walking tour of the city. This haunted exploration game of Birmingham might be the best way to do it. Follow instructions, solve clues and hear about creepy stories. You don’t have to do this one Halloween either. To get your tickets head here.
4. Party at Digbeth’s biggest Halloween festival with Luna Springs
No matter the occasion, Luna Springs always knows how to get into the festive spirit. This Halloween, things are no different as they throw Digbeth’s biggest Halloween festival. Rightly called Halloween Fest, attendees can expect headline DJs like Devilman, Jaguar Skills and Endor. As well as freaky performers, and all the usual Luna Springs shenanigans on October 29. Get your tickets here. The party will run all evening from 6pm to 2am, and you can grab your tickets here.
Twisted Circus’ Halloween special will be the wildest of parties and the spookiest of carnivals. Twisted circus performers will bring the entertainment on October 28, from crazy contortions to a stomach-churning creepshow. This wild cast of characters will come alongside confetti showers, a ball pit, DJs and fortune tellers. Fancy dress is encouraged at this six-hour event too. Grab your tickets to this utterly unique event by heading here.
6. Get up close with the creepiest of crawlies at this nearby butterfly farm
Throughout the spookiest half-term (October 22 to 30) families might consider heading over to Stratford-upon-Avon’s Butterfly Farm. An assortment of creepy critters will be available to meet, including spindly spiders, poison dart frogs, medicinal leeches, axolotl, and some slithering snakes. This is starting to sound like a witches potion! On October 29 & 30, visitors are especially encouraged to join the team for some Halloween fun and fancy dress as their favourite Halloween characters.
A hedonistic party for Halloween in Birmingham awaits at the Arcadian’s newest venue Pamela’s! Raising spirits, partygoers can expect an extravaganza of fearful face-painting, twisted dancers, creepy costumes and more. Expect the DJs to be playing a whole host of music genres including a lineup of r’n’b, hiphop, house, and reggaeton, as well as Halloween-themed classics. Get your tickets now by heading here.
8. Watch Halloween classics at Moseley Cricket Ground’s outdoor cinema
This one’s worth wrapping up warm for. But hopefully you’ll bring plenty of Halloween candy to snack on. On October 28, there will be two screenings of the Disney classic Hocus Pocus outdoors at the cricket ground. While on the following day (October 29), guests will be treated to two films and a fireworks display! Firstly the child-friendly Ghostbusters will be shown before the fireworks. But afterwards things get a bit more terrifying, as the 1978 original version of Halloween. Not one for the younger crowd!
9. Wander the creepy walls of Warwick Castle
From October 21 to 31 experience one of our favourite castles at its very spookiest. Warwick Castle’s The Haunted Castle has a whole host of half-term fun filled frights, sights and delights. Follow a haunting Halloween trail around the castle, learn about the dungeon’s gruesome history, meet the ghosts of the grounds, and watch spooky, theatrical shows. There is a lot more to discover at The Haunted Castle too.
10. Embrace the monster mayhem at Thinktank Science Museum
Inspired by monsters and all things monstrous, Thinktank has put together a scary science demonstration. From October 24 to 28, at 1pm and 3pm, the live demonstration is equally frightening and fascinating for all ages. On October 28, is hosting a spooky science evening filled with crazy experiments, a silent disco and a visit to the planetarium. Thinktank will be holding a number of Halloween-themed goings-on over Halloween if you miss out however.
11. Visit this spooky Halloween house at Merry Hill
Two free-of-charge, immersive pop-ups are heading to Merry Hill for visitors. The Halloween experience, The House on the Hill, will be set up from October 21 to 30. For the younger crowds, The Ghoul Disco will be playing classic Halloween anthems from 11am to 3.40pm everyday. After hours, however, well 4pm to 7pm, the spooky house will transform into The Strange Dimension. Something for those a little older, guests will enter a creepy parallel world with flickering lights and an spinetingling soundtrack. Although free, it’s advised that visitors book their desired slot beforehand here.