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A spooky autumn half-term adventure awaits you in Coventry.

Published: Tuesday, 05 October 2021

Halloween Blog

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, enjoy a feast of hands-on fun and spooky activities to take part in this autumn in Coventry.

Venture into Coventry's haunted venues, brave bone-chilling attractions, dare to go on special Halloween tours and find tricks and treats with gripping family events. Plan your Halloween in Coventry with this roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities.

Show-stopping events

With all these sneaky monsters on the loose in Coventry City Centre, we’re asking families to once again take on the role of ‘Monster Detectives’ to track down and name the monsters. The job of the detectives will be to track down all the playful beasts, give them names and, if the detectives are brave enough, take photos with the monsters. If families do take photos, we’re asking that they share them with the other detectives on the trail by using the hashtag #covmonsters21.

Nothing says spooky season like pumpkins. In the October half term, Coventry BID has pulled out all the stops to create a boo-tiful city centre pumpkin patch in Lady Herbert's Garden! Enjoy an array of family fun seasonal activities, including picking your own pumpkin, face painting and pumpkin carving.

The exciting new Halloween experience The Spooky Swamp is set to raise the spirits and get spines tingling this October half term, taking visitors on a Halloween adventure like no other! As you tread carefully into the night, a host of surprises will be uncovered as the secrets of The Spooky Swamp slowly begin to reveal themselves. After you have finished exploring the swamp, warm up with some fabulous Digbeth Dining Club food, and enjoy a drink from the onsite bar to accompany your feast.

Thrill-seekers beware, The Wave has a surprise for you. Join them between Friday 29th - Sunday 31st October for a Halloween themed water park session!  Trick or Treat yourself with high-speed slides and a fun-packed splash zone to the exhilarating Wave Pool and relaxing Lazy River… There’s something for the thrill, spill and chill seekers of all ages to enjoy. 

This October half-term, a roller disco will be held in Broadgate from Monday 25 October – Sunday 31 October 2021. All week, SK8 House Roller Disco will be bringing the skates and disco tunes for all ages to enjoy from 10 am each day. The Roller Disco will be a pop-up location for the Go Parks: Active Schools Challenge – City of Culture Special so customers will be able to skate and scan to earn 10 points for their school.  

Tour of the town

Take a walk and uncover Coventry and its grisly past. On the Hideous History Toursyou will hear tales of time, death and darkness ranging over 700 years. Walk with Jo from Tourist 2 Local and enjoy one of a range of Hideous History Walking Tours of Coventry. Take a trip through time and hear all about Coventry's old quarters and its surroundings. These tours cover all things spooky in the city: Spring Heeled Jack sightings, a gruesome child murder case, and how half decomposed corpses were being exhumed. Age 16+

This Half-term, Experience The City of Culture's The Walk. At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will have walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK, heading for a final event in Manchester, England in November 2021. She will travel a remarkable 8,000km in total, celebrating the power of art and shared humanity wherever she goes. 

Haunting theatre and films

This Halloween, enjoy a night of classic horror in the newly refurbished Anglican Chapel in Coventry’s London Road Cemetery! Watch Victor Frankenstein and his iconic monster in the sequel The Bride of Frankenstein. This gorgeous venue will be a perfect atmospheric setting for Bride of Frankenstein, which was nominated for an academy award for best sound in 1936 and is considered one of the finest gothic horror movies of all time, as well as one of the best sequels ever made.

Prepare to laugh your socks off this Halloween eve as Trash Film Club comes to The Box at FarGo Village, taking on one of America’s most awful horror films, the notorious 2006 remake of The Wicker Man. Enjoy seat-service, cine-snacks, drinks and delicious freshly cooked pizzas from one of Coventry’s best-loved craft street food companies, Dough and Flow.

Enjoy The Albany Theatre’s haunting performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a full-cast production set in the murky Dark Ages where love, politics and witchcraft collide. The production will get you in the mood for Halloween as you watch the three sisters tell the story of the King of Scotland and the series of events that lead to the destruction of Kings, friends and souls as he, and his Lady, try to cling to the tainted crown.

Fewer tricks, more treats!

Find a selection of our most monstrous makers and deadly designers for a fang-tastic FarGo’s Halloween Makers Market. Independent business will be filling the Market Hall with some of Coventry’s favourite creatives so you can celebrate Halloween in Spooktacular style! From candles and needle felted pumpkins, to jewellery and sweets, you will be spoilt for choice.

It’s time to get quizzical – join Factory at FarGo Village for their monthly Quiz Night on Thursday 21st October at 7:30 PM. This month, it will get spooky with a Halloween Special; expect questions about scary movies, tv-series, creepy music, and maybe a little trivia!

At Coombe Abbey Hotel’s Haunted Halloween Banquet, anything could happen! Enjoy an evening of haunted fun as you feast on a fantastic four-course meal, with mead on arrival and goblets of wine and ale served with the feast. With a gripping Halloween-themed stage show and post-banquet disco, it’s time to put your best spooky shoes and scary fancy dress on before dancing the night away in The Abbeygate!

The Haunted Halloween Banquet is not the only chilling feast happening at Coombe Abbey this autumn. Enjoy an experience like never before with the Gunpowder Gala! Sit back and watch as actors reveal the story of The Gunpowder Treason and the danger it presented to Coombe Abbey, all while enjoying a three-course meal. After dinner, look forward to an outdoor firework display over the lake, followed by an evening of music and dance.

If you go down to the woods today….

Love swinging from the treetops? Fancy yourself a daredevil? Want to try something new? Go Ape Coventry’s Sundown Sessions are the perfect spooky activity for you! Become a creature of the night as you soar through the treetops in the pitch-black autumn air. But you will need to be quick, as sessions are limited.

Autumn is a time to enjoy red leaves, crisp mornings, light breezes and a change in scenery. Take a moment to escape the every day at one of the city's parks. Jump in crunchy leaves, discover shiny conkers and enjoy the fresh air with all the family at Coombe Abbey Park or take a walk through the seasonal spectacle of oranges, reds and golds at the beautiful War Memorial Park.

Whatever you get up to this Halloween, we hope you enjoy a fantastic time – keep checking back to Visit Coventry for events throughout the coming months.