Spooky Halloween on the Isle of Wight


 As the evenings draw in and Halloween approaches, the island is preparing for another half-term filled with spooky events and activities on what has become known as the Isle of Fright.

The island has a well-documented reputation for ghostly goings on, it has been named in the top 10 most haunted islands by paranormal experts.

So head on over to the Isle of Wight this half term and you will be guaranteed a range of family friendly events that will entertain, scare and amuse the whole family.


The Lakes Rookley

With thoughts of summer holidays having faded and the autumn chill arriving, Halloween at The Lakes Rookley on the Isle of Wight is a fun-filled time of year for kids and families alike.

Embrace the Halloween spirit and choose to stay with us for a spooky island adventure during the October half term, if you dare. Our children’s activities programme is packed with ghoulish delights. Take part in a range of activities including witches and wizards, spooky sand bottles, Halloween hats, creepy cookies, pumpkin creations, ghost walks and much more.


Evening entertainment for kids –

Get creative with your costumes for the Monsters Ball, featuring a glowing ghosts’ parade – what will you come as?

Take part in our Trick or Treat Zombie Party or enjoy Halloween games such as Guess the Ghost, Splat the Cat and fancy-dress giveaways.

Our evening entertainment includes live music, brilliant female vocalists, tribute acts, hypnotist, comedians, magic shows and more – there’s something to keep the whole family amused.

At the end of the day you can retreat back to the luxury of your Premium Cottage, Lakehouse or Superior or Premium Caravan and laugh with each other about the frightful goings on.

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The Bay Colwell

If you want to experience Halloween on the Island but would like to stay somewhere quieter and a stone’s throw from the beach, then our luxurious Premium Coastal Cottages at The Bay Colwell are just for you. From here you can explore the best of what the west coast of the island offers.

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Events on the Island

Halloween Fright Night at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Sat 27th October

Dare you ride the Train of Fright?

A truly unique Halloween Fright Night Experience.  Dress-up as witches, wizards and ghouls, or don your best Bride of Dracula or Beetlejuice costume. Lurk menacingly on the platform, then take our ‘ghost train’ through the Island’s deserted night time countryside, passing darkened woodland and desolate fields.


Wizard Week at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Mon 22nd – Fri 26th October

Be amazed at the magic shows, enjoy relaxing steam train rides, and tread cautiously through the enchanting Woodland Walk.  Meet the friendly witches of Havenstreet and help them with their magic spells and potions. Dress-up as wizards, witches and other spooky characters – there’s prizes each day for the best costumes


Carisbrooke Spooky Castle

Sat 20th – Sun 28th October

Feeling brave enough to take on the island's haunted castle?

Prepare to be scared on their spooky Halloween adventure for families and kids. Create your own terrifying Halloween crafts. Wander the grounds with the Victorian ghost hunters as they tell you macabre tales of times gone by. Don't forget to pass by the graveyard and discover how its occupants met a gruesome demise. A prize awaits in the Halloween costume competition, bestowed for the most spine-tingling attire each day.


Tapnell Farm

Sat 21st – Sun 29th October

Tapnell Farm will be celebrating the spookiest time of year with a whole host of treats for your little monsters.

Everyday activities include Bugs and Beasties Encounters, Themed Arts & Crafts and a Witches Treasure Hunt. There will also be special visits from IOW Bat Hospital, Haven Falconry and more.

Plus pick your own pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th.


Wicked Nights at Blackgang Chine

20th Oct – 3rd Nov

Wicked Nights is a brand-new horror event, coming to the Isle of Wight, making its home at Blackgang Chine. Demolition site, The Cursed Mill, will be opening its doors every evening, from the 20th October to 3rd November, from 6pm – 10pm… should you be courageous enough to brave the curse.

This high intensity experience includes The Cursed Mill: A Terrifying Tour, a hair-raising, blood curdling experience that will leave you full of fright - it's not for the faint hearted. You'll join a 'Live Action' tour through the demolition site, designed to terrify unexpecting guests… will you brave the curse? Expect sudden loud noises, strobe lighting, audio and visual effects.

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