Halloween in Romsey

Posted on: 15 Oct 2019 by Louise

Get spooked in Romsey this Halloween!

Looking to scare yourself silly this Halloween? Romsey is spookier than you think!

King John's House is haunted by a shrouded figure, the upper floors of the Palmerston Rooms are said to be haunted by the ghost of an old man nicknamed Charlie, and the agonising death-throes of two Roundheads hung from the sign bracket of The Swan Inn have been heard. 

Ghostly goings on at the have been investigated at The Plaza Theatre, and a wizard by the name of Withers who lived near Romsey, ran off with a 'Devil's Book', containing a list of all the witches in the area!

Mottisfont is said to be the most haunted location in Hampshire, with strange lights, a ghostly pale horse and a piano playing in an empty room. Staff have been said to have had an 'uneasy feeling' in certain parts of the house. 

Things to do in Romsey this Halloween*

There’s plenty of scary stuff (but fun of course!!) happening in and around Romsey this October that’s suitable for all ages:

Paultons Park invite you to visit them for a spook-tacular time this October half term. With over 4000 pumpkins, ghostly scenes, spooky meet and greets, Freaky Fancy Dress competition, the thrilling Little Monsters Ball finale to finish each day and Paultons fun rides and attractions all included in the price! Find out more on the Paultons Park Happy Halloween page. Saturday 5 October to Monday 4 November.

There’s Wizards on the Watercress Line this month - sit in the train carriage used in two of the Harry Potter films, get unlimited rides throughout the day, encounter hooting owls, creepy crawlies, get involved in some Halloween crafts and even get the chance to dress up as Harry Potter characters on the King’s Cross Bridge used in the films. For more information and to enter the competition to win a family ticket, go to www.visit-hampshire.co.uk.  Takes place Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October.

BOO at the ZOO! Marwell Zoo invite you to dress up in your spooky best for some storytelling in the haunted hall, some crafty wand making, broomstick flying lessons and pumpkin carving. And when you’ve done all that, there’s still the animals to see! Find out more: www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens will be celebrating Halloween with a spooky self-guided family trail and stop off to carve your own pumpkin. Receive a small chocolate treat if you survive the tricks! Garden admission applies and children must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more here www.visit-hampshire.co.uk

Are you any good at finding scarecrows? They are hiding in the grounds at Mottisfont and each scarecrow is a figure from Mottisfont’s past! Follow the trail to find them all and make your own mini scarecrow to take home. The spot the scarecrow trail at Mottisfont runs from Tuesday 15 October to 3 November and suitable for all the family. Remember to dress up warm and suitably for the outdoors, normal admission plus trail cost of £1 per person applies. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for details. 

Winchester Science Centre will help you explore some of the greatest inventions through the ages. Hands on fun and live science shows taking place throughout October half term. 

Moon themed family fun is taking place at Stonehenge from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November. Drop in activities will help you explore our fascination with the moon, with a live two-man show that gives you everything from werewolves to Galileo, and from H G Wells to Neil Armstrong! Visit English Heritage to find out more.

Meet the Amazing Travelling Insect House when they visit the Whitchurch Silk Mill on Wednesday 30 October from 10.30am. From giant spiders and insects to Mantids, you’ll even get the chance to hold some of the invertebrates.

If getting creepy crafty is more your style, Whitchurch Silk Mill are also hosting a Halloween ‘make and take’ on Thursday 31 October 10.30am to 12.30pm. Make some spooky crafts and a creepy LEGO® pumpkin to scare your friends!

Want a ghoulish day outdoors? Visit Old Sarum for wicked crafts and a Halloween Quest which will take you around the atmospheric landscape of Old Sarum. More information can be found on the English Heritage website. Event runs from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November – suitable for Children.

Porchester Castle plans to bewitch everyone who visits this October half term! Creepy crafts and a wicked witch themed quest are on offer, with a daily fancy dress competition – so make sure you go along in your best witch or wizard outfit! 

The Rifles Museum Ghost Hunt – This museum in Salisbury has quite a history of paranormal activity, with flying books, spectral footsteps and a ghost that likes to visit the staff. If you think you’re brave enough for this overnight ghost hunt, visit www.hauntedhappenings.co.uk for more information and to book tickets. (Please note there is a waiting list for earlier dates).

Have you carved your pumpkin yet? How about taking the family to pick their own pumpkin straight from the field? Find the pick of the Pumpkin Farms near you here: www.visit-hampshire.co.uk

*Please check individual sites for booking and ticket costs. Usual entry fees will apply. Some attractions may charge additional costs for some activities. Please check the details with the organisers for accuracy.