halloween news archive

A warning has been issued over the use of decorative lenses this Halloween as they can cause lens damage, infections, impaired vision or even blindness. The decorative lenses can be purchased for around £5 throughout the UK and on the ... read more

As the nights get longer and the temperatures begin to plummet, October is very nearly over and that means one thing; Halloween. One of the most famous traditions is that of carving pumpkins, with everyone attempting to carve away at the or... read more

Airbnb has revealed a competition that will allow the winner and one guest to sleep overnight in the spooky Bran Castle, the home of Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. The winner and guest will be flown in from wherever they ar... read more

Police are warning that the sudden rise of pranksters dressing as clowns to scare people will rise in the run-up to Halloween, and that those who do so risk being arrested. The 'killer clown' craze began recently in the US, and there are no... read more

Customers of McDonald’s restaurants in Japan will be able to order a new creation off the menu for Halloween: Choco-Pumpkin Fries. Yes, the fast food giant is selling 'spooky' french fries which are covered in chocolate and pumpkin sauce. T... read more

The latest Netflix success, Stranger Things, is predicted to influence many costume choices this Halloween, with a dress worn by Eleven leading the way according to Lyst. The fashion website expects many to don a pink dress, with sporty whi... read more

Asda are teaming up with Zapper this Halloween to give customers a thrill, and turn their weekly shop into an event for all the family. The collaboration will bring an augmented reality monster hunt to stores across the country towards the ... read more

It is that time of year again folks! The leaves are turning orange, the evenings are getting darker, and, more excitingly, the shops are filling up with all sorts of Halloween goodies! We're halfway through the month now, which means that w... read more

German supermodel Heidi Klum has proved she is still the queen of scary fancy dress after she transformed herself into a skinless autopsy body for her annual Halloween party . Klum, who is known for her elaborate Halloween costumes, hosted ... read more

Pumpkins shaped to resemble one of the most recognisable cartoon characters in history have been created by a British farmer for Halloween. The Mickey Mouse-shaped pumpkins were grown by David Bowman on his Lincolnshire farm using a special... read more

Halloween is now the second most popular family occasion behind Christmas, with parents spending more than £100 on parties for their children this year. A new survey of 2,000 parents across the UK, carried out by Woolworths.co.uk, foun... read more

Police officers in a pumpkin-themed patrol car will be driving around Surrey over the next two weeks to ensure people enjoy a trouble-free Halloween and Bonfire Night . Surrey Police said the run-up to the two annual events was usually one ... read more

Sheffield is preparing to host one of the UK’s biggest Halloween carnivals later this month with the return of the popular Fright Night. Up to 40,000 people will make their way to the city centre on Sunday 30 October 30 for the annual ... read more

Horror film fans are in for a treat this Halloween after it was announced that The Human Centipede II will receive its UK premiere at the Film4 FrightFest Halloween all-nighter in London. The controversial horror flick was passed by the Bri... read more

Sales of Halloween accessories are soaring at Ace Fancy Dress, one of the UK’s largest providers of fancy dress costumes . The company has revealed that sales of masks, wigs, face paints, vampire fangs and costume accessories are up 13... read more

A man whose day job is to scare tourists at London Dungeon has from a phobia of Halloween, which prevents him from working on the most ghoulish day of the year. Frankie Spires is employed to recreate chilling scenes from history to inform a... read more

Elderly people in the West Midlands hoping not to be trick or treated this Halloween have been offered advice on how to feel safe on October 31. In the build-up to spooky holiday, West Midlands Police receive a stream of messages from those... read more

If you are looking to get your family into the spirit of Halloween, you should consider taking them to Blackpool Zoo which is preparing for a half-term week packed with spooky activities. From Saturday 22nd to 30th October, kids will be abl... read more

Britons looking to add some fear factor to their homes this Halloween with large pumpkins could be left disappointed after the Royal Horticultural Society warned that pumpkins are likely to be smaller than normal this year. Experts at the R... read more

People across Northern Ireland are expected to flock to Londonderry later this month for the 25th Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival - the largest free Halloween festival in Europe. This year’s four-day event will have a spooky silv... read more

Brits looking to save money on Halloween costumes this year should visit All Fancy Dress, one of the UK’s leading online retailers of imaginative fancy dress costumes . The company recently launched its 2011 Halloween costume sale, wi... read more

Halloween preparations in America have been rocked by a mass shortage of pumpkins, with severe weather and disease blighting the pumpkin harvest in swathes over the country. Farmers in the Northeast of the US claim wholesale prices of pumpk... read more

Southern Comfort will launch a new promotional campaign for Halloween next month to help the on-trade celebrate the popular seasonal event. The company’s will provide bartenders with recipes for new serves, pitches and shot glasses, ... read more

A new range of Halloween outfits have been launched in the UK based on the popular mobile app Angry Birds. The officially licensed, full-body Angry Birds costumes were released earlier this month by Electronic Theatre, who have now followed... read more

An online takeaway company is celebrating Halloween by offering free food to people brave enough to collect their order at a graveyard or cemetery Hungryhouse.co.uk, which was launched in 2006 following a successful appearance on the hit B... read more

Halloween is giving many retailers in the UK a significant trading boost, according to new figures. Retail analyst firm Planet Retail claims that Halloween has never been more lucrative for the high street stores, with data showing that spe... read more

Britons are prepared to splash out on scary costumes and make-up this Halloween, according to new research. Figures released by market researchers TNS show that one in four British adults intend to buy a Halloween costume . Of these, men ar... read more

A family from Oakwood re on a mission to raise the profile of Halloween and make the seasonal event as big a deal in the UK as it is in the US. Jacob and Susanna Valdez have given their home a spooky makeover to make Halloween 2010 a memora... read more

Christians have been urged to take part in a new campaign which aims to reclaim Halloween as a "joyful" Christian celebration. The international "Night of Light" initiative suggests that parents dress their children up as saints instead of ... read more

Supermarket chain Waitrose is offering shoppers the chance to buy an extra large pumpkin for their Halloween celebrations . The retailer last week launched the mighty Sumo pumpkin, which is up to five times the size of a regular pumpkin and... read more

The first ever purple potatoes called the "Purple Majesty" have gone on sale at Sainsburys supermarket this week, just in time for Halloween . These purple majesty potatoes, which are both purple inside and out, will not only look great fo... read more

The clowns of Zippos Circus, known for their child friendliness, are to stage a demonstration against the theme park’s latest Scarefest 2010 attraction the Carnival of Screams. The clowns fear they will be stereotyped as ‘evil&#1... read more

The largest crop of pumpkins has been harvested by a British farmer for Halloween jackolanterns . David Bowman Ltd farm in Spalding, Lincolnshire has three million pumpkins growing at their 500 acre farm despite a heat wave of this summer a... read more

Residents of a tiny rural community in Leicestershire have been warned against celebrating Halloween . Villagers residing in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire, have been sent copies of the Belvoir Angel magazine, which includes an article... read more

Trick or treaters across Wiltshire are being warned to be on their best behaviour this Halloween . As part of a drive to crack down on anti-social behaviour, Wiltshire Police are asking parents and carers across the county to be aware of th... read more

Halloween celebrations in Portsmouth are set to be burning hot this year with revellers being the given the chance to do something different - walk on red-hot coals. On Thursday 29 October, dozens of people will gather at the popular Guildh... read more

A training school in Turners Hill, Crawley, is teaching a number of actors the art of scaring people in preparation for this year's Halloween Festival at Tulleys Farm . As part of the 'Fear Academy' course, dozens of actors are being train... read more

Residents in Essex are being advised to ward off unwanted trick-or-treaters this Halloween . Essex Police say fears of anti-social behaviour and vandalism rise during the Halloween period, and as a result officers are helping residents by i... read more

With Halloween fast approaching, English Heritage has created a new online map that reveals the country's top ghost hunting hot spots. For a limited time only, ghost-seekers can go online to view the 'Haunted Heritage' interactive map, whi... read more

With Halloween around the corner, farmers from Dorset and New Forest have been busy growing two of the largest pumpkins in the country . At Worgret Manor Farm near Wareham, father and son team Frank and Mark Baggs have managed to grow a 95... read more

The residents of Cumbria are being given the chance to become ghost detectives at a haunted castle this Halloween . As part of its spooky Halloween Week, Muncaster Castle is offering a series of torchlight ghost tours where visitors can di... read more

Burton's Foods has announced plans to launch two Cadbury-branded Halloween products . The company’s Cadbury Trick or Treat bags and Cadbury Halloween Mallows will be available later this week to shoppers at Tesco and Asda . The Trick o... read more

For many children Halloween is the chance to eat what they want and how much they want. However parents are being asked to watch the amount of sweets their children consume over Halloween. This warning has been prompted by medical experts ... read more

The oldest college in Cambridge, Peterhouse, is haunted it is claimed by a former bursar who hanged himself in the 18th century. The first sightings were reported in spring 1997. The body of Mr Dawes was found in the combination room, at 13... read more

For those of you who didn’t know, Halifax has an abundance of haunted locations. Halifax Ghost Walks arrange spooky walks around the town starting from the Town Hall on 29 October 2007. The ghost walks have taken place at Halloween sin... read more

English Heritage sites across the country are gearing up for Halloween by showing their well known spooky sites in a different light. The changing colours of vegetation and lengthening shadows give an eerie feel to many of West Midland&#146... read more

Halloween is fast approaching and Suffolk police are asking people to be tolerant of high spirited youngsters having a good time. Posters have been designed to address safety issues at specifically at Halloween and will be distributed to sc... read more

The Grassmarket in Edinburgh is world famous for the body snatching that took place in the 17th Centuary courtesy of Burke and Hare. Today people still find it an exciting place to visit at Halloween. So if you are looking for an eerie expe... read more

The rain ruined the enjoyment of summer. But the rains in June and July also hit farmers badly as many crops were destroyed. However a British pumpkin farmer says that his crop of pumpkins is down by 30 per cent and have not yet ripened. D... read more

A Halloween extravaganza will take place on board Carnival Cruise ships this Halloween. The promotion called ‘Frightfully Fun’ is bound to be a hit for those on family cruises as children’s activities will be a central part o... read more

Halloween is fast approaching, and now is the time to start thinking about costumes and scary food concoctions. It’s always fun to try something new. This year should not be an exception. To help you create something different Horrible... read more

For many adults, Halloween was a time for escorting kids to school functions or trick-or-treating, but it Halloween is not just for kids anymore. A recent survey found more adults are picking out their own costumes and finding their own way... read more

June Hammsersley found a huge pumpkin growing in her garden at the top of a 7ft conifer tree . The 36lb huge pumpkin appeared on a plant which decided to train itself up the nearby tree trunk. "We planted it a good 6ft from the conifers. We... read more

Ghosts and goblins and heroes and princesses will crowd the streets on Halloween . Halloween is just around the corner, but before you and your kids head out to collect sweets take a another look at your costumes to make sure they're safe.... read more

Ric Griffith is crazy about pumpkins he has already got 2,400 in his garden, with 600 more due to be delivered. Each year at his home in Kenova, West Virginia, Griffith builds a bigger Halloween display than the year before. However Griffit... read more

Halloween is a great time for the kids and the grown-ups to dress up in cool and scary costumes . But this may not be a great time for your cat or dog . Using safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season:... read more

The Halloween celebrations started with Celtic Druids, around 700BC. They believed that the souls of the dead returned back to inhabit bodies of the living. They thought this happened every year on October 31. People wore masks and costumes... read more

Grab your witches’ hat and your broomstick and head to a Haven Holiday park for a spooky break in October. The holiday group have 34 family parks around the UK and have lots of fun planned for all the family . There will be scary games and ... read more