Intrepid ghostbusters, head to Guildford this Halloween for a spooky selection of events and activities guaranteed to give you the thrills and the chills! Here’s our roundup of some of the town’s best creepy capers.
Halloween Crafts at Guildford Library
77 North St
Tel: 0345 600 9009
Head to Guildford Library for dark arts and Halloween crafts where kids can ejoy making their own bats, cats and monsters faces in a special spooky mask making session.
Tickets are £2 for the children to make all 3 of the crafts – available from the front desk of Guildford Library in advance or on the day.
October 30th – 10.30am to12.30pm
Halloween at the White House
8 High Street
Tel: 01483 302006
Eat, drink and be scary at the White House this Halloween!
From 30/10 – 2/11 they will have decorations, fancy dress, movie nights, cocktail specials and spooky treats.
As part of their Halloween celebrations, they will be having 2 horror movie marathon nights.
5pm – The Nightmare before Christmas
7pm – Halloween (1978)
9pm – The Conjuring
5pm – Hocus Pocus
7pm – The Shining
9pm – IT
Tickets are £7 each and include a pint of your choice, or halloween cocktail, and popcorn!
October 30th – November 2nd
Experience Guildford Purple Pumpkin Pub Trail
Head into town between October 31st to November 2nd, take a tour of five of the town’s key nightspots and solve the clues of the Experience Guildford Purple Pumpkin Pub Trail.
Pick up an answer sheet and instructions from any of the participating pubs, solve the Purple Flag word puzzle and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize:
1. Growlers & Cans
2. The Royal Oak
3. The Three Pigeons
4. The Star Inn
5. The March Hare
31st October – 2nd November
Trick or Treat with the Guildford Ghoul
The Guildford Ghoul will be roaming around town looking for troublesome troops to trick or treat with!
Stop for a photo opp or see what goodies and ghastly things he has in store.
October 31st – 1.30pm to 4.30pm throughout the town.
The Ghost Tour of Guildford
Outside Holy Trinity Church
Tel: 01483 506232
Discover the true sinister side of Guildford on this popular and well-established guided walk every Friday until the end of November, plus there’s a special Halloween walk also taking place October 31st.
The Ghost Tour has been a highlight of the town for some 18 years now and remains as informative, silly and downright nasty as it has always been.
Tours run whatever the weather – in fact, the more ghastly the better! There’s no need to book, so just pitch up and join one of their sessions.
Suitable for all ages from 8 to 120, but not beyond.
£5 adults, £4 concessions, £3 u16s.
October 31st – 8.00pm
Freaky Film Screenings at The Electric Theatre
Tel: 01483 501200
Get set for a whole day of spooky screenings at The Electric Theatre this Halloween.
Little ones can follow Hector’s journey to the colourful ‘Land of the Dead’ as he pursues his dreams of becoming an accomplished musician, in the 2017 Pixar animation, Coco.
Come with your face painted to watch the film for FREE!
Later in the evening it’s time for the grownups. Dig out your best costumes and prepare to do The Time Warp, with cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Even better, it’s the singalong version so be sure to warm your voices up before you get there.
4.30pm to 6.00pm (Coco)
8.00pm to 9.30pm (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Spooky Face Painting at White Lion Walk Shopping Centre
40 White Lion Walk
Tel: 01483 506877
Get trick or treat ready with face painting sessions from About Faces at White Lion Walk. There’ll be plenty of devilish designs on offer, from little witch to petrifying pumpkin, so head down early to see your little treasure transformed!
Suitable for ages 3+
October 31st – 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Busylizzy @ The Glass Room, G Live
Tel: 01483 610333
Busylizzy Guildford is running a special Mini Monet & Baby Picasso class this Halloween. There’s also a creative, fun and spooky hands-on session for parents to enjoy with their little ones where you can create spiders, decorate pumpkins and much more!
Suitable for ages from 6 months – 4 years old.
Book your free 30-minute session by emailing email@example.com.
October 31st – 10.50am to 12.20pm
Halloween Brexit Party at Growlers & Cans
24 Chertsey St
Tel: 07747 016363
It’s been the cause of many a sleepless night, cold sweats and chilling nightmares, but the guys a Growlers & Cans aim to put an end to all of that with their Halloween Brexit Party!
Come and celebrate both Halloween and (whatever your political view) the end of the never-ending ‘are we in or are we out’ Brexit nightmare (well that’s what they’re promising us at the moment!)
Come in your best fancy dress and bag yourself a £25 bar tab for the best outfit.
Disclaimer: Growlers & Cans by no means guarantee Brexit will have actually happened by this date!
October 31st – 7.00pm
Lazy Day supported by Wych Elm at The Boileroom
13 Stoke Fields
Tel: 01483 440020
Lazy Day – the brainchild of London’s Tilly Scantlebury – heads to The Boileroom this Halloween with support from Wych Elm and Junodream in their own headline show. There’ll also be sessions from SASAMI and City Calm Down.
Tickets £8.20 (with booking fee)
October 31st – 7.00pm
Dead or G Live – Halloween at G Live!
Tel: 01483 369350
Be batty about Halloween this half term with plenty of spooks and scares at Dead or G Live, a free family fun day packed with tricks and treats for everyone to enjoy at the G Live Cafe.
Don your spookiest outfit and enter a prize draw to win show tickets and prizes from local businesses for the best dressed. There’ll be fun games for little monsters of all ages – and plenty to keep the ‘mummies’ entertained too.
Plus, join renowned artist Kev F Sutherland (The Beano, Dr Who, Marvel) to create your very own Creepy Comic strip! Pick up top tips on developing characters, storyline and style – as well as having a caricature individually drawn by Kev to take away at the end of the session.
Suitable for ages 7 – 12
October 31st – from 10.00am
Fright Night at Unplug + Play
17 Jeffries Passage
Tel: 01483 570873
Join the team at Unplug + Play for their Halloween party on Saturday November 2nd. The party starts at 8pm and will keep going until 1am. Tickets are £12 for non-members and £10 for members, and get you entry, a free drink (alcoholic choices available – temporary license yay!) and a spooky snack pot. You can either go on your own and be matched with other gamers, or go as a group. There will be competitions and challenges with prizes to be won, including a fancy dress competition so get your best witch’s hat ready!
2nd November – 8pm – 1am
Frankenstein at Yvonne Arnaud
Tel: 01483 44 00 00
An eighteen year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come.
This is just a selection of Halloween happenings around Guildford this year – visit www.experienceguildford.com for a full listing of all businesses in the town.