The spookiest day of the year is nearly here! So light up your pumpkin and dust off your witch’s hat, and come and celebrate Halloween with us in beautiful Richmond. Whether you are looking for a fun family experience for big kids and little kids, or you’re too grown up for trick or treating, there’s something for everyone this Halloween in Richmond. Here are our favourites...
Family ghost tours at Hampton Court Palace
Head to the former home of King Henry VIII for an evening walking tour complete with stories of ghosts and paranormal activity at Hampton Court Palace.
Legend says that Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard’s ghost can be seen running through the infamous Haunted Gallery in the Palace. You can find out more information and buy tickets here: https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/whats-on/ghost-tours/#gs.btt310
Evening ghost tour at Ham House and Garden
It’s rumoured that around 15 different ghosts, including a ghost dog, still haunt Ham House, so why not check it out for yourself by joining their evening ghost tour organised by the National Trust. On a candlelit walking tour of the mansion and grounds, you’ll hear a selection of unexplained spooky tales, because Ham House is one of the most haunted houses in Great Britain!
The recommended age is 7+ for the tours and they last around an hour, with a well deserved hot chocolate at the end. Discover more here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house-and-garden
Gothic stories for grown-ups at Strawberry Hill House
Strawberry Hill House was built in 1747, when Horace Walpole discovered and purchased ‘Chopped Straw Hall’, and set about transforming what was then a couple of cottages into his vision of a little Gothic castle with pinnacles, battlements and a round tower.
Discover Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle at twilight with a glass of fizz upon arrival and join your guide for a tour surrounded by an eerie atmosphere. Beware if you are of a nervous disposition as there will be a few surprises along the way! Adults only. More information here: https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/gothic-stories/
Dress-up and celebrate Halloween on Church Street in Twickenham
If you don’t fancy any organised activities why not just dress up in the spookiest costume and go trick or treating with the kids on Church street in Twickenham.
There will also be optional face painting, street-food, live music, the scariest Punch and Judy, fair rides and games, carved pumpkins, a treasure hunt, a fancy dress competition, potion making, mulled cider and more! The street will be celebrating Halloween from 5pm-9pm and it is free entry. Find out more information here: http://www.twickenhamthetown.org.uk/
Don’t forget to pay us a visit to discover the display of our pumking carving competition and to warm up during your spooky celebrations, we will be serving up our very special Halloween cocktail at 144 On The Hill!