Halloween events in Thanet for thrillseekers, scaredy cats and little ones

Halloween comes to Ramsgate image by Betty Boo Onion

Halloween in Ramsgate

Ramsgate independent businesses are putting on events for your delight, spanning over a number of days, spreading the fear of ghosts, witches and all things spooky!

Starting with Halloween in Ramsgate Trick or Treat Trail on Friday, October 25 from 1pm-4pm, the town will come ‘alive’ with skeletons, bats and ghosts along the trail.  There are only 300 free tickets available for this event so head over to Eventbrite to bag your place!

Arts in Ramsgate are also offering pumpkin carving classes during the afternoon (small charge applies so go to their facebook page to find out more).

Cozi Van Tutti will be making an appearance, courtesy of Addington Street Community funding and Ramsgate Town Team is also supporting this inaugural event.

From October 25-27), The Micro Museum opens its doors on Friday for their weekend of ‘Spooky’ events with three afternoons of scary computer games.   A fab opportunity to check out retro gruesome computer games for all the family!

Rotten Ramsgate has the usual Friday evening historical murder tour at 7pm on October 25 and you can book tickets in advance at Eventbrite.   Johanne has added a special Halloween Tour on the actual night (October 31) if you want to get into the ‘spirit’ of things with her evening trail of terror!

Ramsgate business woman, Scheherazade Pesante is hosting a Halloween Grotto free event on October 31 at The Great Tree, 1 Margate Road, featuring live music by Gypskazz, a challenge to brave the Garden Maze and greet the ghouls and meet the Crazy Chef.  Doors open from 5pm to 7pm for chills, prizes and fun!

Then, just when you thought it was safe to go out, the Military Road Arches businesses are hosting an after school, free Halloween Event on November 1, offering family favourites such as apple bobbing, trick or treating, fancy dress prizes, facepainting, Halloween photo shoot and live music.  Head on down between 4pm and 7pm for their spooktacular event!

For the final ‘fright night’ in Ramsgate, the Screaming Alley gang will be performing at Red Arrows Social club from 7.30pm on 1st November with their ‘Paradise Lost’ cabaret.   An evening where you will be guaranteed a good scream!

Reach Performing Arts Spooktacular Halloween Party

Join the fun on November 2 at 2:30pm -4:30pm at the Methodist Church in Birchington. All are welcome to dance and sing along, with prizes for the best fancy dress costume, plus a special in house DJ, and V.I.P taster class vouchers are up for grabs. Come and find out more about Reach Performing Arts and their classes, £5 per child,

Get Spooked

Get Spooked Photo Marc Sethi

A spooky circus and creepy crawlies will feature in Dreamland’s Get Spooked festival this half term.

Dreamland will be laying on nine days of spine-tingling fun for all ages (and bravery levels)  as the park opens every day from October 19-27 for the autumn holidays.

The park is free to enter and will be open each day from 11am to 5pm, with ghoulish party games, devilish disco dancing, rides and a variety of creepy crafts and activities laid on.

Little devils can join the Mandinga Arts carnival parade each day, or see the creatures lurking in the Dreamland Ark. There will be Halloween themed workshops to make seasonal treats, and Sunday Family Film Screenings with a spooky twist. Dressing up is encouraged!

And brand new for 2019 will be a family-friendly maze for little and big kids – The Spooky Circus Maze. Using one of the sets from Screamland (but with fewer scares), brave families will be able to creep and crawl along the forgotten hallways of the abandoned carnival – where discarded candy floss isn’t the only thing left behind…

Entry to The Spooky Circus is £3 on the door and is free for Dreamland Members (recommended for ages 7 to 12 years at parents’ discretion).

Families can buy standard ride wristbands in advance online to save 25% on door prices, or AAA wristbands to include rides and access to the Spooky Circus Maze.

Get Spooked is Dreamland’s family friendly Halloween offering by day, as the park morphs into the  scarefest Screamland after dark on selected nights, with scare mazes, live actors, gruesome food and drink, and rides running all evening.

Screamland runs for six nights between from October 18 to November 2. Tickets including access to all scare mazes and rides are on sale now, but Ride Only tickets are also available for those who prefer to experience the park at night without the scares.

Click here for details

Beastly Bones and Curious Creatures

The Powell Cotton Museum at Quex Park Birchington, invites families to a bone-rattling good time this October half term, with the team to help visitors get hands on and explore the collections in new ways.

The Beastly Bones and Curious Creatures events lets visitors discover if they have  X-ray vision through using the giant drawing screens and letting the whole family get creative. Discover what’s on the inside of the animals in the dioramas – what makes a giraffe so different from a gorilla? Identify 10 objects in the museum and which ones are made of bone, use a trail sheet, find them all and collect a sweet treat prize.

Take the Curious Creatures of Quex House’ tour. Hidden throughout Quex House are all kinds of animals, what are they and where are they lurking? Make a Halloween lantern and with the tour guide, explore the house, discovering its secrets by lantern-light. (Additional charge applies).

Rachel Jennings, Curator of Natural History said; “I’m really thrilled that we will be focusing on bones and skeletons for October half term and I’ll be there with some special skeletons that have never been on display before”.

Beastly Bones and Curious Creatures runs from October 19-25 from 10am to 5pm at Quex park in Birchington.

Standard Admissions charges for museum, house and gardens:

Adult non-member: £8.95

Concession non-member: £6.50

Child non-member: £6.50

Family non-member: £27.50

Members: Free

Additional charge applies for Curious Creatures of Quex House Tour and Halloween Lantern Making £3 child member / £4 child non-member.

Email [email protected] or call 01843 842168

Halloween at Thanet RSPCA – CANCELLED

Halloween with Bar Nothing and Some Nice Things

An all day Halloween Bash over two venues on November 1.

Food, drinks, Dj’s, Live music, fancy dress and a late night funk dance party at Bar Nothing, 17 Cliff Terrace, and Some Nice Things, 34 High Street, Margate.

‘Some Nice Things’ is a new record shop on the High Street. The Halloween fun starts there from 4pm-7pm with music and Motorhead beer. Then the festivities move to Bar Nothing for a spicy street food menu by the amazing Margate Curry Club and spooky soundtracks. There will then be a Funk-Soul dance party until Lte. Free entry. Fancy dress encouraged.

Find the event page here

Totally Wired

Totally Wired’s 14th annual Halloween party comes to  Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea on October 26.

Kent’s biggest and best alternative Halloween party will feature DJs, dancers and more. Expect rock, indie, pop punk, metal, emo and all the rest of your favourite tunes.Tickets are £8 + booking fee in advance.

Go to dreamland.co.uk

Halloween party Broadstairs

A party for children 2 – 11 years of age with fun and games and a disco at the Pavilion on Sunday, October 27.
All children must be accompanied by an adult, who must also purchase a ticket.

Tickets £3 for both adults and children available from Expressions in the High Street and the Pavilion. The event is organised by the Broadstairs and St Peter’s Chamber of Commerce,

Hocus Pocus in the Park

Hocus Pocus in the Park takes place at Westwood Cross shopping centre on October 26-27 from 10am to 4pm.

The free family fun event includes a magic show, wizard-themed games, wand technique classes, a Halloween disco, selfie opportunities, and more!

Lost Island Adventure Golf

Kent’s only 18 hole indoor crazy golf has had a spooky make over this month to entertain all big and little mummies, daddies, monsters, witches, wizards and warlocks alike.

Margate seafront’s Flamingo Arcade, home to Lost Island Adventure Golf, has been taken over by skeletons and zombies and been overgrown with pumpkins for the trick and treated Halloween vamp up.

Lost Island Adventure Golf, which first opened its doors just over a year ago, boasts a full 18 hole mini golf experience. Each hole presents a different challenge, putt your way through Easter Island heads, a mysterious shack, the captured dinosaur and much more.


There is even a chance to win a free game and tickets for prizes at the Flamingo Arcade at the end of your course.  The unique jungle-themed indoor course is perfect for the whole family to play no matter the weather.

This Halloween pumpkins and gargoyles will be cheering you on as you progress around the course.

As a special treat, every child will get a free trick or treat bag during the half term.

There is also a free tickets competition running on the Lost Island Adventure Golf Facebook page.  Simply find the Halloween competition – share the post, like Lost Island Golf and tag your friends.

Lost Island Golf is open every day from 10am until 9pm, Friday to Sunday, and 8pm Monday to Thursday.

Admission charges:

Adventurers (14s and over), £7

Explorers, £5

Mini explorers (under 1 meter), £3

Family (2 Adventurers & 2 explorers), £19

4 Adventurer group, £23

6+ groups, £5 per player

Students & OAPs (Mon-Fri,NUS card req’d), £5

Early bird (Mon-Fri before noon), £5

For more information, check www.lostislandgolf.co.uk or see their Facebook page – Lost Island Golf

Art Stars at Roost

Join Art Stars for a 90 minute fun-filled art workshop for children, aged 5 plus  on Saturday, October 26 from 11am-12.30pm at Roost Restaurant & Café in Cliff Terrace, Cliftonville.

At the workshop families will be creating Halloween prints.

All materials are included in the price – which is £10 per child. If you have more than one child, there is a sibling discount.

The children will also be provided with unlimited squash/water and a biccie too!

Spaces are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment!

DIVE at Hantverk & Found

Margate taco enthusiasts, DIVE, take their roving party to Hantverk & Found in celebration of Halloween and the Feast of All Saints.

An autumnal menu including: crab tostadas, prawn flautas, wild mushroom quesadillas and pumpkin tacos is being designed to be washed down with Margaritas, Modelos and wines picked especially for the night.

Things kick off with dinner on Thursday, October 31 and a set lunch and additional dinner follow on Friday, November 1.

Find the event page here

Margate Old Town Trick or Treat

Put on your best costumes and join the Margate Old Town spooktacular afternoon of fun on Sunday, October 27.

Trick or Treat Trail
Purchase a Trick or Treat Trail ticket in advance (details will be launched below) and follow the trail through the old town and surrounding shops and businesses, collecting tricks and treats along the way.
All profits will be split between the chosen charities.

Howloween Dog Fancy Dress Parade
Sponsored by Hiro + Wolf
Old Town Square (Meet Outside Margate Museum)

Children’s Fancy Dress Parade & Competition
Old Kent Market

Find the event page here

Ghost Experience

Genuine Ghost Experiences Ltd holds a Halloween event at the Theatre Royal Margate on October 27 from 9pm to 2am.

The night will feature top paranormal investigation using a range of modern technology and classic techniques.

Should any guests want to bring their own equipment then they can.

Tickets are £25 per person, with a £15 deposit option.

(All tickets are non-refundable). Email [email protected] for details

Night Terrors

It is a little after Halloween but if you still want a scare fix then there will be spine-tingling tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors, at Margate’s Theatre Royal on November 7.

Masterful storytelling from Gerard Logan, who from the deceptive comfort of an easy chair will transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb. E.F. Benson is now most famous for his humorous series of novels exploring the world of Mapp and Lucia, but in the mid-twentieth century he was more renowned as the author of what he called “spook stories”. The tales are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable. 

Night Terrors will be directed and dramatised by the award-winning Gareth Armstrong.

Performance is at 7.30pm.

Tickets  Full Price £14, Concs £13, Friends £12, Buy 10 get 11th free (by phone or in person). Book by calling 01843 292795 or go to margate-live.com

The show is for those aged 12 and over.

Halloween fashion show

The League of Friends QEQM Hospital will be hosting a charity fashion show and supper at Halloween.

The event will include a showing of fashions from Laura Ashley, Roman, La De Da, Sainsbury’s, The Saltworks and Just Jane.

There will be a tombola and raffle as well as a meal of cold poached salmon with ctrus mayonnaise ad minted new potatoes and salad followed by orange and lavender creme brulee and shortbread.

Tickets are £25. The show is at the Margate Winter Gardens, October 31, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

To book call 01843 234507.

Jolly Farmer at Manston

Jollyween fun takes place on Saturday, November 2. Singer Steve Cherelle from 5pm, bonfire and special Halloween menu, Fireworks at 8pm. Dress up as a dead celeb for a chance to win a prize.

St Lawrence Tavern Ramsgate

Saturday, October 26 from noon until late. Funfair, buffet, costume party, jukebox jams.


Hammer House of Horror at Screamland

This year, Screamland will feature with new faces, new maze locations and new terrors – including a new collaboration with Hammer Film – for six nights between from 18th October to 2nd November.

Advance tickets cost from £25 plus booking fee, and include all rides and mazes on the night with fast track options and group discounts available. ‘Ride Only’ tickets will also be available for Screamland for who want to enjoy unlimited rides on the night but don’t fancy their chances inside the scare mazes.

The mazes

Hammer House of Horror

The Woman in Black has come to Dreamland – can you escape her terrible curse? Step inside the legendary Bray Studios and into the spotlight of Hammer Films’ latest blockbuster. But watch out – those rumours that the Studios are haunted might just be true. Be prepared to come face-to-face with some of horror’s most infamous monsters and the haunting figure of the Woman in Black. This brand-new maze is a must for horror film fans – as long as you have nerves of steel…

Condemned Carnival

Roll up, roll up for the grossest show on earth – Festino reveals what’s behind the curtain of the Condemned Carnival, but be careful not to become part of his next sideshow. Everybody loves a clown – and these ones are coming for you…

The Brotherhood

The year is 1666, plague and fire are ravaging the city… but that’s the least of your problems – The Brotherhood are back..! Little is known about the eerie order of monks, but they are seeking new disciples – that is, if you survive initiation…


Climb aboard the ill-fated Mary Rose and find yourself plunged into the icy depths of a chilling ghost story that will leave your blood running cold. There will be no saving you on this doomed voyage of the damned…

The Sleep Experiment

The first Sleep Experiment has failed, the facility is in lockdown, and security forces are battling an army of deprived and deranged test subjects. Venture into the bowels of this grim research facility and remember… Don’t. Close. Your. Eyes.

Screamland nights (6pm to 11pm)

Friday 18th October

Saturday 19th October

Friday 25th October

Saturday 26th October

Thursday 31st October

Friday 1st November

Scare mazes are 12A rated and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Book at www.dreamland.co.uk/screamland.


Quextreme Terror

Three scare mazes await thrillseekers at Quex estate.

The 2019 Quextreme Terror Halloween attraction will be open from October 25-27 and is “not for sissys!”

This year the mazes are:

Clowns of the Corn – A freak show of clowns awaits as you follow the twists and turns of the maze.

Sinister: The Reckoning – The possessed chapel and catacombs taken over by a demon last year have been flattened. Now there is a new place of worship – but what does it contain?

Blood Shed – You are volunteering to help investigate a spate of missing people. An escapee from an abandoned military outpost reveals rumours of torture. Can you enter, and survive, the Blood Shed?

Tickets are priced from £19 standard or £26.50 fast track, including booking fee,

Doors open at 6pm and the mazes are for those aged 11 and over. Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more and book at quexactivitycentre.com/quextreme-terror/