It’s that time of the year again where it’s time to dig out the white face paint and fake blood and go all out for this year’s weekend of frightful festivities. As ever, Bristol is bursting with things to do over the spooky weekend so whether you’re up for going a bit mad and trying out your best zombie dancing skills to a bit of drum and bass at Motion or if a chilling walk around the city’s spookiest sites is more your thing, there’s definitely something for everyone.

Halloween events in Bristol
Get your spook on for Halloween events in Bristol for the whole family. Credit: CC license.
The Blast Carnival of The Dead
Get your spooky groove on. Credit: In:Motion

Motion – The Blast Carnival of The Dead

The Blast’s Carnival of the Dead returns this year with yet another terrifying and tantalising line up. Headlining the night are drum and bass heavyweights SHY FX alongside General Levy, Toddla T and Uncle Dugs bringing an eclectic mix of music to rooms 1 and 2. Room 3 will be hosted by Contact bringing dubstep beats from figureheads of the scene Youngsta and Commodo alongside DMZ co founder SGT Pokes. Fancy dress is definitely encouraged so think Zombies, ghouls or get creative and go as something weird, wonderful and totally out of this world.

Fear at Avon Valley

Now into its second year, Fear at Avon Valley features a whole night of frightful entertainment, With three live action scare attractions, fairground rides and an abundance of food and drink outlets, all you have to do is decide, are you brave enough to face your fears? Voted one of the top Halloween attractions in Europe in 2014 it’s not one to miss. The site is open on selected days until October 31st and you can purchase tickets online at Fear Avon Valley.

Tribe of Frog
Fancy getting psychedelic? Credit: Tribe of Frog

Lakota – Tribe of Frog Day of the Dead Party

Described as “The Legendary Phantasmagorical TriBE of FRoG Halloween Party” Lakota will host 4 sound systems across 4 rooms offering a range of music from psy-trance to techno to electro swing. Prizes are on offer for the most spooktacular costumes so get creative for a frogadelic weekend.

Bristol Zoo Fright Night

Bristol Zoo Fright Night
Scary films too! Credit: Bristol Zoo

If a freaky film night is what takes your fancy, head down to Bristol Zoo where you can test your fear factor with either Paranormal Activity or The Conjuring. Once the film is finished you’ll be invited on a blood curdling after dark zoo experience. More info at Bristol Zoo.

Mystery Disco and The Old Crown Courts

A mad mix of immersive theatrics, late night light shows, daring games and of course a more than sufficient supply of musical mayhem, let your imagination run wild as you’re lured through to a futuristic disco. With 3 rooms of music, award winning 3D projection mapping and a live sculpture, prepare to be dazed and bedazzled. Tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop.

Eskimo Dance Fright Night at Blue Mountain

Get down to the O2 Academy for a fright night special with the godfather of Grime and the brains behind Eskimo dance, Wiley who will also be headlining the night. Alongside him there are some of the best MC’s including grime revivalist Bugzy Malone, Ghetts and D Double E. Hosting Room 2 are the Take Off boys who have hosted some big names in Bristol recently including Kromestar, DJ Hype, Gorgon Sound and Koast. No matter the place is sure to be rammed for this gruesome night of grime. Tickets available on Ticket Web.

Bristol Zombie Walk
Walk amongst the zombies. Credit: CC License

Bristol Zombie Walk

On Saturday you can get involved with the dead exciting zombie walk to get into the spirit of Halloween. Starting at 12pm from College Green, there’ll be entertainment and a couple of cheeky pints on route to keep all you zombies going. If you’re not convinced your zombie walk is believable enough, that’s ok you still have a few days to practice. For some tips, maybe try watching Nicholas Hault’s Warm Bodies. Join the Facebook event.

By Hannah Rooke