Dark, misty hills, Victorian tales of untimely deaths, unearthly visions haunting orchards: spooky season has landed in The Malverns. Get the whole family together (it’s not safe to go alone…), get dressed up in your most terrifying outfits and enjoy a whole host of paranormal activities across this wonderfully witchy season. Or, if all things paranormal aren’t your bag, there are various Bonfire Night and firework events on bringing much needed light and warmth to the increasingly dark autumnal nights. Many of the events listed take place across the Autumn half term, so provide perfect holiday activities for the kids.
Whether you’re into real life ghost hunting, or have a host of little ghosts, goblins and ghouls to entertain we have gathered together a list of festive treats to get stuck into…
Many of our local shops are getting in the spooky spirit so why not do some shopping. Mr Thom’s Finest Chocolates, Sweets and Ices in Tenbury Wells, have some terrifyingly delicious treats. In Malvern more treats can be found at Chocolate Avenue and Sweet Street. Severn Sweets in Upton upon Severn is putting on some sweet Halloween deals so stock up on treats.
For witches and warlocks, head to the Witchbox website to purchase a monthly subscription box for that perfect spell.
Where to Find That Perfect Pumpkin
Carving pumpkins is an age-old tradition and seeing their glowing smiles in the dark is one that continues year after year. You can even pick your own pumpkin at Clive’s Fruit Farm and Top Barn Farm and Broadfields Pumpkin Patch.
Tenbury Wells Halloween Trail – Saturday 28 October – Friday 4 November
Dress the children up for Halloween and head to Tenbury Wells for the annual Halloween Window Trail. Upload your photos to social media with #SpookyTenbury and we will share our favourite Halloween Fancy Dress photos via the Visit The Malverns Facebook and Instagram.
Collect your trail sheet from Tenbury Tourist Information Centre from 10am on Saturday 28 October 2023, return it completed and get a free prize.
The Tourist Information Centre is located at 48 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8AA and opens Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm.
Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children – 28 & 29 October
The popular storytelling and puppetry festival is back this Halloween half term weekend. This year the likes of expert stop motion animation filmmakers Aardman will be holding workshops and Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon introduces her newest book. Fantastic storytelling and puppetry will take place in a variety of venues including the Storytelling Tent in the Priory grounds, Lyttleton Well and even inside the belly of a whale! As well as ticketed events there are free storytelling sessions, art activities, film screenings and stalls by local authors across the weekend. Feel free to dress up as your favourite storybook character to add to the fantastical atmosphere.Find out more
Circus Halloween Party at The Water Cure – 28 October
The Water Cure’s annual Halloween Party has become one of Great Malvern’s most popular spooky events. This year the theme is circus, so don your best acrobat, magician or ringmaster outfit and try the circus cocktail specials. With music from Jake Hughes dance the night away from 7pm – 12am. Tickets are £5, email [email protected] to get yours.Find out more
Spooky Spectacular Halloween Workshop – Friday 3 November
Join Monkeys in Motion for this spooky fun filled day of dancing, singing, activities and crafts. Friday 3 November at Malvern Vale Community Centre. 9.00-3.30pm for ages 5-11, 9.00-1.00pm for ages 3 & 4.Find out more
Great Malvern Cemetery Tour – Tuesday 24 October
Spend an afternoon learning about Great Malvern’s interesting past inhabitants with a guided tour around Great Malvern Cemetery. Delve into the history of this Victorian burial ground, whilst learning about the day-to-day workings of an operational cemetery. Led by the Town Council’s Operations Manager and starting at 3.30pm (to last between 60 and 90 minutes). Tickets are available on the Town Council website at a cost of £5 per person, with all monies going to St Richard’s Hospice.Find out more
Hocus Pocus: 30th Anniversary Screening at The Regal Tenbury Wells
The Regal Tenbury Wells is screening this classic 90’s Halloween flick twice on Monday 30 October at 2pm and 7pm.Find out more
Halloween at Ralph Court Gardens: Friday 20 October to Saturday 4 November 2023
There’s so much going on for all ages at themed gardens Ralph Court Gardens this Halloween. See their themed sound and lighting displays, animated Halloween characters as well as the usual 3 acre garden displays from Friday 20 October – Saturday 4 November 2023. In the daytime kids will love exploring with fun inflatables, spooky quiz, animatronic witches, themed gardens and free ‘coffin measuring service’. Then, as darkness falls, visual effects and lighting come to life and the Ralph Court Haunted House opens it’s doors to brave guests. Also on between 1 and 4 November there is a Halloween Theatre production of spooky tales free with evening ticket purchase.Find out more
Halloween Half Term at Witley Court Sat 28 October – Sun 5 November 2023
The burnt out gothic ruins of 17th century stately home Witley Court are definitely haunted at the best of times, but around Halloween things kick up a notch. Storytellers will tell spooky tales or you can take part in a Halloween Quest to discover the ingredients to a magical potion, if you solve all the clues you may be promoted to wicked witch’s apprentice.Find out more
Ghost Hunting at The Nunnery – Various Dates
Not for the faint of heart venture into Malvern Link’s haunted Nunnery. With no electricity, an abandoned chapel and a labyrinth of underground tunnels there’s sure to be something spooky going on inside. Explore the whole complex, take part in vigils and seances and use the ghost hunting equipment to summon spirits. This event is suitable for adults only.Find out more
Pumpkin Fest at The Fold – 29 October
Celebrate the autumn season at The Fold with this festival of fun. Activities include pumpkin carving, fancy dress with prize for the best, face panting , kids yoga sessions, free craft activities, nature trails, and tours of the farm to feed the chickens. Entry is free however pumpkin carving requires purchase of the pumpkin to take home for £8.Find out more
Stanbrook Abbey Halloween Trail 29 – 31 October 10am – 3pm
The long halls and converted turrets of nunnery-turned-hotel Stanbrook Abbey have to potential to be a pretty spooky place to spend some time. They’re putting on a Halloween trail in their extensive grounds – suitable for kids looking to have some spooky fun and adults looking to warm up with a warm drink inside Georges Bar.Find Out more
‘The Canterville Ghost’ Film Showing at Malvern Theatres: October 28 – 5 November
Watch this vivid animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story. There is a relaxed screening for anyone who wishes to benefit from a less formal cinema experience on 4 November at 11 am.Find out more
Drawing with Senses at Malvern Theatres: 1 – 2 November
Malvern Theatres takes part in The Big Draw Festival every year. The theme this year is Drawing with Senses which encourages you to focus on your touch, sight, sound, smell and taste to create a drawing. Head to the main foyer of the Malvern Theatres to see the pictures drawn by participants and create your own drawing.Find out more
Tenbury Wells Bonfire and Fireworks – Saturday 4 November
Tenbury Town Council is supporting Tenbury Young Farmers on the Bonfire and Fireworks event to be held on Saturday 4 November in The Burgage. There will be music, professional fireworks display, refreshments and a bonfire.Find out more
Kempsey Fireworks Event – Saturday 4 November
Join the explosive fun on this annual fireworks event at Plovers Rise playing field Kempsey. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for ticket sales.Find out more
Head up on the hills
Great Malvern is lucky to have an excellent vantage point to make the most of firework’s night in the hills. Wrap up warm, bring a torch and a flask of something hot, and head up to The Beacon for the best views of all The Malvern’s fireworks and bonfires. You are sure to meet a community of others doing the same. Make sure to wear suitable footwear, take care when descending in the dark and bring all your rubbish home with you.