boti’s alternative guide to halloween

Cue the Ghostbusters theme tune and dust off those devil horns because Halloween will soon be here and we’re ready to get spooked. If filling your face with eyeball-shaped chocolate and wearing questionable zombie make-up isn’t your thing, then fear not, as we’ve got the ultimate round-up of Halloween-inspired events for you in Brighton & Hove this October.

Become a creature of the dark
If you’ve been to the Booth Museum then you’ll be familiar with the feeling you’re being watched, as their floor-to-ceiling collection of weird and wonderful taxidermy fills the space. This Halloween, they’re giving you the chance to enter the mysterious world of animals that emerge in the dark, getting hands on with some of their collection. Discover how our eyes can play tricks on us by understanding the science of how things glow in the dark. From a special appearance from rescue bats to an eerie look at owl pellets (yes, really), it’s a great ghostly day out for all ages!
Saturday 27th October, 10.30am – 4.00pm; free drop-in for all ages
Booth Museum of Natural History, 194 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA

Give yourself some ghoul power

The Cult Milk legends are back with a workshop designed to give you, ahem, ghoul power as you create some Halloween-inspired nipple pasties for the occasion. For £22.15 you’ll have CM lead Amy on hand to guide you through how to create the perfect (non-edible) pasty magic, with all the materials included, too (there’s sequins galore!) – most people make two to three in the two-hour session. There’s a lovely bar and kitchen at the Signalman, so you can fuel your creativity with a (kindred) spirit or two…
Wednesday 26th October; 7pm; £22.15
Signalman, 76–78 Ditchling Rose, Brighton BN1 4QQ
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Musical Mystical Bingo

If you find a spare tenner in your pocket and you fancy a try at bagging a freaky full house, head down to Komedia on Wednesday 31st October for a Halloween special of musical bingo. Yep, you guessed it… instead of calling out numbers, they play songs. We’re imagining ‘Thriller’ will be pretty high on their playlist… There’s a different theme for each round, so if you’re a bit of a music buff, this could be the game where you emerge a winner. Their DJs will take over the decks for a quick-fire medley of tunes while you mark your bingo cards, hopefully, all the way to a full house. There’s a whole lot of fun and prizes to be won, but Pat Sharp wasn’t available to join them…
Wednesday 31st October, 7.30pm – 11.00pm; £10
Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN

Prepare for a fright flight

Ever fancied looking out over the dark city streets and hearing about its spooky history? Now’s your chance, as Ghost Walk of the Lanes have teamed up with the BA i360 to bring you an evening of fright flights. The city of Brighton & Hove wasn’t always such a picturesque place, so why not take to the skies to hear about its gruesome past and let the spirits of the city creep up on you. BOO! Be prepared to hear some spine-chilling stories about who (or what!) haunts the streets and beaches below, while you look down at the beautiful city by night. There’s a family-friendly flight, too, so your little ones don’t get too spooked. But for those that can handle it, the adult-only flight may well see the return of demonic clowns and other freaks from the Victorian funfair, as you creep through the horror maze and onto the pod, where horrific ghouls from the unsolved murders that took place on the West Pier Victorian funfair could come out for Halloween…
Wednesday 31st October, family-friendly 6.30pm, adults only 7.30pm; from £6.50 (book before 15th October for 20% off)
British Airways i360, Lower Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2LN

Tap into your dark side with Dracula
We’re big fans of The Spire in Kemptown, adding a raw arts space to the city. And this Halloween, you’re invited to step inside the atmospheric church building for an evocative and haunting new tale of a cursed man’s eternal search for true love… and world domination, of course. Yes, you guessed it, Bram’s Stoker’s chilling classic Dracula is coming to Brighton. True story theatre company have managed to combine physical, fast-paced storytelling with their unique bold style, so it’s one not to miss. If you’re local with a postcode starting BN2 5**, then, guess what, you get in for the bargain price of £10. We love this community spirit. In all senses of the word!
Wednesday 24th October – Sunday 4th November (no show 29th), 6.30pm and 8.30pm; from £10
The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel, Eastern Rd, Brighton BN2 5JN

The ultimate spooktacular experience
If you haven’t been to Tulley’s Farm in October for Shocktober, then we have to ask, what have you been doing? We won’t hold it against you, though, as we’re here to make sure you don’t miss out this time around. The award-winning immersive experience (they were even voted the UK’s No. 1 Scream Park) is back and this year it’s going big. If you’ve always wanted to be chased by a fake zombie holding a real (bladeless) chainsaw, then you’ll certainly get your kicks here. Their Haunted Hayride is a particular BOTI fave, as you’re taken off the beaten track on board the farm tractor for a horror ride you won’t forget. They’ve got fireworks, street food, theatre and live music, so prepare yourself for the ultimate spooktacular experience. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!)
Saturday 6th October to Friday 3rd November, times vary from 5.00pm to midnight; from £30
Tulley’s Farm, Majors Hill, Turners Hill Rd, Crawley RH10 4PE