How to get your spine chilled in East Sussex for halloween

National Trust images - John Millar
National Trust images - John Millar

There are some spine-chilling thrills in store for Halloween and Half Term this month.

Visitors to National Trust venues in the county can opt to have the living daylights scared out of them or simply enjoy the mists and mellow fruitfulness of landscapes ablaze with colour.

There’s a Pumpkin Prowl at Alfriston Clergy House daily from Saturday, October 25 to Sunday, November 2 (excluding Thursday and Friday) from 10.30am-4.30pm. This is a fun event for children and the young at heart searching for pumpkins hidden around the garden. Costs are £1 per person

At Bateman’s, Burwash a Halloween Trail gives visitors the chance to follow the haunted mansion trail and see which spooky characters are watching - wear a costume and win a prize. This is daily from Saturday, October 25 to Monday, November 3 from 11am-4pm. Normal admission charges apply. Costs are £2.50 per person

Also at Bateman’s, Apple Day on Sunday, October 26 means people can explore the orchard, taste apple varieties, make apple juice and sample orchard products.

On Thursday, October 30 from 6.30pm-10pm there’s a spooky supper with poetry, humour, music, song and supper in the Mulberry Restaurant. Tickets £27 per person, booking essential.

Bodiam Castle stages a Halloween trail daily from October 25 to Sunday, November 2 from 11am-3pm where a monstrous line-up sets up dragon quests, storytelling and crafts in this moated medieval castle. Crones’ Corner on Sunday. Trail costs £2 per person.

November 2 sees the Crones back at Bodiam hidden in a tower in the castle. They’ll be busy selecting and mixing, stirring and brewing a range of concoctions - everyone is invited to enter if they dare and listen to their stories but be wary of their unconventional cooking!

At Standen, Halloween fun includes make and take crafts on Monday, October 27 and eerie wild art inspired by trees and woodlands on Wednesday, October 29.

There are spooky bat walks from October 29-31 in the woodland garden. Tickets £3.50 per adult, £2.50 per child. Booking essential on 01342 323029. Check the Trust website for booking details and telephone numbers.