Thousands of people enjoyed Day Of The Dead at Southport Pleasureland. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

With Halloween approaching at a scary pace there are some spooktacular ways families can mark the annual event in and around Southport.

From zombies and scarecrows to aargh-fternoon tea – here Stand Up For Southport and Visit Southport unveil a cauldron of spellbinding options for families and visitors to the much-loved coastal destination so you can let out a loud cackle of approval and mark Halloween in style.

1 – Day of the Dead Festival at Southport Pleasureland 

The Day Of The Dead Festival at Southport Pleasureland

The Day Of The Dead Festival at Southport Pleasureland

After a hugely successful run last year, Southport Pleasureland is bringing back its Day of the Dead Festival.

Taking place over three evenings from Friday 3rd November to Sunday 5th November, there will be unforgettable experiences and a mesmerising lineup of thrills including drummers, fire eaters and live music.

The park will be dressed in brightly decorated sugar skulls creating the perfect fiesta atmosphere.

And at the end of each night there will be a spectacular fireworks display to end the day on a high.

Tickets are £20 and include unlimited access to all rides for the whole night.

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2 – Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Grand 

A Rocky Horror Picture Show event is coming to The Grand in Southport

Get ready for a wild and wicked Halloween event at The Grand, Southport, as they present their electrifying Rocky Horror Picture Show extravaganza! 

Embrace the decadence and give in to pleasure as you join us for a night of chilling fun on Saturday, 28th October, starting at 7pm.

Step into the world of Frank N Furter and immerse yourself in the vibrant and macabre atmosphere of the Rocky Horror universe. Let your inhibitions go and unleash your inner wild child as you party the night away with the cast and fellow enthusiasts.

Indulge in our spine-tingling cocktails, specially crafted to transport you to the strange and seductive realm of Transylvania. From a tantalising “Time Warp Martini” to the bewitching “Sweet Transylvania Sour,” these haunting libations will be the perfect accompaniment to your night of revelry.

As you sip on your otherworldly drinks, indulge in a themed buffet, featuring an array of delectable treats. From sinister snacks to ghoulishly delightful dishes, culinary offerings will satisfy your cravings as you embrace the spirit of the night.

Tickets for this sensational event are £40, which includes access to the spellbinding show and a themed buffet. 

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3 – El Kiddo family event comes to Southport with teen DJ sensation and top tribute acts

El Kiddo is coming to Waterfront Hotel in Southport, courtesy of DJ Harrison McDonald (Harry MC) and Mark Pickup of Southport TV

El Kiddo is coming to Waterfront Hotel in Southport, courtesy of DJ Harrison McDonald (Harry MC) and Mark Pickup of Southport TV

A talented teenage music innovator is bringing the family friendly ‘El Kiddo’ Halloween event to Southport. 

Aged just 17, DJ Harrison McDonald, known as Harry MC, has already enjoyed the type of career that his peers could only dream of. 

After a sell out summer in Ibiza, running his own hugely successful family event called ‘El Kiddo’ based at the island’s infamous Bam Bu Ku, following a popular run in Dubai, Harry and his Dad have teamed up with local event organiser Mark Pickup from Southport TV.

Together they are bringing this family music-based extravaganza to Southport on Sunday 29th October 2023 to The Waterfront Hotel, Promenade Southport (formally Bliss).

El Kiddo will bring a family party like no other, with off-the-wall entertainment and a high-energy line-up of talented tribute acts including Katy Perry and Taylor Swift as well as Harry MC and a local DJ competition winner. 

For more information and tickets head to:—Halloween-Family-Special-Southport/36660577/

4 – Southport Market’s Halloween Monster Ball Bash!

Southport Market. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Join Southport Market on the 26th and 27th October for their Halloween Bash – with a spooky disco, dancing, fancy dress competitions, ghoulish games and even a goody bag to take home!

The amazing Baz Todd will be hosting and entertaining throughout the day to bring you a fun-filled SpOooOky celebration!

There’s a boo-rilliant prize for the best Halloween costume, so make sure you dress to impress!

Tickets are £10 for children with adults and under 1s free. Each disco will last approximately 1.5 hours and will have an interval halfway through where you can purchase food & drink from one of the amazing traders.

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5 – Spooky Afternoon Tea at The Vincent Hotel

Spooky Afternoon Tea at The Vincent Hotel in Southport

Spooky Afternoon Tea at The Vincent Hotel in Southport

Join The Vincent Hotel for their Spooky Afternoon Tea. Running from the 25th to the 31st of October you can expect the unexpected with creepy crawly cakes, scary scones, and a cauldron of Jam.

The hotel will also be decorated to help get you into the Halloween spirit. Pre-booking is essential.

The Vincent Hotel is a unique lifestyle hotel and stunning wedding venue located in the heart of Southport.

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 6 – Spooky Make it! Craft Workshop at The Atkinson

Spooky Make it! Craft Workshop at The Atkinson in Southport

Spooky Make it! Craft Workshop at The Atkinson in Southport

The Atkinson is hosting a free family craft workshop with a spooky Halloween theme on 26th October that is perfect for kids of all ages.

Be inspired by the museum, gallery, and theatre programme to create something wonderfully creepy for Halloween.

Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm.

Afterwards you can explore The Atkinson Museum, home to an impressive collection of pieces of social history and a range of interactive displays and creative activities.

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7 – Churchtown Village Halloween Hunt

Churchtown Village

Churchtown Village

Get your witch’s hats on to explore Churchtown Village for their Halloween hunt.

Wander around the charming village to find the answers to all the spooky clues. If you find all the answers you could be in with the chance of winning £150 of vouchers to spend in the village.

A fun day out for the whole family and a terrific opportunity to explore some of the wonderful local businesses.

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8 – Half-term mischief at Riverside Holiday Park

Half-term mischief at Riverside Holiday Park

Half-term mischief at Riverside Holiday Park

Celebrate Halloween in style with a stay at Riverside Holiday Park.

 The park is running a spine-tingling set of activities all week with a range of entertainment including a thrilling Michael Jackson tribute, DJ nights, Halloween cupcake making and pumpkin carving.

The week ends on a high with a family Halloween Party where you can enjoy a family fun fair and haunted bouncy castle.

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