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Halloween Scream: tried & tested!

How brave our we? (Er not very it turns out - cue the shrieking...) As Hever launches it's first ever immersive fright night we went along to discover the darker side of the castle... Are you game?

Get ready to scream! This October, for the first time Hever Castle will host evenings of frights and terror – from Mon 25 – Sun 31 October.

Discover the darker side of Hever with a fright night you won’t forget, full of immersive scare action intended to frighten you.

During the evening you will have access to two separate mazes. First, you’ll be heading into the Castle for The 13th Frame and then down into the dark cellars for SUBstratum. Halloween Scream is not for the faint hearted – you’ve been warned!


The two-part event starts in the historic Castle where famed spirit photographer Sir William Doyle opens the doors to an exclusive exhibition of his 12 ‘ghost photographs’ to the public for the first time.

But his spectrocamera has had a serious malfunction, and the ghosts he has captured on film are now roaming the castle halls.

Journey through the Castle in a 15 minute walk through interactive experience.

Come face-to-face with the phantoms and witness Sir Doyle’s assistant attempting to capture the ghost of Hever Castle on film in The 13th Frame.


In the second part of the fright night experience, you will be transported back to 1940 when the bombs of the blitz are headed for Hever Castle.

Descend into the cellars below the Castle (an area usually closed to the public) and take refuge from the airborne attack for another 15 minutes of interactive experiences; but be warned – a far more terrifying encounter awaits you in a hidden labyrinth.

Down the dark, steep steps, you’ll find the depraved Doctor Lockwood is conducting bizarre medical experiments inside SUBstratum and you could be next…

We won’t spoil it all but if you’re after a fright this Halloween, this one is for you!


The Castle looked amazing inside and outside all dressed up for Halloween complete with spooky music to get you in the mood for the adventures that lay ahead.

I quite like harmless jump scares so thought may as well give it a go to see what the fuss was all about! After clutching three of my friends (as you can tell it was a brave start), we entered the castle for the first experience.

After many shrieks and laughs, we made our way out into a lit corridor to wait with anticipation (and dread!) for our second and final experience of the night.

I was particularly worried about going down into the cellars and word of warning, the stairs are very steep and it’s quite narrow down there so you might want to think again if you don’t like tight spaces.

SUBstratum was by far the creepiest and most gruesome one of all, complete with a section where you are blindfolded! We definitely all screamed on this one.

When we hit the fresh air after being chased out of the cellars below, we got some much needed snacks. Hot drinks, hot dogs and donuts are available from the vans right in front of the castle where you can stand and witness the frightened people going in!


The Halloween Scream Event will be on from Mon 25 – Sun 31 Oct between 6pm – 9:45pm (final entry is 10pm and final exit is 11pm).

Tickets are £25pp with arrival slots available every 15mins. Suitable for thrill-seekers 14+.

Book your tickets now.

2 comments on “Halloween Scream: tried & tested!”

  • Annabel Cosgrove October 29, 2021

    After seeing the review on Muddy I went to the Halloween Scream at Hever last night and had a great time. I was with my husband and our teenage son and we all really enjoyed the spooky experience. I haven’t screamed or laughed like that for a long time! Thanks for the recommendation – looking forward to next year!

    • aliagnew October 29, 2021

      Ah, that’s great to hear – glad you survived and that there was some laughing involved as well as obligatory screaming… thanks for taking the time to leave a Comment. Who else is game then…?


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