Ghost Fest returns to Oxford Castle Unlocked, with frights for all ages this October.

Scare yourself silly as the castle transforms into Oxford’s only scare attraction, brave the castle overnight to complete a ghost hunt, enjoy a Spooky Tour, or dress to impress the ghosts and ghouls hidden behind our prison cell doors at our ever popular Trick or Treating afternoons! Ghost Fest is back!

Rest assured: with so many ghosts, you’ll never be braving it alone! Will you dare to join us?


Family Fun Activities

halloween - children trick or treatTrick or Treat 

Children have a chance for some fun and frights during Ghost Fest at the attraction’s ever-popular Trick or Treat evenings on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October from 5pm plus a special after-school session on Monday 31 October from 4.30pm. The castle’s prison wing offers the ultimate venue for some trick or treating as families – dressed to impress in their best Halloween costumes – are encouraged to knock on each cell door for spooky encounters and sweet rewards!

Pumpkin Carving



Pumpkin Carving

Parents – avoid the mess of pumpkin carving at home! Throughout the Halloween half term, children are invited to carve their very own pumpkin at Oxford Castle Unlocked. Create silly, scary and wicked designs and take the finished product home in time to display them on Halloween night!

Interested in hiring the Castle for your paranormal investigation? Check out the Ghost Hunts section on our venue hire page for more information.

Activities for those who dare


Truth or Dare TourTruth or Dare Tours

Guests will embark on a guided tour of the atmospheric buildings and the Castle Quarter with one of the ghoulish castle characters, learning about the betrayals, executions and rumoured spirits who haunt the historic surrounds, before going through the haunted corridors:  it will be an experience to remember!




The Dark Side of The Paranormal  with Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe  Ciaran O'Keeffe

Best known for Living TV’s Most Haunted, parapsychologist Ciarán O’Keeffe comes to Oxford Castle Unlocked, ready to entertain brave guests with a talk about ‘The Dark Side of the Paranormal’ before leading a ghost hunting tour around the castle site, Most Haunted style. Nerves firmly shaken by the end of the evening, review your spirit searching adventures with a glass of bubbly!

Ghost Fest Halloween

Halloween Midnight Tour  

On Halloween night, brace yourself for a special spooky tour of the castle encompassing the deepest, darkest corners of the 1000-year-old site! Guests will dare to discover the ancient well chamber and underground crypt, climb the 11th century St. George’s Tower and the 18th century Debtor’s Tower, as well as exploring the Punishment Cells, the site of unimaginable horrors from the Georgian era. At the stroke of midnight, toast the end of Halloween with a glass of bubbly.




Jailbreak – Escape Room

Jailbreak is a locked room puzzle game for 10-15 players, perfect for team building, corporate away days, family days out or just for fun. If you are smarter than the Crystal Maze contestants, fancy yourself as one of Ocean’s Eleven, or have ever broken into your own house, this is ideal for you. Suitable for 12+ years



Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails 

Bill Spectre will run his tours Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Monday October 31st at 6:30 and 9pm.