Saturday, 27 October 2012

Halloween Haunted Castle in Dover

You don’t have to be a child to love Halloween. I’m proud to say that I’m an adult and I love Halloween!I love the dressing up, the sweets, the spooky tours. I love everything about it. The reason for my over-excitement for this 'holiday' could very well be because of the fact that Halloween never made it across the Atlantic till I was well in my twenties. Having watched many American movies about Halloween, I always felt I'd missed out on something amazing. So when went to the US on a student exchange program I couldn't wait for the 31st of October to roll around and go trick-or treating. And boy, did I stand out with my five feet and 7 inches, dressed up as a frog, and a bunch of 5 year-olds in my tow. I had a lot of explaining to do that night and from then on left Trick-or-Treating to the children.Of course you can enjoy Halloween in lots of different ways, even as an adult.

 That's why this time a year I trawl the internet searching for something Halloweeny to do that also caters to adults. Then I stumbled upon a spooky Haunted Castle event in Dover the week around Halloween. I rounded up some friends and off we went. The castle that sits atop the white cliffs of Dover is supposedly chock full of ghostly apparitions of and spirits of dead people who just can’t seem to make it to the other side. Actors dressed up as ghouls and witches and the likes vividly recount the many stories of characters that have been haunting the castle for ages,reenacting them with a high goosebump producing factor.There is the story of the boy who was buried alive behind a wall, the tale of the sobbing woman in the red dress and the account of the headless drummer boy. I will not go into too many details as it might spoil the thrill, but it's all incredibly eerie.

Since you're there anyway, do not miss out on a visit of the secret wartime tunnels that are located underneath the castle and find out what it was like to work on undercover missions during WWII. It also housed an army hospital at that time where injured troops were taken to to be treated. You really get a sense of what it must have been like to work in those daunting circumstances; underground, under pressure and under Churchill. Now there's a scary thought.

In all the Haunted Castle event in Dover is absolutely a great day out for children as well as adults. No explanation required.

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