"To help you decide how to spend Halloween we've chosen our top five spooky spectaculars and, best of all, they couldn't be easier to get to."

Explorer hunts down the spookiest spots on the network this fright night…

Whether you've already dusted off your favourite pumpkin costume, or are planning to channel the spirit of Wednesday Addams, there are loads of brilliant ways to celebrate the scariest day of the year in style. To help you decide how to spend Halloween we've chosen our top five spooky spectaculars and, best of all, they couldn't be easier to get to. Just jump on the train - they're all close to the station and leaving the car at home means you can avoid monster queues on the motorway. Plus, Halloween is the perfect time for a (ghost) train ride!

Have you got any tips for fellow passengers on where to head for a fright night to remember? Or are you planning to head to one of our fab five events? Share your suggestions and comments with us below - but first, prepare to be afraid, very afraid, as we present Explorer's fantastic five Halloween haunts...

1. To the dungeons!

 

Guaranteed to quicken the pulse, few places do 'ghoulish' like the York and Edinburgh Dungeons. Alongside the permanent macabre displays, Halloween will be brought to life with terrifying results as the King of Scare, Stingy Jack, stalks the dungeons every day until 31 October. Will you escape his curse?

Money saver: Buy an add-on ticket for the dungeons when purchasing your train ticket and you'll save up to £6.20!

Go by train:   York: 10-min walk, Edinburgh: 3-min walk

More info: Rail offers  The dungeons  

2. All aboard the ghost train

 

Having toured the world terrifying everyone who dares jump onboard, Carnesky's Ghost Train has now taken up permanent residence on Blackpool's South Promenade. A journey into the unknown, this is a high-tech fairground ride with live actors and old school theatre trickery sure to make you shiver.

Go by train:  Blackpool: take tram to the South Pier.  Buy train tickets in advance.

More info: Carnesky's Ghost Train   

3. Hear haunting tales of horror

 

Discover the power of the imagination as three critically acclaimed writers read original scary stories aloud at Manchester's Royal Exchange on Monday 31 October and Tuesday 1 November. Penned especially for Halloween, prepare to be well and truly spooked as the chilling tales are relayed...

Go by train: Manchester Piccadilly: 15-min walk. Buy train tickets in advance

Info: Royal Exchange

4. Party with the paranormal

 

Prepare yourself for some fearful fun: Britain's biggest Halloween street carnival hits Sheffield on Sunday 30 October. Fright Night is free and sees the city centre pedestrianised, with attractions including a 'scream tent' (not for the faint-hearted), a Ghostbusters car and a fancy dress catwalk. Toffee apples will be plentiful to boost your blood sugar, should adrenaline not suffice...

Go by train:  Sheffield: 10-min walk.  Buy train tickets in advance

More info: Yellow Bus Events

5. Wander with the waking dead...

 

For those who enjoy being thoroughly terrorised, few things could be scarier than one of Newcastle's famous ghost tours. Taking in the city's Castle Keep and Black Gate, you'll hear all about the spine-tingling sightings and grisly goings on said to have taken place there. Beware: Casper the friendly ghost this is not!

Go by train: Newcastle: tours depart from Castle Keep, 5-min walk.  Buy train tickets in advance

More info: Newcastle ghost tours

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