From candle-lit dinner parties in haunted mansions to ghost stories whispered around woodland campfires, there’s something to give everyone goosebumps at National Trust places and Hallowe'en.
Of course, if one evening of spooky tales and scary trails just isn’t enough for you, many of the places we look after will be serving up eerie events all half term. So why not book your family into one of our enchanted holiday cottages and enjoy a whole week of frighteningly good fun and games?
Best of all, while the kids are busy playing tricks on each other, you can enjoy the treats nature serves up at this time of year.
Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through the rusty carpet of fallen leaves, or a blast of cool air on a coastal hike, the sights, sounds and smells of autumn are hard to beat. There’s every chance you’ll spot flocks of migrating geese soaring overhead, shy squirrels collecting nuts in the woods, and if you’re near a deer park, maybe even the spectacular sight of bucks locking antlers in their annual rut.
What better way to spend the day before returning to your very own cosy cottage for toasted marshmallows and a bowl of piping hot pumpkin soup?
Browse through over 400 holiday cottages here or check out a few suggestions below.
Formerly a golf club house, this unusual cottage has facilities for disabled visitors.
This gas-lit cottage stands high above the nearest village with terrific views all round.
The first floor of a converted barn with fine countryside views.
One of three traditional barns between the Norfolk Broads and the sea.
A Victorian farmhouse on the edge of Housesteads Fort on Hadrian's Wall, with outstanding views.
A converted farmhouse in a delightful rural setting with walks on the doorstep.