Halloween has become the third biggest holiday in the UK behind Christmas and Easter. Spending onHalloween celebrations is rising every year and is expected to hit a whopping £687 million in2023.The festival, which has a history dating back to ancient times, sees partygoers don their spookiest costumes for trick or treating and adorn their homes with skeletons, cobwebs and, of course, the obligatory pumpkin.

Derby is getting in on the spooktacular fun this Halloween, with a series of events taking place across the city and the wider county. Children will love taking part in the Halloween Hunt, an augmented-reality trail around the city’s St Peter’s Quarter. You need the LoyalFree app to take part, scanning QR codes at businesses around the city and watching characters come to life on your smartphone. The trail is open from October 13 until October 31.

Families can also enjoy lots of festive Halloween fun at Bluebells, at Brunswood Farm on Locko Road.Children can brew their own witch potions, bob for apples and escape from the scarecrow maize maze, as well as find their perfect pumpkin. A free pumpkin is included with every child’s ticket purchased during the event, which runs on October 14and 15, October 21 to 22 and October 28 to31.

A Halloween family funfair will light up Derby’s Market Place from October 26 to November 5, while a puppet-making workshop will be on offer at Markeaton Park. Adults can get their chance to dress up at Derby Leisure and Events’ Halloween Party, which features a drag act. Over 18s can head to the party at the social club in Moor Lane, Allenton, with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Stay at a luxury serviced apartment

Whether you’re looking to enjoy one of these events or have other Halloween plans in Derby, why not consider staying at a luxury serviced apartment? A stay at one of Grand Central Apartments’ luxury serviced apartments allows you to enjoy a ‘home away from home’ experience, providing a place to rest and recharge without the restrictions of a hotel.

All apartments are furnished to a high standard, with a modern kitchen allowing you to self-cater as and when you want. There is free parking at each apartment, as well as a smart flat-screen TV withNetflix, super fast Wi-Fi, toiletries, a hairdryer and towels.

Great locations across the city

With locations across the city, you’re bound to find a Grand Central Apartment that meets your needs, whatever you are up to. Grand Central Derby apartments are in a quiet district, just a short stroll from the bars, restaurants and shops of the city centre and 14km from Calke Abbey, which is hosting a series of Halloween-themed outdoor cinema showings.

You may prefer to stay in the stylish Friar Gate area of the city, at the Grade II listed Mill or at a GrandCentral Friar Gate Deluxe apartment. Grand Central Melton offers super spacious apartments in the centre of Derby, suitable for up to six guests, while Grand Central Little over Deluxe apartments are close to the city centre. Book your half-term stay with Grand Central Apartments and make it a Halloween to remember.