Nottingham Halloween Trail

The Nottingham Halloween Trail returns to the city centre for a fortnight of free spook tacular family fun 🎃

Before you get started...

Please note that the trail is a little bit different this year and is all about tracking down our spooky characters around the city instead of popping into shops. We've taken this decision to help make the trail as safe as possible for people taking part and to help avoid unnecessary risks.
Thank you for your understanding ,
The It's in Nottingham team

Experience augmented reality

Put on your favourite frighteningly fang-tastic costumes and find your way around our fun Halloween trail this half term (18–31 October). Discover the spooky goings on across the city centre. There’s seven characters to meet and play with using your mobile device. Each of our 7 gruesome characters will be lurking around in special spooky locations dotted throughout the city centre. To give you a helping hand finding them, we've created a handy map which you can collect for free from the the Nottingham Tourism Centre. The map will also be available on our brand new app! 


To take part, simply download the It's in Nottingham app from either the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device and search for
‘It’s In Nottingham’. The game will only be available 18 – 31 October so you will need to visit your app store during this period.



People in Costume as Ghostbusters

People in Costume as Ghostbusters

Get a photo with the iconic Ecto-1 car

Making its debut way back in 1984 when Ghostbusters first hit screens, Ecto-1 has since become one of the most recognisable cars in the world. There's been a few variants of the vehicle over the years but we've opted for the original, giving visitors a chance to experience the classic design up close in all its glory! To complete the experience we're hiring a team of Ghostbusters for you to meet and take photos with! As with every year before, the activity will be absolutely free to take part in.


For the first time ever, we're bringing the Ecto-1 to Nottingham Castle! The car will be on display for visitors from 10.00am - 4.00pm on Sunday 31 October, along side our heroic team of Ghostbusters. Please note that there is no charge for entering the castle grounds to view Ecto-1. 


In the event that the exhibition gets a little too busy, we've teamed up with our friends at the St. James Hotel to offer free drinks for children when an accompanying adult purchases any drink. Conveniently located just around the corner from Nottingham Castle, the St. James Hotel will make the perfect stop-off for those looking to take a little break from their spooky activities. 


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Interesting facts about the Ecto-1 that you may not know:


1. The original design for the car was meant be much more sinister looking

During original design concepts for Ecto-1, the crew had ideas to make it black with purple-and-white strobe lights giving it an ethereal, purple glow. On top of that, it was also supposed to have supernatural powers including inter-dimensional travel and the power to completely dematerialise. Apparently the the plans were scrapped after it was pointed out how much the vehicle would be filmed during the night (not ideal in low light!). 


2. Ecto-1 accidentally caused a few crashes in New York 

Shortly after the original film was released in 1984, Ecto-1 was driven around the city of New York with the driver wearing an authentic Ghostbuster costumer. Other drivers were so distracted that they lost control of their own car trying to get a glimpse... oops! 


3. The Vehicle Designer was poorly credited in the film

Stephen Dane was the man tasked with overseeing the full design and development of the Ecto-1 as well as other important props for the original film. Despite his impressive work, Stephen sadly received very little credit. Not only was his name misspelled (Steven Dane) on the film credits but he was also only listed as a “Hardware Consultant.”


4. Ecto-1 was revived by fans

After filming and promotion was complete, Universal Studio's simply left the original Ecto-1 to collect dust in a studio backlot (can you imagine!?). This of course outraged fans and resulted in a petition for the car to be restored to its former glory. The good news is that it worked and the vehicle was restored to near perfect condition. 


Facts sourced from 'The Drive' and 'Yahoo! news'


A scarily good travel offer

Families can travel into the city on Nottingham City Transport for a specially discounted Grouprider price of £5 as part of the Halloween Trail. Download the free NCTX Buses app, select the Off Peak Grouprider ticket and enter the discount code ITSINNOTTINGHAM. Grouprider tickets cover up to 5 people (min 1 adult, max 2 adults) after 09:30 on weekdays and all day at the weekend.

Click here to download the NCTX Buses app for iphone

Click here to download the NCTX Buses app for Android

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