Get Spooky in Cardiff! The Best Cardiff Halloween Party Guide

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Cardiff Halloween Guide

Cardiff Halloween Party Guide

Halloween seems to be No. 2 on the most celebrated festivity in South Wales, with Christmas coming a close second!  If you’re heading out in to the frighting darkness on a hen do, stag weekend, or just for fun, in Cardiff Halloween this Weekend, then make sure you make the most of it!   We have drawn up a list of Welsh Games‘ most favourite Cardiff Halloween events on offer.  Read on, if you dare!

Cardiff Halloween

Night of the Living Dead

For the Cardiff Halloween party that never fails to deliver, drag your zombie heels over to Revolution for Mode’s Night of the Living Dead.

The venue is really going to town with the gruesome décor but the brave will be rewarded with a hellish party the night amongst giant cobweb confetti cannons and mysterious mist machines. The most bloodcurdling fancy dress possible is an absolute must if you want to join in the terror!

When & Where : 31st October 2018 – 22:00 – 3:00 – Revolution

Halloween Airsoft Zombie Attack

Venture into the eerie woods outside Cardiff for a night you’ll never forget… if you survive to tell the tale that is! Airsoft Cardiff have been contaminated after a top-secret experiment got out of hand.

The scientists and marshals have become bloodthirsty, contagious zombies and only you can save the planet by shooting them in the head and controlling this outbreak before it’s too late! Even if you’ve never played airsoft before, this is a great starter event which is sure to get you hooked!

When & Where : 28th October – 15:00 – 21:00 – Airsoft Cardiff

Halloween Movies in Cardiff Castle

It’s not Halloween without watching a film to make your toes crawl, so why not trade in the couch for a chance to experience a screening at Cardiff Castle’s seriously spooky Underground Cinema?

As soon as you descend into the Castle’s 15th century Undercroft, chills will be creeping up your spine from the suspense… or maybe from that mysterious draft…? With multiple showings from Hocus Pocus and Coco to Guillermo de Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth there’s something here for all the family!

When & Where : 28th October – 3rd November 2018 – Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Halloween

Cardiff Mansion Halloween Special

Take a trip to Cardiff Mansion for a chance to experience some seriously freaky paranormal activity! There are plenty of spooky stories about this old tradesman’s house with staff reporting unusual happenings and uneasy feelings in some of the rooms.

Spend the evening with Cardiff Ghost Seekers and find out for yourself if it really is haunted! You can even stay the night in one of the rooms if you’re brave enough!

When & Where : 27th October 2018  – 20:00 – 02:00 – Mansion House


Okay, so this one isn’t actually in Cardiff itself, but it’s so awesome we couldn’t miss it off the list!

Head to Rhondda Heritage Park, just 25 minutes from the capital, for X-Scream, a fully immersive experience, with seriously terrifying actors, special effects and a shock at every corner! This year is a fairy tale special so be prepared for some really twisted characters that have climbed out from your favourite bed time stories!

Clamber through the underground chambers of this disused mine and fight to survive while you struggle to make it back to the light. Your heart may never beat the same again after you witness what’s lurking in the dark!

When & Where : 18th – 31st October 2018 – Rhondda Heritage Park

Breakout Cardiff

Make a beeline for Breakout Cardiff this Halloween and take on their two scariest escape rooms which have been made extra unnerving especially for the spooky season. Creepy disembodied voices will taunt you as you desperately try to lift the dark magic of the Cursed Carnival.

In Disturbed, your heart will be seriously thumping while you endeavour to track down your missing colleague in an abandoned warehouse. Keep your wits about you and, whatever you do, don’t get locked in overnight!

When & Where : 24th – 31st October  10:30 – 21:30 – Breakout Cardiff

Cardiff Halloween

Big Night Out / Halloween Special

Get ready for the biggest night of the year over at Pryzm Cardiff on the night of Halloween! Don your best halloween garb, and revel in the spooky décor.

The usual array of different rooms and DJs will be there ready to get your feet moving and you can be sure that the hypnotic, pounding rhythms will definitely possess you! If last years production is anything to go by they will pull out all the stops with visuals, sound and special effects to knock your socks off.

The crowd is guaranteed to be whipped into a wild frenzy so make sure you are amongst the crazed masses!

When & Where : 27th October 2018 – 21:00 – 04:00 – Pryzm

Disco of The Dead – Tramshed

Don’t miss this epic Halloween night run in collaboration with Triple Cooked who bring together banging music, art and entertainment.

Expect to hear House, Disco, Bass and Garage beats loud enough to wake the dead!

The stage production will be out of this world with performers, art and stalls to keep you going through to the end of the night!

When & Where : 31st October 2018 – 21:00 – 02:00 – Tramshed

Festival of the Dead

This amazing festival is touring the UK and hits Cardiff just after Halloween so you can keep the vibe going longer! Keen to separate themselves from Latin American religious festival Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the organisers state that this is more of a carnival atmosphere – sounds good to us!

Dress up with your best sugar skull face paint and expect amazing circus and theatre performances including huge carnival characters and acrobats and buckle down for a night of crazy clubbing!

When & Where : 9th November 2018 – 22:00 – 03:00 – The Great Hall, Cardiff Students Union

Cardiff Halloween

St. Canna’s Ale House

If there’s a special date in the calendar, you can be guaranteed that St. Canna’s will be throwing a bash and this Halloween in Cardiff is no different!

The atmosphere in this micro pub is always super friendly and warm so expect to be coaxed into an apple bobbing competition before you can even cross the threshold!

This year it’s a Vampire vs Zombie party so pick your side, make sure you go to town with your outfit and stay it out to the end of the night to see who wins!

Team the ever-changing craft and real ales on offer, some classic games and ghoulish tunes spinning on the Vinyl Jukebox and we reckon you have a pretty perfect night ahead!

When & Where : 27th October – 19:00- 23:00 – St. Canna’s Ale House

Top 10 Secret Student Spots in Cardiff

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students in cardiff secret spots

Cardiff top 10 student hangouts

Cardiff is a fantastic place to be a student with all the benefits of a capital city but none of the crazy price tags attached to studying in London.

We’ve put together this ultimate guide for students so you can get out exploring and enjoying the best that this amazing city has to offer and save you stumbling upon these gems a week before you graduate!

Read below to find our recommendations of the best cafes, bars and hidden spots that will fast become your favourites!

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1. Face 11

This laid-back bar and restaurant channels the après-ski vibe perfectly. The wooden cladding and wall-mounted snowboards transport you to an alpine hut in the mountains. Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s ‘Studentville’ AKA Cathays, this is the perfect place for pre-town drinks.

You can take advantage of the 2 for 1 cocktail list and student discounts too. If you are into your music or you’re budding musician, there are also weekly open mic nights at the bar on Thursdays and A&R record company talent scouting nights. If that isn’t enough, the bar also hosts regular comedy nights run by ‘piste off comedy.’

2. Gwdihw Café Bar

A quirky venue outside and in, that feels like you are in a cosy yet kooky living room. By day, this is a great little hide away in the centre of Cardiff to go for a coffee or grab some lunch with friends and relax on the comfy sofas or the picnic tables outside.

There is also free WiFi, so bring your laptop and pretend to do some of those uni assignments! By night, the bar really comes alive. You will always find a good DJ or band playing and there is even a great heated outside space to chill out in when you need a break from the dance floor! The drink prices seal the deal for us with student offers such as 4 cans for £10 and house spirits and mixers for £2.50.

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

3. Vulcan Lounge

This cosy pub on Wyverne Road is a great place to kick back and relax with your mates and enjoy a pint. This excellent drinking establishment has friendly bar staff and a great atmosphere. Head here for the great pool room or to watch those big matches on their giant projector screen. There’s also a heated beer garden so you can hang out outside as long as you want! There are great students deals available day and night and regular open mic nights.

4. Breakout Cardiff

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do then this may be the place for you. Breakout is Cardiff’s new escape room games and is located in the popular Brewery Quarter in the city centre. You can compete in a group of between two to five people and have up to 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles and escape one of the breakout rooms. Each room has a different theme and unique story. It’s the perfect activity to celebrate a birthday or bond with your new housemates! Do you have what it takes to breakout?!

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

5. The Little Man Coffee Shop

This new little independent coffee shop which is a great place to chill with friends or hide away and do some work. Staff are always friendly and the coffee and food are both great. The venue has a really cool retro feel with comfy armchairs and sofas. There’s also regular quirky theatre events and if you need to find your zen after some busy nights out or some revision stress there’s also regular yoga breakfast mornings.

6. The Dead Canary

This cool secret cocktail bar located on Barrack Lane, Cardiff (but I didn’t tell you that!) is perfect for a night out with friends or perhaps a first date with that special someone. There’s a cool retro ‘speak easy’ feel to the bar, a great atmosphere and great drinks. The venue hosts some great event nights including live music nights and cocktail making masterclasses if you fancy learning how to make cocktail yourself! Why not go along to the bar’s ‘Taith-Tiki Thursdays’ and try out their Thursdays special cocktail menu based around their Tiki cocktail creations!

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

7. Rose Street Flea Market

Rose Street Flea market in Roath is one of Cardiff’s best hidden gems. If you’re into your vintage clothing and cool vintage furniture this is the place to uncover those hidden treasures! This is the coolest and most legit ‘junk shop’ you can expect to go to, plus everything is reasonably priced so you’re sure to pick up a bargain. Once you’re visited once I can guarantee you’ll become a regular at getting lost in the weird and wonderful land that this place is… and have the coolest retro student flat going!

6. Porters Cardiff

Ran by self-proclaimed failed actor Dan Porter, Porters Bar is a great place to go for live music, comedy and theatre nights and is also host to Cardiff’s first pub theatre, ‘The Other Rooms.’ There’s always a great live band playing on Friday and Saturday nights and a packed dance floor. There’s also a big beer garden outside with comfy retro cinema seats. As well as a great night out, the venue also hosts ‘come down Sundays’, where you can watch two free films in the bar, chill out and play some board games, and listen to some vinyl plus an evening pub quiz…. hair of the dog it is!

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

7. Infinity Trampoline Park

This is great fun and such a laugh with friends! A whole room filled with trampolines and foam pits to jump away to your hearts content and let the kid inside you out…who said you had to grow up when you went to uni! Try and go on a weekday or later in the evening if you can to avoid busy periods and have more bounce space to yourself.

6. Outpost Coffee

A cool and quirky independent pop up coffee and vinyl music shop always on the move, making an appearance at events and festivals in Cardiff and offering great student deals…A great place for coffee and music lovers! To keep up to date with where Out Post will be popping up next follow them on twitter: @OutpostCardiff

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Bloggers Biog, Sarah Rogers:

After living in London to train and work as a dancer, Sarah has recently moved back to Cardiff to start her own dance company business ‘Ransack Dance’, and is enjoying re-discovering the best the city has to offer!

A fan of live music she loves finding venues with music and live mic nights.  Alongside her dance work, Sarah works on Saturdays at the Welsh Games, leading hen dos, stag dos and birthday parties.