The Best of Halloween 2019

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The season of pumpkin soup, scary movies and trick or treating is upon us already. Are you ready for a Spooktacular Halloween 2019?

Halloween Fun Facts:

Celebrated annually on the 31st October, Halloween has now become a huge traditional celebration. Although originally popularised by America, it is the second highest grossing event after Christmas.

Whilst parents are now decorating their homes in cobwebs, children pick their favourite, scariest costume and TV channels prepare to air the traditional horror films, to some, Halloween is one of the best times of the year!

Facts about October 31st:

  1. Halloween started as a pre-Christian Celtic festival called Samhain, which means summer’s end
  2. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips not pumpkins!
  3. ‘Halloween’ is short for ‘Hallows’ Eve’ or ‘Hallows’ Evening,’ which was the evening before All Hallows’
  4. According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight
  5. The famous magician Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926
  6. Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years
  7. A child born on Halloween is said to have the ability to talk to spirits
  8. Pumpkins are classified as a fruit, not a vegetable
  9. The film Halloween was filmed in just 21 days
  10. New York City throws the biggest Halloween parade in America

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Halloween Traditions:

  • Apple Bobbing
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Dressing Up
  • Watching Horror Films
  • Telling Scary Stories
  • Going Trick or Treating
  • Visiting Haunted Attractions

Best Places to Visit Halloween 2019

Do you have something planned for Halloween or the weekend that follows it? If not, there’s plenty going on to enjoy. Here’s our guide to the best of Halloween 2019…

1.Alton Towers Scarefest

The Staffordshire theme park holds it’s traditional Scarefest annually, throughout dates in October and November. Their Halloween Spooktacular and Spine-Tingling Terror continues to attract thousands of visitors every year and is perfect for all age groups.

Find out more by visiting their website.

2. Warwick Castle

The ‘Haunted Castle’ has an array of daytime and evening events on this Halloween, all of which are specifically aimed at different age groups. They have Plucky Pumpkins for 0-9 year olds; Daring Dukes for 10-12s; and Brave Knights for 12 years+. Junior ghost hunts, paranormal encounters, the witches tower and the dead knight all look set to make this an event not to be missed.

CLICK HERE to find out more.

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3. Wonderland, Telford

The magical world of Wonderland is a popular choice for families during Halloween. Their Halloween events include a separate day event for younger children and an evening event for older siblings. The event has proved extremely popular with families over the last few years, meaning you have to book tickets and time slots in advance.

All children are encouraged to dress up in their costumes; play trick or trick around the houses and collect spooky gifts on their way round.

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4. Weston Park, Halloween Horrors

As it’s half-term next week, there’s plenty going on at Western Park to fill the days. From Saturday 26th October, you can visit Temple Wood and the Woodland Adventure Playground to carve pumpkins, follow a spooky trail and get creative. Visit their website to find out more.

5. Spookley Pumpkin Festival, Apley Farm Shop

Apley Farm Shop’s Spookley Pumpkin Festival runs throughout selected weekends in October and is the perfect chance to spend some quality time with the family. During they day you can ride the Pumpkin Express, hear the spookly story and pick your own pumpkin from the field. Then, you can take it back to the carving cavern and spend time in the playbarn.

Book tickets via their website.

Other nearby events:

  • Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham
  • The Rocky Horror Show, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
  • Halloween Spooktacular, Cadbury World
  • West Midlands Safari Park
  • Ghost Trains, Severn Valley Railway

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***Don’t forget, there are also plenty of Halloween parties and discos on at local pubs and restaurants, soft play areas and social clubs over the next couple of weekends. So, don’t miss out!!!

Need a Vehicle?

Whatever you have planned over the autumnal and festive period, SSH SelfDrive have a wide range of vehicles and services to offer. From one day self-drive hire, mini bus hire or longer leasing options, call us on 01952 427770 or contact us online. Don’t forget, we have offices in both Telford and Stafford and we can deliver your vehicle all across the UK.

Happy Halloween!

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About SSH

SSH Self-Drive is part of the South Staffs Hire group of companies based in Stafford & Telford. South-Staffs Hire Group was founded by co – owners Darrell Miller and Paul Graham in June 2005.

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1Standard category is cars up to a 1400cc and small vans (i.e. SWB Transit)
2 Under / Overage drivers surcharge is charged at £10.00 per day PLUS VAT.


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All vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel at the start of the hire. Customers may:-

  1. Purchase this tank of fuel at a discounted rate and return the vehicle empty, or
  2. Return the vehicle full at the end of the rental, or
  3. Return the vehicle part full and be charged for missing fuel at the end of the rental


South Staffs Hire Rental Agreement Terms & Conditions of Hire

  1. In this agreement the following terms shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned
    Hirer: The person named on the rental agreement
    Driver: The hirer and / or other person named as such or any other person specifically approved by the Lessor to drive the vehicle during the duration of this agreement
    Vehicle: The original vehicle described or any replacements thereof
    Accessories: The spare wheel, tools or any other items with which is supplied and any replacements thereof
    Rental Period: The period from the date and time stated until the re-delivery of the vehicle back into the physical custody of the Lessor
    Rental Charges: The hire charges for the rental period calculated in accordance with the Lessor’s current tariff
    Refuelling Charge: A surcharge which is added to the cost of the amount of ‘Top-Up’ fuel needed when the vehicle is returned to the Lessor, calculated in accordance with the Lessor’s tariff
    Excess Amount: The sum specified as the excess amount
    Excess Waiver Fee: A fee calculated in accordance with the Lessor’s current tariff which limits the Hirer’s liability to pay the excess amount to the amount of the non-waiverable excess
    Non Waiver Excess: The hirer’s liability will be limited to the amount of non waivable excess if Excess Waiver is purchased in accordance with the Lessor’s current tariff or is part of an inclusive tariff rate offered by the Lessor
    The Insurance Policy: The Lessor’s insurance policy is available for inspection at the rental location
  2. The Hirer Acknowledges that:
    • 2.1 The vehicle is fit for their purpose and undertakes to return it and its accessories to the place and on the date due back specified on the rental agreement
    • 2.2 They have received the vehicle free from apparent defects or damage (except as indicated on the VCF)
    • 2.3 The Lessor has no liabilty in respect of any injury, loss or damage arising from the use of the vehicle, nor shall the Lessor be liable for any indirect loss or damage, or, in the case of consumers, damage which was not foreseeable by both parties
    • 2.4 The Lessor shall not be liable for damages arising from defects or mechanical failures which are attributable to any breach of the manufacturer’s warranty implied by law to take reasonable care or exercise reasonable skill
  3. During the rental period the Hirer shall keep the vehicle and its accessories in his or any approved driver’s possession and shall not allow a third party to take possession of the vehicle or its accessories and when not in use the Hirer shall keep the vehicle and its accessories adequately protected and secured.
  4. The Hirer and any driver shall ensure that the vehicle will not be used:
    • 4.1 for hire or reward
    • 4.2 for racing, pacemaking, rallying, speed testing, driving tuition or similar purposes or for propelling or towing any vehicle, trailer or any other object
    • 4.3 load the vehicle beyond the manufacturers maximum weight limits
    • 4.4 you must not use or allow the vehicle to be used off road or on roads unsuitable for vehicles
    • 4.5 in any manner which might render void the insurance policy, or other contract of insurance
    • 4.6 for any illegal purposes or in contravention of any legislation affecting the vehicle
    • 4.7 by any person who:
      • 4.7.1 is not licensed to drive the vehicle
      • 4.7.2 is under 21 years of age or over 75
      • 4.7.3 is under the influence of drink or drugs
      • 4.7.4 has given a fictitious name, age or address
      • 4.7.5 has not been approved by the Lessor as a driver
      • 4.7.6 has been convicted of a motoring offence the details of which have not been disclosed in writing to the Lessor at the commencement of hire
    • 4.8 outside England, Wales or Scotland without written consent from the Lessor
  5. The hirer agrees to pay on demand:
    • 5.1 Rental charges
    • 5.2 Any appropriate Excess Waiver and any refuelling and miscellaneous charges
    • 5.3 The excess amount in respect of each incident resulting in damage to or loss of the vehicle, its accessories or any property left stored or transported in or upon the vehicle, save to the extent that such damage or loss arises from the actions of the Lessor
    • 5.4 All fines, charges, penalties, costs and expenses (including all charges and penalty charges incurred under a charging scheme) incurred in relation to the vehicle by the Lessor from the commencement of the rental until the vehicle is returned to the Lessor, except where caused through fault of the Lessor
    • 5.5 Any Value Added Tax, local or other taxes payable of any respect of any of the above
  6. The hirer shall compensate the Lessor in full on demand for any loss it suffers as a result of any damage, fire or theft to or of the vehicle including loss of revenue to the Lessor for the period during which the vehicle shall remain unavailable for rental by such reason of such matters and any claims made by any persons in respect of the vehicle whilst it is in the Hirer’s custody. This clause applies whether you have insurance or not. The clause shall not apply to any loss caused by or the responsibility of the Lessor
  7. The Hirer and any driver shall:
    • 7.1 ensure compliance with the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance policy, which shall be deemed to be included in this agreement as if the same were fully set out herin
    • 7.2 inform the Lessor of any loss of or damage to or fault developing in the vehicle as soon as the Hirer or driver becomes aware of the loss, damage or fault
    • 7.3 at the request and cost of the Lessor permit to be done in his own name all acts and things as may be reasonably required by the Lessor for the purpose of repairing the vehicle or enforcing any rights or remedies or of obtaining relief from other parties in respect of any loss of damage to or in connection with the vehicle and its accessories
    • 7.4 indemnify the Lessor against such loss as is recoverable at law where that is incurred by reason of a breach of this Agreement by the Hirer or any driver
    • 7.5 ensure that maximum payload and individual axle plated weights ore not exceeded
    • 7.6 be responsible for the loading or unloading of the vehicle
    • 7.7 obtain or maintain any necessary operator’s licence
  8. The Hirer and any driver shall not:
    • 8.1 without prior consent of the Lessor incur any liability for repairs to the vehicle in excess of £25
    • 8.2 be an agent or servant of the Lessor for any purpose
    • 8.3 make any claim for loss of or damage to any property left or stored or transported in or upon the vehicle unless due to our negligence.
  9. Even if an excess waiver fee is paid, the Hirer shall be responsible for payment of any excess amount where the loss of or damage to the vehicle or its accessories arises from the negligent or wilful action of the Hirer or any driver
  10. If the Lessor agrees to allow the Hirer to use their own insurance as indicated overleaf, The Hirer must prove that this insurance is valid for the whole of the Rental Period and must have signed to confirm this. The Lessor must be satisfied with the cover and policy conditions, The Lessor may ask your insurers to record their names as owners of the vehicle. If the vehicle is damaged or stolen the Hirer will allow the Lessor to negotiate with the insurers about whether the vehicle can be repaired of the amount of compensation due. The Hirer is financially responsible for settling the claim and paying all costs if the policy does fail and the vehicle is damaged, lost or stolen or a cliam is made by another party
  11. If the Hirer is involved in an accident they must not admit liability at the scene. The Hirer will be responsible for collecting the names and addresses of everyone involved including witnesses. The Hirer should make the vehicle secure, inform the police immediately if someone is injured or that liability is in dispute. The Hirer must then inform the Lessor immediately who will provide an accident report form which must be completed and returned within 2 working days
  12. The period of hire as specified overleaf shall not be extended without the Lessors authorisation in writing and in any event the period of the Agreement shall not exceed 90 days
  13. If the Hirer does not comply with any of the material conditions of this Agreement he shall return the vehicle to the Lessor immediately and pay the Lessor on demand such loss as is recoverable at law where the loss is caused by the Hirer’s non-compliance. Where the Hirer fails to return the vehicle the Lessor shall at liberty to retake possession of the vehicle and all reasonable costs and expenses incidental to recovery of the vehicle shall be paid by the Hirer to the Lessor on demand
  14. Any addition to or alteration of the terms and conditions of this Agreement should be agreed upon writing by the parties
  15. The Hirer agrees that the Lessor may use any information given to carry out market research. If the Hirer in any way breaks this Agreement then the Lessor may give this information to credit reference agencies, The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), debt collectors and any other relevant organisation
  16. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall be deemed to exclude or restrict the Lessor’s liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence or any other liability of the Lessor which cannot be excluded as a matter of law
  17. Your vehicle reservation wiill be held for 1 hour after the booking date / time unless otherwise advised of your lateness – after this grace period the vehicle will be released back to available stock and a 25.00 no show fee will be charged.

Cancellation Policy

All reservation must be cancelled 24 hours in advance or charges will apply, Charges vary from £25:00 – £50:00 depending on size of vehicle – For further information please ask a member of staff when reserving a vehicle