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Halloween Special - where to scare those little horrors this Halloween

Written by: Elmtree Press


Scare yourself silly this Halloween, along with the kids, at these 12 fantastic events around the country. 

The Deep, Hull

Halloween will be amazing as the myths and legends around one of the world’s most endangered species, the sawfish, are explored. Take part in the very special magical interactive presentation at 11am, 1pm and 3pm complete the fun-filled activity trail as you make your way around the building as well as family activities in Craft Corner between 11am and 4pm.

To book special ‘saw-cery’ tickets – go to https://www.thedeep.co.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-prices

The York Dungeon, York 

This Halloween, York Dungeon will become the home of Halloween, offering unique experiences across the year’s spookiest season. Amazing live actors and 360 degree sets will fully immerse guests in the darkest parts of old York’s history. Along the way, guests will meet such notorious residents as Guy Fawkes and highwayman Dick Turpin. 

The attraction is ramping up the scares in their most recent show, The Curse of the Witch; an intense experience featuring infamous local witch Isabella Billington. The show has been dubbed “the scariest show in Dungeon history”. All of the incredible shows will push the “scary-fun” vibe of The Dungeons to new extremes, bringing to life York’s darkest history.

In addition to the attraction tour, the Dungeon have partnered up with City River Cruises again for their famous Halloween Cruise on the Ouse. The family friendly experience allows guests to step aboard an old, abandoned ship on the city’s famous River Ouse. Hosted by the Black Jester, audiences will discover famous Yorkshire prophet Old Mother Shipton, Harrogate and the outrageous George “Georgie Porgie” Villiers - the 2nd Duke of Buckingham – shaped some horrible parts of history.  

The York Dungeon is also sponsoring the famous Great York Ghost Search, in association with Visit York. There are many ghosts hidden around the city. Find them, and you could win some amazing prizes, including Merlin Magic Passes! 

The Home of Halloween runs 5th October – 3rd November. Halloween Cruise on the Ouse runs 27th-31st October at 18:00 and 20:00. To book, visit https://www.citycruisesyork.com/evening/halloween-cruise/.  The Great York Ghost Search runs 11th October – 1st November. 

More information at www.visityork.org 

The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Pack up your little monsters and bring them to The Forbidden Corner this Halloween…… IF YOU DARE!!  Up until 3 November, there will be daily Halloween quizzes with prizes for finding the lost bones!

On Halloween, it’s the usual fancy dress competition with prizes on offer for the best costumes. This is open to Adults as well as Children so no excuses Mum and dad!

Admission by pre-booked tickets only.  

Spooky celebrations run every day 12th October-3 November.For more details see https://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk/ or call 01969 640638

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire 

This Halloween visit England’s Oldest Tourist Attraction for a good old-fashioned scare, suitable for all ages. Follow the haunted trail through the historic woodland to find monsters, ghosts and skeletons hiding around every corner.  There couldn’t be a better time to visit the eerie Mother Shipton’s Cave and Petrifying Well. The attrac-tion will be transformed into a ghoulish event for all the family. If you aren’t turned to stone first, enjoy the Activity Trail through the haunted woodland and attend a Spooky Science Class. 

Do your best monster impression and join in the Costume Competition every day at11.30am and 2pm.  Watch out for the witches in the woodland making spells around their cauldrons. The park has scenic pic-nic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum. 

Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm).

More details at https://www.mothershipton.co.uk/ 

Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Yorkshire 

A decade of Thrills and Chills at Frightwater Valley. Lightwater Valley theme park is beginning preparations for its annual transformation into Frightwater Valley as part of its Halloween event (October 26th – 31st). For the past decade Frightwater Valley has provided horribly good fun for visitors brave enough to take part in its spooktacular event, and staff are aiming to make their 10-year anniversary one to remember. 

From family-friendly scares to truly terrifying encounters there’s something for Halloween fans of all ages to enjoy.

For younger visitors there will be Spooky Character Meet and Greets, Scary Magic Shows and Monster Knock Doors. Visitors can also join in the frightful fun as part of the Halloween Fancy Dress Competition which will be taking place on the Lightwater stage at 3.30pm each day. Step on board the Frightwater Spooky Train where passengers will embark upon a route around the creepy theme park.  There is also the chance to enjoy some grown-up thrills and chills inside the Live Scare Maze! The maze is definitely not for the faint-hearted and not suitable for children under the age of 12 due to the extreme nature of the scares. 

The thrills and chills culminate with the Frightwater Finale lakeside fireworks spectacular (6pm Saturday, 5.30pm Sunday-Wednesday).  Plus with over 35 rides and attractions for fun seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is one of the UK’s most popular theme parks. Among its signature rides is the 1.5 mile long Ultimate rollercoaster – the longest coaster ride in Europe - and the Eagle’s Claw aerial ride. 

For details visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk or call 01765 635321.

The British Motor Museum, Warwickshire – Rocket fuelled Halloween.

Children of all ages can visit and enjoy plenty of rocket fuelled fun in the lead up to Halloween. Recycled Rockets will enable children to make their own rocket out of recycled materials, whether it be a rocket car, a river rocket or a space rocket. Families can join the Rocket Powered family tour every day at 1.30pm when the costumed guides will explore the concept of ‘power’.

Rocket fuelled Family Science Shows will take place on Thursday 31 October at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. ‘Professor Pickle’ and ‘Doctor Pumpkin’ return for some Rocket fuelled fun in a 25 minute spooky spectacular full of cool interactive demonstrations and rocket inspired science. Emma Rawlinson, Life-Long Learning Officer at the British Motor Museum said “It’s all about rocket fuelled fun this half-term! Along with making rockets, the Black Cat trail, our family tours and our Rocket fuelled Science Show, families can see over 300 British classic cars and enjoy a selection of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks from our Junction 12 Cafe!”

Rocket K’nex Cars will run from Monday to Friday. Children can design and build their own Rocket K'nex Car and see how far it travels from the pneumatic rocket launch. The activity is delivered by the STEM ambassadors from MOD Kineton. Blast off colouring also enables children to choose their favourite car or rocket picture, colour it in and watch it come to life with the Quiver App. 

The popular Halloween Black Cat Trail returns every day where children can search the Museum for the black cats and with their torch discover the colour of each cats eyes! Simply pick up a trail sheet from the Family Activity Station and return for a ‘spooky’ treat! 

Museum entry is just £40 for a family, £14.50 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, £9 for children (5-16 years) and under 5s are FREE. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost. All activities are included in the Museum admission. There is no need to pre-book, just drop by the Family Activity station when you arrive to find out what is going on when. All activities are suitable for 3+ years, unless otherwise specified. 

Activities run 26 October – 3 November. Visit https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/family-activities or call 01926 641188. 

Tudor World, Stratford Upon Avon

It’s going to be an amazing Halloween at Tudor World with spooky day and night events.

31 October-2 November - During the day, there are Witch’s quizzes with ghoulish prizes, Shakespeare’s tours and fortune story-telling. During early evenings, there are family friendly ghost tours and lantern lit ghost tours. In the deep of night, there are Jack the Ripper Interactive evenings as well as HALLOWEEN Ghost and Terror Tours.

Prices: Entry to museum £6 adults, £5 concs, £3 children, £14 family (2A+2C) Shakespeare Tour £5 adults, £4 concs, £3 children, £13 family (2A+2C).  Family friendly tour £13.00 (2A + 2c), £5 adults, £3 children.   Lantern lit Ghost tours (including 'Terror Tours')£7.50.

*New* Jack the Ripper Interactive Evenings £15

 For tickets see and daily list of events, see http://www.tudorworld.com/halloween-events-stratford

Conkers, Derbyshire

Are you prepared to come along and follow footsteps into the haunted woods? With all the ghostly ghouls, witches and trolls…will you make it out alive? Will you take a trip on the runaway train too?

Don’t forget all are welcome to the “Ugly Bugs Disco” and we will be holding a fancy dress competition with creepy prizes for the winners (Ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, 10 +, Adults). There are craft activities and a Flip & Dippy show too!

Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October.  Doors open 6.30pm

Tickets:

Family: £25.95 (Members £23.95)

Adult: £8.95 (Members £6.95)

Child: £7.95 (Members £5.95)

For tickets see  https://www.visitconkers.com/

Cadbury World, Birmingham

Guests to Cadbury World can expect no tricks and plenty of treats this Halloween as the attraction gets set to launch Freddo’s Halloween Spooktacular, from Saturday 19th October – Sunday 3rd November. 

Families are invited to experience plenty of frightful family fun with spooky activities, and entertainment at the Bournville-based attraction this Halloween. Young ghouls are encouraged to don a hauntingly good costume for the daily fancy dress competition, where brave judges will be handing out delicious prizes to the scariest of visitors. 

In the Cadbury World marquee, guests can enjoy live entertainment at Freddo’s Halloween Spooktacular – a spooky show where the famous frog will teach visitors new tricks in his haunted mansion. Fearsome Freddo will even create his own little monster, with the help of some string and a splash of slippery slime. Expect a scream, and a sing along family show packed full of fun, frights and plenty of delights!

Elsewhere in the attraction, visitors can head to the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone to experience the sensation of riding on the Crunchie Rollercoaster and diving into a pot of liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk in a cinematic experience that’s not to be missed. Guests can also catch the talented chocolatiers in action and take a delicious taster for themselves in the Chocolate Making zone, before practicing their piping skills by drawing their name in chocolate in the Have A Go zone, plus much more. 

Diane Mitchell, marketing manager at Cadbury World said: “Visitors can sink their teeth into the amazing world of Cadbury throughout our chocolatey zones this Halloween, as well as enjoy our brand new stage show, Freddo’s Halloween Spooktacular.”There will be a range of spookily good treats in The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop including exclusive hand-crafted chocolate pumpkins, as well as a selection of Halloween-themed cakes in the on-site Cadbury Café. 

Pre-booking for Cadbury World this Halloween is essential, for more information and to book tickets, please visit www.cadburyworld.co.uk 

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth - Haunted Histories from the View

Discover the haunted histories and scary stories from the spooktacular view.  Look… if you dare, out through the floor to ceiling windows, 100 metres above Portsmouth and learn about the ghosts lingering these historically mysterious streets as you complete your Halloween trail.

Keep an eye out for some chilling locations such as Wymering Manor, Old Portsmouth and the Spice Island Pub for some ghoulish gruesome tales.If history isn’t your thing, then test your head for heights rather than frights with the bespoke virtual reality experience, Altitude, and find out what it really feels like to walk the plank across one of the famous ribs.  Watch the new video to give teachers a better idea of what a trip to the Tower consists of!

Here is a link to it on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFwpEY32fRw&t=2s 

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, Pembrokeshire

Haunted Henllys 31 October - It's Halloween and the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest! So come and enjoy the spooky activities before going on the Ghost walk where you will meet the ghoulish yet hilarious characters of Pembrokeshire's past. At the end of the walk watch the wickerman burn to celebrate the eve of winter!

Normal admission applies. Free entry for children in costume.  £3 for Ghost walk and spooky activities.

10:30am- 2pm: Spooky activities.  2:30pm: Ghost walk with the burning of the wickerman at the end.

For more info go to https://www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/default.asp?PID=261


Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Mortal to Mortem! - Join us this Halloween from 6-9pm for an evening involving surgery, autopsy and heart dissections. We’ll be displaying a range of tools and objects used in surgery and autopsy over the years. When you arrive you’ll be able to handle tools like a brain scoop and hold a mallet designed for cracking skulls while marvelling at the sharper objects such as saws used to cut through bone. A member of our collections team will be there to discuss the significance of these objects and answer any questions.

 You’ll also take part in a heart dissection workshop delivered with the perfect balance of gore and fascination by a medical professional from St James’ Hospital.  Tickets are £10 and two heart dissections workshops are available to choose from.

Please visit: www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk for more details.

 

Spooktacular Science – for 3-12 year olds

Thackray really is the place to be this Halloween. We’ve put together a day filled with spooky science and even spookier crafts. Children will watch a fun-filled educational workshop delivered by the team at Mad Science. After the show, they’ll be invited to join the Thackray team in making Halloween crafts that are sure to scare!

Double, double toil and trouble.

Kids will learn while potions bubble.

With melting witches and mind-bending magic,

come watch a workshop steeped in the dramatic.

And when the show is over and done,

you can craft, create and continue the fun.

Get your spook on and join the team…

Thackray’s got you sorted this Halloween!  

Tickets are priced at £10 a child – attending adults do not need to pay for a ticket.

Please visit: www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk for more details.