Best family Halloween events 2012

best halloween events

best halloween eventsWhen you have splashed out on outfits for all, themed decorations and buckets of sweets for the trick or treaters, you may be spooked at the thought of diving too deep into your purse to celebrate the occasion at an organised event. The good news is that there are plenty of wizard ideas for Halloween events to suit every pocket. ‘Witch’ ones appeal to you?

Halloween events: North

Don your scary fancy dress and go on a ghost hunt, enjoy spooky games or be bewitched with themed craft at Howden Park in Livingston on their afternoon of Halloween Family Fun on 28 October at 1pm. Just £3 per child (01506 777666).

dragon safariCarnival parades, story telling and themed crafts in the Hall of Horrors and a dragon safari (family ticket £10) are just some of the treats on offer for toddlers to teens at the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival in Londonderry from 27-31 October (028 71376 545).

Are you brave enough to ride in the headless horseman’s carriage at the Penrith Halloween Festival? He’ll be making an appearance with various spectres, zombies and witches in the Cumbrian town’s streets on 27 October between 10am-4pm (01768 212150).

broomstick makingAttend the broomstick making workshop at the Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre near Bishop Auckland on 28 October. Then fly around the spooky trail and collect some ingredients for a magic potion! £5 per broomstick. 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Booking is required (01388 488312).


Halloween events: Central

There will be some seriously Spooky Goings On at Beaumaris Castle on the Isle of Anglesey on 31 October when horrific food treats, ghostly walks and more are planned, all in aid of the RNLI.  From 6pm-8pm. Adults £1, children go free (01248 810361).

pumpkinsBe courageous and attend the Scarefest at Alton Towers. 13-14 and 19-31 October will be extra-specially terrifying at the Staffordshire resort, including extended hours to take your favourite rides in the dark!  Save on ticket prices by booking online (0871 222 3330).

Follow the Ercall Wood Pumpkin Patch Trail starting from the Forest Glen car park in the Shropshire Hills, using the clues to find what lurks inside the woodland pumpkins. 1pm-2-30pm on 26 October, free but booking essential (01743 284280).

Come and meet the Creepy Crawly Man at Valence House’s Grimm Hallowe’en event in Dagenham, 10am-4pm on 27 October, when events will be inspired by the fairytales by the Brothers Grimm. A free event for children aged 6+ (020 8215 3006).

Halloween events: South

Take the Occombe Farm Hallowe’en Bewitched Trail in Paignton, solving the clues to break the witches’ spells. Suitable for children aged 4-12. Cost £1.50 per child. From 10am-3pm, 29-31 October (01803 520022).

halloweenIt’s the Love Food Halloween Festival at Paintworks in Bristol on 28 October, when along with all the treats for tummies, you’ll find Jack’ o’ lantern carving demonstrations, mask-making activities and a fancy dress competition. 10.30am-4pm (07815 308 488).

Where more appropriate to celebrate Halloween than Gravesend? There are plenty of ghoulish (and free!) goings-on in the town centre from 11am-4pm on the 31 October, including themed balloon modelling and broomstick riding (01474 337600).

Do check all details ahead of your visit. Have a spooktacular time and please tell us all about it by adding your comments below!