A great list of activities to do with the kids this half term and post your carvings on our Facebook page to win prizes!
The nights are getting darker, the weather’s getting colder so why not take a look at some of the spooktacular Halloween events happening around the country for you and your family to enjoy together…
Wicked The Musical
What better way to have fun this Halloween than an evening at London’s Apollo Victoria where you can see the award-winning musical ‘Wicked’. Take the whole family on an adventure to the enchanting land of Oz where you will discover the untold story of the Witches of Oz. Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, ‘Wicked’ tells the story of two young sorceresses who meet at Shiz University and form an unlikely friendship; the lovely Glinda and the green outcast Elphaba. Once the best of friends, their lives take very different paths when they meet the Wizard of Oz as Glinda becomes Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. With spellbinding songs and spectacular effects, ‘Wicked’ is a musical spectacular you and your family won’t want to miss! For more information, visit their Facebook page.
On Halloween, the smash hit musical Wicked will also be celebrating its seventh annual Wicked Day and invites YOU to do something For Good by helping to raise money for The Woodland Trust and Magic Cash For Kids!
CLICK HERE to download the EXCLUSIVE Wicked Day Fundraising Pack and discover a host of Wicked-themed activities for people of all ages to enjoy at home, at work or even at school... Greenify yourself in Fancy Dress, bake FABULOCIOUS Wicked cakes, have your very own Monkey Workshop or even print the official Wicked Halloween decorations and have yourself a Wicked Day party of your own! All proceeds will help fund a unique project enabling young people to plant and learn about the importance of trees within the local environment. You can join in the fun on Wicked's Facebook and Twitter pages too throughout the day!
The Ghost Bus Tours
Hop on the bus with the Ghost Bus Tours this Halloween! This spooktasic ride takes you on a tour in a black Routemaster around some of the most historic, not to mention haunted, sites around London. Complete with undead ticket collectors and coffins, this tour will offer you and your family the chance to see London in a way you’ve never seen it before on this eerie night!
There are some fantastic Halloween games to keep you and your children entertained this October. Of course there’s the classic apple bobbing or the hilarious pin the wart on the witch’s nose but you could also try the mega messy flour game: pack in as much flour as you can into a bowl, then put a plate on top, turn the whole lot over and gently lift off the bowl. Hopefully you should be left with a flour sandcastle! Then put a plastic disc (like a Connect 4 counter) on top. Using a knife, people take turns to remove a small slice from the flour mound. Eventually the flour sandcastle will collapse and the person who causes this to happen must remove the disc from the floury mess using just their teeth!
Stay in a spooky castle or prison
This Halloween, why not spook it up by spending the scariest night of the year in some of the most haunted places in Britain. The Landmark Trust is offering you the chance to test your fear factor; from castles to prisons and even twisted fairy-tale cottages, there are lots of different locations across the nation to choose from for an eerie family trip away. Take a look at the Swiss Cottage in Devon that looks like it’s straight out of Hansel and Gretel or perhaps the House of Correction which is based on the site of a 17th century prison. Or maybe your family would enjoy the isolated Napoleonic fort, Fort Clonque, on Alderney in the Channel Islands.
Halloween movie night
It’s not all about dressing up and trick or treating, there are plenty of spooks to be had from the comfort of your own sofa. Gather your family and settle down for a Halloween themed movie night! Will you go for some classic spooky films or a Scooby Doo marathon? Don’t forget the popcorn, chocolate and sweets to munch on and to really get you and your family in the eerie mood you could also decorate your home with dusty cobwebs, giving it an extra hair-raising Halloween feel.
Grisly Gore Tour, Nottingham
This October, Nottingham's City of Caves has added the fright factor to their tours of the city's underground sandstone caves… Led by actors, you and your family will be given the heebie-jeebies as you encounter some creepy sights, unnerving smells and maybe even a ghost or two amidst the historic wonders! There will also be free daily activities for children.
Scary rides and Halloween is definitely a recipe for some serious spooks! Thorpe Park has a whole host of thrilling events going on to make your hairs stand on end. Take part in their Fright Nights or test your fear levels with one of their live action mazes! This is a great family day out to celebrate this truly terrifying time of year.
Carve a pumpkin
It’s a classic Halloween tradition but carving a pumpkin is a fantastic way for all of the family to get into the creepy mood! Plus the finished pumpkins provide some spooky decorations for your house ready for the end of the month. Why not carve individual pumpkins for each member of your family to create a pumpkin clan?
London Eye Halloween flights
From 24th October to 1st November the London Eye is being spooked up for Halloween! The London Eye will be transformed into a gruesome grotto featuring a spooky forest and a bubbling bog, plus two witches will be there (one nasty, one nice) ready to offer some tricks and treats. You can also take the kids on the Tales of Two Witches Cruise as you hear the tales of the mysterious Thames as well as the dark and chilling stories of London’s riverside landmarks, towers and bridges…
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