While our October Half Term Special is packed full of super local events, don’t forget to check out our Days Out Page too, it’s packed full of suggestions of places you might like to visit on a family day out.
Here at STAG Mumbler, we are always keen to hear your recommendations of great things to do. If you’re heading somewhere great this holiday, we’d love to hear about it at email@example.com
It’s Back! from Monday 26th October to Saturday 31st October 2020 join in the Fearsome Festive Fun this Halloween, with something a little different this year.
Beetle Bank Open Farm, Moor Lane, Murton, York YO19 5XD
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Join us for a villainous family day out in Selby, Tadcaster or Sherburn in Elmet this October!
10 monstervillains have been spotted in these parts and it’s your job to find them! Families in Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet are invited to take part for FREE in MonsterVillain Safari this Halloween period.
Start the safari by going to monstervillainsafari.com and finding their first character. Learn the names, stories and powers of all 10 creepy but cute villains and then read about their first mischievous adventure in a free eBook.
To take part simply:
1. Scan any character’s QR code to begin collecting them
2. Hunt down the monstrous villains using the map
3. Learn their names, stories and powers by scanning their QR codes
4. When you’ve found them all download and read your very own eBook
Suitable for all ages, explore the spooky forest and Halloween Haunted Village, but watch out for witches, ghosts and creepy skeletons around every corner! There’s lots of ghoulish fun to be had with photo opportunities and fancy dress competitions. Our competitions will be slightly different this year, with virtual catwalks and prizes awarded digitally.
See the incredible Petrifying Well and the birthplace of a real witch at Mother Shipton’s Cave! The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum.
Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3pm).
Booking is essential
Holiday Camp will be taking place in the upcoming October half-term on Wednesday 28 October. We’ll be running two exciting workshops for children and families to enjoy together as part of Holiday Camp, delivered by NSPCC partners Harrods and Sophy Henn.
They’ll be shown on a virtual events platform – so families can join in wherever they are!
Holiday Camp is free to join and perfect for families with primary school age children who are looking for something fun to do during the half-term holiday. There’s the option for participants to donate too, with all money raised helping us to still be here for children.
Find out more on the NSPCC website.
Trick or Treating might be a bit different this year due to COVID19, however at Pretty’s Sweets we want to deliver happiness to your homes. Surprise your children with our Halloween Trick or Treat box, jam packed with ghostly treats. Beautifully presented sweets with a halloween twist!
Halloween Edition boxes come in 2 sizes:
All Halloween Boxes will be posted w/c 26th October so that they arrive in time for Halloween.
Visit Pretty’s Sweets Website
Have an awesome autumn at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Under 5’s go free
Head to RHS Harlow Carr this half term for a fun-packed outdoor adventure for all the family.
Enjoy the glorious colours and fresh autumn air, kicking up the leaves and collecting conkers in the Woodland and exploring our new sculpture trail. Young imaginations can run wild in the Logness Monster and Craggle Top Tree House play areas. Why not finish your day out with treats and hot drinks from Betty’s Café?
In order to effectively manage social distancing measures, we’re asking all visitors and members to pre-book a time slot ahead of their visit. We ask that everyone visiting Harlow Carr please familiarise themselves with the latest Government advice, avoid meeting in groups greater than six, unless they are part of the same household or support bubble and maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres from people outside of your household.
For more information and to pre-book your visit head to our website.
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB
The Spilmans Festival is on a real authentic farm where you can pick your pumpkin from the field it was grown in – plus there are loads of other fun things to do to make this a very Autumnal, Halloween experience!
🎃 Pick and Carve your Pumpkins on site
🌻 Pick your own Sunflowers & Potatoes too! (3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th October Only)
🌈 Rainbow Maize Maze – Covid Safe Maze Experience – Follow the farm clues and complete the activity sheet as you walk around the trail. (The maize maze may be closed in wet weather)
🌽 Corn Cannon – have some fun blasting cobs out of our corn cannon! Fire corn on the cob, at targets.
🚜 Tractor Rides – Hop on our trailer and hear all about our farm and what we grow. Drive past the pumpkin patch full of orange and white pumpkins.
🌾 Bale Mountain – Climb our huge straw mountain, right to the top. Catch a great view of our pumpkin patch and a sea of orange pumpkins!
🎡 Fairground Rides – In addition to the Pumpkin festival, there are some optional extra fairground rides to enjoy. (these are cash only and not included in the credit system)
With PYO pumpkins ready to pick from 1st October and festival dates running on; Weekends 3rd & 4th, 10 & 11th, 17 & 18th, then for the full week from 20th – 31st.
Pre book your tickets for £10 then use this full £10 in credit towards the Pumpkins, Carving, Maze, Corn Cannon, Tractor Rides & Bale Mountain. Plus if you get there early, you can pick sunflowers and potatoes with the credits too!
Church Farm, Sessay Nr Thirsk, YO7 3NB
‘My daughter and I also had a brill time at a party, recently held at Tadcaster Swimming Pool. Lots of fun.’
HB, Jan 18
‘Wonderfully maintained beautiful pool with fabulous staff.’
RP, Nov 19
‘My son has had some 1 to 1 lessons with Lauren in the holidays she has been amazing with him. Really patient and she has helped him so much.’
AM, April 19
T: 01937 833001
32 Westgate, Tadcaster, LS24 9AB
We are so happy to be welcoming all our visitors back to Hull’s amazing aquarium and enjoy a fin-tastic day. With over 5000 animals, including spectacular sharks and rays, the UK’s only Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical fish, Loggerhead sea turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins, there’s something for everyone.
The Deep crew have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure government guidelines are adhered to, offering a safe and clean environment for visitors to enjoy. Noticeable changes will include new opening times of 9am- 6pm (last entry 5pm) on weekends and school holidays (10am – 6pm Monday – Friday during term time), directional signage, hand sanitising stations and timed ticket slots which will require pre-booking on-line.
Please note, to avoid crowds gathering, the dive show, touchpool sessions and scheduled feed presentations will be suspended for now. Find out more about our safety measures, what a visit with us will look like and how to book your timeslot and tickets at www.thedeep.co.uk
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000. Open daily 9am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
The city of York is certainly a magical place. Equally famous for its chocolate heritage as it is the plethora of ghosts and ghouls who continue to make the city their home. Now it is the turn of the witches, wizards and warlocks as two of the city’s entrepreneurs take on the challenge to bring more magic to York with their new venture – magically-infused mini-golf targeted at the family audience.
“We are so lucky to live and work in York, but when I come into town with my kids I sometimes struggle to find something that the whole family can all enjoy year-round. That’s what inspired the idea behind The Hole In Wand – an experience that all ages can enjoy and, importantly, keep returning to time and time again.” Comments Chief Enchantment Officer Ben Fry – also known to many as the official Town Crier for the City of York.
With early concepts for the courses named Dragon’s Breath, Unicorn’s Folly and The Enchanted Forest in the works the team are already showcasing the whimsical approach The Hole In Wand will take.
The experience will open in the former premise of Patisserie Valarie, Coppergate, in early 2021 and is being designed to appeal to the city’s resident population, as well as welcoming York’s many family visitors throughout the year.
“What’s important to us is that The Hole In Wand becomes part of the everyday life of families in York. We want to be the place that families flock to as a special treat and to relax and unwind. We also want our marvellously-magical birthday parties to be the constant talk of the playground.” Continues Ben
To bring their vision of an enchanting putting experience to life the team are looking for support from magic-fans in the community. They are aiming to raise £20,000 to bring their magic-infused dream venue for families into reality. In exchange for this support they are offering a series of special Crowdfunder offers, all with membership to their new ‘Magic Wanders’ club included.
“What we’ve done with our crowdfunding packages is to think about how we can add real value to what we are offering. From the smallest donation to our top package, everyone will be an equal member of our Magic Wanders Club. Whatever you can give you will get something spellbinding back and you will be a big part of our story.” Added Phil Pinder, Director of Wizardry of York’s Potions Cauldron and Chair of the city’s Retail Forum.
The crowdfunding campaign will be in addition to the investment already being put forward by the enterprising duo, who have seen significant growth in their Potions Cauldron business. They now supply Hamleys of London and countless other stockists across the UK, as well as welcoming thousands of protege witches and wizards each year to their shop on The Shambles.
To pledge your support and to join the Magic Wanders club visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wizardgolf and keep up with the progress of the campaign on Social Media using #HoleInWand.
AGILITY is one of the most exciting and unique centres for fitness in the UK. The main feature is two ninja warrior style obstacle courses catering for the whole family.
T: 01904 340495
London Ebor Business Park, Millfield Lane, York, YO26 6QY
Homegrown PYO pumpkins with lots of varieties, big ones, small ones, fat ones, ugly ones white ones, blue ones, plus squashes & gourds… the perfect pumpkin for everyone! Food available, outdoor mini playground & farm shop stocked with local goodies, freshly ground coffee & ice cream
No entry ticket required. Open 10am-4pm.
Open 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 22nd-31st October with the activity barn too.
Bert’s Barrow, Austfield Farm, Austfield Lane, Hillam, Leeds, LS25 5NQ
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Cannon Hall Farm has Autumn Fun on the Farm. Tickets are from £6.95 per person and must be pre-booked on line. Free Pumpkin for Kids. You can also visit the animals including goats, an alpaca, horses and calves. There is a great outdoor playground and fancy dress is welcome – with spot prizes issued for those who have and a special effort (please bring a change of clothing for the playgrounds)
17th until 31st October 2020
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT
Ceramic painting is an activity which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. You don’t have to be an artist to achieve great results. We have a large variety of products to paint, ranging from small animals, plates and mugs to large vases.
Give us a call, email us or take a look at our website.
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30 High Street, Tadcaster, LS24 9AT
T: 01937 918100
‘Buckets of fun for everyone! The only place where children and adults can ride and drive real diggers and so much more!’ – D, Aug 18
Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW
T: 0871 2277007
Tickets are now on sale for the Pumpkin Festival 2020. Pick your own pumpkins, eat pumpkins, over 20 different varieties of all shapes, colours and sizes. Carve your pumpkins. Celebrate Pumpkins and Autumn. Advance tickets only.
3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th to 31st October 2020.
Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, WF7 5AF
It’s going to be a fantastic afternoon of crafts, games and fun with the added bonus of fancy dress!!
13:00 – 14:30 for ages 6 – 8
14:45 – 16:15 for ages 9 – 12
Please drop us a message on our page for your registration form.
Find us on Facebook – York Creative Workshops
*Refunds are available if the classes have to be cancelled due to covid restrictions
Companthorpe Rec, York
We’ve pulled together some of our favourite halloween inspired crafts. Why not spend time with your mini mumblers making decorations for the house, or make a halloween themed special dinner?
Welcome to the Mumbler Big Halloween Picture Hunt. Go on a walk and see if you can spot these while out and about, alternatively, print off the images and hide them around the house and garden (along with some little halloween treats) and let the mini mumblers have fun trying to find them all.
‘Set in 10 acres of ancient woodland and rolling parkland. This is the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England.’ – NCFBOP, Aug 18
Offer: Children under 4 free
Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB
Our Miniature Railway, under 5s play area, Road Train and Pop-up Science shows are all back for half term! We’ve made some changes to keep your visit safe. Just make sure you book your free admission tickets in advance.
Join us 24 October – 1 November at the National Railway Museum.
With A FREE pumpkin for every full paying child, Piglets have stacks of spooooooky fun this October! Pumpkin Patch & Carving, Mysterious Maze, Autumn Outdoor Adventure, Curly Tails & Little Snouts plus visit the beach. Please note, the Indoor Bale Play Baaarn will not yet be re-opening.
Oct Weekends Leading to 26th Oct – 1st Nov
T: 01904 499183
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST
Head to the pumpkin patch and choose your very own pumpkin.
Be sure to say hello to our resident witch, Jules, who will be patrolling the pumpkin patch, casting spells and keeping an eye out for all the children.Follow the clues on the Halloween trail, find the hidden word and claim your prize. Hand feed the Llamas, cows, pigs, sheep, donkeys, goats and Scratch the Alpaca.
Let the children run free in our 2 outdoor play areas, then sit back and relax in our cafe with a cuppa, or use the picnic tables outside.
Swithens Farm, Swithens Lane Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0BT
T: 0113 282 8828
Come and choose your own pumpkin for carving a scary face for Halloween. There are hundreds to choose from in the field. You could even do a family of pumpkins.
We only intend to have prebooking for the weekend dates and October half term. We reviewed the number of weekday visitors for the PYO Pumpkins and this showed to be easily manageable without booking. Visit our website for more info.
T: 01759 373023
A166, Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB
‘Explore arms and armour from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays.
Only a short distance from the city centre at Leeds Dock.’ RA, Aug 20
Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT
T: 0113 2201999
Now, more than ever, is a time for local discovery and we’re very fortunate to live in a district that has a fascinating mix of bustling market towns and charming villages, with medieval history, stunning architecture and beautiful countryside.
To showcase the many places to experience and enjoy, three themed Selby District trails have been developed – aimed at encouraging residents and visitors to explore the district and experience must-see landmarks and attractions, whilst supporting local businesses. The trails can be enjoyed at leisure, by social or household bubbles, as and when appropriate.
The Three Themed Selby District Trails
The trails focus on landscape, green open spaces, heritage stories and family adventure.
The self-guided Selby District Trails will help you explore and discover all that the district has to offer, whether you’re new to the area, visiting, (re)discovering what’s on the doorstep – or looking for some October half term ideas.
1. Escape in your own backyard
If you’re looking for an hour’s escape, a slow Sunday jaunt or an adventure off the beaten track – Selby District is an outdoor wonderland.
It is filled with ancient woodlands, waterways, acres of lowland heath, nature reserves and a wealth of flora and fauna. This is complemented by quiet country lanes, historic market towns and wide–open spaces. Enjoy discovering what is on the doorstep with this wonderful mix of gardens, woods and nature reserves.
2. Discover your home’s history
Encompassing the historic market towns of Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet, Selby District is one of Yorkshire’s hidden gems. It is rich in history, overflowing with heritage and brimming with stories that bring our home to life. Explore breath-taking heritage, medieval history and beautiful countryside – and discover how it all began with this wonderful mix of attractions, churches, historic sites and battlegrounds.
3.Young – at the Heart of Yorkshire
From fruit picking and solving puzzles to escape, to gliding in unique thermals and learning how electricity is generated, there are many exciting and unique things to do as a family in our District. Spend some quality family time together – and enjoy discovering what’s on the doorstep with this wonderful mix of family days out, activities and things to do – come rain or shine!
The trails will be available as postcards and, when the time is right, they will be available to collect across the District, from information points, key attractions, shops and cafes. For the time being, they will be available to view and download via the Selby District Council website.
Here’s a pick of some of the fun family activities taking place across the district this October half term:
MonsterVillain Safari – Halloween Trails in Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn.
Take your family on the MonsterVillain Safari! There are 10 monster heroes to be found in store windows across each of the three towns; they’ve ventured all over each of the towns and your mission is to find them all! Just use any of the QR codes that are next to the monsters in the window to head to the website & see where all the locations are, or visit:
A great adventure for young children, it’s also a completely contactless activity as you use your phone to help find all 10 creatures and a great way to get the family moving as you search for all of the monsters! You can also give an optional donation of £2, and 100% of all proceeds from the safari are going towards NHS Charities Together.
Unfolding Origins: Selby Abbey Sculptures Trail
Take a closer look at Selby Abbey with two new sculpture trails. Collect the trails from the Abbey – they are both self-guided so
you can do them while social distancing. Families can try creating their own sculptures too – pick up a free kit from the Abbey (suitable for 8-14 years). Use #unfoldingorigins to share your creations and enter the free prize draw.
Selby Abbey Tours
Have you ever wanted a tour of the Abbey? Why not join one of their new guided tours, free of charge. Family friendly tours are available over half term.
Pick your own pumpkins at Bert’s Barrow
Find that perfect pumpkin! Free to enter, just pay for what you pick. The carving barn is open for you to enjoy, just £4 per child.
Please note that opening times and availability will vary. It’s important to check opening dates, times and guidelines before you travel.
Businesses across the district have been working extremely hard to adapt and follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines. Many have achieved the Visit Britain ‘We’re Good to Go’ standard, which shows they have adhered to guidelines and have processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing, so you can enjoy your days out with confidence. To see which Selby District businesses are ‘We’re Good to Go’, visit the Know Before You Go Interactive Map. https://goodtogo.visitbritain.com/discover
‘Smile Cafe is a 29-seater cafe, based within Pocklington Mile Farm Shop, with a fantastic indoor play area designed for children aged five and under.’ SC, Aug 20
The Mile, Pocklington, York, YO42 1TW
T: 01759 305420
The East Riding Festival of Words is back for 2020 – with a varied programme of free online events, featuring a
range of popular authors. The Festival features an exciting programme of events for children as well.
Free online events for children are:
Wednesday, 14 October: 10am – 11am and Saturday, 17 October: 2.30pm – 3.30pm: Puppets, Plays and Story Days – Stick Man
Join in an online puppet telling of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Stick Man’. Carol Burton brings the wonderful story of Stick Man to life with her interactive storytelling. Most suitable for ages 3 -7.
Saturday, 17 October 1pm -2pm : The Stupendous Stone Age with Saviour Pirotta
Join bestselling author Saviour Pirotta on a trip to the stupendous Stone Age as he celebrates his new book The Whispering Stones. Set in the Neolithic era, this adventure sees shaman-to-be Wolf and his best friend Crow trying to unravel the secrets of Stonehenge. Find out how Saviour wrote the book, what makes him fascinated by this distant period of our history and have a go at plotting your own Stone Age story. Most suitable for ages 6 – 11.
Sunday, 18 October 9.30am – 10.30am: Lets Go Wild! : Charlotte Milner
What do you know about the secret world of Bats? Why do Bats hang upside down? What do they eat? Take an amazing online journey through the upside down world of bats with Author Charlotte Milner. There is a fun quiz, and you can make your own Bat Mobile. Find out how you can make your garden bat friendly. You will need to print off some templates to take part in the craft and quiz activities. Most Suitable for ages 3 – 7.
Sunday, 18 October : 11am – 12noon : Andy Seed – Interview With a Tiger
Imagine if you could talk to a tiger or chat with a cheetah. What would it be like to have a natter with a wolf or ask a polar bear a question? Award-winning author Andy Seed has done it for you!
In Andy’s new book, Interview with a Tiger (and Other Clawed Beasts Too) you can:
Come and join in this fun online event with facts, jokes, puzzles and great pictures. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, do an animal quiz and have a really good giggle!
[The age range is 6-10, but it’s suitable for all ages]
Sunday, 18 October 1.30pm – 2.15pm : Zoolab – Endangered Animals Workshop
Find out why animals are in danger of becoming extinct with our live online workshop. Join Zoolab’s Ranger and animals as you explore why the Dodo and the Dinosaurs became extinct. How can we help prevent this from happening to other species? Join in and ask questions and learn how you can help conserve the world’s animals.
Sunday, 18 October: 2.45pm – 3.45pm : Andi Dawson – Ruff’s Guide to Endangered Animals
Ruff loves to live by the rules of reduce, reuse and recycle and he really cares about the planet we all share and does everything he can to protect it. Join Ruff as he finds out about the perils that endangered animals face around the world and what people are already doing to protect them and save them for future generations. Join Andi and Ruff in this fun interactive workshop.
Sunday, 18 October : 4.15pm-5.15pm: Make A Bug Hotel with Ruth Finlayson
Why do we need bugs in our garden? Learn about good and bag bugs, where they live and why they are struggling to find homes, and how we can encourage more of them in our world. We will be making a hotel for bugs out of everyday materials foraged from your home and the outside world. Most suitable for ages (supervised so adults can join in too): 3-12yrs.
Things you need to collect before the event:
E.g. Pringles tube, large plastic bottle, milk tetrapak
Twine or string
Scissors, glue, sticky tape
Paint and colouring pens (Optional)
One adult to help with the tricky stuff
Make our hotel comfortable with anything you can find when out exploring, or in the garden. Check with an adult to make sure it’s safe to pick up, and doesn’t harm any wildlife.
Empty toilet rolls
Dead stems and twigs
Saturday, 31 October: 3.30pm – 4.30pm : James Nicol – Wicked Witches
Author James Nicol brings us tales of wicked witches in this spooky Hallowe’en workshop. Find out about witches in history, listen to James read from his books and join in with the interactive
quiz if you dare!
Saturday, 31 October : 5pm-6pm: Spookyrumpus Scary Halloween Tales
Dare to join us for our Spookyrumpus Scary Halloween tales from our very own sinister storytellers; ‘Ghoulian’ and ‘Fangula’…Close your curtains, dim the lights and forget the pjs – this Zoom event calls for your most frightful fancy dress! Most suitable for ages 3 – 7.
Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for coastal regeneration and tourism, including culture and leisure, said:
“This is a fantastic programme for children, and I am particularly pleased with its emphasis on environmental issues. There is something for everybody here, and I’m sure that lots of families will want to get involved in these free online events.”
All the events will be will be held online on zoom and are free, but must be booked in advance at www.festivalofwords.co.uk.
Visit the website for details of the adult programme of author events for East Riding Festival of Words including former MP Peter Hain and former ‘Stig’ from BBC Top Gear Ben Collins, plus popular crime writers LJ Ross, A.A Dhand and Marnie Riches, to name just a few.
Follow the Festival of Words on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @erwordfest
‘Exploring the transformative impact of image and sound technologies on our lives. 8 floors of FREE galleries and 3 cinemas including the UK’s first IMAX.’ NSMM, Aug, 20
Pictureville, Bradford, BD1 1NQ
T: 01274 202 030
‘Like millions worldwide, you’ve probably read his books or watched All Creatures Great and Small, or maybe you’ve heard of James Herriot on the TV series The Yorkshire Vet. Well why not come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and wrote his incredibly successful series of books based on his experiences as a young North Yorkshire vet.’ Aug 20 WJH
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL
T: 01845 524234
‘A uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to Yorkshire’s most perilous past. See, hear, feel and smell the chillingly amusing characters of the bad old days as they come to life before you.’ – TYD, Aug 18
12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD
T: 01904 632599
It’s the spookiest time of the year – and the best excuse to eat sweets that was ever invented!
Trick or treating might look a little different this year, but you can still have lots of scary Halloween fun in Calderdale (and steal a few of your kids’ sweets when they’ve gone to bed).
Whether you’re planning to head out trick or treating or prefer to put on a spooky celebration at home, we’ve got lots of ideas to fire your little skeletons’ imaginations!
Throw a Spooky Party: Invite your bubble, stock up on cheap decorations (or get the kids to make some!), serve spooky snacks and party on!
Make a Halloween Tik Tok video in Fancy Dress: Everyone can have fun with this one – even the dog can join in! Why not choreograph a dance to Thriller, or your favourite spooky song?
Play Halloween Games: Our favourites are Wrap the Mummy (gather some toilet rolls and have teams wrapping up a volunteer), Halloween Bean Bag Toss (throw them into pumpkins with wide mouths), Halloween bingo (instead of numbers use a pumpkin, skeleton, black cat etc on the cards) and sticking hands into a pumpkin to guess what’s inside (jelly, toy rats, etc).
Try some spooky science experiments: How about some Halloween-themed slime? There’s a slime recipe here and you could add Halloween colours and small spider or bat decorations. Or, make a pumpkin erupt like a volcano! Simply carve a pumpkin and put a bowl inside. Add some bicarbonate of soda, some washing up liquid and some food colouring (it’s best to do this outside for an easy clean up). Add some vinegar and watch the foamy liquid ooze out of the pumpkin’s mouth! You can find lots more Halloween science ideas here.
Hide sweets in your garden or around your house: Play some spooky tunes while the kids are searching to set the mood, and give them flashlights or head torches if you want to do it in the dark!
Pumpkin carving contest on zoom: Great for the kids to show off their hard work and catch up with their buddies. You could make it a fancy dress contest too!
Drive to look at other decorated houses: If you know an area that always makes an effort at Halloween, why not drive – or walk – around to see different decorations?
Paint rocks or pumpkins: Decorate some Halloween-themed Rocks. You could even paint pumpkins instead of carving them. You can find lots of designs for pumpkins on Pinterest.
Glow stick dancing: Turn out the lights, snap some glow sticks and get grooving. You could even wear black then stick the glow sticks to your clothes like skeleton bones!
Have a Halloween Afternoon Tea! Everything looks better served on tiered trays, and there are lots of food ideas on Pinterest. Our favourites are sausage mummies (wrap strips of puff pastry around sausages then bake and add black icing eyes), banana ghosts (chop a banana in half and add chocolate chips for eyes and a mouth) and Oreo spiders (stick two Oreo cookies together with melted chocolate, and put some strawberry laces in between them for the spider legs. Coat the top with melted chocolate and make scary spider faces with icing pens.)
Set up a spooky trail with equally scary clues: You can have some fun inventing the clues and have a spooky prize to uncover at the end.
Host a spooky disco: You can play Halloween-themed tunes or just your favourites, but turn down the light and set some atmospheric lighting.
Spooky movie night: Family-friendly ideas include Harry Potter, Toy Story of Terror, The Adams Family, Room on the Broom, Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest, Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie, Casper and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Don’t forget to check the age advice before viewing to avoid more frights than you bargained for!
Tell ghost stories! Snuggle up on some beanbags or throw a pile of cushions and duvets onto the floor, light some battery-operated candles and tell some good old spooky tales. Funny Bones is always a good one for young children. We like Llama Llama Halloween too.
Create some fun tasks in chalk for kids to do on the pavement outside your house: You could set challenges to get them jumping, skipping, star jumping or dancing along the pavement!
If you do go trick or treating – or plan to give out sweets to children knocking on your door – here are some tips to minimise the risks.
Have a brilliant Halloween!
With special thanks to our wonderful sister site, Calderdale Mumbler, for this super blog
Award winning art gallery in the heart of the City of York. Special events and exhibitions on all throughout the year.
Offer: Under 16 FREE with a paying adult
Access: Is fully accessible to wheelchair users. A wheelchair is available to borrow on request.
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
T: 01904 687687
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