Half-term Halloween events in Leicester and Leicestershire
Half-term is here and Halloween is just around the corner so we've hunted around for some haunted highlights that will hopefully keep you and the kids happy over the next few hectic days.
If you've got any more suggestions for spooky goings on in Leicester and Leicestershire over half-term and beyond then please let us know email here or add your event in the comments section below.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Halloween Horrors, at Abbey Pumping Station. 11am-3pm. Come dressed up, have a go at apple bobbing then go on a ghostly hunt. £2 for activities. 0116 299 5 111.
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Witches and Wizards at Charnwood Museum. Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble – come and decorate witches and wizards, hats and cats at a witchy workshop. Workshop at 10.15am-11.15am, 11.45am-12.45pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm (£2.50 per child, pre-booking essential) To book call 01509 233754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
Creepy Creatures at Charnwood Museum.Come and meet some creepy creatures at one of the popular animal-handling workshops. Workshops at 10.15-11am, 11.15am-noon, 12.15pm-1pm, 1.30-2.15pm, 2.30-3.15pm (£2.50 per person, booking essential) To book call 01509 233754 or email email@example.com
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Haunted Horrors at the Hall! The Guildhall in Leicester city centre is hosting a day of spooky fun from 11am to 3pm. Includes face painting, crafts and quizzes. Also join Tom the Tale Teller for stories of ghosts and ghouls, witches and monsters. £2.50 for activities.
Pumpkin Faces at Charnwood Museum. A chance to make some fun and fearsome faces to decorate your room. Workshops at 10.15am-11.15am, 11.45am-12.45pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm (£2.50 per child, booking essential) To book call 01509 233754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Halloween activities on Abbey Park. Families are invited to join in an afternoon of activities from 1pm until 3pm. Park officers will be dressed for the occasions and invite guests to take part in a potions and poems Halloween quiz, craft activities including making spiders, ghosts and skeletons to hang in windows and much more. For further details and to book your place, call 0116 233 3025.
Freaky Friday Fun, at Newarke Houses Museum. Join in Halloween-themed craft activities. Create your own scary badge or listen to scary stories. £2.50 for activities. 0116 225 4980.
Dracula Walks the Night at The Guildhall. This interactive show pits the vampire count against Van Helsing and Sherlock Holmes in Victorian London. When: 6pm & 9pm. Tickets £10 & £8, to book call 0116 253 2569.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Halloween Party at Kirby Muxloe Scout Hut. Spooky dances and Halloween fun. Feel free to dress spookily! It will cost £5 per child which includes a Halloween Activity Party Bag. From 2pm - 4pm.
Where: Main Street, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester, LE9 2AL. Email: email@example.com to book your place – tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Zombie Walk at Twycross Zoo. The zombie tour guide will take you on a half hour spooky trail to look at our resident pets on a Halloween themed tour. Adults £1.50 Children £1. Where: Burton Road, Atherstone, CV9 3PX (from 3.30pm)
Haunted Ghost Train at Twycross Zoo. Have a chilling experience on the Halloween themed (Rio Grande) ghost train, where ghouls and spooks will scare you witless!! Adults £2.50, Children £2. Where: Burton Road, Atherstone, CV9 3PX (from 3.30pm)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Halloween Dream Catchers at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. Discover the history behind the Native American dream catcher and learn how to make your own. When: 11am to 4pm. £2.50 for activities, 0116 225 4900.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
The Ghostly Engineer at Abbey Pumping Station. Are you brave enough to take a lamp-lit tour of the basement of the Victorian Pumping Station and hear the tragic tale of Robert Richardson, the ghostly engineer? Tickets need to be booked on 0116 299 5111. When: 7pm to 9.30pm. Tours £3, not suitable for children under 10 years.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Halloween Ghost Evening, at The Guildhall. A mix of ghostly tales both old and new. When: 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50/£6. Call 0116 253 2569.
Conkers Halloween Party. Ride the ghost train, take a tour round the spooky woods, strut your stuff at the Ugly Bugs Ball. A great family event. From 6.30pm. Dress to impress! £19 / £6.75. Book online or call: 01283 216633. Where: Conkers, Rawdon Road, nr Swadlincote, DE12 6GA
EVENTS TAKING PLACE OVER SEVERAL DAYS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 TO SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. > A whole week of children's activities. Drop in events, from 11am to 4pm. £2.50 for activities, 0116 225 4900.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 TO FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Family Scream Park at Twinlakes Park, Melton Spinney Road. A selection of family spine-tingling attractions - Haunted Castle Hunt, Creepy Critters, face painting and thousands of pumpkins to carve. Call 01664 567 777 or book tickets online. £12.39 / £6.39.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 to SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Spooky Science at Leicester's National Space Centre. See exploding pumpkins, make slime and discover the frightening side of space. From 10am to 5pm. Where: Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 to SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Creepy Crawly Crazy at Twycross Zoo. Hear the cockroaches hiss, tremble at the tarantulas, shiver at the giant snails and learn some amazing facts ready to shock people with for Halloween! From 1pm to 4pm. It's free. Where: Burton Road, Atherstone, CV9 3PX
EVERY WEEKEND IN OCTOBER
Spooky Arts & Crafts at Twycross Zoo. Join the free Monkey Bunch art and craft sessions to make some spooky stuff. From 2pm to 3pm Where: Burton Road, Atherstone, CV9 3PX.
OCTOBER 25, 26, 30 and 31
Xtreme Fright Nights at Twinlakes Park. The park has seven new scare zones, live shows and more scary antics. Visit The Farmhouse of Fear, the gory pie factory, The Twisted Playground and lots more! Recommended for 13-plus years. Call 01664 567 777 or book tickets online. £19.99 / £14.49. Where: Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE14 4SB
OCTOBER 23 to 26
The Nightmare Before Christmas at Loughborough Town Hall. Musical Theatre Workshop where you can learn new skills, meet new people and have great fun. No previous singing, dancing or acting experience necessary. £70.00 for the four days. When: 10:15am to 3:30pm. Where: Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB.
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