With Halloween taking place in the Half-Term break this year here’s a round-up of family-friendly Halloween events in and around Stoke-on-Trent. Happy Halloween everyone!
HALLOWEEN WIZARD SCHOOL AT TRENTHAM GARDENS
The fabulous Trentham Gardens are hosting Magic Merlin’s wizarding school this Half Term from 29th October to 1st November (100am-4pm) which promises to be lots of fun. Children aged 3-8 years and their grown-ups can learn to mix potions, play wizard games, perform spells, learn to ride a broomstick and learn a special Abracadabra song. The activity is inside the Capability Centre and cost is included in the garden admission with no need to book in advance. (£12 for adults, £9 for children, £10 concessions.)
Once you have finished at wizarding school you can then follow the Halloween trail around the gardens (27th-31st October) Children can carve a pumpkin and discover the name of a scarecrow to be rewarded with a tasty treat. This activity is also included in the normal garden admission price – remember to pick up your map at the Garden Entrance.
HALLOWEEN TRAIN-RIDE AT CHURNET VALLEY
On 31st October you can jump on board Churnet Valley’s heritage steam train and enjoy an 11 mile journey with children’s entertainers providing entertainment and activities along the way. A family ticket costs £30, adult ticket costs £12, children’s tickets are £6 and senior citizens can ride for £10 (online prices – book here.)
HALLOWEEN DECORATING AT WORLD OF WEDGWOOD
In the Creative Classroom at World of Wedgwood this Half Term (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm) you can take part in the “Pumpkins and Pots” Halloween event. You can choose to decorate pumpkin tealight holders or scary plant pots. The event costs £5 each with no need to book but they do advise that you turn up early to avoid disappointment.
HALLOWEEN PARTIES AT BRIDGEMERE GARDEN CENTRE
Bridgemere are inviting families to their Halloween Parties this Half Term where you can enjoy a hot or cold meal, make a witch’s hat, hunt for spooky characters and other spooky activities. Tickets cost £10 per child and £5 per adult and are currently available on 24th, 26th and 27th October but book here now, as they’re selling out fast.
For £6 children can carve a pumpkin at Bridgemere – follow this link to book.
WIZARD SCHOOL FORD GREEN HALL
Ford Green Hall are also hosting a Wizard School this year (29th October-1st November 1pm-3:30pm) with a craft activity and trail. Wizard School costs £2 for adults and £1.50 for children and dressing up as witches and wizards is encouraged!
MITCHELL ARTS CENTRE – CRAFTY’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
On 29th October at 2pm “Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular” is visiting the Mitchell Arts Centre. A 45 minute song-filled, action-packed performance for 2-7 year olds with a chance to meet Crafty and his friends after the perfromance, play trick or treat and receive a special spooky gift. Halloween costumes are encouraged and tickets cost £11.75 for adults, £9.75 for children and £37.40 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) Book your tickets here.
PUMPKIN HUNT AT THE SHUGBOROUGH ESTATE
At the Shugborough Estate this Half Term you can take part in a pumpkin hunt around the formal gardens and get to “know your roots” with activities in the walled garden. Admission prices are £13 for adults, £6.50 for children and family tickets are £32.50 or £19.50 (1 adult), with an extra £1 for the activities.
DOROTHY CLIVE GARDEN’S HALLOWEEN FUN DAY
The Dorothy Clive Garden are holding an extra-special Halloween event this year which is great for working parents requiring childcare. On Wednesday 31st October you can leave your children with their qualified, DBS checked staff to have a fun Halloween themed day of spooky art, pumpkin carving, orienteering around the garden, woodland activities, baking and more. The event is for children aged 6-11, costs £25 per child and lasts from 9:30am-3pm. More information can be found here.
Are you planning to visit any of these Halloween events? Or do you know of any others that I’ve missed? Feel free to comment below!
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Disclaimer: I have not received anything from any of the above events in exchange for this post. All thoughts are my own.