October Half Term and Halloween on Anglesey

If, like us, you are heading over to Anglesey this Half Term (October 26th-November 3rd), here’s a selection of 6 family friendly events on and near the island that you might enjoy.

N.B. In the past we have collaborated with GreenWood Family Park and Anglesey Sea Zoo for reviews, but not for this post.

Spooky Trail at Beaumaris Castle & Beaumaris Bonfire and Fireworks

We love a visit to Beaumaris so we’re pleased to see that the children can take part in a Halloween Trail around Beaumaris Castle on October 31st. And once they’ve found all the clues they can claim a spooky prize!

Beaumaris Bonfire and Fireworks 2019, is taking place on November 2nd on Beaumaris Pier, with live music and food stalls. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks display starts at 7:30pm. Entry is £5 per person (accompanied children are free) and this includes free parking.

Beaumaris castle
Beaumaris Castle

Pirate Halloween at Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo are hosting a pirate themed Half Term (October 26th – November 3rd) where children can follow a Pirate Treasure Trail, find the shiny gold and earn their bounty! Or, for more of a challenge they can discover the ill-fated story of Rusty Hook Reeves and the crew of the Sea Wraith, solving puzzles and riddles along the way. There will also be Halloween Themed Crafts: making bat handprints and scary masks. And, what’s more, it’s free entry on October 31st for children dressed up in costume!

Read Typical Mummy‘s Anglesey Sea Zoo review here.

Shipwreck
Can you spot any treasure in the Shipwreck at Anglesey Sea Zoo?

Plas Newydd Half Term Activities

The National Trust‘s Plas Newydd has some fun activities for children this Autumn Half Term. On Wednesday 30th October children can have some autumn fun in the great outdoors with the team from Wild Elements: conker competitions, den building and a fungi trail – sounds like great fun!

You can also get crafty with the Red Squirrel Rangers at the Cricket Pavilion (from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November, 11am – 3pm) for red squirrel activities including badge and mask making.

Plas Newydd also have Autumn Tracker Packs available from the Visitor Centre so you can go on your own wildlife adventure around the grounds.

Exploring the gardens at Plas Newydd
Exploring the gardens at Plas Newydd

Pili Palas Nature World Halloween Events

Pili Palas Nature World are hosting some Halloween activities this Half Term too. From 19th October-3rd November visitors can take part in a Witches and Villains Trail, finding all of the names of witches and villains hidden around the attraction to claim a Pili prize. You can also take part in Pumpkin Carving for £3.99 which includes your own pumpkin, creepy carving set and tea light.

I quite enjoyed eating creepy crawlies with Forest Holidays earlier in the year at Timber Festival. You can try it too at Pili Palas in their Bush Tucker Trial (£1.50) to show that you’re not scared and win a sticker.

Pili Palas are also holding a Halloween Fancy Dress Competition. All children in full fancy dress may enter and a prize will be awarded to the child who received the most ‘likes’.

Eating bugs at Timber Festival
Are you brave enough to eat bugs and insects?!

Halloween at GreenWood Family Park

We love GreenWood Family Park so will definitely be heading across the water for SpookWood this Half Term (19th October – 3rd November) as it’s only a ten minute drive from the Britannia Bridge. Kids can get involved in Creepy Crafts – making lanterns, monstrous masks, pom pom creatures or their own broomstick. Suitably spooky Halloween-themed shows will be on daily at the outdoor Forest Theatre and kids can go on a Monster Hunt around the park to win a chocolate reward. And, new for 2019, there will be Magical Lantern Forest Parade on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October from 5-7pm which looks fabulous. The evening includes a lantern making workshop, face painting, spooky storytelling and campfire treats, and ends in an lantern procession through the forest.

Read Typical Mummy‘s GreenWood Family Park review here.

Image: Toni Cuenca from Pexels

Calan Gaeaf and Halloween – Half Term at Penrhyn Castle

Over on the mainland (10 mins drive from the Britannia Bridge) you can enjoy some family-friendly Halloween fun at the National Trust’s Penrhyn Castle this Half Term (on 19th & 20th October and 26th October – 3rd November) on the Penrhyn Castle Silhouette Trail, learning about the castle’s ghosts! There will also be a Craft Event in the ‘Stablau’ workshop where children can make their own moving shadow puppet to tell scary stories of their own, and there will be Face Painting available for an additional charge of £4 each on 20, 21 and 27 – 31 October, also in the Stables.

“Calan Gaeaf” is the name of the first day of winter in Wales and the mark this you can journey round the gardens at Penrhyn Castle to discover how nature is preparing for the cold days ahead. You can also learn about Autumn Traditions in the Victorian Kitchen with harvest celebrations and a traditional Autumn baking demonstration.

Spooky Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle looking suitably spooky!

Do you know of any Half Term or Halloween events taking place on or near Anglesey this year? Please let me know by commenting below!

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