SPOOKY FAMILY FUN
By Ann Evans
If you’re planning on taking the kids out this Halloween, Ann Evans highlights a few of Warwickshire’s wicked half term events.
Are you all set for some spooky fun? It’s almost the creepiest night of the year, so if you’re in the mood for some trick or treating or just a fright night to remember, here’s a few things going on around the Warwickshire area this Halloween.
There’s Magic, Mayhem and a Pumpkin Spooktacular at Hatton Adventure World during half term. During the daytime visitors can pick and carve their own free pumpkin, visit the Haunted House, ride the Bewitching Trailer Ride, listen to terrifying tales of Agnes the Witch, watch Halloween Magic and Puppet Shows, take part in Zombie Run and Death Match Laser Combat Battles and see Snakes Alive and Tame the Dragon. Go dressed up in Halloween costume and you’ll maybe win a spot prize.
This year, on 30th and 31st October, Hatton Adventure World is also open after dark. So, watch out for illuminated ghosts and scarecrows should you ride the Bewitching Trailer Ride. There’s an illusion show, fire-eaters and jugglers. And if you’re hungry, there’s some special Halloween food on the menu – freaky fishcakes, spooky pizzas and worm dog with chips!
Richard Craddock, Chief Ghost and Manager said “Families with children aged 3 to 12 come to Hatton so we have different levels of scariness for each age group. The evenings will be a bit scarier than the daytime as by then the younger ones will be in bed. At £15.95 on-line to include all this is fantastic value for money and for those who wish to come or stay on for the evenings, there’s no extra charge.”
Hatton Adventure World covers some 100 acres and is home to over 450 creatures, great and small. Alongside all the Pumpkin Spooktacular events there is also indoor and outdoor adventure play, falconry, Laser Combat, Gold Rush and lots of other activities.
Find out more: www.hattonworld.com/adventure-world or telephone 01926 843411.
While over at the British Motor Museum
On Wednesday, 31st October, head over to the British Motor Museum and join Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin for a Halloween Spooky Spectacular Science Show. It’s a 25 minute live spectacular full of cool interactive demonstrations and spooky science. The show runs at 11am, 1pm and 2pm for one day only.
On other days of the Warwickshire half term week (27th October – 4th November) children can enjoy the Halloween Black Cat Trail and search the Museum for the hidden cats. Discover, with a torch, the colour of each cat’s eyes. Also, during the half term holiday, the museum is inviting children of all ages to put their detective caps on and help the Museum’s Junior Designer find the Missing Plans! Young detectives can meet the costumed guides at the Family Activity Station at 11am, 1pm or 2pm, where they will be briefed on the case. It’s a fun interactive family trail – but note this doesn’t run on 31st October, as that’s when the Halloween fun takes over for the day.
Emma Rawlinson, Life Long Learning Officer at the British Motor Museum said, “We have plenty of fun to keep all the family entertained this half-term, with our trails, Secret Agent Skills and Halloween Spooky Spectacular Science Show, as well as over 300 British classic cars to explore!”
All activities are included in the Museum entry price: Adults £14, Children £9 (5-16 years) under 5’s free, Concessions £12 & a Family £39 (2 adults & up to 3 children).
Find out more: www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/october-half-term-2018 or call 01926 641188.
If you’re scared of spiders, this is something that will really scare you! The Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm now has a new resident – the Pumpkin Patch spider. This beautifully coloured spider will be on display in Minibeast Metropolis. Originating from Colombia, the Spider’s name is derived from its distinctive, brightly coloured orange and yellow abdomen markings.
Also, throughout half term, the Butterfly Farm will also be holding their popular ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions during half term in the Discovery Zone. Twice a day, children and adults can take part in handling sessions with the Education Team and hold creatures such as a giant African Millipede, African land snail, Madagascan Hissing Cockroach and Stick Insects with lots of other unusual creatures to see in the Minibeast Metropolis including a Giant Atlas Beetle and colourful Jewel Beetles from Asia.
Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said “The Pumpkin Patch is one of the most colourful spiders we have on display. If you want to be scared this Halloween then come and discover an assortment of spooky Spiders including the Chilean Rose, Mexican Fire Red, Goliath Bird Eating and the Brazilian Fire Red. All our spiders are installed in alarmed tanks and therefore completely safe to view”.
And of course, there are hundreds of spectacular butterflies to get up close to and more. Details: www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.