CITY BUZZ: Take your family on a spooky tour this Halloween...

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Got a hankering to do some ghost hunting this Halloween?

Well luckily some of Sheffield spookiest places have lined up super scary tours that would make the perfect nerve-stretching night for the whole family.

‘Nightmare On Burton Street’ is a fun, family-friendly night that promises a bit of everything - history, mystery and a healthy dollop of humour, because ghosts don’t have to be scary!

“We do have a lot of reports of strange activity here...’ says Isabelle France, marketing coordinator for the Burton Street Foundation.

“People often say that they’ve felt a presence and, looking at the old Victorian school buildings, it’s hard to imagine there not being some sort of spooky goings-on! We’ve organised a ghost walk for the whole familyand I think people will be really surprised by some of the stories.”

And the ‘Nightmare on Burton Street’ ghost walk - which runs from 6pm this Friday - will wrap up with a screening of Hocus Pocus.

Wadsley’s Horse & Jockey pub is hosting its own children’s ghost tour at 6pm on October 31, to give junior ghosbusters the rare chance to explore some of the pub’s eeriest parts.

“Previous landlords have reported mysterious sightings of strange orbs floating above the bar, glasses disappearing - and then there’s the mystery passage which has been sealed for decades. No-one knows what’s behind the mystery door or where it goes...” said events manager Matt Weigold, the former primary school teacher that developed the completely free event.

“Ghosthunters will be greeted by the pub’s resident wicked witch, and treated to a steaming potion from her cauldron before heading down to the cellar, where we’ll be telling spine-chilling ghost stories, as well as coming face-to-face with of the spirits rumoured to haunt the pub. Afterwards there’ll be a dawn of the dead disco for the whole family!”

Heeley City Farm is hosting its own spooky farm tour on Friday from 6pm, complete with scary stories and a fancy dress competition. The tour is free but there will be plenty of yummy treats on sale to help raise funds for the farm.

And there will be tons of fun and frights at Thornberry Animal Sanctuary’s Howl’ween Spooktacular on Saturday, from 11am to 5,30pm, when the mischevious Dr Thorn will take guests on the ‘Haunted Thornberry Tours’ followed by a haunting host of traditional games, cakes, a raffle and stalls.

Happy Halloween!

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Wear your scariest outfit and join the Halloween Spooktacular celebrations at Wentworth Woodhouse this Saturday.

Kicking off at 4pm, there will be fairground rides, live music, a visit from Frozen’s Elsa - who will be judging the children’s costume competition - face painting, stalls and incredible firework displays.

Visit Wentworth Woodhouse for tickets.

Free parking on site.

A nighttime visit

TROPICAL BUTTERFLY HOUSE, OCT 29 & 31, 6.30PM-10PM

Get a rare peek of the Tropical Butterfly House at night, with ghoulish tractor rides, a visit to the Witch’s Cottage and a super-scary Haunted House - this Saturday and next Monday, from 6.30pm to 10pm. Enjoy spooky crafts, pumpkin carving, a disco and fancy dress competition, plus all the usual Halloween Spooktacular events which will be going on in the wildlife centre throughout half term. (Warning: even the afternoon tea has gone spooky...)

Mix some magic

BOLSOVER CASTLE, SHOCK-TOBER CELEBRATIONS. OCTOBER 22-31,

Tales of dark deeds and ghostly apparitions will be heard at beastly Bolsover Castle’s ‘Shock-tober’ celebrations.

Children can join the potion master all week and weave some magic in a ‘Tricks & Tonics’ workshop, don a costume for the daily costumes competitions, or step into a mystifying maze during Friday and Saturday’s ‘Creepy Castle At Night’ events. An adults only Ghost Tour will take centre stage next Monday.

Travel to space

THE IMAGINAIUM, THE DIAMOND, SATURDAY, 10AM -3PM

Fancy playing with robots, experimenting on candy floss, or travelling into space (with a virtual reality headset, of course)?

Then ‘The Imaginarium,’ held at The Diamond on Leavygreave Road from 10am to 3pm this Saturday, is for you. The interactive, sensory event, aimed at primary school aged children, includes interactive exhibits, exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

A few more spooky local happenings...

Learn to bake bloodcurdling treats, from spider cookies to witches hat buns, at Cannon Hall Museum tomorrow, from 1pm to 3pm. Visit shop.barnsley-museums.com to pre-book for kids aged 5-11.

There will be spooky storytelling at the Turret House, a treasure hunt and games for littles ones at Sheffield Manor Lodge this Saturday, from 2pm-3pm for 3-6 year olds and 4pm-5.30pm for 7-11 year olds.

Over-eights don fancy dress and complete as many laps as possible of a 1km Zombie Apocalypse Obstacle Course this Thursday, at Greno Woods, 10.30am-12.30pm. Followed by a campfire and marshmallows!

Check it out!

A South Yorkshire family will transform their home into an incredible Halloween display - to support an amazing local cause.

The Charlton family, of Rotherham, transform their home every October 31 using handmade Halloween props.

“My talented family and I make everything, and my dad grows the giant 300lbs pumpkins on our allotment,” Lauren Charlton revealed in an email to The Star offices this week.

“This year we intend to raise money for Sheffield’s Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit; a charity close to our hearts, as we lost one of our family friends to cancer aged 18. Last year our display raised just over £600.”

So why not take some time out from trick-or-treating on Monday and head over to 62 Gallow Tree Road to check it out!

Homemade fun

A South Yorkshire family will transform their home into an incredible Halloween display - to support an amazing local cause.

The Charlton family, of Rotherham, transforms their home every October 31 using handmade Halloween props.

“My talented family and I make everything, and my dad grows the giant 300lbs pumpkins on our allotment,” Lauren Charlton revealed in an email to The Star offices this week.

“This year we intend to raise money for Sheffield’s Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit; a charity close to our hearts, as we lost one of our family friends to cancer aged 18. Last year our display raised just over £600.”

So why not take some time out from trick-or-treating on Monday and head over to 62 Gallow Tree Road to check it out!

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