Spooky events for half term

Halloween half term events at Bolsover Castle
Halloween half term events at Bolsover Castle
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There’s plenty of spooky half term fun to be had for families over the next week.

Heeley City Farm in Sheffield is hosting a Halloween Week, starting on Saturday with creepy crafts. Make a spooky ghost lantern or a scary treat basket to take on your trick or treating exploits.

The session will be held in the reception classroom by the duck pond from 11am to 3pm and there is a suggested £1 donation to cover costs.

At the same time, you can also have a go at an Iron Age Forge Workshop in the woodland at the replica Iron Age roundhouse Woodland

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will be Halloween Heritage Days in the roundhouse woodland

Activities will include metalworking, willow weaving, mud daubing the roundhouse walls and pumpkin carving.

All ages are welcome but wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty in as some of this is messy fun! Under 8s are welcome but they must be supervised by a parent or carer.

The sessions run from 10am to 3pm each day. If the weather’s bad, check beforehand if the session is still on by calling 0114 258 0482.

Visitors will need to hold their loved ones close this Halloween at Chatsworth as families are invited to witness the tricks, treats and scary surprises of the Halloween Hoot. The gardens, farmyard and house will be taken over by a host of Halloween helpers from Saturday to Thursday.

Activities will include making a Halloween hat and broomstick, meeting snakes and spiders and riding the Fright Flight though Warlock Wood.

The Fright Flight leaves from the farmyard regularly to journey deep into the Warlock Wood, home of the Spooky Spell Weaver and her friends.

Shoot the spook and spot the bats are just some of the fun surprises in store on this interactive trailer ride for all the family.

The farmyard also offers the chance to make scary hats and cards or hold the even scarier snakes and spiders. In the house, visitors can take a walk along the Halloween trail. A few of the historical items include a man trap, a 16th-century book of spells, a death mask, an autopsy report from 1777 and more.

Ceramic pumpkins will highlight items from the collection with ghoulish or spooky significance.

In the garden, youngsters can listen to spooky stories, learn how to make a witch’s broom and dare to enter to the scary maze.

Check www.chatsworth.org for dates, times and prices.

Meanwhile at Bolsover Castle there’s some hair-raising fun day and night.

Little horrors can scare themselves silly with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore every day from 11am to 4pm next Monday to Friday. Have you got what it takes to brave the castle after dark? Find out about some of Bolsover’s more horrific happenings and ghostly goings on, then explore the site by torchlight and meet some of the castle’s previous residents. They are dying to meet you!

The Ghostly Castle at Night sessions will take place from 6pm to 9pm tomorrow and Saturday.

There’s also ghost tours of the castle on Halloween night at 6pm, 8pm and midnight. The midnight tour includes a drink to strengthen the spirits…

Bookings and details: call 0870 333 1183 or go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsover

There will be a free Halloween family disco at The Venue in Stocksbridge next Friday from 6pm to 10pm. Enjoy a night of spooky fun and games, and dress up if you want to.

At the Winter Garden in Sheffield, the Children’s University will look at spooky animal noises and how they may have inspired ghost stories and ghoulish goings-on. The free session runs on Halloween from 10am to 4pm. Just turn up, there’s no need to book, and the event is suitable for children aged four and over.