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5 Of The Best Halloween Family Events In The East Midlands

Discover 5 spook-tacular things to do with your family in and around Nottingham this Halloween.

Oct 18, 2019

5 Of The Best Halloween Family Events In The East Midlands

 

Are you ready to be scared out of your wits this Halloween? Looking for something to do with the family? You’ve come to the right place.  

Take a scroll through our top 5 things to do this Halloween and find the perfect event for the whole family!

 

1.    Old Market Scare – Old Market Square, Nottingham

Halloween pumpkin at the Old Market Square in NottinghamSource: Visit Nottinghamshire

Kicking things off, we have the return of the magnificent Old Market Scare! Get your spook on in Nottingham’s Old Market Square between 25th – 31st October. Take a stroll through the Horror Hotel Live Action Maze before you hop aboard the UK’s biggest ghost train! Don’t forget to dress up in your Halloween costumes and get a piccy with the giant pumpkin – did you even go to the Market Scare if you don’t have a pumpkin pic to prove it?

Obviously, you’ll be surrounded with endless food stalls, live entertainment including giant dancing skeletons, and an outdoor bar! The trick is to have a drink before entering the haunted house, or is it the other way around? Either way, you’re in for a definite treat, plus entry into the mini ghost festival is completely free! 

 

Old Market Scare opening times

Monday to Saturday 1pm - 11pm

Sunday                   11am - 10pm

 

Horror Hotel opening times

Monday to Thursday 1pm - 11pm

Friday to Saturday  11am - 11pm

Sunday                  11am - 10pm

 

Entry to Horror Hotel is £7 per person or grab a family ticket for £25

 

2.    Family Scream Park – Twinlakes Theme Park, Melton Mowbray

Stack of pumpkins at Twinlakes Theme ParkSource: Visit Nottinghamshire

If you’re looking for some good old traditional fun, why not hit Twinlakes Theme Park for the UK’s number 1 Halloween day out? That’s right, the award-winning family-friendly Scream Park is back on between 18th - 31st October with free pumpkin carving and a ghouls and ghosts family Halloween hunt! Did we mention Marty the Monster and all his friends will be there to join in the fun?

With over 20,000 free pumpkins to carve and paint, there’s enough to go around for everyone. Once you’ve carved and painted your pumpkin, be sure to make your way down to Fruity the Witch’s Wagon – “the happiest haunted place on Earth”! Inside you’ll find prizes, potions and cauldrons for the ultimate children’s magical experience. Entry to Fruity the Witch’s Wagon is £3.99 per child with an adult joining the little one for free plus children take home a little trick or treat upon departure!

But that’s not everything… The Greatest Halloween Circus show will be on at Twinlakes from 18th October to 27th October and to top it off, entry to the circus is free!

Regular admission to the park is £17 for anyone over 180cm in height and £8.50 for toddlers/seniors.

 

3.    Halloween Arts and Crafts - Green’s Windmill, Nottingham

Green's Windmill and Science Centre in NottinghamSource: Visit Nottinghamshire

Are you a sucker for arts and crafts? Then why not get in the festive mood by baking some deliciously spooky biscuits and designing a frightening Halloween-inspired mask to match?

You’ll need to book in advance by calling 0115 915 6878 to guarantee your 45-minute slots at both events. There are only 6 spots available on each day so if this is something you want to get involved in, you’ll want to act quick.

Bake some yummy treats on Saturday 26th October and design your frightful mask on 31st October just in time for trick or treating!

Biscuit Making date and times

Saturday 26th October

Six 45-minute sessions available 10:15am, 11am, 11:45am, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm

£4 per child

For ages 3 and over

 

Mask Designing

Thursday 31st October

Six 45-minute sessions available 10:15am, 11am, 11:45am, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm

£3 per child

For ages 3 and over

 

4.    Trail of Wizardry, Witchcraft, Sorcery and Spells – Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire

Castle at Thoresby Park, NottinghamshireSource: Visit Nottinghamshire

Calling all Harry Potter fans!!! You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the films, but now it’s time to take a trip to Nottingham’s very own Hogwarts – the Thoresby Academy of Wizardry! Join witches and wizards alike between 19th October – 3rd November for an experience you won’t forget…

Be sorted into a house and discover your spirit animal before exploring the magical castle and park. Your painting skills will come handy when designing your very own rock which will be added to the trail on the day, but don’t worry, you’ll get to take it home before you leave.

And last but not least, don’t forget to dust off your robes and dig out your brooms if you want to be in with a chance of winning first place at the event’s fancy dress competition!

 

Halloween Trail opening times

Monday to Sunday from 10am – 4pm

 

A small charge of £2 is required per trail.

 

5.    Halloween Club Party – National Ice Centre, Nottingham

Group of people dressed in Halloween costumes at the National Ice Centre, NottinghamSource: Visit Nottinghamshire

Prepare yourself for a chilling experience at this year’s Halloween Club. Head on to a haunted National Ice Centre in Nottingham for a fangtastic evening like no other. Expect ghosts, ghouls, slime, zombies, vampires and all things scary! Make sure you and the kids and are looking boo-tiful for the fancy-dress competition where the most spookily dressed ice skater will take home a treat!

Begin your night at the Scaries & Fairies family party before putting your dancing skates on for the ghostly neon-lit Halloween Club Party – expect spooky face painting, photobooth filters and good old slime fun to end the night.

The Halloween Club is one party you won’t want to miss – the only that sucks about it are the vampires!

 

Halloween Club Party opening times

Saturday 26th October   7:30pm – 9:30pm

Ticket prices

Under 5s                            free
Seniors (over 60s)            £3.50
Juniors (5-15 years)          £7.50
Adults (16+)                      £8.50
Family of 3                        £21.75
Family of 4                        £29.00
Family of 5                        £35.00

So, which will it be? 

 

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