IT’S time to get in the spirit for Halloween

5 Oct 2021 10:48
Published by: Scott Callan

And there’s plenty of spine-tingling fun to make it – and the half term break - a monster occasion.

Dressing up, lantern-making and special Halloween treats at home can all be enjoyed in the family home. Window decorations are another favourite

Spooky stories can be swapped around the light of a pumpkin lantern and games can be great fun. How about a sweets hunt?

There are also some great events around and about for some extra thrills:

  • Farm thrills and chills

Smithills Open Farm, near Bolton, is hosting its own Halloween Special over half term.

This year’s event runs from Saturday 23rd through to Sunday October 31.
Suitable for children of all ages, activities include a spooky sweet hunt and fancy-dress competition.

The farm will also be suitably decorated for Halloween. All activities for the Halloween Special are included in admission to the farm.

A separate Pumpkin picking event is running across the same dates, for which separate tickets are needed. Tickets are £5 per pumpkin

For more details visit

  • Ghost Trains at East Lancashire Railway

There’s something going bump in the booking office and terrifying noises in the tunnel. The East Lancashire Railway’s Halloween Ghost Trains are back and spookier than ever!

Get set for a spine-chills and steam thrills on the specials which will be running on October 28, 29 and 30.

Meet Count Brian the Vampire, Veronica the witch and a friendly zombie called Bob as they attempt to break the legendary ELR curse. It’s an all singing, ghoulish spectacular!

For more details visit

  • Things That Go Bump in the Night at The Hive

The Hive in Bolton's Moss Bank Park is getting set to host an event guaranteed to get your little ones overflowing with magical pride and all worn out from their spooky adventures.

Aimed at children aged four to seven, they get the chance to complete the specially designed spooky woodland trail, make magic potions and go in search of real pumpkins.

There will also be a spooky story and a campfire celebration for all the young witches and wizards.

All the youngsters will take home a pumpkin, a certificate and their own crafted nature wand.

Sessions are available on various dates starting from October 23.

For more details visit

  • Brick or Treat, Legoland, Trafford

Further afield, your little monsters are invited to get into the Halloween spirit at Legoland's Brick or Treat event.

Activities include pumpkin building, a 'scarevenger' hunt, a spooky wheel of fortune and lots more.

Join Legoland’s character mascots, Scarecrow and Vampyre, for a Halloween dance party, as well as joining the master model builder and playmakers to help create a giant Lego vampire.

The event is at Legoland Discovery Centre running at weekends during October and over half term and is included in the standard admission price.

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