Ghoulish goings-on for Halloween hols

Halloween at Claydon House PNL-141017-134607001
Halloween at Claydon House PNL-141017-134607001

There are ghoulish goings-on galore this half term to celebrate Halloween.

Following last year’s spookily successful family Halloween event in aid of Alec’s Angels, the fun event is taking place again this year, from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, October 31, at Winslow’s Bell Hotel.

And this year it’s set to be even bigger and better.

Entry is free and entertainment includes a disco, fancy dress competition, skull coconut shy, chocolate fountain, tombola, lucky dip, human fruit machine and ‘grotto-cum-dungeon’.

Bar food will be on sale and adults are welcome to dress up too.

The event is being organised by Divine Diva fancy dress shop in Winslow. Call 01296 712728 for more information.

The National Trust are hosting after-dark Halloween tours of 18th-century Claydon House, in Middle Claydon.

Creepy Claydon tours take you around the house after dark, sharing the stately home’s many ghost stories.

Don’t forget your torch.

Creepy Claydon Tours take place on Saturday, October 25, and from Monday to Thursday, October 27 to 30, at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Booking essential at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claydon or call 0844 249 1895.

There’s also a Creepy Claydon half term trail from Saturday, October 25, to Sunday, November 2, from 11am to 4.30pm. Normal admission plus £1 per trail.

Spooky free family fun activities are also on offer at National Trust Stowe.

From October 28 to November 2, home-grown pumpkins will be hidden in the garden. Follow the pumpkin trail to uncover the creepy clues, cast a spell and claim your prize.

At the New Inn visitor centre, kids can ‘make and take’ a witches wand and a leaf crown.Or book a place to join in a free slug and snail hunt in the garden before setting up a slimy race.

See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

Normal admission applies.

At Waddesdon Manor, activities will be taking place every day from tomorrow, Saturday to Sunday, November 2, from 11.00am to 3pm, at the Summer House. Normal grounds admission applies.

Attractions include a Horrible Half Term Trail for £1 per child; Magical Make and Take Halloween crafts; and Spooky Halloween pumpkins carved while you wait for £2.50 to £3 depending on size.

On Friday, October 31, there is free storytelling with award-winning storyteller Bill Spectre, famous for his Oxford Ghost Trail, who’s back by popular demand.

Or go to Witch School, to make some spooky spells, learn to mix potions and graduate from Wanda’s School of Witchcraft.

See www.waddesdon.org.uk or call 01296 653226.