Halloween is huge these days, and let’s face it, we all love an excuse to dress our kids up.
With so much to do in and around Plymouth over the half term and Halloween, there’s no excuse not to get creative with the costumes (or go to Sainsbury’s like me), and have some fun. Here’s a list of some of the events going on:
Saturday, October 27
Pips Pick Your Own, Yealmpton
If you fancy picking your own pumpkin this Halloween head to Pips Pick Your Own at Kitley Farm, Yealmpton. It opens at 10am and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Small to medium pumpkins cost £3, and medium to large are £4. The local pre-school will also be holding a pumpkin carving contest, and there’s also scary Halloween face painting. For more information log onto https://www.pipspickyourown.com/
HALLOWEEN CHILDREN’S THEATRE
‘FRANK ‘N’ STEIN’S TEDDY’
Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth
Various performances from October 1 to November 2.
Frank ‘n’ Stein discover their Teddy in need of repair and try to make things right to put him back together. Frank and Stein create mad scientific experiments with whizzes, bangs and pops and many more visual and sensory delights during this fun show which is perfect for under 5s, set in their bonkers laboratory.
MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN
Stiltskin’s Soapbox Theatre
October 19 – 31
Miss Treat and Rat are back this October with their frightful antics in the Soapbox laboratory. Join them as they recount ghost stories, delve into the fiction of Frankenstein and re-enact some of the wild experiments that influenced Mary Shelley at the time of writing her novel. A mad and marvellous Gothic adventure, with curious creatures, shocking science and hilarious happenings, based in and around the Soapbox Theatre. Log onto https://www.stiltskin.org.uk/
MOO MUSIC PLYMOUTH’S HALLOWEEN PARTY
Saturday October 27
Get your best spooky outfit at the ready and head to Maggie Moo’s meadow at Roborough Scout Hut for some fun on the farm! After the 45 minute mooooosical session, there’ll be party food and each child leaves with sticker, bubbles and a little gift.
Mini Moo (suitable for toddlers and preschoolers) is from 10am to 11.10am. Baby Moo (suitable for newborn to wobbly walkers) is at 11.15am to 12.25pm.
Tickets are £8. For more information and to book, log onto https://bookwhen.com/moomusicplymouth#focus=ev-su1f-20181004093000
CREATION STATION HALLOWEEN FUN
SPOOKY SLIMEY FUN
Saturday October 27, 10am and 11.10am
Plymstock Albion Oaks Rugby Club
Get your potion making hats on and join the Creation Station for some spooky slimey fun. Children aged four and older can make their own slime to take home at this Halloween event. Tickets cost £7 and spaces are limited. For more information take a look at https://www.facebook.com/events/274742820012789/
And for the younger ones, aged two plus, the Creation Station is putting on a Halloween play-doh session, costing £6 per child at 11.10am. Check it out here.
HALLOWEEN AT WOODLANDS
Children of all ages will be spoilt for choice at Woodlands this Halloween. Ezmerelda the Wicked Witch will be popping in during the half term to offer kids a choice of seven spooktacular activities such as story time, creepy crawly photo opportunities, party games, Halloween quiz, broomstick training and party dances.
Marty’s Monster Disco is taking place on Friday October 26 from 3pm to 6pm, where youngsters can dress up as their favourite ghost or ghoul to join in the fun. But if discos aren’t your thing, you can still take the children to meet Marty the Monster in his manor. They’ll need to muster up some courage first though, to trek through the creepy cave, tip-toe through the lounge full of spiders’ webs and creepy crawlies, past the kitchen full of frightful treats, and into the pumpkin-themed bedroom to find the secret door to the spooky library gaining access to the tunnel full of surprises and finally to meet Marty. Kids can also take part in pumpkin carving and ride the tractors of Woodlands Ghost Farm.
For more information, log onto https://www.woodlandspark.com
Burrator Discovery Centre, Yelverton
October 31, 6pm to 8.30pm
Traditional Halloween activities including a night walk, pumpkin carving and spooky stories are on offer at this Spooktacular Burrator event. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes but it’s not compulsory. £3 per person. Places can be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com or at the Burrator Discovery Centre.
BABY SENSORY PUMPKIN PARTY
Saturday October 27. 10am-11am, 11.30am- 12.30pm, 1pm-2pm, 2.30pm-3.30pm, 4pm-5pm
Cottles Lodge Scout Hut, Plympton
Babies up to the age of 15 months are invited to don fancy dress and join in some Halloween fun at these Baby Sensory Pumpkin Parties. Organisers say there is nothing to scare the babies, and the party is focused more on the beauty of Autumn, and of course pumpkins!
Tickets cost £10 to admit one baby and 2 adults. Twin discount applies. £2 per extra family member. Older siblings are not allowed to attend.
CHILDREN’S DAY OF THE DEAD COSTUME WORKSHOP
Harbour House, Kingsbridge
Sunday October 21, 10am to 12pm.
Budding creatives, aged 5+ have their chance to make their own Day of the Dead Halloween costume in this workshop. It involves making a mask and matching tutu with sticking and cutting – no sewing involved. £12 for one child, £20 for two. Pre-booking essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.harbourhouse.org.uk/a-erendell.shtml
PENNYWELL DARK SKIES EVENING
October 20, 7.00 to 9.30pm
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh
Okay, not strictly Halloween as such, but this event looks great for slightly older children. It’s an evening of stargazing suitable for astronomers of all levels – you don’t need to know anything about astronomy, just turn up and discover how awesome the night sky can be on the edge of Dartmoor with no light pollution.
Tickets cost £25 for adults and £15 for children aged 3 to 16, and include a hearty dinner sourced locally, guided stargazing, meeting other astronomers, looking through telescopes and at sky charts, a talk for young astronomers and bat monitoring. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/darkskies
HALF TERM HALLOWEEN FUN AT MORWELLHAM QUAY
Take a journey on the spooky mine train, meet the witch in her den, have a go at creepy crafts in the pottery, try spooky chocolate, and finish the day with a spot of trick or treating. Normal activities take place in the mornings, Halloween fun starts at 1pm. Advanced booking is essential for the spooky mine train. Find out more https://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk
HALLOWEEN AT THE NATIONAL TRUST
Saltram, Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Antony House
There’s loads going on at our local National Trust properties this Halloween. Pumpkin carving, monster making, mask making, spooky storytelling, pumpkin hunts, and face painting to name a few. Find out more here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
FAMILY FRIGHT NIGHT
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Friday October 26, 5.30pm to 8.00pm
The NMA is set to be haunted later this month when children and adults alike are treated to a frightening fiesta. Visitors can enjoy pumpkin carving, a trick or treat trail, a Halloween fancy dress competition, and a Fright Night show exploring the ghosts, ghouls and myths of the deep dark sea. Tickets cost £13 for children, and £7.00 for adults. Under 3s are free. http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/events/family-fright-night/
HALLOWEEN BARBICAN TRAIL
Briny the Barbican’s little Water Witch needs your children’s help this half term. There is free fun for all the family down on the Barbican from October 20 to 28. There is a sweet treat for all the young Potion Masters who take part in a Halloween trail. Sheets are available from the Tourist Information Centre. Find out more at www.barbicanwaterfront.com
RAVER BABIES HALLOWEEN ZOMBIE PARTY
Sunday October 28. 3pm to 6pm.
Woolwell Centre, Plymouth
If you fancy something a bit different this Halloween, there will be spooky goings on at the Halloween Raver Babies Zombie Fest. As well as a soundtrack of the biggest and best dance and rave music, there will also be a prize for the best zombie, games during warm up DJ sets, laser show, smoke machines, confetti canons, bubbles, UV glow party, UV face painting, bouncy castle, large inflatables, glow sticks, fully licensed bar, and a quiet lounge bar to escape the madness! Tickets cost £8 + £1 booking fee. Family tickets for two adults and two children are £30 + £1 booking fee. Babies in slings are free. Buy tickets at https://www.fatsoma.com/one-big-party
TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN PARTY
Drakes Den, Plymouth
Saturday October 27, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Soft play in the dark with strobe lighting is on offer at the Drakes Den Trick or Treat Halloween party. The event will also include games, face painting, a disco, fancy dress and treats. £7.50 per child. http://www.drakesden.co.uk/
CHILDREN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL
Plympton, Plymstock and Southway Libraries
October 22, 23, and 24.
Three Plymouth libraries will be playing host to a new children’s theatre festival for kids from 3 -11 years old called Above & Beyond.
On October 22, Plympton Library will feature FEEL Theatre Sensory Circus frm 10am to 11.10am, then Ditto Theatre Ingo’s War from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
On October 23, Plymstock Library will show Collar & Cuffs Little Meerkat’s BIG Panic! from 11.00am to 1.00pm, then Paddleboat Theatre Hansel & Gretel Workshop at 3.30pm.
On October 24, Southway Library will have on Tiny Little Clouds A Giant Went to See at 11.00am, Brave Bold Drama Sticky End’s: The Spooky Edition at 1.00pm, then OH! Productions Signor Baffo at 3.00pm.
Tickets are £2 plus website booking fee and must be booked in advance. There will also be free extra activities such as face-painting, music and craft workshops. Find out more here.
SPOOKY WOOKY TODDLER SENSE PARTIES
Christian Mill Business Park
Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28
Toddler Sense are holding their spooky wooky Halloween parties for children aged one to five. The parties include an hour of play and activities, plus refreshments afterwards. Tickets cost £10, and sibling discounts are available. Adults and siblings under one are free.
Tickets can be bought from https://www.toddlersense.com/south-devon/
Are you holding a Halloween event in or around Plymouth? Let me know here and I’ll add it to the list.