October half term is here and no doubt there’ll be a glut of Halloween related activities on offer. I’m not a massive Halloween fan. There, I’ve said it. Why can’t we just carve a pumpkin, dunk some apples and wear a sheet to be a ghost? What’s all this decorating the house faff about?
What’s jumping out at me so far:
Memo Arts Centre, Barry
One Man Shoe Monday 29th October (2pm) £7 / £24 for 4
A family show with puppetry, slapstick and magic. My youngest currently wants to be a ventriloquist when he grows up so it sounds right up his street.
The Little Mix Experience Thursday 1st November (6.30pm) £13.50
This Little Mix tribute act were incredibly popular last time they were in town.
Lots of activities on offer here and it is a lovely day out.
Autumn Apprentice Trail Saturday 27th October – 4th November (10am-3pm) entrance fee but event is free
Whack on your wellies and join in with five tasks like raking up piles of autumn leaves.
Pumpkin Carving Saturday 27th October – 31st October (11am-3pm) £4 per pumpkin plus the entrance fee
If you don’t fancy tackling this in your own kitchen, make the most of the stencils, carving sets and helpers at this event.
Make It Mondays Monday 29th October (12-3pm) entrance fee but event is free
Cook on a Campfire Friday 2nd November (12-3pm) £2 plus entrance fee
As the name suggests, you get to cook on a campfire.
Amelia Trust Farm
Pumpkin Patch Trail Saturday 27th October – Sunday 4th November
Kids Crazy Headwear Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th October £5.50 per child, pre book on website
Mini Beasts & Pond Dipping at the Farm Saturday 3rd November £5.50 per child, pre book on website
Penarth Pier Pavilion
Snowcat Cinema: The Curse of the Wererabbit – scratch ‘n’ sniff experience. Wednesday 31st October (2pm-3.30pm) £7.50 / £6 concessions (50p extra if you buy on the door)
Watch this family film from the makers of Wallace and Gromit with a special scratch ‘n’ sniff card. Fancy dress is encouraged. No adverts so arrive for a 2pm start.
Mountain View Ranch
Halloween Daily Events Saturday 27th October – Sunday 4th November (11am & 1pm)
Room on the Broom read by the Ranch Witch (11am & 1pm)
Marshmallow Toasting at Creepy Creak (2pm-3.30pm)
Spooky Pumpkin Trail (all day)
All activities are included in the entrance fee of £23 for a family of 4 and £28 for a family of 5. Wrap up warm, take a flask and a picnic and have a lovely time. Dressing up is optional. Last time we went we bought delicious pizzas and hot chocolates in their café which I’d thoroughly recommend.
St Fagans National Museum of History
Halloween Nights Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st October (6pm-9pm) £15 adults, £8 children, under 2s free but recommended for ages 4+
I really want to go to his. Expect Halloween special effects display across the outdoor Museum, Creepy Craft workshops, wand making, ghost stories for children and adults, Halloween character walkabouts, live music, lantern parade (no naked flames), Burning of the Wickerman (!) and a Scare Zone for bigger frights with a 12+ age advisory! The timing makes this perfect for those of us working over half term with older kids.
Sadly, they’re not running their usual Halloween event at Hendrewennol Fruit Garden this year. No pumpkin picking for us.
Let me know what you think of any of these goings on if you get a chance to try them out.