Half-term Halloween fun in Brighton & Hove and Sussex
After an unusual first term back at school, Brighton & Hove’s children are taking a well-deserved break. Rather than let them sit slumped in front of the TV, have a think about how to let them have a little bit of (socially-distanced) Halloween fun. We’ve lined up the very best entertainment to liven up the holiday.
‘Fright on Marina’ Until Sat 31 Oct 2020 Brighton Marina
A free Halloween film and story trail for children is set to turn Brighton Marina into ‘Fright on Marina’ over the half-term holidays. Even though trick or treating may be cancelled this year, there were still plans for ‘spooky happenings’. There is a map and a set of clues for children to follow a trail taking in the Marina’s landmarks where they will find the ghoulish installations on their way to a ‘ghostly prize’. A safe and entertaining way to celebrate Halloween, this site-wide spooky trail route takes visitors to every corner of the Marina where they experience Spooky Window installations inspired by classic films and stories. Families need to book online for an allocated time slot www.brightonmarina.co.uk
October Half Term Activities Until Sun 1 Nov Weald and Downland Living Museum, Chichester
Finally reopened, this terrific museum offers incredible insights into Britain’s past, in addition to the opportunity to lie to your kids about how Nanna used to live in one of their immaculately preserved medieval buildings. You can also enjoy the great outdoors with fun family activity packs and turn into an explorer on their brilliant pumpkin trail. You can wander the site’s beautiful countryside and restore a sense of calmness into our busy lives. So, pop on your warm coats, woolly hats and boots, and immerse in the history of the South East and appreciate nature. Due to reduced capacity, all visits must be pre-booked online. www.wealddown.co.uk
Tulleys Farm Haunted Drive In Cinema Until Sun 8 Nov Turners Hill
Always a big-hitter at Halloween, this family favourite is keeping things safe with a (sometimes) scary drive-in cinema. Catch a spine-tingling horror or family-friendly movie, all in the comfort of your own car.
They have state of the art sound and screens, posh toilets and a fantastic selection of food and drink ordered and delivered via Bentleys online diner. They’re screening films like Casper, Scooby-Doo, The Addams Family and Monsters Inc on their two screens, with a personal digital cinema quality speaker delivering every squeaky door and every scream directly from within your car. www.tulleyshauntedcinema.co.uk
Borde Hill’s Spellbinding Halloween Trail Until Sun 1 Nov 2020 Nr Haywards Heath
Borde Hill’s amazing gardens are calling all apprentice witches and wizards to put their skills to the test to become a fully-fledged expert in magic. Ballimore the wizard has been practicing his spells, but has unfortunately turned his fellow wizard, Lumos, into a guinea pig! Can you help Ballimore by completing all the challenges on a story trail around the Garden, discovering the magic word to turn Lumos back into a boy? Visitors are also welcome to wander and enjoy the stunning hues of autumn with cornus, acers, liquidambar trees and deciduous azaleas, as well as wonderful views across the parkland featuring native and exotic trees. Note: All garden entry and trails must be pre-booked in advance. www.bordehill.co.uk
Halloween Shriek Week Until Sun 1 Nov 2020 Drusillas Park, Alfriston
The perfect place to bring the kids for a fun-filled and spooky Halloween week, Shriek Week will be packed with fun, frights and fancy-dress competitions. Scuttle along to the Discovery Centre for some creepy crawly encounters throughout the week and meet some amazing mini monsters.
Hundreds of pumpkins will be lining the pathways and stacking themselves up in special displays. Get ready to immerse yourself in the haunting Halloween atmosphere and see how many pumpkins you can count on your way round. Bit beware of the spooky skeletons lurking around the Park, they’ve been waiting patiently to give you all a good fright! Drusillas have gone all out on their frightful theming this year; all manner of beasties will be places around the Park. Keep your eyes peeled for giant spiders, bats, hanging skeletons and more! Oncfe again, space is limite, so pre-booking is essential. www.drusillas.co.uk
Halloween at GLOBALLS Until Sun 1 Nov GLOBALLS, Brighton Marina
A mini-golf experience like no other, GLOBALLS is going all out this year to provide you with some spooky and safe indoor fun. You’ll be able to bump into Dracula, brush shoulders with Frankenstein and stroll amongst other creepy creatures as you compete against your family and friends through 12 holes of mini golf fun!”
Half-Term Adventures with Brighton Dome Until Sun 1 Nov Online
Keep little people entertained at home this half-term holiday with a range of family-friendly online events and activities from Brighton Dome. Children aged 6 and over can step into The Anarchist’s Mobile Library across the half-term week (Until Sun 1 Nov) and create their own story – book online directly HERE . Accessed online, this narrated audio piece created by Tessa Bide Productions, offers families the chance to dive in and choose what adventure they might seek and what ending they would like to see, with story options to select as they go. Bold and colourful animations will accompany the narration if needed, with children encouraged to put down their screens and let their imaginations paint the visuals. While theatres are closed, this audio adventure takes young minds on an immersive story-telling journey of their own making.
On Sun 1 Nov, families can enjoy a live stream performance of Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s classic book The Snail and the Whale, adapted for the stage by Tall Stories. Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world on the tail of a big, grey-blue humpback whale. Live music, storytelling and plenty of audience interaction bring the book vividly to life in a heart-warming adventure suitable for ages 4 and up.
From Fri 23 Oct, families are also invited to create their own film about Brighton Dome’s heritage, in collaboration with local charity Carousel. Watch the online tutorial and download the accompanying pack to make a film starring some key characters from the venue’s rich 200-year history. Submit your finished film and it could be featured on the Brighton Dome website! Find out more here.
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