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Halloween can be great fun for the kids – whether you’re dressing up and trick or treating or bobbing for apples and carving pumpkins. But celebrating the spookiest time of the year can work out pretty costly and if you’re on a tight budget, a lot of Halloween family events can be difficult to afford.

Don’t be afraid – we’ve put together a list of some of the creepiest family events for Halloween 2016. Just make sure the little ones – or you! – don’t end up too scared.

Discovery Day, Hyde Park – London

Want to get the kids enjoying the great outdoors? Drop in for free at the Education Centre in Hyde Park for a host of family-friendly events this Halloween. Whether you’re making magical potions or a bat mask, it’s sure to be an eerily educational day. And dressing up is definitely encouraged!


26 October, 11am – 3pm

Family Samhuinn – Edinburgh

Get in the spirit of Halloween with this spooky and historical event in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Hear some chilling tales, get your face painted and learn about the Celtic roots of the season. Your little ones should come dressed to impress and they could even win a prize for the best costume!

Free, donations welcome

29 October, 12pm – 3pm

Zone Play Halloween Party – Cardiff

A fun event for littler kids, this soft play centre promises a family-friendly party you won’t forget. There will be party games, food and even a fancy dress competition. And as it’s a couple of days before Halloween, your little ones can still go trick or treating on the day itself!

£7.50 per child (adults free to enter)

29 October, 4pm – 6pm

The Phantom Pirates of Percy Main – North Tyneside

Get yourself down to the Stephenson Railway Museum and be scared by a host of ghostly pirates! Your kids can show off their creative side by making their own pirate hat or hook, play some pirate games or – for an extra thrill – even ride the spooky Heritage Trains!

Free, donations welcome

30 October, 11am – 3pm

Halloween in the City – Manchester

For 2016, Manchester will host a 10-day Halloween extravaganza with a whole range of creepy events. You and your little ones can explore a sound trail or marvel at the Creatures of the Crypt. And if you want to leave the kids behind, there’s plenty of terrifying events for parents too!

Free, though some events may charge

21 – 31 October

Little Monsters’ Ball at The Eden Project – Cornwall

Whether your kids want to dance, get their face painted or just enjoy some terrifying treats, there’s something for everyone at this Halloween disco. If you’re feeling truly fearless, you can even get up close and personal with tarantulas, scorpions or giant pythons – not for the faint-hearted!

£7 per person, under-3s go free

29 October, 5pm – 9pm

Spooky Arts and Crafts – Birmingham

Why not get your kids ready for the Halloween weekend by help them to make a scary Halloween mask? It’s suitable for little ones or for teens – anyone who’s looking to put together a really spooky creation with some great resources!

£2 per child

28 October, 11am – 2pm

City of Bones Street Carnival Parade – Derry

Derry has been voted the Best Halloween Destination in the World by USA Today readers, so where better to go if you want a really scary night? The parade promises carnival, circus and street performers all ready to celebrate this most terrifying of days – it’s sure to be an event to remember!


31 October, 7pm

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