Last Halloween, I researched and discovered areas around Waterlooville that are allegedly haunted – all good fun and well worth a read. This year, as half term falls over Halloween, I’ve rounded up some children’s activities occurring in the area for the kids and some of the stuff we like to do to get involved with this Halloween.
Walk around the shops and look at the Halloween displays
My three boys love to look at all the spooky things you can buy. There are great ranges in Asda, Wilkos, Poundland, Home Bargains and many shop windows have spooky, Halloween themes to look at.
Pumpkins are very cheap (couple of quid) and carving a spooky face is easy. The kids can get involved by removing the filling with large spoons and making a mess!
Caterpillar Crafts at Costa Coffee – Mon 26th – Thurs 29th – 2-4pm – Free!
Caterpillar crafts are back at Costa again! Pop down to the newest Costa in the Retail park for some free children’s crafts leaving you to have a few minutes for a coffee! The boys took part in their summer holiday activity to build a minion.
Waterlooville Library – Halloween fun – 31st October – 10-12 noon – Free!
Join Waterlooville library for some fun Halloween activities, colouring and crafts. A great way to spend an hour or so – especially when the kids get to choose some books too.
Fox and Hounds Pub – Kids Halloween Party – 31st October 2-5pm – £2 per child
Our boys had a whale of a time last year at this well organised and very popular party. Children dress up in their best fancy dress for an afternoon of fun and each child receives a trick/treat goody bag!
Keydell Nurseries – Open all over the half-term holiday – Free!
As usual, Keydell have their fabulous Halloween Walk for all to visit and Watch Out! Someone may just tap you on the back! And shhh! they’ve also got their rather excellent Christmas shop to look round too.
Fort Widley 24th October – Halloween Fair and Open Day – 24th October – Free!
Fort Widley is opening up it’s doors on Saturday 24th October for a Halloween Fair. Enjoy pumpkin artistry, tarot readers, entertainment, spooky refreshments and crafts. There will also be free lantern tours of the tunnels. Spooky!
Staunton Farm – Sat 24th Oct – 1st November – Free (if you have an annual pass/valid ticket)
Staunton Farm, an old and firm favourite of our children. If you already have their annual pass, then pop along to the farm this half term with lots of Halloween extras for the kids to do. As you can see from our previous’ years pictures, their theming is excellent. This year there are creepy crafts, frightening face painting, spooky story telling and a spell scavenger hunt.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Sat 24th Oct – 1st November – Free (with a valid ticket/annual pass)
If you managed to grab yourself a bargain when we last posted it then pop down to the Dockyard and get aboard the Warrior for a free family pumpkin trail. Plus on Tues 27 and Weds 28, there is an extra “Hands on Halloween” drop in activity with spooky art and craft for children of all ages 11am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.
QE Country Park Mon 26th – Friday 30 – Magical Arts and Crafts sessions – Pre-booked – £6 per child
Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle Friday 30th & Saturday 31st 5pm or 7pm – A Spooky Night – Pre booked – £7 each (under 3 free)
Activities at Stansted Park’s “Spooky Night” include Ghost trail in the Arboretum; Mysterious Maze; Haunted Mansion, scary story telling and Ghost train. Ride on Stansted light Railway too! Fancy dress welcomed!
And something for the adults…
There is a talk at Waterlooville Library by local author Penny Legg to discover the truth about paranormal activity in the area. I’m sure she’ll cover many of the ghost stories that were covered in our article from last year. It takes place on Thursday 29th October at 7.30 and advanced booking is essential. Tickets £3.
If anyone has any more local Halloween Activities to add to this post, please get in contact and everyone else check back for updates!
Happy Halloween Everyone!