It’s tricky to know exactly what will happen this Halloween. After all, Covid-19 guidelines are constantly changing, as is the national transmission rate.
Social distancing is threatening the usual Halloween traditions. So we are just looking at the larger organised events in and around West Berkshire for 2020.
Tracks and treats for Hallowsteam Event
Young visitors are invited to come dressed as witches, wizards, ghosts, ghouls, zombies or skeletons for our spellbinding Hallowsteam event on Wednesday 28 and Saturday 31 October plus Sunday 1 November.
On site, they will be able to climb aboard a working steam train for a trip to a spooky Victorian station specially decorated with cobwebs, spiders, bats and more. Here, they can see a rare Great Western Railway coffin trolley and step into a haunted carriage. As well as the tracks, there are treats for every child, and, although the Centre doesn’t have any ghost trains, there is the chance to see a diesel engine named “Phantom”!
In addition to the Hallowsteam trail and ghoulish goings on, which include a small extra gift for every youngster in fancy dress and engines sporting pumpkin “Jack-o-lanterns”, the Centre’s other attractions will be open on the three days.
Wellington Country Park
Wellington Country Park- We are awaiting further guidance before being able to confirm details for our Hallo’welly’ween season finale. We hope to confirm details by the end of September, at the latest.
Beale Park -In October half term (Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November) there is free entry for a child fully dressed up for Halloween (if accompanied by a full paying adult). There will be a Halloween trail, make and take activities and the Park will be dressed for the spooky season. Keep an eye on our social media sites for updates on the Halloween fun we have planned!
West Berkshire Museum
Drop-in to West Berkshire Museum to purchase your Batty Bats craft pack. The craft pack costs £2 and includes printed instructions on how to make a 3D bat hanging decoration, as well as most of the materials you will need to make it (except for a pair of scissors, a paintbrush, a glue stick, sticky tape and a stapler).
In the pack, there is a tiny pot of glow-in-the-dark paint to decorate your bat. As well as this, you will also receive two 2D bats to stick on a window, door or wall at home, and a Halloween stamp (assorted designs). Packs are limited so when they are gone then they’re gone!
Craft packs will be available from Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st October, 10am-4pm (while stocks last).
National Animal Welfare Trust Berkshire
Our categories are:
Best Round Cake
Best Six Small Bakes
Best Junior Bake (15 and under)
We have been donated some FANTASTIC prizes for this event, these will be announced very soon!
All judging for this competition is VIRTUAL! All judging will be made through pictures only, each entrant will be asked to take 3 pictures of their bake, two of the outside and one of the inside. Our winner will be based on the highest number of votes from our judges.
Judging will be based on the following criteria:
Originality Creativity Presentation Skill
Payment must be made when calling NAWT to register.
This competition will close on the 29th of October at 10am! All entries must be made by then or they will not be counted.
If you think you have what it takes to be our star baker then call 01488 638584 to register!
West Berkshire Heritage U-Tube Channel
Monsters Rock! Using basic craft materials, make a finger puppet monster or Halloween decoration, at home.
Ghost Hanging Decoration
Get ready for Halloween with this free museum craft to make a spookily good ghost hanging decoration. This craft requires only simple materials and full instructions (pdf) will be available to download from the West Berkshire Heritage website.
Batty Bats craft packs will also be available to purchase from the Museum from Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31st October. The craft pack costs £2 and includes printed instructions on how to make a 3D bat hanging decoration, as well as most of the materials you will need to make it (except for a pair of scissors, a paintbrush, a glue stick, sticky tape and a stapler). In the pack, there is a tiny pot of glow-in-the-dark paint to decorate your bat. As well as this, you will also receive two 2D bats to stick on a window, door or wall at home, and a Halloween stamp (assorted designs). Packs are limited so when they are gone then they’re gone!
Halloween On The Farm –
Ticket includes 20min tractor deer safari into the park + daily autumn farmer activities PLUS all-inclusive Halloween programme including; pumpkin carving (free pumpkin for every child), and face painting!!!
Adults – £10.95 / Seniors – £10.25 / Children (two and over) – £12.9 /Children under 2 years – FREE / Halloween Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children three and over) – £44.50 / Disabled – £9 / Carer accompanying disabled visitor – £9
Please note all activities, including the tractor rides, are weather dependant, and will change during the seasons.
For group bookings please call our farm team on 0118 9714002
Brick or Treat Legoland, Windsor
Calling all little monsters and their monster families! This October Half Term, Lord Vampyre invites you to Brick or Treat at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort for the most spook-tacular time of the year, Halloween!
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort will be transformed into a pumpkin-filled wonderland for what is sure to be the most frightfully fun event of the year perfect for the young, and the young at heart!
- 15th October – 1st November & 6th – 8th November 2020
- 10am – Closing Times Vary
- Tickets from £39
Weekends from 26th Sept then daily 17th-31st Oct
Pick Your Own Pumpkins will be open;
26th & 27th September
3rd & 4th October
10th & 11th October
Daily from 17th-31st October
You may have picked Pumpkins with us in previous years; however, this will be a season like none we have ever seen before so we ask that you read our terms and conditions carefully before booking.
Remember entry will be with pre-booked tickets only, and everyone requires a ticket – please don’t just turn up or you will be disappointed!!
Halloween Wreath Arrangement
Saturday 24th October 2020
Join us for our Halloween inspired wreath arrangement afternoon! Using seasonal flowers and plant matetials to create an arrangement, perfect for decoration during the spooky time of year.
- October 24th
- 1pm – 4pm
- All materials provided
- Course Price:
Berkshire Flower School, 152 London Road, Wokingham. RG40 1SU
0118 979 9147
Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search!
To help keep everyone safe, all visitors need to book free timed tickets in advance.
We are taking part in the Kids in MuseumsWhere’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search!
Find Wally hidden around the Museum, spell out a spooky phrase and receive a special ‘I found Wally!’ bookmark. Speak to our Gallery Team to find out more and to take part.
Free! Available at the Museum 9 Oct–1 Nov 2020
Dates: Every Weds, Fri, Sat & Sun from 16th Oct – 1st Nov 2020
Time: Tours at 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm/Duration: 1 HourAge: 12+Price: £18 Per Person
Join one of our paranormal investigators and hunt for ghosts around the castle for this years’ Ghost Fest. Hear the spooky stories of our 1,000 year past and let our gruesome history come to life… It won’t be too long before your imagination becomes a reality!
Are you brave enough to visit one of the most haunted places in the UK? Explore the vaulted well chamber, search for paranormal entities in the punishment cells and go underground into the dark, damp Crypt. Head to the top of St. Georges Tower to view the dreaming spires as the city lights twinkle.
Socially Distanced Scaring
We have limited the capacity of each spooky tour to 4 pods. There is a maximum of 4 people per pod. Your pod will be delegated a ‘Twilight’ zone at each stopping point, which no else will enter (living or dead).
Make sure to bring along a face covering and a torch (remember, there’s one built inside your phone!) to fully enjoy the Ghost Fest experience.
Halloween at Blenheim Palace
26 October – 3 November
We’ve got tricks and treats galore lurking around the Palace grounds this October half term, so come and enjoy the spooky fun.
The Waterperry Halloween Bat Hunt!
Join The Waterperry Halloween Bat Hunt throughout the October half term from 24th October to 1st November. Find the bats hidden around the gardens and collect a prize at the end! £2.50 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies).
Pumpkins at Roves Farm
Pick and carve your own pumpkin, meet the animals, enjoy the nature trail, play and more at Roves Farm near Swindon from 23rd October to 1st November.
Roves Farm Sevenhampton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7QG