Half-term horror hi jinks

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Halloween is creeping closer, and we've rounded up some of the best events to occupy the little monsters during the half-term

Before we can get excited about — whisper it — Christmas or even Bonfire Night, all the ghastly ghosts and grisly gremlins come out of the woodwork for Halloween! While this year’s occulty antics don’t quite fall during half-term, some of Bristol’s most beloved attractions are putting on plenty for the little monsters to see and do during their week off, and we’ve picked some of the best ones to keep hands busy and minds occupied!

At the Wild Place Project between 21 and 29 October you can enter a weird and wacky supernatural world! Meet the Witch Of Wild Place Project for storytime, magical creatures, spells, songs and more — you can also explore her house (and make a bit of a mess!) and if you find the cauldron there’s a spooky surprise waiting for you… child entry is just a fiver if you book online!

Between 21 and 28 October Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is hosting Pumpkin Fest, a milder seasonal celebration with lots of painting, decoration, sports and themed café goodies — the animals are getting involved too, with pumpkin-centric enrichment activities!

Another off-kilter event occurs between 21 and 29 October at Bristol Zoo, with a Day of the Dead-themed week of fun and games. There’s even a parade and creepy creature encounters — book sharpish to get the kids in for just £5.

The Bristol Aquarium goes all in this season, with some depth-defying antics to knock your socks off… including live squid dissections, horrific arts and crafts and much more. Visit between 21 October and 5 November to discover what lies beneath… 

If you look further outside the city then there’s still bundles to get stuck into, with Tyntesfield hosting some lantern-making workshops and pumpkin carving sessions for the tots. Longleat Safari Park has some mammoth beasties to get acquainted with, Cheddar Gorge plays host to some cheeky and creepy historic performers and Old Down Country Park is putting on lip-smacking marshmallow roasting and pumpkin carving sessions (all 21–29 October)! 

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