Halloween events in & around Portishead
I don’t really remember Hallowe’en having any real significance until I was almost in my teens and then it was just an excuse for my older siblings and I to have a few friends around for a party. I recall one year when we invited our guests to a place always referred to for some reason as ‘the underneath’ (the cellar of our seventies house). Looking back it really was the perfect venue for a Hallowe’en party and just far enough out of our parents’ sight for us to feel independent!
My sister and I decorated the brick walls, lit some candles and set up themed games such as apple bobbing. I don’t recall any Halloween costumes or sweets, but I’m sure fun was had by all.
For my children Hallowe’en has a much greater significance. It’s a festivity they’ve known about since a very early age, but one which generally leaves me feeling a little out of my depth. I’m not about to encourage them to go out in the dark and knock on the doors of strangers asking for sweets, but I don’t want them to miss out altogether as they’ve loved dressing up as pumpkins, spiders and skeletons, so I’ve compiled a little selection of child friendly local Halloween events.
Halloween Hunt at the Castle
Blaise Castle Estate
29 Oct 2014 Start: 12:30 PM – Finish: 3:30 PM
Castle Open Day, Treasure Hunt around Castle Hill.
Pick up a map at the Castle and follow it trying to find spooky items that the Giant Goram has left around Castle Hill.
For more information contact the Estate Office on 0117 353 2266.
Halloween Festival at the Wild Place Project
25 October – 2 November
The Wild Place Projects Halloween Festival is back this October half term.
Guests can be spooked in our witches’ woodland trail, enjoy fang-tastic face painting, create a wolf mask in our creepy craft activity or watch their favourite animals explore and eat their pumpkin treats in their enclosures.
In addition, there is also the undercover Fun Fort play area, the Courtyard Café and the Barefoot Trail, which can tantalise or terrify your toes. The festival is free with usual Wild Place Project admission.
Portishead Youth Centre
27th to 31st October 8.30 to 5.30
A week of activities and fun for children age 8+
£17 per day
£9 per half day
Email firstname.lastname@example.org uk to book or for more information.
Halloween in the Woods
Wraxall Piece Woodland
Thursday 30th October 10-11:30am & Friday 31st October 10-12noon
Join us for some SPOOKY October half term fun in Bristol! We are running two sessions for toddlers (2-4 years) and School age (5-8 years).
Experience Halloween craft, Marshmallows & squash, Trick or treat trail and a chance to dress up in your scary outfit!
Portishead Pumpkin Carving Party
Friday 31 October 5pm – 6.00pm
All ages welcome
£5 per child
Contact Emma for more details 01275 840174
Halloween Fright Night and Fireworks Display
Town Square and Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare
Friday 31 October 4pm – 8pm
Entertainment includes: fire performers, scary storytelling and close-up magic.
Meet the creepy crawlies from Bristol Zoo and have fun with the arts and crafts.
Play the ghoulish games and dance in the spooky disco.
There will also be a ghost train ride, helter skelter, balloon modelling and face painting
For more details: NSC Events Team 01934 427 225
Day of the Dead
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Friday 31st October 10-4
Join us for a celebration of the Day of the Dead – the annual Mexican festival where families gather to remember the dead. Create your own Day of the Dead crafts, help us build a shrine, and visit our very first Death Café. Part of the Bristol Family Arts Festival programme.
Free with suggested Donation: £2
No need to book
Portishead’s Haunted Campsite
Sat 1st November 6pm-10pm
“Stay If you Dare” at Portishead’s Haunted Campsite at The Show Field, Clevedon Rd, Portisheadvfrom Saturday 1st November to Sunday 2nd November or join us for the Halloween Carnival to be held at the campsite Saturday evening from 6pm to 10pm.
Entrance tickets for the carnival are now on sale at just £2.00 (£4.00 at the gate). Each ticket is also a raffle ticket with some great prizes to be won.
All proceeds are going to local charities and a there are a whole range of spooky activities for the whole family.
If you know of any other local Halloween Events then please add a comment below.