Spooktacular Halloween events in Shropshire

Halloween Feature

PLEASE NOTE: These are our 2013 listings, details of events taking place in 2014 are here.

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Get into the spirit of Halloween by picking your own pumpkin at Woodfield Nursery.

With plenty of pumpkins to choose from of all shapes and sizes this is great fun for all the family.

Woodfield Nursery is open seven days a week 9am to 4pm and are located at Fauls, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 2BB

Going ‘Bats’ at Dearnford Lake for Halloween – 19/10/13 – 3/11/13

Everyone taking part in the Halloween Trail at Dearnford Lake over the half term holidays is likely to go ‘bats’.

The trail of clues is designed to test the nerve of all participants and features ghosts, spooks, spiders and vampires. But bravery and success in completing the task will be rewarded with treats.

The trail is just one of the fun activities taking place for children from Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November from 9.30am to 4.30pm. There will also be a chance to decorate a spooky biscuit complete with icing.

The trail costs just £1 and the biscuit decorating, £2. There will also be face painting on Sunday 27th October which costs £3.

Spooktacular Market and Funfair in Shrewsbury – 26/10/2013

A spooktacular market and funfair will take place within the grounds of Shrewsbury Quarry later this month.

The event is being held on October 26 and will feature award winning local producers including Castlemoor Hog Roast, the Little Round Cake Company and Mukaase foods.

Halloween themed beverages will also be served all day by Cromwells Wine Bar and Restaurant and fairground attractions for all the family will be provided by Stokes Funfairs.

The Halloween Funfair and Market will run from 11.30am until 9pm and will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display at 8pm.

There are still limited stall spaces available for the Halloween event. For more information, or to secure a pitch, call 07789 114253.

Create spooky flappers at Enginuity – 26/10/13 to 03/11/13

Use your imagination to design and create your own spooky, winged creature from craft materials to flap and frighten your friends and family around Halloween time.

The drop-in Wicked Wings family workshops will take place at Enginuity, near Ironbridge, Shropshire during the autumn school half-term holiday from Saturday, 26th October until Sunday, 3rd November, between 10.30am and 3.45pm.

Straws, foil, tissue paper and other materials will be used to make the spooky flappers; you might create a dangerous dragon, black bat or a beautiful butterfly – the sky is the limit for your winged design. Activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply.

Open 10am to 5pm Enginuity is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee.

Halloween Party in Craven Arms – 26/10/2013

A frightfully good Halloween disco taking place at Craven Arms Community centre on Saturday 26 October.

Join Empathy and Disco Daddy for the spooky event which takes place between 5.30 – 8pm.

With fun for all the family including a a fancy dress competition, spooky stalls, haunted house and trick or treat.

Entry is £3.50 per child which includes a hot dog and drink. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For tickets call 07790 584 987.

Ghostly Gaslight at Blists Hill Victorian Town – 26/10/2013

Be brave, dress up in your most scary costume and go along to Blists Hill Victorian Town on Saturday evening, 26th October when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. The buildings will be illuminated in spectacular style and fireworks will light the night sky.

One of Shropshire’s biggest Halloween event, Ghostly Gaslight at Blists Hill will keep all ages guessing what spooky encounter they might meet next – will it be the wicked wizard casting spells, the local carpenter seeking victims to nail in his coffin, ghostly apparitions in the cottages’ windows or zombies looking for brains.

Amazing special effects will change the town’s peaceful streets into shadowy walkways where ghostly characters lurk, while many of the historic monuments and buildings will be illuminated with vivid colours and frightening effects. A firework show in front of the old Brick and Tile works will also produce stunning reflections in the canal.

This popular fun event will start at 6pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance priced at Adult £9.50, Child (3-15) £6.25 and Family (2+2) £29.00. Joint family ticket for Ghostly Gaslight and Fireworks Night (2 November) is £52.00 (2+2).

Please note Passport tickets are not valid for this event and dogs will not be allowed.

Have a Spooky Halloween at Severn Valley Railway – 26,30,31/10/2013

The Ghost Train returns to the Severn Valley Railway on 26, 30 and 31 October, following a sell-out year in 2012.

Children and adults alike are encouraged to wear fancy dress for the thrilling night-time ride through the countryside. There will be a fancy dress parade for children and a small gift for those taking part.

On arrival at Kidderminster station, there will be some ghostly entertainment including a children’s disco from 5.30pm before the ghost train departs into the night and, hopefully, back again!

The stations will be suitably spooky for the occasion, while some of SVR’s frightening staff will be on the train giving out ghoulish goody bags to the children.
Trains depart at 6.20 and 6.55pm on each night and the journey takes approximately 90 minutes.

During half-term there will also be additional entertainment at the Engine House including magic shows from Picklelily Circus during the day on 29, 30 and 31 October and a spooky quiz and competition. Entry to the Engine House and half-term activities is free with a ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket or Annual Family Pass.

Pre-booking for The Ghost Train is essential. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Special Event page at www.svr.co.uk or call 01299 403816.

Dudmaston Halloween fun – 27,28,30/10/2013

The fun kicks off with the property’s Autumn Colours and Halloween Fun Day on 27 October where spooky stories will be being told; magic trails can be taken; and Hallowe’en treats can be tried in the tea-room. Children will also have the opportunity to make their own spooky lanterns, which will be needed in the Dingle at the end of the day, as visitors join the staff on their annual lantern walk to help them put a stop to the ghoulish happenings.

Also on Monday, 28 and Wednesday, 30 October the property will be running children’s activity days when the Apothecary Magic trail can be taken giving children all the skills they need to keep Hallowe’en creatures at bay.

Normal admission charges apply.

Halloween at Weston Park – 27/10/2013

There will be some seriously spooky goings on in the woods at Weston this Halloween!

Bring your witches and wizards, goblins and ghouls for fun and frights – if you dare.

There are two ways to travel to the Wild Woods this year; you can wrap up warm and climb aboard the Phantom Express for a train ride OR jump on the Haunted Hayride and join the Old Hag for a journey with a difference – you will then be dropped off to find your way back following the Pumpkin Lantern Trail.

After the scary walk, enjoy a sausage sizzle and a cup of warming pumpkin soup and children can take part in Halloween craft making activities and do the ‘monster mash’ at the spooky disco.

Children are encouraged to come in fancy dress, there will be prizes for the best, with all the little monsters leaving with a ghostly goody bag of Halloween treats.

Time: 5-9pm
Ticket Prices: Family (2+2) £30.00, Adult £7.50, Child (4-14 years) £9.50, Adult + Child £16.00

Tickets must be pre-booked by calling 01952 852100.

Tickets include: Ride on the Phantom Express OR Haunted Hayride, spooky disco, craft making activities, sausage sizzle and pumpkin soup and a spooky goody bag for children.

Halloween at Whittington Castle – 27/10/2013

Let your young ones enjoy a spooky time at Whittington castle, collect treats as you play the spooky games, enter a carved pumpkin to win a prize, enter the fancy dress competition and follow the bat trail.

The resident castle witch will also be around to visit plus Halloween tours of the castle are available.

The event will take place between 12 noon and 4pm at a cost of £1 each to enter the castle.

“Aqualloween” – 28,29/10/2013 & 01/11/2013

“Aqualloween” will see the swimming pools at Abraham Darby Sports & Leisure Centre, Oakengates Leisure Centre and Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre turned orange.

The dye used to colour the water is completely safe hypoallergenic colour that brings an extra element of fun to the pool at this scary time.

The pool at Abraham Darby Sports & Leisure Centre will turn orange on Monday 28 October for all sessions between 11.30am – 3pm.

At Oakengates Leisure Centre, the pool will be pumpkin coloured on Tuesday 29 October for all sessions between 11am – 3.15pm.

On Friday 1 November the pool at Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre will be orange for all sessions between 11am – 9.30pm, including Halloween Wave Rave.

Get Crafty at RAF Museum Cosford this Halloween – 28/10/13 to 01/11/13

October half term is almost upon us and this year the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has some devilishly easy Halloween crafts for your little monsters. These spookily creative workshops will run from 28th October to 1st November between 11.00am and 3.00pm with all materials provided by the Museum.

With two frightfully fiendish activities available, your little devils can decide which scarily good experience they would like to master:

Spooky Treat Pots and Magnets – Perfect for trick or treating, our treat pots are a hideously fun way to collect your Halloween sweets and candies. Available in a gross Frankenstein or frightening pumpkin design, these screamingly good pots are made from pre-cut foam pieces, pipe cleaners and come complete with instructions on how to assemble it. Once done your little monsters may also create a scary personalised fridge magnet by simply scratching a design onto the specially coated surface using a scratch tool to reveal the lurid colours hidden underneath. With six diabolical designs to choose from including a bat, witch, haunted house, ghost, pumpkin and spider, mini-monsters will have everything that they need to make a creepy decoration for All Hallows Eve.

Scary Bean Bags and Bookmarks – Learn to sew like Dr Frankenstein and create your own spooky spiders using two design kits that include pre-cut felt shapes with pre-punched holes, self-adhesive felt pieces, yarn, safe plastic needle, bean bag and instructions. Once you have completed your spider bean bag, why not try your hand at making one of our funky foam Halloween bookmarks. There are four repulsively simple designs available including a ghastly pumpkin, maniacal witch, black cat and a spider, each kit contains a foam template, self-adhesive foam decorations, wiggle-eyes and instructions.

To participate in the events taking place this October Half Term, please purchase your ticket from the Admissions Desk on arrival. Participation is just £2.00 per person and for each of the activities, participants will get to take their creations home as a memento of the day. The Museum is open daily from 10am and entry to the Museum is FREE of charge.

Make a creepy creature at Coalport China Museum – 28/10/2013 to 01/11/2013

Go along to a Halloween Horrors family workshop at Coalport China Museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge during the autumn school half-term and try your hand at painting or making spooky creatures from clay.

On Monday 28th October let your imagination go wild and decorate a mug with strange monsters using on-glaze paints, while on Tuesday to Friday, 29th October to 1st November, try your hand at modelling a creepy creature in clay. Choose from a batty bat, scary spider or gruesome rat, or create your own weird and wonderful design, the choices are limitless. You can also paint a delicate china flower or fridge magnet, or join in some paper activities.

The drop-in half-term workshops at Coalport China Museum will be held from 11am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm; ceramic activities carry an additional fee of up to £4 per item plus £3 to post your finished piece back to your home after firing; paper activities are included in the admission fee.

Halloween Spooky Walks at Attingham Park – 28,29,30/10/2013

Enjoy a self guided walk around the grounds at night. But beware! Who knows what may be prowling around at Halloween.

Go along between 6pm & 8pm, and prepare to be spooked! Please wear sensible shoes, warm clothes and bring a torch as the walk is outside in the grounds. This walk may not be suitable under 8s (at parents’ discretion). Last admission is at 7.30pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Spooky tile decorating workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum – 28/10/2013 to 01/11/2013

Let your creativity run wild and design a scary, grim monster or gallant hero at these Halloween themed drop-in workshops during the autumn half-term at Jackfield Tile Museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge. Using your own choice of fairytale colours you will discover how to ‘paint’ the spooky designs on ceramic tiles using the Victorian ‘slip-trailing’ technique.

The informal drop-in sessions will take place midweek from Monday, 28th October until Friday, 1st November. Tiles are priced from £5 each (p&p extra to have your tile sent home after firing) plus the museum admission fee. Workshops start from 10am, but allowing up to 1½ hours to decorate your tile, last admission is at 3.15pm.

Pumpkin Carving at Attingham Park – 29/10/2013

Carve your own spooky pumpkin in time for Halloween at Attingham Park.

Please note adults must accompany children taking part in activities.

Dates: 29 October 2013 10am – 4pm
Price: Child £2.50 + Normal admission charge

Spooky Stories and Whacky Science for Hallowe’en – 30,31/10/2013

Arts Alive has lined up popular local storyteller and author Cat Weatherill for a Hallowe’en half-term treat for Shropshire youngsters and their families.

Cat combines her famous Spooky Ghost Stories and her funny and wondrous interactive Whacky Science Show, so audiences can laugh and shiver and go WOW! all at the same time. Boo! & Bang!

Boo! & Bang! with Cat Weatherill is at The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch, SY13 2BY at 2pm on Wednesday 30th October; tickets £5 (family £20) from 01948 660660, and at SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle, 2pm on Thursday 31st October; tickets £7/ £5/ £25 (family); box office 01588 630321 / 638038.

Ghost Tours of Whittingon Castle – 30/10/2013 and 01,02/11/2013

Visit Whittington Castle at night as your spirit guide takes you on a tour of the Castle.

Hear stories from the Castles colourful past and encounter ghostly characters who will tell you their sad tales. Hear tales from the Castle Housekeeper, encounter the Judge as well as the spirits of Matilda and the children of the Castle.

Suitable for families but be warned some rooms will be dark – so not suitable for very young children.

This year the tour is set in medieval times and the tour begins in the tearoom at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children – pre-booking is required by calling 01691 662500. Those visiting are advised to take a torch.

Halloween Cycling Party in Shrewsbury – 30/10/2013

Put on your fancy dress outfits and come along for a spooky Halloween party at Shewsbury Sports Village on Westnesday 30 October between 3.30pm – 5.30pm.

There will be lots of fun and ghoulish activities for kids inside the Sports Village, including:

Face painting
Ghastly games and art activities
Prepare your bike for winter – free reflective stickers and slappits
Prize for best Halloween fancy dress costume
Indoor cycling (if it’s too wet to go outdoors)
Lots more fun and spooky actvities!

Plus outside:
Take a sunset cycle ride around the cycle track lit by pumpkin lanterns!
Dr Bike will be safety checking bikes.

Bring your bike and helmet if you want to ride on the track or you would like Dr Bike to check your bike.

This event is free to attend.

Ghost Tours of Whittingon Castle – 30/10/2013 and 01,02/11/2013
Visit Whittington Castle at night as your spirit guide takes you on a tour of the Castle.

Hear stories from the Castles colourful past and encounter ghostly characters who will tell you their sad tales. Hear tales from the Castle Housekeeper, encounter the Judge as well as the spirits of Matilda and the children of the Castle.

Suitable for families but be warned some rooms will be dark – so not suitable for very young children.

This year the tour is set in medieval times and the tour begins in the tearoom at 6.30pm

Tickets cost £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children – pre-booking is required by calling 01691 662500. Those visiting are advised to take a torch.

Pumpkin Carving and Fancy Dress Competition – 30,31/10/2013

Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre will be staging special half-term Halloween pumpkin carving classes at a workshop at the centre on Wednesday, October 30.

The Shrewsbury Shopping Centres’ community co-ordinator, Maggie Love, has also kitted herself out with genuine American-style safety pumpkin parers and is issuing an invitation to local youngsters under 12 to get creative.

As well as the pumpkin carving workshop on Halloween Day, Thursday, October 31, the Centres will be staging a special Trek and Treat fancy dress event at 12noon attended by the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jon Tandy.

He will lead the children on tour of participating stores which will be handing out goodies before judging the fancy dress competition with prizes for five to eight and nine to 12 age groups.

Maggie Love said: “It’s going to be great fun and we’ve already got a fantastic window display at the community unit on the Darwin Centre’s Middle Level which is where we’ll be carving the pumpkins.”

Halloween Holiday Club at Whittington Castle – 30/10/2013

Take the little ones to the Whittingon Castle Halloween Holiday Club dressed up in their spooky costume. There will be spooky games and goody bags of treats.

Entry is £3.50 each and pre-booking on 01691 662500 is essential.

Half term Halloween fun at Ludlow Assembly Rooms – 30/10/13 to 31/10/13

One Wednesday 30 October at 2pm, Silly Boys Theatre present a marvellous tale of Equine Adventure called The Tallest Horse on Earth.

Set in a patchwork world of wool, bubbles and gnomies, this is the story of Tim, the proud owner of the tallest horse on earth – or so he thinks.. When Tim embarks on an adventure, he has only one trusty companion in mind. Will Tim learn to love the wild? What’s the real deal with this giant horse? And most importantly, will they make it home in time for tea? A warm-hearted puppet show told with live music, shadow puppetry and a large dollop of giant smashing! For children 2+ and their families.

On Thursday 31 October, Tanith Kinton will be leading a fun messy Hallowe’en workshop called Blood, Bones + Blobby Bits for children aged 6 and older. Come and make spooky things – spiders, potions, crunchy bones, ghosts and ghouls to take home with you. Children under eight years old must be accompanied by an adult. The fun starts at 10.30 and you can be home in time for lunch. Tanith also runs SmART, a fun Saturday morning arts and crafts club for ages 8plus, on Saturday mornings.

And, on Mondays at The Assembly Rooms, Purvin of The Fetch Theatre Company runs No Strings Attached – theatre skills and puppetry classes for young people aged 7 – 11 years

Telford Ice Rink Spooktacular Skatathon – 31/10/2013

Telford Ice Rink will be hosting a Spooktacular Skatathon with goulish family fun, spooky prizes and themed lighting effects on Thursday 31 October between 10.30am – 3pm and presented by BBC Radio Shropshire’s Paul Shuttleworth from 12noon.

Prices for these skating sessions are £7.10 for adults with a tlc (non tlc £9) and £6.35 for juniors with a tlc (non tlc £8). Family tickets are also available. Again, anyone attending in full Halloween fancy dress will receive 50% off normal entry prices.

Ghostly goings on at The Parade in Shrewsbury – 31/10/2013

The Parade shopping arcade is being transformed into the spooky centre of the town on October 31, when there will be ghost stories, psychic talks, a scavenger hunt, craft stalls and traders donning fancy dress costumes.

Most of the 30 shops in the centre, in St Mary’s Place, will be participating in the all-day event, which will also feature talks on the paranormal and the pagan origin of Halloween, poetry competitions and even ‘aura photography’.

Alastair Donaghue, who runs the Cutesy Pop store in The Parade and is one of the organisers, said that there would be plenty of attractions for customers.

“It will be a really good event. We would like shoppers to come along in Halloween costumes and listen to stories about the various haunted locations in and around Shrewsbury, as well as taking part in our competitions and other activities,” he said.

Aura photography will be offered by specialist Lorna Start, of Welshpool, who uses a hand sensor to gather information on energy fields around clients’ bodies.

Halloween Procession at Whittingon Castle – 31/10/2013

Enjoy a Halloween procession at Whittingon Castle, there will also be a chance to visit the castle very own witch.

The event costs £1 each and takes place between 6-8pm.

Childrens Halloween Fancy Dress Party at Attingham Park – 31/10/2013

On Halloween little monsters will be welcomed into the mansion for an evening of ghoulish games and frightful fun at the annual Fancy Dress Party, including ghostly tours, fortune-telling and creepy crafts.

This year places are limited, and tickets can be booked by calling 01743 708170 or by visiting Attingham’s Visitor Reception. The party begins at 5pm and ends at 7pm: tickets are £6 per child (includes one accompanying adult) and additional adults can purchase tickets for £1.

Maypole Court Cafe Bistro Halloween Party – 31/10/13

Join Maypole Court Cafe Bistro from 2pm till 4pm for some ghoulish games, freaky face painting, and scary stories – told by Jake Evans from ‘Jake’s Take’ Local Young Storyteller of the Year!

Tickets £5.00 per child (on sale at Maypole Court Cafe Bistro) 8 Maypole Court, Wem. Telephone 01939 23580

Severn Hospice Halloween Ball in Shifnal – 01/11/2013

Help raise fund for Severn Hospice by attending a Halloween fancy dress Ball on Friday 1st November from 7.30pm at The Plough Inn, Shifnal.

The Birmingham Blues Brothers will be providing live music and entertainment and there will be a delicious buffet during the evening.

Get your best Halloween fancy dress on as there will bepPrizes will be presented for the best costume. There will also be a raffle. Severn Hospice shop Shifnal will be having a Halloween stall sale. Tickets are £10 available from us or Severn Hospice shop Shifnal.

Telford Ice Rink Halloween Foam Party – 01/11/2013

Telford Ice Rink will throw a Halloween Foam Party on ice on Friday 1 November 2013 from 7pm to 9.30pm complete with slimy foam set under spooky visual and lighting effects.

Prices for the Halloween Foam Party are £7.10 for adults with a Telford Loyalty Card (£9 without) and £6.35 for juniors with a tlc (£8 without). Family tickets are available. Anyone turning up in full Halloween fancy dress will get 50% off the normal entry price.

Transition Town Fancy Dress Zombie Shindig! – 02/11/2013

Transition Town Shrewsbury will be hosting a Fancy Dress Zombie Shindig on Saturday 2 November at the Darwin Community Centre in Frankwell.

The event will feature Kelly’s Heroes (Irish Party Music) and DJs with a full bar open.

Entry is £7.50 on the door from 7.30pm until late with all profits going to Transition Town Shrewsbury.

If you know of any spooktacular Halloween events in Shropshire that we have not included let us know.