Trick or treat: 15 spooktacular Halloween events to attend in Norfolk
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From parades to haunted houses, it's all happening in Norfolk this Halloween. Celebrate the night of frights in all its gory glory at one of these local events.
• PrimEVIL Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, 13-31 October, 6pm-11pm
Prepare to be scared silly at Norfolk's biggest Halloween event as it heads into its seventh year of haunted horrors. For 2016, PrimEVIL offers guests five 'scare attractions', including a Carnevil of Terrors, Forest of Fear and the Mayhem Manor Hotel. The nightmare inducing horror walk is incredibly popular, so brave visitors are advised to book in advance so as to avoid missing out on the creepy creatures, zombies and killer clowns that await them. It is not recommended that those aged under 12 attend the event and under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
• The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, BeWILDerwood, Hoveton 15-30 October
If you're looking for something a little less fearsome and a little more fun this Halloween, head on over to BeWILDerwood with the kids and celebrate with Snagglefang the bat, wicked witches, Slitherigrubs, Thorneycold Spiders and Swampy as part of the adventure park's Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade. Children will be able to spend the day exploring the woodland, discovering the fangtastic decorations, listening to a special Bewilderbats storytelling session and build and decorate their own lantern for the parade itself.
• Halloween Trail, Museum of the Broads, Stalham, 20-30 October, 10am-4pm daily
Learn something new while still indulging in horrors this Halloween at the Museum of the Broads where a selection of fun themed events will be taking place throughout the month. A fun trail around the museum has also been organised where guests can discover more about Broadland's ghoulish ghosts and win a creepy prize, but make sure to watch out for the Wroxham Witch!
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• Witchcraft! Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, Friday October, 21, 11.30am-12.30pm
Between February 1692 and May 1693 in colonial Massachusetts many people were accused of practicing witchcraft, which was considered to be the Devil's magic, and those found guilty were executed. These hearings and prosecutions have today become known as The Salem Witch Trials, you've probably heard of them. But did you know that Great Yarmouth has its own link with witchcraft? Find out more during this interesting talk by Visitor Services Assistant, Les Cole.
• Spooky Express, Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham, 22-30 October
October half-term will see a week of Halloween fun take place at Bure Valley Railway. Children can travel for free on the spooky express all week (maximum of two children per paying adult) and will be able to take part in various themed events, including a competition to see how many creepy items can be spotted during the train journey. The railway's resident bear will also be getting into the spirit and will be dressed in costume for the occasion.
• Halloween Spooktacular, The Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth, 22-31 October
Head to The Hippodrome Circus this October to join a Halloween party like no other, as an amazing cast of international acts take spectators on a spooky rollercoaster ride of a show. Expect zombie trapeze artists, fiery Mexican Jugglers and even Dracula himself to put in an appearance. Britain's Got Talent star Billy George will also be making his Hippodrome debut during the ten day run. Two shows are performed each day at 2pm and 6pm, with three performances on Saturday at 1pm, 4pm and 7.30pm.
• Bewitched! Norwich Castle Museum, 24-29 October
Between October, 24 and 29, a variety of events will be taking place at Norwich Castle including dastardly dungeon tours, spooky castle trails, a mysterious magic lantern show, bat crafts, fearsome face painting and the chance to meet a friendly witch at the Witches School for Cats. The programme of events changes daily, so to plan your visit accordingly call 01603 495897.
• Pumpkinanza, Great Yarmouth, Wednesday October 26, 4pm onwards
Following last year's success, Pumpkinanza, Norfolk's largest pumpkin carving competition, is back in Great Yarmouth for 2016 and you can be part of the frighting fun. Download an entry form from the website, grab yourself a pumpkin and get carving - the wackier and weirder the design, the better! On the day, head on down to Sea Life Centre Gardens and turn in your entry, or simply admire the handiwork of others which will be on display. Various other activities will be taking place, including spooky storytelling and a spectacular free fireworks display which will round off the day.
• Halloween at Holkham, Holkham Hall, 27-30 October, 10am-5pm
Holkham Hall have planned a series of hands-on activities for Halloween guaranteed to keep the children entertained. Visit the 18th century country house with the little ones and get creative decorating terrifyingly tasty cupcakes, take part in creepy costume parades and test your knowledge with a haunted hall quiz. There will also be two different mystical storytelling sessions taking place as well as gruesome games, face painting and pumpkin carving. The activities are aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 16, but everyone is welcome to visit the hall, which will be open every day during the event.
• Halloween Masked Ball, Sprowston Manor, Norwich, October 29, 7pm
The Norfolk and Norwich Association for The Blind are holding a special event this Halloween at Sprowston Manor. The masked ball will feature lots of tricks and treats, including a three course meal and live music by Dynamite who will be dressed as zombies. Tickets for the ball cost £40 and guests are invited to wear full fancy dress.
• Pumpkin Rescue, The Forum, Norwich, October 29, 10am-5pm
Norwich Pumpkin Rescue, part of the city-wide Science Festival, will be taking place on Saturday October, 29 to highlight the challenges created by food waste. 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin are sent to landfill every year by the UK and One Planet Norwich thinks enough is enough. The organisation will be outside The Forum all day, teaching visitors how to make the most of their pumpkin left overs this Halloween, through cooking. Free pumpkin soup will be available courtesy of FoodCycle Norwich and children will be able to have their faces painted for the occasion.
• Pumpkin Passtimes, Oxburgh Hall, King's Lynn, October 29, 10.30am-4pm
Oxburgh Hall, a National Trust property built around 1482 by Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, will be hosting several pumpkin themed activities at the end of the month. Guests can head to the gardens to tackle the pumpkin trail, try their hand at spooky themed crafts in the Armoury and sample one (or more) of the tasty pumpkin treats that will be whipped up and served in the tea-room. The event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
• The Real Halloween, Holt Hall, 29-30 October
Families are invited to join the Fairyland Trust this Halloween and take part in a range of exciting activities such as wand making workshops, lantern making, storytelling and trails, all the while connecting with nature and learning to appreciate the magic of Autumn. For the adults (or big kids), there will be various attractions on offer including shopping, live music, a candle-lit pub and a Halloween Photobooth. Fancy dress is optional.
• Halloween Family Adventure, Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre, Trowse, October 30, 12pm-5.30pm
Add a little adventure to your Halloween celebrations this October and head to Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre to try your hand at apple bobbing from great heights, pumpkin carving and archery, where your targets will be bats, spiders and witches. Hop on board the Drascombe (a traditional style sailing boat) and hear some terrifying tales or take a trip out on your own canoe or Kayak and enjoy the autumnal sights Norfolk has to offer. Other activities will also be taking place throughout the day and places are limited so guests are advised to book in advance.
• Spooky City, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, October 31, 6pm-7pm
As the fright-filled day itself rolls around, what better way to celebrate than with thousands of other eerie beings as they take part in Norwich's Spooky City Parade. Don your finest fancy dress and prepare for an evening of tricks and treats. Starting from Chapelfield Gardens at 6.30pm, the procession will make its way down Theatre Street to Gentleman's Walk, Goal Hill and finishing at St Peter Street, where a range of entertainment will be on offer in front of The Forum. No booking is required for this fangtastic event, simply turn up and take part.
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