Halloween and half-term fun for all the family!
It's only two weeks to go until school is out for October half term and there's already a pumpkin-packed lineup of Halloween and Autumn fun for all the family.
Start your week with a visit to Newham Grange Farm for a Halloween Trail and Pumpkin Carving (26 – 31 October). Pick your own pumpkin, carve it and then head out on the non-spooky Halloween trail where a prize awaits. If you're in the town centre, don't miss the Halloween Kids Club at Cleveland Centre (26 October) – there's tricks, treats, free candy floss and free face painting too.
If dancing tots are more your thing, tickets are selling FAST for the Raver Tots Middlesbrough Halloween Party at The Hub in Teesside University (27 October, 2-4pm). Multi-sensory kids fun, suitable for age 0+ and includes a headline set from DJ Miss Represent and MC Chalkie White. The second wave of tickets are now on sale and you need to act fast if you want some!
For some quiet time, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum offer a relaxed opening for visitors living with dementia, autism and sensory conditions. It's a quiet morning in the galleries as all the sounds are switched off (27 October, 10.30-11.30am) – and normal museum admission prices apply.
If your little ones are always making things and coming up with bright ideas don't miss the Little Inventors Pioneers Energy Challenge with Middlesbrough Libraries. Come up with ideas to generate energy, save energy or even use energy better at the drop in sessions throughout half term week. The best inventions from across the North East will even be chosen to be made! Suitable for ages 8-12 and free to attend, check out Middlesbrough Libraries for all the dates, times and venues.
We're hoping for some lovely Autumn weather so that you can enjoy lots of outdoor fun in our parks. From story telling and craft sessions with the much-loved Room on a Broom (29 October), making bird feeders and bird boxes (30 October) and an easy peasy Halloween Trail around Albert Park (1 November) there's something to suit all ages and wallets too! Visit Middlesbrough Active Parks to find out more.
If you've got a family pooch, they can get involved with the Halloween fun too! Head to the Doggie Diner on Marton Road with your dog dressed up in their finest, super scary Halloween costume to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic goodies including a doggie afternoon tea! While you're there make sure you check out their amazing selection of tasty food for humans too.
As Halloween creeps even closer there's absolutely LOADS of events and activities on offer on 30 October! Highlights include Generation Infusion at the Live Well Centre in the Dundas Shopping Centre (10am to 4pm). The free event includes creative workshops, cooking classes, Halloween stories and crafts, free refreshments and loads more. Or Make a Grave Discovery at the Parkway Shopping Centre (10am to 3pm) – discover the graves hidden around the shopping centre and win a Halloween treat! Make your way to Ormesby Hall and check out Wisteria's House Party! See the house decorated in Halloween glory and venture into the gardens if you dare to find the lost belongings in the witches' graveyard! (runs 27 October – 3 November).
As the day comes to an end head to Newham Grange Farm for a Pumpkin Party (5-8pm)! The farm will be all dressed for Halloween and they want you to dress up in your best costume too! There's prizes for the best pumpkin – carve your own while you're there or bring one with you), a pumpkin parade, arts and crafts, not so spooky tricks and treats, creepy animal area and loads more! Normal farm admission prices apply and you can book in advance online to make sure you don't miss out!
For Halloween (31 October) there's parties, events and activities galore. For your arty little ones make sure you get booked in for The Start Studio's Autumn Camp. Explore creative influences inspired by Day of the Dead puppets, Calavero masks, Tim Burton animations and zentangle style drawing. 9am to 4pm and aimed at ages 5-12, book now!
Pop along to Albert Park and Stewart Park for pumpkin carving sessions. Come up with a spooky design and then carve out your Halloween inspiration. Sessions cost £3 per child and are very popular so get booked up well in advance! Call 01642 819808 to book. Or how about creating Moving Pictures at Captain Cook Birthplace Museum? Create scary pictures from the deep at the drop-in sessions (1-3pm). Family crafts are £1 or free with an Explorer Pass.
Little ones age 2-7? Head along to Marton Library and Community Hub on 31 October for Meg and Mog's Halloween Adventure. Enjoy adventure, imagination, music and games, it's free to join in but advance booking is essential. Call 01642 300255 to book.
Wizarding more your Halloween style? Head to the Hillstreet Shopping Centre for Unworldly Wildlife and Wizardry Wonders (31 October, 11am to 2pm). Featuring owls, boa constrictors, creepy crawlies galore, a walkabout wizard casting spells and doing magic tricks and a legendary trick or treat trail too. Make sure to follow the Hillstreet Facebook page to stay up to date with all the spooky happenings.
This half term there's still time to check out the fantastic exhibitions at the Dorman Museum and Captain Cook Birthplace Musuem. Venture deep into Africa with the Safari exhibition at the Dorman Museum where you can explore wild habitats and go on an unforgettable journey of animal discovery. It's also the last chance to check out Avoid Exploring with Captain Cook at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum before it closes for Winter. An interactive exhibition full of family fun, discover the perils of Cook's first voyage featuring images from the book, You Wouldn't Want to Sail with Captain Cook.
If the great outdoors becomes too wet remember there are lots of inside activities available in Middlesbrough too. From soft play at the Rainbow Leisure Centre and Middlesbrough Sports Village to even more indoor fun at Our Fun House in Victoria Street which has a three level fun frame plus go-karts (ideal for ages up to 12 years) – there's inside fun for all ages.
If you have little ones who love to read and are inspired by creativity, make sure you visit the Little Libraries in and around Middlesbrough. If you're in the town centre, head to Barclays Bank on Corporation Road and have a look! You'll find books, comfy cushions and if you pick up the phone you can even hear children talking about their favourite books! There are also Little Libraries in the Dorman Museum and at Newham Grange Farm too.
Remember to take some time to enjoy all the tasty Autumn and Halloween treats on offer in our cafes and restaurants too. From Autumn warmers to delicious cakes and delicious hot chocolates there's something to tickle everyone's taste buds in Middlesbrough.
Stock up on all your half term and Halloween essentials at one of our shopping centres. As well as all the well-known high street brands and high class designer wear, there's cool independent shops too – you never know what you might find if you're looking for that unique Halloween costume that might just win top prize!
Whatever you're up to, have a #BrilliantlyBoro Halloween and remember to tag us in your posts and pictures so we can see what you get up to!