21 things for a fang-tastic Half Term
Fri 19 - Sun 28 October
It’s horrific! Not Halloween, just the thought of Half Term. Worried about how to keep those little monsters entertained? Muddy to the rescue with the lowdown on what’s hot, spooky and super cute across Northants this week. No need to thank us ; )
FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout Oct
Brilliant new independent films this season include the thought provoking drama The Wife, Anton Chekhov adaptation The Seagull and introspective drama Lucky. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including heist drama King of Thieves, as well as Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. The classics offering includes a selection of films celebrating Black History Month in the UK this October. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera. They’ve also announced a new series of screenings aimed at welcoming even more 16-25 year-olds into the cinema, thanks to support from the BFI Film Audience Network – one for the not so little Mudlets!
Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD
Venture through the sinister locations of a derelict and cursed town! All whilst being hunted by the terrifying residents that reside there . . . Featuring 4 live action scare mazes all loaded with huge horror scenes, terrifying special FX and amazing actors! It’s the ultimate Halloween night out! Due to the intense, scary nature of the event we don’t recommend that under 12’s attend. Entry times 7-9pm. Ticket prices range from £15.95 to £22.95 and can be bought here.
White Nurseries, Clay Lane, Earls Barton, NN6 0EP
Although the film is the eleventh instalment, it takes the story back to where the first one finished with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. Expect real visceral horror with the film returning to its roots plus some funny moments to release the tension. Fans of the original are raving about it.
Head to Wicksteed Park in October half term to create some spooky crafts! Let your creative side free and get into the Halloween mood with their Spooky Crafts sessions. Taking place at the learning space for £3, this event will be fun for children and families! Time: 10:30 – 12:00. Book tickets for this spooky fun calling the ticket office on: 01536 512475
Join Northampton Musical Theatre Company as they journey to America for the modern day Romeo & Juliet. Following their previous success with Sister Act and The Wizard of Oz, Northampton Musical Theatre Company return in October half-term with the movie classic, West Side Story. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.
ART: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, now – Nov 4
EVENT: Fright Nights at Thorpe Park, Surrey, various dates throughout Oct
My idea of utter hell, but hey, let’s mention it anyway – your teens will totally love it. The 17th annual Fright Nights season returns to Thorpe Park with seven new intense live-action scare mazes and horror zones, including The Walking Dead: Do or Die and Vulcan Peak. Also new this year is the Screamplexx 4D, showing short indie horror films. Er, why? WHY?!
EVENT: Mead Open Farm, Beds, Sat 6 Oct – Sat 3 Nov
By day, Mead Open Farm, just over the border in Beds, is holding its Halloween Freaky FunFest for kids (20 – 31st Oct) with Haunted Hotel, the Shed of Dread, pumpkin carving, and ghost stories. But as nighttime falls, older teens (15 or 12 if accompanied by an adult) can freak out at the Howl Scream Park with 5 indoor horror mazes, street entertainment, live music, food and a bar. Expect special effects, obstacles, darkness, smoke, strobe lighting, live actors and the unexpected (spoiler: this doesn’t mean a hot chocolate and hygge, more’s the pity).
FAMILY: Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden, Bucks, Sat 20 Oct onwards
Finally opening after 6 months of renovations following a flood, this fantastic museum is celebrating with life-size statues of Matilda Wormwood standing up to Donald Trump! Part of Matilda 30 (marking 30 years since its first publication), a national public survey revealed that if Matilda could stand up to Trunchball, she could sure stand up to Trump. Check them out in the museum courtyard, they’re sooooo cool! Activities planned for half term include making a stop-frame animation, creating fridge-magnet nonsense stories, a Twits’ dinner plate, a witchy mask and a crodswoggling clay critter. PS There’s a café to hand if all this relentless creativity gets too much for you and you want to stare vacantly at your flat white for half an hour.
FAMILY: Haunted Castle, Warwick, Sat 20 Oct – Sun 4 Nov
Warwick Castle is one of the slickest family entertainment operations around and halloween is no exception. Dreadful dungeons with an escape room experience, a brand new show in The Witches Tower, Horrible Histories maze, Haunted Hallows trail and birds of prey demos, it’s no wonder The Haunted Castle will remain open until 10pm (25 – 31 Oct). There’s live entertainment on Dead Centre Stage and spectacular real-life jousting with fire – might get a bit hot if they’re wearing full armour! Inside the castle find the new House of Wax scare maze while maximum fear factor belongs to Séance a spectacle exclusive to Warwick Castle that uses innovative binaural spatial audio technology to share spirits’ stories of life on ‘the other side’: prepare to be petrified! The whole setting of a Medieval castle lends itself to Halloween perfectly and it’s an expensive but family-crowd-pleasing day out. If you decide it’s too much to fit in to a day, you can stay in the Knight’s Village with kids getting free entrance to the castle for 2 days.