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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



KIDS: Super Camps, throughout Oct
Super Camps is a leading provider of Ofsted registered holiday day camps, with over 30 locations across the UK running camps in October. Aimed at children aged 4-12, Super Camps are running Multi-Activity camps, giving parents childcare options that not only fit with their busy lives but are also guaranteed to keep their children entertained. Super Camps’ Multi-Activity camps offer a wide range of activities, from messy play and story book detectives for the early years to arts and crafts, go-karting, dodgeball, LEGO® building and team-based activities for the older children. There is also a different theme each week, which means there is always something new to look forward to. The theme of the week for Oct Half Term has been confirmed as Heroes vs Monsters.
FAMILY: Pumpkin Trials, Canons Ashby, Sat 6 Oct – Wed 31 Oct
Dress to impress for a great family day, out hunting hidden and spooky pumpkins in the grounds. Try the Pumpkin Trail as a team and explore the grounds whilst seeking our pumpkins and solving the clues! Then collect your sticker. Normal admission prices apply.
Canons Ashby, Daventry NN11 3SD
EVENT: Dr. Fright’s Halloween Nights presents Horrortown, Earls Barton, Fri 12 – Fri 26 Oct

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 LaneEarls BartonNN6 0EP


THEATRE: Castle Comedy Club, Castle Theatre, Fri 19 Oct
The evenings may be getting colder, but a night of laughter is guaranteed to warm you up, and luckily Castle Theatre have a night of some of the most hilarious stand-ups on the UK touring circuit to get audiences chuckling. Castle Comedy Club takes place on Fri 19 Oct, 8pm.
Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
FILM: Halloween, cinemas nationwide from Fri 19 Oct

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.

EVENT: Distillery Open Day, Wharf Distillery and Deli, Sat 20 Oct
Apple pressing, distillery talks, kids activities, free tasting, live music and local producers.
Wharf Distillery & Deli, Wakefield Country Courtyard, NN12 7FA
FAMILY: Halloween in the Nene Wetlands, Rushden Lakes, Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct
The Rushden Rangers Half Term hunt is back in time to keep those little monsters at bay. There’s lots of activities at the Nene Wetlands too so you can pop to the shops, enjoy a coffee or vino and not have to worry about keeping the kids happy!
Rushden Lakes, Rushden NN10 6FH
FAMILY: Autumn Half Term Activities, Castle Theatre, Mon 22 – Sat 27 Oct
Keep the kids entertained this October half-term by taking them to one of the many activities and films on offer at Castle Theatre.There’s all sorts from family days to arts and crafts and some great movies.
Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
KIDS: Spooky Crafts, Wicksteed Park, Tues 23 & Thurs 25 Oct

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

Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering NN15 6NJ
THEATRE: West Side Story, Royal & Derngate, Tues 23 – Sat 27 Oct

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.

Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
MUSIC: 80s Mania, Castle Theatre, Fri 26 Oct
80s Mania features the music of 25 chart-topping pop stars including Duran Duran, Human League, Culture Club, Wham!, Madness, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Ant, Bananarama, Erasure, Nena, Soft Cell, Toni Basil, Dead or Alive, Kim Wilde plus many, many more live on stage. It’s Europe’s offical 80s reunion concert and with over 150 fabulous costumes, it’s sure to be a fun one!
Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
FOOD: European Wine Dinner, Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Fri 26 Oct
Enjoy a delicious dinner as well to accompany your tasting whilst listening to guest expert speaker, Justin Simms, who will welcome you with an aperitif before explaining more about the wines served throughout the evening.
Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Kettering Parkway, Kettering, NN15 6XT
EVENT: Murder Mystery Evening, Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Fri 26 Oct
Enjoy a night filled with mystery and murder. See if you can solve the murder. The evening will also include a delicious three-course meal. £45 per person.
Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Kettering Parkway, Kettering, NN15 6XT
KIDS: Little Monster’s Ball, Wicksteed Park, Sat 27 Oct
Wicky Bear is holding his annual Little Monsters Ball, and he can’t wait! He and his crew will be performing some spooktacular dances as well as hosting party games and a disco. Tickets are £6* for kids and £2* for adults. Come in fancy dress! Doors open 11.30am, party starts at 12noon to 2pm (*50p extra per person on the day of the party) Babies under 12 months go free.
Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering NN15 6NJ
Cirque du Diablo, a Halloween extravaganza, The Music Barn, Sat 27 Oct
The Return of Cirque du Diablo, sees the Music Barn hosting a feast for the senses this coming Halloween. Do you dare attend? The Music Barn team welcomes you to join them on 27th October 2018 for a Halloween extravanganza. Expect 2 rooms of spooky fun including fire acts and angle grinders, circus performers, craft ales and punchy local ciders, DJs and some tasty street food. Oh and don’t forget your fancy dress! Please note this is an +18 only event and due to licensing restrictions children are not able to attend.
The Music Barn, Cranford Road, Kettering NN14 4AA

ART: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, now – Nov 4

The V&A Museum will explore more than 200 personal objects that belonged to Frida Kahlo, one of the most recognised and significant artists and women of the 20th century, fashioned her identity. The Mexican artist’s belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. From her ‘Ebony’ eyebrow pencil and beautifully embroidered clothes to a painted prosthetic leg, this exhibition is fascinating to say the least.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

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.

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