Get ready for ghoulish goings-on
Halloween doesn't just have to be about eating a mountain of sweet treats. Venues around the county have organised lots of events for little ones to get making and creating over the coming weeks.
On Saturday, October 26, visitors to Boultham and Birchwood libraries will be able to enjoy special crafts and spooky stories suitable for all ages.
Nicky Grigg, site co-ordinator, says: "We'll be reading lots of ghoulish tales about witches and there will be a range of free crafts to get you in the mood for Halloween.
"You can try your hand at decorating a mask, making a broomstick bookmark, and making and decorating a pumpkin mobile – all involving lots of sticking, gluing, colouring and sequins."
(The libraries are open from 10am to 1pm. For details call 01522 782010.)
The story theme continues as the National Trust in the Midlands has launched a children's spooky story writing competition. The child who writes the best creepy tale inspired by county venues, will have their story made into a book.
Children aged 12 years and under can enter the competition by e-mailing their 500-word story to firstname.lastname@example.org The winner will receive five copies of their illustrated book to share with family and friends.
The closing date for entries is November 15. For more details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ spookystories
The National Trust locally has also organised activities like the outdoor Hubble, Bubble Toad's in Trouble trail at Belton House.
Or, if you're feeling really brave, there are dark tales to be discovered out and about, such as on the White Lady Trail at Tattershall Castle, telling the story of she who haunts the battlements, or the Witch Mark Trail at Woolsthorpe Manor.
Elsewhere, Marshall's Yard in Gainsborough is preparing to host its annual spooky event on Thursday, October 31.
Visitors can look forward to competitions, entertainment and giveaways, with spooky themed food on offer and craft stalls from noon, as well as free face painting and a pumpkin design workshop.
From 4pm there will also be a full programme of live music, stilt walking and dance acts (ongoing to 8pm). And organisers have also lined up children's rides and a fire show when on stage at 7.30pm.
Free horse and carriage rides will run throughout the spooky evening, and judges at the venue will be on the lookout for the best fancy dress costumes and the most creative pumpkin designs on the day as well – so arrive early to collect your entry number from the GAPA stall ready for the parades from 6pm.
Assistant centre manager at Marshalls' Yard, Alison Hall, says: "This is a great opportunity for everyone to get dressed up and have a good time."
(For information about the event at Marshall's Yard visit www.marshallsyard.co.uk)
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