Get on the half term Halloween fun trail at Waddesdon and the county museum

Families enjoy spooky Halloween fun in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor
Families enjoy spooky Halloween fun in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor
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Half term and Halloween arrive next week and that means plenty of opportunites for spooky fun in and around the Vale. This week and next the fun on offer will be detailed in these pages, so make sure to put your copy of the Herald in a safe place so that you don’t forget what’s going on, writes Heather Jan Brunt.

Waddesdon Manor is offering a host of activities in the Summer House throughout the whole of half term week starting this Saturday October 25 until Sunday November 2.

A Horrible Half Term Trail will be available all week from Saturday, as you are invited to help Doctor Otto von Ziegler find his lost monster Dave. You’ll have the chance to look for Dave’s body parts along Miss Alice’s Drive and put him together to claim a reward. Cost £1 per child.

Visitors can join in with Magical Makes and Takes all week from Saturday, and choose a selection of Halloween crafts to take home. There is no specific charge, but donations are welcome.

With Petrifying Pumpkins, children can see spooky Halloween pumpkins carved while they wait all week from this Saturday, and take one home for £2.50 to £3 depending on the size.

A highlight of the half term week is Witches Day with the Roald Dahl Museum on Wednesday October 29 from 11am-3pm. Waddesdon has joined forces with the museum for a splendiferous day of activities in the Summer House at the manor based on The Witches. Visitors can make a grand high witch’s nose, a puppet mouse and launch a rocket into the air. There is no specific charge, but donations are welcome.

There is more witchy fun on offer with the Witches School on Halloween eve, Friday October 31. Visitors can make spooky spells, learn to mix potions and graduate from Wanda’s School of Witchcraft with an A*. Donations are welcome for this activity.

On the same day, Halloween eve, award winning storyteller Bill Spectre, famous for his Oxford Ghost Trail, is back by popular demand. From 11am-3pm he will be in the Summer House for free storytelling every hour on the hour.

At Bucks County Museum there are loads of half term family activities every day from Monday October 27 through to Halloween eve on Friday October 31. There’s the chance to make a frog hand puppet, create pom pom spiders, model a clay dragon and make a bean bag. Drop in between 10am and noon or 1-3pm each day. No need to book. All activities are £2.50 per child/participant. Childen under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.