Halloween events

Spooky Halloween Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Sat 21 October - Sun 5 November

Explore the parks annual spooky Halloween terror trail. You will be able to explore the haunted hideaways, creepy woods and hidden terrors.

The trail is self-lead and you will be able to purchase these from the visitor reception daily from 10.30am to 4pm. £1 each and you will receive a prize if you survive!

Newark and Sherwood Play Support Halloween Party

Saturday 21 October at 2.30pm
Millgate Community Centre, Pelham Street, Newark

Includes Halloween craft, face painting and hot dogs and soup. Also a Halloween give away of spooky goodies kindly donated by local stores and businesses.

Adults to accompany children please - see you all then!

Hallowen lantern making in our parks

Make a colourful willow lantern with local artist Kerry O'Brien. Free family activity.

Saturday 28 October 3pm to 5pm in the Tom Mann Pavilion at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark

Sunday 29 October 3pm to 5pm in Rumbles Cafe at Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone

Witch flying over the moon

Halloween lantern walk and story telling in our parks

Saturday 28 October from 5.30pm at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark

Sunday 29 October from at Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone

Back by popular (and spooky) demand! Join Lord George and Lady Esmerelda on their annual Halloween Storytelling at Sconce and Devon Park and Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone.

Expect Halloween tales of scary deeds on the ghostliest weekend of the year. Keep your eyes open for ghouls, witches and hags as you hear tales of the creatures that live in the shadows.

Join us for a lantern walk and storytelling performances as we reveal the dark secrets of All Hallows Eve. Free family event.

White Post Farm Halloween Festival

Monday 21 until Sunday 29 October.

Includes an amazing interactive Theatre Show with the renowned BeBops Music Ltd, you can learn to fly a broom in the Wicked Witch Workshop, potion making and more Halloween crafts and you can get lost in the Haunted House! Cool! Go-Active Falconryare bringing owls and other amazing birds of prey and the popular Super-Sam the Entertainer will be having fun with visitors every day too. Fancy dress welcome!

Children's trail and spooky critters crafts at Southwell Workhouse

Seek out the darkest corners of The Workhouse on a special children's trail during half term week. £1.50 for trails. Sat 21 Oct to Sun 29 Oct 12pm to 5pm

Have a go at making your own spooky creatures for Haloween at a family craft session. £2 per child for crafts on Weds 25 Oct 12pm to 4pm

Pumpkin and Halloween 'whodunit' trails  at Clumber Park

Monster Mash-Up at the Museum

Family fun at the National Civil War CentrePrince Rupert and his devil dog

21 to 29 October 2017

Normal entry free applies – with a Halloween discount of 20% off admission for any group with a paying child.

A programme of family fun activities, Monster Mash Up runs throughout the half term and includes performances from Boye, Prince Rupert’s devil dog, as well as craft activities, such as designing monster shadow puppets, creating a book of magical beasts and making a monster in a jar.

Monster Mash up at the National Civil War Centre for Oct Half term

Outdoor cinema screening experience of Hocus Pocus at Rufford Abbey

Family viewing at Rufford Abbey outdoor cinema on Sat 28 October

Cost: FREE (normal parking charges apply)

An outdoor screening of the classic 90s film Hocus Pocus (PG), featuring talking cats, big teeth and Thackery Binx. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and dress up spooky (but warm!) – witches, wizards, ghouls and ghosties are all welcome. Make sure you arrive early as there is limited space. Hot food and drinks will be available along with the opportunity to have a scary face painted. More information.

Be green this Halloween!

Here are a few things you can do to save money and be green this Halloween:

  • Avoid using disposable plates and cutlery if you are having a Halloween party
  • Trick or Treat? Decorate an old ice cream tub or a canvas shopping bag to carry your Halloween treats. And save on packaging by making your own treats such as cakes and biscuits
  • Vamp up the house with some ghoulish puppets made from rubbish such as plastic bottles and cardboard
  • Looking for a fancy dress costume? Take a trip down to the charity shop and see what your imagination can create
  • Fill your torch with rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones and walk the streets of your neighbourhood, don't drive
  • 'Treat' the environment and either recycle your costumes and decorations or save them to use again next year
  • If you don't already compost, Halloween is a great time to start. You can add your carved pumpkins to your compost bin, along with fallen leaves, food scraps and other biodegradable garden and household waste. Compost creates excellent soil for your garden. You might even be able to use it to help grow next year's pumpkins

Halloween advice

Advice from Nottinghamshire Police

During this season and the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night, there are an increased amount of reported incidents of antisocial behaviour where some young people find it amusing to target local residents, many of them vulnerable, by throwing eggs at windows.

This problem can be tackled if it is made difficult for them to obtain eggs. All shopkeepers have been advised not to sell eggs to teenagers. Please also bear in mind if you are sending your teenager to the shop for supplies!

If you wish to display a poster telling people not to come trick or treating, visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website. You will also find advice for parents on enjoying Halloween safely and being considerate to others. Also, shopkeepers will find a Police notice stating that eggs and flour will not be sold to youngsters during this period.

Contact us

Newark and Sherwood District Council
Castle House
Great North Road
NG24 1BY

01636 650000


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