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A guide to Halloween events in Chester and Ellesmere Port 2016

Do you have your Halloween plans sorted yet?

Halloween is just around the corner which means there are lots of spooky activities happening in the lead-up to October 31.

From fancy dress parties to ghost hunting, we've put together a list of events in and around Chester with something for all the family.

A frightsome Halloween at Tatton Park

A frightsome Hallowe'en at Tatton Park

Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 30

Be spookily entertained by a park full of Roald Dahl 'witchy' mischief at the Old Hall, in the Mansion, at the Farm and in the Gardens at Tatton Park.

Normal attraction entry charges apply.

For more information, click here.

Halloween fun at Blakemere Village

Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, November 6

The Village Restaurant and Coffee Bar at Blakemere Village are hosting a Halloween themed fancy-dress disco on October 31 from 5.30pm 'til late.

Prize for the best fancy-dress.

Take your own pumpkins to enter the best carved pumpkin competition.

Balloon modelling and party games on the night.

There will also be a Zombie Pirate Treasure Trail from October 22 to November 6.

It's £2 per treasure trail form.

Follow the Blakemere Spooky Trail to discover the hidden items left by the zombie pirates many years ago.

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo

Saturday, October 22 - Monday, October 31

An evil sorcerer has cast a spell on Chester Zoo, trying to steal away all of the super powers of the nocturnal animals.

The only chance to break the spell is for all of our visitors to bring along their goodwill and follow the wise old owl.

You’ll meet a host of performers, musicians, aerialists, acrobats and animals along the way to help you with the magic.

The event will run from 10-2pm each day from October 22 to October 31 and is free with zoo entry, but booking is advised to guarantee a place.

Count Dracula's Halloween Party at Tarvin Sands Reindeer Centre

Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 30

Start with the trick or treat walk around the spooky lake where you may pick up some treats and encounter a few tricks along the way.

Once you are seated, enjoy the show in the theatre. After the show you will be able to meet all the characters and meet the reindeer and the new baby.

There will be face painting, balloons, souvenirs and one of the country's top log carvers giving demonstrations and carving souvenirs.

Tickets are priced at £12.95 per child which includes one free adults. Extra adults are £12.95

The centre will donate £1 per booking to the Claire House Children's Hospice.

Chester Spook Walk

Sunday, October 30

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd presents the Chester Spook Walk in association with Chester Racecourse.

The event offers participants trick or treats, gunge stations and ghostly surprises along the route.

Wear your best Halloween fancy dress costume

5pm - 6pm: Less scary walk - under 10's and families

6.30pm - 7.30pm: Even spookier - aged 10 and over and families

Entry costs £7.50 per person

Trick or Treat Experience at The Lion Salt Works Museum

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Halloween at the Lion Salt Works

Saturday, October 29

Meet the ghostly characters who come out to play at night as the museum locks the doors.

Put on your scariest costume and join the ghostly tours around the site, go trick or treating in a safe environment and listen to spooky stories about the mysterious happenings at the salt works.

Aimed at children aged four-nine.

Tours at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

Normal admission charges apply.

Monday, October 31

There is also the opportunity to watch the original 1980s classic film Ghostbusters in the atmospheric surroundings of the salt works.

Then go on a hunt around the old, and formerly dilapidated, buildings looking for evidence of the figures of the past.

This isn't one for the faint-hearted.

Tickets are £3 and booking is essential.

The Crocky Horror Show at The Crocky Trail

This year there will be four nights of fireworks over Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night as well as the new attraction 'The Catacombs'.

It will be dark, claustrophobic, creaky, creepy and full of live actors dressed as ghouls, skeletons, zombies and monsters.

There will also be the mighty Ken Fox Wall of Death Show, Titanic, The Flusher and much more.

For dates and ticket prices, click here.

A weird and wonderful Halloween at Blue Planet Aquarium

The Blue Planet Aquarium at Cheshire Oaks is set to go weird and wonderful for Hallowe'en
The Blue Planet Aquarium at Cheshire Oaks is set to go weird and wonderful for Hallowe'en

Saturday, October 22 - Monday, October 31

Any child arriving dressed in full fancy dress Halloween costume during the event will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult.

Discover how snakes and spiders shed their skins during special talks and shows which reveal how science fact is even wilder than science fiction.

Visitors will also be able to take part in some wacky science experiments in the all-new ‘Mad Science Lab’ open daily from noon to 3pm.

There will be scary science games and the chance to get stuck into some of the gooiest substances anywhere on the planet.

The aquarium will be covered with cobwebs, packed with pumpkins and also filled with a number of scares and surprises lurking around every corner to help get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

The attraction is open daily from 10am.

The Original Ghost Tour of Chester

Monday, October 31

Take a night time journey around the eerie haunts of Chester with your very own ghost hunter guide.

Revisit scenes of supernatural happenings and macabre events from Chester's mysterious and murky past on the city's longest running ghost tour.

Tours depart from outside the Visitor Information Centre.

Call 0151 601 5333 for more information.

Die like a Roman at The Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum

Monday, October 31

What happened to the Romans when they died?

Join the museum's youth panel this Halloween to learn all about rituals and burial rites.

Create your own tombstone, make a mourner's mask and investigate a Roman crime scene.

Enjoy Roman-style nibbles in the evening and take part in a Roman funeral procession and hear stories of the afterlife from the Roman ghosts.

Call 01244 972197 for more information.

Spooky family fun at Church Farm, Thurstaston

Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 30

The farm will be hosting lots of activities and attractions all designed to give you a Hallowe'en experience without being too frightening.

There will be a spooky timetable each day including pumpkin picking, potion practice puppet shows, beastly barrel train, meerkat feeding and more.

For further information, click here.

UK's largest pumpkin at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre, Ellesmere Port

The largest pumpkin in the UK has returned to Port Arcades Shopping Centre in Ellesmere Port in time for Halloween

The biggest pumpkin around is again in residence at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre.

Measuring over 6m in diameter, the gigantic feature takes pride of place in the rotunda suspended high above shoppers in the centre.

With its friendly face, the Port Arcades hopes the larger than life pumpkin will once again delight shoppers old and young alike. It will remain in place until after Halloween.

On Saturday, October 29 there will be a 'safe trick or treating day' when children in fancy dress can trick or treat the shops.

The centre has lined up spooky entertainers in the form of the two headed monster!

The shopping centre is also hosting a free pumpkin carving workshop for children to design their own pumpkin ready for Halloween.

There will also be free face painting sessions and fancy dress competitions at intervals throughout the day.

On Monday, October 31 there will be wand making workshops, an owl display and a visit from a Dumbledore look alike - a must for all Harry Potter fans!

There will also be fancy dress competitions held at intervals throughout the day.

Both events are free and will run between 10.30am and 3.00pm.

Some retailers will be offering special discounts and promotions to celebrate Halloween.



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