Halloween on the Waterways this Half Term

Created on 17/10/2014

Stuck for ideas to entertain the kids this half term? Halloween immediately springs to mind but what about your local canal? With waterways across the country being the location of creepy craft activities, spooky trails and eerie boat trips this half term, there are many opportunities to get the kids out and enjoying some Halloween fun. Take a look through the events below and choose your favourite from fancy dress opportunities, pumpkin carving and boat trips. You can make a full day of any of these by adding an autumnal walk or bike ride along the towpath - just don’t forget IWA’s Wild Over Waterways Discover Wildlife activity sheet!

Halloween at the London Canal Museum | King’s Cross, London | 25th – 26th October

Expect the unexpected as you look around the London Canal Museum this Halloween! The Museum will be decorated from 4.30pm each day to set a spooky setting where children can listen to ghost stories, have their face painted and take part in a Halloween treasure hunt. The museum is also offering children's Halloween boat trips with Camden Canal and Narrowboat Association. On board the boat will be specially decorated for a spooky trip along the Regent’s Canal and through Islington Tunnel with the resident friendly witch.

Trips start at 3pm with around three departures an hour, the last leaving at 9pm each day. You are advised to book your boat trip in advance; adult tickets are £10.96 and children’s £8.44. Visit the London Canal Museum website for bookings, full terms and conditions, prices and times.

Halloween at Gloucester Waterways Museum | Gloucester, Gloucestershire | 25th October – 2nd November

If variety is what you want, Gloucester Waterways Museum’s education team is planning a Halloween extravaganza to keep the kids entertained this half-term. Each day children can take part in the Museum’s Halloween trail and have a go at making witches' hats, frogs, bat mobiles and scary spiders from 10.30 am to 4.30pm.

There are also a number of special events taking place throughout the half-term week including, "Wicked Wednesday", with Jonathan's Jungle Roadshow visiting to prove that spiders, snakes and creepy crawlies are not at all scary; fancy dress competitions on Tuesday and Thursday; and the chance to visit the Museum’s resident storytelling witch on Thursday.

All half-term children's activities are included in the museum's normal admission price. More details available at the Museum's website.

Halloween Family Fun Day, Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre | Marsden, West Yorkshire | 26th October

For a day of spooky family fun full of haunted goings on take a trip to Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. There will be face painting, children's activities, Halloween treats, a haunted trail and fancy dress competitions.

More information is available at the visitor centre’s website.

Halloween Spookerama, Wey & Arun Canal | Loxwood, West Sussex | 26th October

Wey & Arun Canal Trust is offering two trips on the Wey & Arun Canal this Halloween, choose which to take depending on how brave you are! Spookerama, is a scary trip for the younger ones, who are encouraged to come suitably dressed for Halloween on the canal. Spookerama Plus is a scarier trip for older children, again fancy dress is welcomed.

Both trips depart from the Canal Centre behind the Onslow Arms in Loxwood. The Spookerama trip leaves at 4.30pm and is £9. The Spookerama Plus trip leaves at 7pm and is £14. All tickets should be booked in advance via 01403 752403 or office@weyandarun.co.uk. More information is available at Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s website.

Halloween Activity Day, London Canal Museum | King’s Cross, London | 28th October

For a weekday treat this half term, take the kids to London Canal Museum's Halloween Activity Day. Special Halloween activities include a themed treasure hunt with spooky prizes, a spooky quiz and face painting.

There are two sessions starting at 10.30am and 1.30pm, each lasting about 2 hours. Entrance for participating children is £4.00. For more information and terms and conditions visit the London Canal Museum website.

Pumpkin Carving, Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre | Marsden, West Yorkshire | 30th October

Learn how to carve your very own pumpkin ready for Halloween eve at Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Choose from a range of designs or create your own spooky pumpkin face!

Lessons are at 11am and 1pm, £5 a pumpkin, booking essential via 01484 844298.

Children’s Halloween Boat Trips, Dudley Canal | Dudley, West Midlands | 30th October

Make it a Halloween to remember on Dudley Canal Trust Trips’ Children’s Boat Trip through Dudley’s fantastic underground caverns! The whole family will be entertained by the Groovy UV Entertainments Company ‘s ‘glow in the dark’ Halloween puppets, incredible lightshows, great prizes for the best fancy dress costumes and lots more.

Boat trips leave every half hour between 4.30pm and 7.30pm. These events are popular and places are limited, so early booking is advised. Tickets are £7.80 and can be booked on the Dudley Canal Trust Trips' website.

Halloween at the National Waterways Museum | Ellsmere Port, Cheshire | 30th – 31st October

The National Waterways Museum is inviting you to join 'The Baron' and his crazy companions on a spooky Halloween walkabout at the National Waterways Museum. 'Trick or treat' the residents of Porters Row and enjoy Mad Science, a Creepy Cabaret Experience, storytelling, disco and much more.

Tours run every 15 minutes between 7pm & 9pm on October 30th & 31st. All tickets are £7 and should be booked in advance at the Museum reception or call 0151 355 5017. Visit the Museum’s website for more information.

Halloween Cruises on John Pinkerton II, Basingstoke Canal | Odiham, Hampshire | 31st October

Get out your best Halloween costumes and join Basingstoke Canal Society’s witches and wizards aboard John Pinkerton II, for spooky crafts, games and a trip to Odiham Castle.

Boat trips depart at 10am and 2pm from Colt Hill Wharf in Odiham. Adult tickets are £9 and children’s £6. Booking is essential, contact David Horwood by phone 01256 765889 or email jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk. More information available at John Pinkerton’s website.

Special Halloween Trip, Cromford Canal | Cromford, Derbyshire | 31st October

Get in the Halloween spirit with fancy dress and spooky cakes on the Friends of Cromford Canal’s boat.

Tickets are £5 per person and booking is essential. Call 07552 055 455 for more details, including start and finish points and to book your place.

Fright Night, Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre | Marsden, West Yorkshire | 31st October

Fancy a Fright Night? Then visit Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal this Halloween for a spooky tour around the Standedge Site before embarking on an eerie boat trip into the haunted Tunnel. Make an evening of it and drop into Watersedge Cafe between 5.30pm and 9pm for chilli and jacket potatoes (not included in ticket price).

Tours start at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm with boat trips leaving on the hour between 6pm and 8pm. Tickets are £7 for adults, £5 for children or £20 for a family (two Adults + two Children). Booking is essential via 01484 844298. Not recommended for children under the age of 7. More information available at the visitor centre’s website.

Halloween Boat Trips, Regent’s Canal | King’s Cross, London | 31st October – 1st November

Travel one of Britain’s scariest underground, canal tunnels this Halloween with Hidden Depths. Take a boat trip underneath the streets of Islington on the Regent’s Canal keeping an eye out for dead pirates!

Boats depart hourly from 2pm, last departure is 9pm. Tickets should be booked in advance, £10 for adults and £8 for children. For full details including prices visit the Hidden Depths’ website.

Photo: Basingstoke Canal Society volunteers make a spooky crew on the John Pinkerton II Halloween Cruises (photo by John Pinkerton Canal Cruises)

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