October is an interesting month, its celebration of All Hallows Eve on the final day of the month with its evening of festivities including trick or treat, dressing in Halloween costumes for parties, carving pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns, and apple bobbing, may be the highlight, but this spooky month has more to offer besides. The final week of the October is school half term and there are plenty of activities across the district to keep children, teenagers and even adults entertained.
Dare to Scare for Grantham Spooktacular
Wyndham Park is going spook-tastic for Halloween with an all-round fun invitation for children. A Halloween Trail, spooky goings on, themed music and a fancy dress competition are all on offer for 31 October.
After the success of previous trails, Grantham College Performing Arts students will be presenting a completely new Halloween trail, plus a few surprises along the way. Halloween Spooktacular is open from 11am to 3pm, with numbers limited to 60 entries for each of the four hour-long sessions. Each child will need to register ahead of the day to get their trail sheet and a sweetie reward. The fancy dress competition will be judged at 1.30pm at the Visitor Centre. Tickets cost £2.50 per child. Visit the Guildhall Arts Centre website, or the Wyndham Park Facebook page to find out more. Or call call the box office on 01476 406158.
Burghley Halloween Trail
Halloween Trail ghosts will be haunting the Sculpture Garden from Saturday 16 October until Sunday 31 October. Great fun for kids! Tread through the crispy autumn leaves to find the Sculpture Garden ghosts and solve the hidden clues. If you dress up in your spookiest Halloween costume, you’ll receive a sweet treat before you enter. To enter the Halloween Trail, all you need to do is book a Gardens time slot of your choosing and make sure to have a valid House & Gardens or Gardens Only admission ticket. The Garden Shed will be open daily, warm up with a delicious hot chocolate or cup of coffee. Visit the Burghley House website for more information.
Spooky Tours at Burghley
Do you dare to brave the creepiest corners and darkest depths of the grounds at Burghley? Prepare yourself for an evening of terrifying tales and frights in the night with local ghostly expert Martin Tempest and his fiendish friends. Four tours every night – 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm from Wednesday, 20th October to Sunday, 31st October (excluding Sunday 24th October). The tours are designed to be scary but fun. Although not recommended for children 13 and under, we leave it up to parents to decide as you know your children best. This year, the tour takes place in the Gardens in twilight with low level lighting across uneven surfaces, steps and grass areas. Please note the tours will go ahead in all weathers so please bring suitable clothing and footwear. The tour will approximately last for 45 minutes. Please meet at the Garden Shop where tickets will be redeemed and then make your way to the Garden Café where the tour will begin. The Garden Cafe will be open for every evening of the Spooky Tours offering a light supper before your tour begins. Check out the Spooky Tours menu. Visit the Burghley House website for more information.
Belvoir Castle Halloween Trail
Dare to explore the darker side of history at Belvoir Castle. Between 17 – 31 October you can visit Belvoir Castle for a night like no other. This family friendly Halloween trail through the dooms and into the formal gardens will be fun for children and adults alike with mysteries to solve and activities to enjoy. There will also be a trick or treat trail at the Engine Yard and the Fuel Tank kitchen will be open for refreshments. Visit the Belvior Castle website for more information.
Belton House – Autumnal decorations and Ephemeral arts
Daily until 19 November, 10am – 4.30pm you can visit Belton House and take part in activities such as creating autumnal wreathes. Collect fallen leaves on the East Lawn and handmake your very own decorations with all the colours of the season.
You can also take part in Ephemeral arts, also daily until 19 November, 10am – 4.30pm. Take inspiration from Belton to create art from nature that returns to nature. And if you create something please do share your creations by tagging @BeltonHouseNT or using the hashtag #EphemeralBelton. Visit the National Trust website for more information.
Why not pick your own pumpkin? Pumpkin picking every weekend in October at Barkston Pumpkins, Mill Farm, West Street, Grantham, 10.00AM – 4.00PM. Pumpkins are perfect for eating in delicious soups and pies, but of course at this time of year they are in demand for making horrifying Jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween. Take the kids and they can enjoy hunting for the largest, or the most knobbly, ugly, or scary pumpkin! Visit the Barkston Pumpkins Facebook page for more information.
Five pumpkin facts:
🎃The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word pepon, which means “large melon.”
🎃People may think that pumpkins are a vegetable, but they are actually fruit.
🎃The female flower only opens for one day for pollination. The flowers, like the rest of the plant, are edible and can be eaten fried.
🎃The heaviest pumpkin ever grown weighed a whopping 1,190.49 kilograms (2,624 pounds 9.6 ounces). It’s listed in the Book of Guinness World Records and was grown by Mathias Willemijns in Belgium in 2016.
🎃Pumpkins aren’t just for carving into Jack-o’-lanterns! They’re also a very healthy food. Beta-carotene (which gives pumpkins their orange colour) is an antioxidant. Humans convert beta-carotene into vitamin A – essential for healthy eyes, skin and immune system. Tasty and healthy!
Autumn Arts Days
This half term the SKDC Arts team will be out and about bringing the arts to villages across the district. Visiting four village halls there will be a selection of artist to meet and a plethora of arts and crafts to have a go at and get creative. Each day will be different, but you could encounter recycled fabric craft, abstract art, ghostly storytelling, saxophone music, singing, a music quiz, shadow puppets, large scale willow sculptures, and much more. Meet artists and get creative! Drop in and enjoy free family friendly arts, crafts and performances. Children must be accompanied. Activities are free and suitable for all ages.
Rippingale Mon 25 Oct 10am to 3pm
Tallington Mon 25 Oct 10am to 3pm
Harlaxton Tues 26 Oct 10am to 3pm
Ropsley Thu 28 Oct 10am to 3pm
So, whether it’s a Halloween trail, a Spooky tour or autumnal arts there are plenty of things to see and do in South Kesteven throughout October.