Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Wanda Witch!

Wanda Witch who?

– Wanda Witch you a Happy Halloween!

Ghostly greetings from Stoke-on-Trent this Halloween! We have lots of treats in store for you this half term (and maybe a few tricks as well)! Read on to discover some great ghoulish events and activities taking place to keep you and your family entertained.

Halloween in the GardensHead to the Trentham Estate for a cauldron full of family fun. Follow the Room on the Broom trail, based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, this imaginative trail has been designed to take your little ones on a storytelling adventure filled with magic, friendship, dragons, and monsters, with the friendly Witch and her brave companions! Trentham are also celebrating Halloween with Gandey’s ‘Spooktacular’ Circus and a week of broom, wand, and spell making halloween activities in the award-winning gardens. On 23 October, the Trentham Makers Market returns showcasing award-winning local food & drink, art, craft producers, and vintage artisans.

The monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest won’t be missing out on Halloween fun either this year. Children visiting the Monkey Forest on Sunday 31 October in fancy dress will get free admission on what will be the last chance this year to visit the monkeys and see the 9 new babies born in 2021.

Alton Towers’ terrifyingly fantastic Scarefest returns with spooks, frights and thrills for everyone at the UK’s largest theme park - all just a short broomstick ride from Stoke-on-Trent.

Middleport String ArtIt’ll come as no ghostly surprise that in our city of imagination we have some fang-tastic creative activities this half term. World of Wedgwood will be running some spooktacular Halloween Pottery Pumpkin Painting Classes in their Decorative Studio and between the 22 - 31 October, they'll also be turning their Little Gardeners Afternoon Tea into an extra spooky Little Critters Afternoon Tea, with peanut butter jelly sandwiches, fondant pumpkins and jelly worms! Middleport Pottery will be hosting Mini Potters Make! String Art Workshops, alongside Mini Potters Explore, and Half Term Play with Clay. LoveClay Ceramics Centre have Halloween themed Decorating Sessions where you and your family can create your very own spooky masterpiece. The Quarter @ Potbank are celebrating Halloween with a Halloween Mystical Pottery & Fancy Dress Party.

The Dudson Museum will be hosting a range of Half Term Halloween Activities including painting a pot, quiz packs, painting pictures, create bottle ovens, and design a dream catcher. There will also be spooky story time with Mrs Potts plus the chance to enter a free draw to win a book. Also in the City Centre, Mitchell Arts Centre will have an October Half Term Film Club, showing some great family favourites.

It’ll be full steam ahead this Halloween at Apedale Valley Light Railway as their Spooky Halloween Specials return on Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 October. Shirley's 1857 Etruscan Bone & Flint Mill will also be in steam and operating as in Victorian times at Etruria Industrial Museum as the museum hosts a Halloween Steaming Weekend!

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery will be holding a spooky Friday Twilight – Conan Doyle by Candlelight, where Don't go into the Cellar theatre group present a number of memorable ghost and horror stories that rank with the best of their kind!

Piccadilly SpooktacularDare you take on the Phasmophobia VR paranormal experience at XP-VR Virtual Reality Experience with your friends? If you’re over 15 you can try the Phasmophobia group horror VR experience right here in Stoke on Trent!

Sunday 31st October sees the return of the highly successful Piccadilly Spooktacular in the City Centre. This year it will be even better as it's the same day as Stoke-on-Trent City Centre BID’s Monthly Artisan Market. There will also be Trick or Treat Stands, Street Performers, Live Main Stage Music, and Halloween activities.

Whatever you decide to do this Halloween, stay safe, think of others, and enjoy yourselves. For a full listing of things to see and do and events taking place, head to visitstoke.co.uk and remember to use #MyStokeStory on your social media posts!

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Room on the Broom - Trentham Estate
Children's Activity Event
Room on the Broom - Trentham Estate

Based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, this imaginative trail has been designed to take your little ones on a storytelling adventure filled with magic, friendship, dragons, monsters, with the friendly Witch and her brave companions.

Gandeys Circus – 'SPOOKTACULAR' (Trentham)
Children's Activity Event
Gandeys Circus – 'SPOOKTACULAR' (Trentham)

A very special (trick or) treat for Halloween, Gandeys Circus returns with a brand-new action-packed legendary Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family.

Halloween in the Gardens - Trentham Estate
Half Term Event
Halloween in the Gardens - Trentham Estate

Broom, wand, and spell making activities are all returning to Trentham this year and can be created using sustainable materials.

Trentham Makers Market - Trentham Estate
Market
Trentham Makers Market - Trentham Estate

The Makers Market will be at Trentham Shopping Village showcasing award-winning local food & drink, art, craft producers, and vintage artisans.

Halloween at Trentham Monkey Forest
Halloween - Family Friendly
Halloween at Trentham Monkey Forest

On Halloween this year (31st October), we are treating your cheeky monkeys by allowing them to go in for FREE, but, here's the trick, ONLY IF the children visit the park in fancy dress.

Scarefest - Alton Towers Resort
Halloween Event
Scarefest - Alton Towers Resort

The Theme Park becomes home to Halloween, with spooks, frights and thrills for everyone!

Halloween Pumpkin Pottery Painting
Halloween - Family Friendly
Halloween Pumpkin Pottery Painting

Spooktacular Halloween Pumpkin Pottery Painting classes are available to book in the Decorative Studio on the 23 & 24 October and from the 28 to the 31 October.

Little Critters Afternoon Tea
Halloween - Family Friendly
Little Critters Afternoon Tea

Between the 22 - 31 October, World of Wedgwood will be turning their Little Gardeners Afternoon Tea into an extra spooky Little Critters Afternoon Tea, with peanut butter jelly sandwiches, fondant pumpkins and jelly worms!

Mini Potters Make! String Art Workshop
Halloween - Family Friendly
Mini Potters Make! String Art Workshop

Join us for this hands-on workshop. Pin out a spooky shape and wind out yarn to bring it to life. All materials included and creations are ready to take home on the day. These sessions are guided by a tutor.

Mini Potters Explore
Half Term Event
Mini Potters Explore

Become a mini potter for the day and explore the Heritage Trail with your family. Get hands-on with historic objects and find out more about the jobs people did in Victorian times.

Halloween Decorating Session
Half Term Event
Halloween Decorating Session

Looking to get creative during October Half Term? Then come along with the family to LoveClay's Halloween themed decorating session and create your very own spooky masterpiece.

Halloween Mystical Pottery & Fancy Dress Party
Halloween - Family Friendly
Halloween Mystical Pottery & Fancy Dress Party

Join Denise O'Sullivan this half term for crafty family fun! Halloween sandwich box and spooky disco (Prize for the best dressed too!!)

Oct Half Term FILM CLUB
Film
Oct Half Term FILM CLUB

Join us this October half term for Tots Film Club and Family Film Club!

Friday Twilight – Conan Doyle by Candlelight
Theatre
Friday Twilight – Conan Doyle by Candlelight

There was a lot more to Arthur Conan Doyle than Sherlock Holmes. He also penned any number of memorable ghost and horror stories that rank with the best of their kind. Presented here are stage adaptations of a few of the best. Enjoy an evening of classic terror with ACD!

Phasmophobia - The VR Paranormal Experience
Halloween Event
Phasmophobia - The VR Paranormal Experience

This Halloween, dare you take on the Phasmophobia VR paranormal experience at XP-VR Virtual Reality Experience with your friends? Try the Phasmophobia group horror VR experience right here in Stoke on Trent!

Piccadilly Spooktacular & Artisan Market
Halloween Event
Piccadilly Spooktacular & Artisan Market

Sunday 31st October sees the return of the highly successful Piccadilly Spooktacular. This year it will be even better as it's the same day as our Monthly Artisan Market. There will also be Trick or Treat Stands, Street Performers, Live Music, Halloween activities. And the best part? It's all totally FREE!

Halloween Steamings
Halloween Event
Halloween Steamings

On Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October the museum is open from 11:00 to 16:30 with Shirley's 1857 Etruscan Bone & Flint Mill in steam and operating as in Victorian times from 13:00 to 16:30.

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