Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov 2019
Join us for a fun and spooky Halloween during the October half-term holiday.
Throughout October half-term there will be our ever-popular Halloween trail, spooky treats to tickle your tastebuds, and crafty activities for everyone to get involved with.
Are you brave enough to complete The Dread Book? Let this trail tell you a tale of terror on Miss Alice’s Drive, perhaps you’ll spot a ghost or two…
£3 per child, last trail 2.30pm
Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov 2019
Make like Michelangelo and carve your Halloween masterpiece.
Make sure to come early as we have a limited number of pumpkins grown especially for us!
£5 per pumpkin, while stocks last
Spooky Storytelling in the Story Dome
During Horrible Halloween join authors telling their horrifying tales in our Story Tent. There will also be a range of activities to take part in after each story.
Where: the Ampitheatre by the Summer House
Price: Free with grounds admission, no need to book
Join Strange-Twig Theatre Company as they tangle you with tales and lead you through mysterious stories. Performing folk tales, both warming and chilling, leading you into a world of fantastic adventure. Watch the short play, Winnie and Warwick’s Magical Menagerie and A Boy and His Dragon, amongst other stories.
Kitty is a superhero-in-training- with feline superpowers. She dreams of being just like her superhero mum, but she’s still got a lot to learn. Join best-selling author Paula Harrison for storytelling and writing tips.
Activity: make and decorate your own superhero cat mask
Dreary Inkling Primary School is having a really bad time. Firstly, the Year Six talent show is nearly ruined when two aliens decide they want to blow up the whole world. Find out why author Matt Brown LOVES to write about aliens, monsters and killer vending machines.
Activity: watch a couple of incredible magic tricks!
Join author Lara Flecker and illustrator Trisha Krauss for an interactive workshop around their mysterious book Midnight at Moonstone. Hear about Lara’s work as costume curator at the V&A and go ‘behind the scenes’ with Trisha’s mood board, storyboards and sketches.
Activity: decorate your very own Moonstone-inspired paper doll
Author and illustrator Harriet Muncaster is returning to Waddesdon Manor to talk about her half fairy, half vampire, totally unique character, Isadora Moon. Hear Harriet talk about her totally unique heroine and otherworldly family.
Activity: get creative with some dazzling drawing and crafts
Snapgrazzles and squarks! Fudgenuts and frazzlers! Get your best Halloween outfits on, gather around and listen to tales of naughty tree witches, clever children and lovable ghost pets. Expect a fun session for curious young minds, full of props, nature facts, quizzes. This is an event that – quite literally – goes with a BANG!
Activity: prizes for the best spooky costumes
Fancy dress competition
Dress the part to enter our fancy dress competition running all week throughout half-term. What will you be? A witch? A cat? A vampire?
Don’t forget to tag us in your photo using @WaddesdonManorLearning or @WaddesdonManor and the hashtag #WaddesdonDressedToKill. All your entries from Instagram will be showcased on this page and we will select our favourite as the winner on Monday 4 November.
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Halloween Helpers Needed
9.45am-3.15pm, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov
Join our Education Team for the spookiest event of the year. Volunteer to help make this Halloween spooktacular. You could be: helping at the tills, handing out prizes, selling books or even gutting pumpkins! If you love working with children, you’ll love this event.