Halloween Spooktacular Family Fun Day


31 October


The Queen's House
  • Family (over-5s)
  • Family (under-5s)
£40: (two adults and two children) | £12: Adult or child | £10: Member (Adult or child) | £35: A family of Members (two adults and two children) | Children under 3: free entry
Event type:
Activities & workshops

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Come along in your scariest fancy dress to a spooktacular Halloween party at The Queen’s House. Make a pom-pom creepy-crawly to take trick or treating. Create and animate your own ghost story, and enjoy storytelling about mysterious happenings in the night sky. Have your photo taken at our dress-up family photo booth; play super-sized board game Spooks and Shudders; and show off your monster moves at our Halloween disco. Parade your outfit at the end of the day in our creepiest costume competition. You may even bump into our resident ghost…

Age: unless stated otherwise, events are suitable for all ages.

Wee Woollie Beasties |Times: 11.00–12.30, 12.30–15.15 | Make your own miniature monster using chunky wool and cloth. The more legs the better!

Animation Station | Times:  11.00–11.45, 11.45–12.30, 12.30–13.15, 13.45–14.30, 14.30–15.15 | Age:  6+ | Create your own animated ghost story using images of objects from the Queen’s House.

Stories from the Stars | Times: 12.00–12.15, 12.45–13.00, 13.30–13.45, 14.30–14.45, 15.00–15.15 | Age: 6+ | Join one of our astronomers to find out about the myths and superstitions that connect Halloween and the night sky.

Disco Devils | Time: 11.00–15.15 | Boogie on down to your favourite Halloween dance classics.

Dress-up Family Photo Booth | Time: 11.00–15.15 | Take home a fabulous family photograph, courtesy of our fiendish friends The Mighty Booth. Choose a costume from our weird and wonderful dressing-up box and strike a pose! 

Spooks and Shudders | Time: 11 – 15.15 | Age: 3+ | Take turns in playing our giant spooky version of Snakes and Ladders.

Eerie Encounters | Time: 11.00–15.15 | Marvel at our juggling wizard, ingenious balloon twister and ghostly woman in white as they wander in the Great Hall. 

Creepiest Costume Parade and Competition | Time: 15.30–16.00 | Show off your creepiest costume, scariest walk and most fearsome howl at the Halloween parade. There will be prizes for the best fancy dress outfits. 

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The Queen's House from the Royal Observatory (spotlight)