Happy Hal­loween

If the thought of traips­ing Sur­rey’s streets trickor-treat­ing with the kids this Oc­to­ber 31 fills you with dread, there are plenty of other ac­tiv­i­ties around the county to keep them en­ter­tained

Surrey Life - - Days Out -

N “ever take sweets from a stranger”, is the tra­di­tional ad­vice drummed into chil­dren – and yet there is one time of year when do­ing just that sud­denly be­comes the norm: Hal­loween trick-or-treat­ing.

The tra­di­tion of chil­dren dress­ing up as ghosts, witches, vam­pires and zom­bies, and go­ing out after dark to knock on doors and ask for good­ies, goes back to the Mid­dle Ages, al­though some Hal­loween be­liefs and prac­tices date much fur­ther back. How­ever, in this day and age, many par­ents feel un­easy about let­ting their chil­dren go trick-or-treat­ing. They may worry about their kids’ safety, or that their pranks might an­noy or distress some peo­ple.

Luck­ily there are plenty of other Hal­loween ac­tiv­i­ties for kids that are safe and su­per­vised, giv­ing them the chance to en­joy wear­ing their fancy dress and do things that are also more fun than trail­ing around the streets on a cold Oc­to­ber night.

A lot of ad­ven­ture parks and other fam­ily at­trac­tions lay on spe­cial Hal­loween ‘hor­ror’ nights dur­ing the Oc­to­ber half-term break, com­plete with make-you­jump en­ter­tain­ment and staff dressed in cos­tume. It is not just the ob­vi­ous fun parks ei­ther; some zoos and na­ture at­trac­tions give chil­dren the chance to get up close to real-life spi­ders, snakes and creepy-crawlies, as well as run­ning Hal­loween craft ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­tiv­ity and leisure cen­tres are also com­ing on board; for in­stance, chil­dren in the Guild­ford area can even cel­e­brate Hal­loween at a tram­po­line park. Airhop Guild­ford’s ‘Scare-hop’ pro­gramme from Oc­to­ber 14 -31 sees the park dec­o­rated for Hal­loween, with kids en­cour­aged to come along in their Hal­loween cos­tumes, so long as their fancy dress does not re­strict their vi­sion or move­ment when they are bounc­ing. There is a daily com­pe­ti­tion for the best-dressed cus­tomer, who will win a ‘golden ticket’ and a mys­tery prize. Spe­cial lim­it­ededi­tion tram­po­line socks are on sale, dec­o­rated with skele­ton toes which glow un­der ul­tra­vi­o­let light. There will also be su­per­vised trick-or-treat­ing, a scav­enger hunt and other spooky games. Par­ents can also book a chil­dren’s Hal­loween tram­po­line party at Airhop, with the party rooms dec­o­rated for Hal­loween and spe­cial themed games.

An­other op­tion for Hal­loween en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the halfterm break is to go to a Na­tional Trust prop­erty. Many his­toric build­ings lend them­selves per­fectly to ghostly ac­tiv­i­ties, with their im­pos­ing, at­mo­spheric build­ings and blood-cur­dling his­to­ries: in fact, some are re­puted to be gen­uinely haunted. Through­out half term, you can find spine-chill­ing story-telling, spooky walks, bat hunts and Hal­loween craft ac­tiv­i­ties at Na­tional Trust prop­er­ties across Sur­rey, visit

With such a va­ri­ety of events go­ing on dur­ing the Oc­to­ber half term, you can prob­a­bly find some­thing dif­fer­ent to do ev­ery day, for chil­dren of all ages. They’ll en­joy dress­ing up in cos­tumes and do­ing some­thing new and fun such as tram­polin­ing or ex­plor­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing build­ing. They will have plenty of treats with­out the tricks, and will they be bored? Not a ghost of a chance... -Airhop, Airhop House, 12 Mi­dle­ton In­dus­trial Es­tate Road, Guild­ford GU2 8XW Tel: 0330 223 3333 Web: airhopguild­ford.com - Na­tional Trust web: na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

‘With such a va­ri­ety of events go­ing on dur­ing the Oc­to­ber half term, you can prob­a­bly find some­thing dif­fer­ent to do ev­ery day’

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