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THE HALLOWEEN EDIT 🎃…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 27 Sep 2022

It’s officially Autumn; the leaves are turning, there’s a nip in the air and children are obsessing about ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and witches (if they’re anything like mine that is!).

So, here’s our round up of all the Halloween fun that’s happening in and around the area in the run up to the 31st of October. Do make sure you book the Halloween-themed half-term camps and workshops in plenty of time as they fill up fast – more details below.

Halloween Gonk Making Workshop – adults 

Head to Tattenham Corner Beefeater (Epsom Downs) for a fun evening of bubbles and crafting to celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, October 4th (7pm-9.30pm).

Get into the spooky spirit by creating your own ghoulishly themed Gonk to decorate your home.

What’s included:

~ The bar open to purchase a glass or two of your favourite tipple to enjoy during the workshop
~ Taught step by step so great even if you are a beginner
~ All materials included
~ Your masterpiece yours to take home
~ A relaxing & fun evening out

To book your tickets head to: www.artifexdesigns.co.uk/events

Bambinos and Me

Bambinos and Me is running several Halloween Classes (baby classes and an older childrens’ class) at All Things Nice on various days in October.

At the Baby classes, they will be doing Halloween-themed massage, movement and songs and there’ll be a Halloween keepsake and photo opportunities. At the older childrens’ class there will be Halloween-themed yoga, story massage and relaxation followed by a craft.

Booking is available here: https://bambinos-and-me.class4kids.co.uk/

Horton Golf – Spooktacular

From Thursday, October 14th to Monday, 31st October enjoy a Halloween decorated 18-hole Adventure Golf experience at Horton Golf Park.

In addition to the usual fun, there are nine riddles scattered around the course. Find and solve all of them and have a chance to win something great on Halloween night.

Open from 9am until 8pm every day. Enjoy a scarier atmosphere from around 7pm when the sun goes down and the ghosts come out! Pre-book here: https://hortongolfpark.com/adventure-golf/

Hobble’ween at Hobbledown

 

 

 

 

 

Hobbledown has a full itinerary of events over October Half Term, which involves bug brunches, dragons, potions and explosions! Its daily ‘Hobble’ween’ line-up runs from Saturday, 22nd  to Sunday 30th, October. You can book your tickets here: www.hobbledown.com/epsom

Here’s what’s on:

Potion Commotion

Tipp the Inventor’s on a mission to make some Glime and he wants your help. Although be warned that things never go quite to plan when Tipp’s around!

Inside The Glimery

Hobbledown is transforming The Thinkery into The Glimery where there’ll be entertainment courtesy of the Hobbledown characters. Their 15 minute story features The Skibblers up to their old tricks.

Bug Brunch:

You won’t go hungry at Hobbledown this Hobble’ween, that’s if you like dried bugs!

Are you brave enough to try the Bug Brunch Challenge? Yummy delicacies on offer include mealworms, locusts, crickets, buffalo worms and for pudding jelly filled with bugs.

Wicked Willow Maze

Rumpletump’s lost his magical golden egg. But who could have taken it? The Hobblers need your detective skills to find out. Beware – you might meet a dragon on the way! £5 per child fee applies (includes goody bag).

Monster’s Ball

Come dressed in your best Hallowe’en costumes for the Monster’s Ball parade. There’ll be a daily fancy dress competition on the Courtyard Lawn where you can compete to be the belle, or beast, of the ball!

Ambition School of Dance – half-term Workshop 

Ambition School of Dance‘s half-term workshop on Monday, 24th October is now one sale. It’s suitable for ages 4+.  It’s taking place at their studio in Epsom Square from 9.30am – 3.30pm and there will be a short performance from 3.15pm – 3.30pm for children to show parents what they have learnt during the day.

Head over to www.ambitionevents.co.uk to book.

Ebbisham Sports Club – October camp 

 

Ebbisham Sports Club‘s Try-Sport Camp is back on Monday, 24th October from 9.00am-3.30pm. Book now by emailing admin@ebbisham.com.

October Half-Term at Mega Camps

Mega Camps will be providing its unlimited fun over half term (October 24th-29th) with a wide range of activities for children to choose from including Halloween arts & crafts, animal zoo workshop, climbing wall, magic workshop, Nerf Wars and sports plus Mega Activity options will be announced soon.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.megacamps.net/

NEAT – Half Term Camp

NEAT will be running there half term camp  – Monday 24th – Thursday 27th October (9am-4.30pm) at Nonsuch Primary School.   For more information or to book email neatoffice@yahoo.com.

 

Roll With It Football Coaching – Halloween special 

 

Roll With It Football Coaching’s Mini Rolls (for ages 4-8) is back this October half term – Monday 24th-Wednesday 26th October (9am-3pm) with its Halloween special. There’ll be plenty of fun and games, arts and crafts.

The Football and Goalkeeper camps (for ages 6-12) will be a mixture of learning new skills and tricks, fun games, matches as well as a world Cup themed tournament, trick or treat prizes and much more.

For all children attending there’ll be a special visit from Georgie Porgie Facepainting to get everyone into the Halloween mood on Wednesday, 26th (all included in the price).

They are offering multiday and sibling discounts. Visit the website www.rollwithitfootball.com for more information and to book.

 

Starstruck Dance Academy – Halloween Workshop

 

Starstruck Dance Academy‘s Halloween Workshop (Stoneleigh) is taking place on Monday, 24th October (10.30am-2.30pm) and is suitable for ages 4-10 years. There’ll be dancing, cheerleading, arts & crafts, face painting  and a free sweets stall.

Contact Laura on 07834 698704.

October Half-Term at Mega Camps

Mega Camps will be providing its unlimited fun over half term (October 24th-29th) with a wide range of activities for children to choose from including Halloween arts & crafts, animal zoo workshop, climbing wall, magic workshop, Nerf Wars and sports plus Mega Activity options will be announced soon.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.megacamps.net/

Baby Boppers by Bella Boo – Halloween Party 

Join Baby Boppers by Bella Boo on Wednesday, 26th October (11am) for spooky tunes, dancing, dress up and sensory activities. Taking place at The Hamptons (KT4 8AS), it’s £10 per family with siblings welcomed.Book online via the website: https://www.bellaboobabyboppers.com/

Grow Cook Enjoy – Spooky half-term Halloween workshop

Grow Cook Enjoy is running a spooky half-term Halloween work shop on Thursday, 27th October.

The half day course (£25) will see children making pumpkin pizzas, devilled chocolate muffins and white chocolate ghosts. The full day course (£50 with lunch included) incorporates all of the half day course and additionally stuffed peppers, witch cake pops and pumpkin cookies.

For further details and booking go to: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops

The Jam Place 

Independent dance school The Jam Place is running a Halloween Day of dance, drama and arts & crafts for children aged 5 years and over on Friday, October 28th (10am – 3pm).

https://www.thejamplace.com/ 

Halloween Family Dance Party – The Horton Epsom 

Get ready for some Halloween family fun at The Horton, Epsom on Friday, 28th October (4pm-7pm). There’ll be:

*A live professional DJ in the Performance Space with lights, big sound and a party atmosphere
*Halloween-themed drawing and craft activities suitable for younger children.
*Prizes for the most ‘creative’ kids’ costumes

The Horton’s Café-Bar will be open serving drinks, snacks, treats and teatime food boxes with sandwiches, crisps, a brownie or chocolate treat and piece of fruit.

For more details visit the Facebook event page. To buy tickets go to: thehortonepsom.org/events/halloween-family-dance-party

Godstone Farm 

This October half term, Godstone Farm is running an exciting event called Once Upon a Crime (Saturday, 22nd until Sunday, 30th October).

As well as guaranteed farmyard fun and additional animal events, there’ll be plenty of spooky Halloween hocus pocus! Meet Griswalda the witch for wand making and wand lessons and explore the Nursery Crime Trail and become a clever detective in a world of nursery crimes. Pumpkin carving will also be available as an upgrade.

Additionally, its low bangs fireworks event takes place on Friday, 28th and Saturday, 29th October. This includes a tots’ disco from 5pm and pre-show entertainment from 5.30pm before the  display from 6.45pm.

Tickets for both need to be pre-booked via the Godstone Farm website here.

Esher Theatre – Halloween Cabaret Show 

Esher Theatre is hosting the Alchemy Beat Collective on Friday and Saturday, 28th October & 29th October (7.45pm) for a Halloween Cabaret Show.

After their highly acclaimed sell out show at Esher Theatre, the Alchemy Beat Collective invites you to two nights of thrilling live monster mashups, delivered with frighteningly good cabaret. Stranger things will happen as we delve into tales of the unexpected and celebrate all things Halloween.

Dress to ‘terrifyingly’ impress!

For more details and booking visit: https://eshertheatre.seatlab.com/events

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Witches 

Wise woman or witch? On Saturday, October 29th (1pm to 2.30pm) you’ll get to decide.

Early witches were people who used magic, calling upon spirits for help or to bring about change. Most witches were thought to be unbelievers doing the Devil’s work. Many, however, were simply natural healers or so-called ‘wise women’ whose choice of profession was misunderstood.

At the event you’ll meet two wise women. They will talk of superstitions, religion and witches and will also bring their Barber Surgeon equipment and telling of their gorier treatments! You’ll also learn about the magic of alchemy: how to turn base metal to gold.

To reserve your place email David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk. Cost: £5 per child.

Creepy Halloween @ Ewell Court Library 

Head to Ewell Court Library on Saturday, 29th October (10am to 12 noon) for their free spooky event. There’ll be freaky face painting, creepy crafts, a terrifying trail, tasty treats, cake sale and raffles. Dress for Halloween to claim your prize!

Go to the Facebook page for further details.

Halloween Walk on the Dark Side – Ewell 

Bourne Hall Museum is running several Halloween walks on Saturday, 29th October and Monday, 31st October (5pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 9pm).

Discover the darker side of  Ewell’s history with a guided tour around its historic heart.  Visit graveyards and crime scenes if you dare. Hear tales of local folk who won’t stay dead, ghostly coach crashes and exploding gunpowder mills  Discover the story of  Joan Butts, Ewell’s witch.

Are you brave enough to dare to tread where the Resurrection Men once stood whilst you learn about their grisly trade?  Experience for yourself what it was like to be imprisoned in Ewell’s 18th century jail—be careful you don’t get left behind.

The cost is £5 per person; contact David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk/ /020 8394 1734 for booking and further details.

Meet in the foyer of Bourne Hall (Spring Street, KT17 1UF)

 

A Walk around Epsom at Halloween

 

Additionally, on Sunday, 30th October (5pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 9pm) Bourne Hall Museum is conducting a walk around Epsom to visit some of the towns haunted buildings at Halloween including pubs, flats, B&Bs and great houses (some gone and some still standing). Hear tales of Lords and Ladies, highwaymen, teachers, nurses, and policemen; those who have past over but may not have yet left!

Cost £5 per person; contact David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk/ /020 8394 1734 for booking and further details. Meet at the Clock Tower Epsom.

Pumpkin picking 

Keep an eye on the Garsons website as Pumpkin Farm Passes are coming soon. You’ll be able to view and choose from a large selection of their farm-grown pumpkins: https://www.garsons.co.uk/pyo-farm

If you’re not a fan of trick or treating, check out my Halloween at Home Ideas blog from back in 2020 (when staying in was the new going out!).

Whatever you’re up to have a great Halloween and don’t forget to keep checking back as we’ll be regularly updating this blog.

Fran x

 
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Francesca De Franco
I’m Fran a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 15 and my twin daughters are aged 12.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run The Parent Social blog where I write about the activities we do, the places that we visit, the games that we play as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between. I also have a wine and food PR consultancy and blog - https://www.vinocibo.co.uk/

My love for communicating and writing, mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. Interests include good food and wine, Italian culture, football and personal finance.

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