Together with our new partner Birmingham Museums Trust we’ve curated 13 things to get your fangs into over the October Half-Term. You’ll find everything from Fright Nights at Aston Hall to a Monster Party at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
- Spooky Science Night
Thinktank will transform into a spooky party for mad scientists, witches and wizards to come together and have some fun in the museum after hours.
See the spectacular ‘Science of Fright’ show, where making a monster is all a matter of choosing the right ingredients. Meet some real life creepy crawlies with an expert animal handler. Make your own family light photos and create your own sample of blood to take home.
There will be lots more tricks and treats to take part in on this magical evening. Come in fancy dress to be entered into a fantastic prize draw on the night!
Sat 28 October. 6-9pm. Pre-booking essential. Child: £9.00, Adult/Concession: £6.50. Family and group tickets available. More details here
- Monster Madness Museum Party
Bring your little mummies, witches and vampires along to enjoy a free spooktacular ‘Monsters at the Museum’ party at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. There will be lots of spooky fun throughout the day with music for dead good dancers, ghoulish games and the chance to capture your costume in the portrait booth of fear.
Wednesday 25 Oct. 2-4pm. No booking required. Free entry. Portrait studio prints £1 each. Waterhall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. More info here
- Fright Nights: Hall of the Damned
This October one of Birmingham’s most haunted buildings will open its doors for a horror experience you won’t forget. Aston Hall will be unleashing its scariest Halloween weekend yet with Fright Nights: Hall of the Damned, sending shivers down the spines of those that dare to visit.
For this one hour of terror brave visitors/victims will experience a completely new frightening tale and see sections of the building not usually open to the public, including the attic and the cellars…at night, in the dark. This event is not for the faint hearted or those of a sensitive disposition so make sure you read through all the info provided on the website.
Fri 27 – Sun 29 Oct. 7pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm, 10:45pm. Pre-booking essential. Adults: £15. Age 16+ (must be accompanied by someone 18+). More info here
- Plague and Pestilence Haunted House
There is plague rumoured at Blakesley Hall and a red cross on the front door! The plague doctor has been seen! Can it be true? Learn all about the bubonic plague that swept the country in 1665, see plague victims inside the hall and find out about all the medicines the plague doctor would have used to treat those who were struck down by this deadly disease.
24 Oct – 27 Oct .11am-4pm. Adult: £3.50. Concession: £2.50. Child: £1.50
28 Oct – 29 Oct. Adult: £7.00. Concession: £5.00. Child: £3.00
No booking required. Family tickets available. More info here
- Jewellery Quarter Ghost Walk
Join a ghostly tour around the historic Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, led by an expert guide. Expect spooky tales and freaky facts!
Please meet your guide on the corner of Newhall Street and Charlotte Street outside the old Assay Office.
Sat 28 Oct. 2pm. £6. Pre-booking essential. More info here
- Aston Hall’oween
Frighteningly good family fun at Aston Hall. Meet the wise woman and find out about her weird cures. Watch a witch trial take place and judge for yourself whether the accused is guilty of witchcraft! Encounter creepy sounds and even creepier characters as you explore one of Birmingham’s most haunted buildings with a Ghost Hunter Trail!
Fri 27 – Sun 29 Oct. 11am-4pm. Pre-booking recommended. Usual admission charges apply. Free for Members. More info here
- Halloween Arts and Crafts
Try out a different Halloween themed make and take activity each day at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery during October half term, including masks, brains in jars, and spooky spell writing.
Mon 23, Tues, 24, Thurs 26 and Fri 27 Oct. 11am – 1pm and 2– 4pm. No booking required. Crafts from £1.00. More info here
- Spooky Cellar Tours
At Soho House, the doors of the spooky cellars of this historic Georgian property will be opened for a family-friendly Halloween tour. Do you dare to take the tour?
Wed 25 & Thu 26 Oct. No booking required. Usual admission charges apply. Free for Members. More info here
- Science of Fright, Science Show at Thinktank
Amaze your little ghouls with the spooky science needed to create a monster in this action packed science show at Thinktank during half term. We’ll be mixing potions, patching flesh, creating blood and finally bring our monster to life with explosions and electricity!
Mon 23 – Fri 27 October. 1pm & 3pm. No booking required. Free for Thinktank ticket holders. Free for Members. More info here
- Spooky Portrait Studio at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Come dressed up in your favourite spooky costume and have your photo taken in our Halloween portrait studio!
Mon 23, Tues 24, Thurs 26, Fri 27 Oct. 11am – 1pm and 2– 4pm. No booking required. £1 per print. More info here
- Storytelling: We’re off to Find the Witch’s House
Join one of the Thinktank team as they venture on a spooky journey to find the witch’s house. You’ll meet lots of silly and humorous characters along the way, from a skeleton, to Dracula. Will you make it all the way to the witch’s house? Take part in interactive activities, including wolf and witch shadows, bowling over mummy cans, and popping a balloon.
Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 Oct. 2pm and 2.30pm. No booking required. Free for Thinktank ticket holders. Free for Members. More info here
- Haunting Halloween Trail
Spooky spiders, skeletons and ghosts have moved into Sarehole Mill! Find each of the creepy ghouls, solve the clues and claim your prize. While you’re there why not take part in our Creepy Craft session and learn how to make a cute little bat!
Tues 24 Oct – Sunday 29 Oct 2017. 11.00am – 4.00pm. £1.50 per child – trail. £1.50 per child – creepy crafts. More info here
- Fiendish Drawbotz!
Use art and technology to create your own drawing robot at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery! It’s also a chance to get creative and turn your robot into your own fiendish creature to scamper about… think scurrying spiders, ravaging rats, and punky pumpkins!
Sat 28 & 29 Oct. 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm. No booking required. £2. More info here