Half term happens to coincide with another event in the calendar this autumn, so don’t be surprised that the majority of school holiday events have a decidedly spooky twist. But not all of them. Read on to find out what’s going on in your area. Below you will find events in: LINCOLN GAINSBOROUGH&MARKET RASEN BOSTON&SPALDING GRANTHAM&SLEAFORD STAMFORD LOUTH NEWARK LINCOLN Traditional sweetshop and baking activities On October 26, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life will be welcoming the return of their traditional sweetshop in commercial row, with famous goodies from yesteryear. Then, on October 27, to celebrate Halloween, visitors can get stuck into creating gooey ghostly crafts, making cakes and pastries to decorate at the museum or bake later. Steve Dunk from the Burton Road museum said: “It’s the perfect opportunity for every sweet tooth to indulge!” Admission to the museum is free, with a £1 charge for each activity.
READ MORE: It’s back! Ice rink set to return to Lincoln city centreMeet characters inside Lincoln Castle’s Victorian Prison Children can meet unsavourary characters inside Lincoln Castle’s Victorian Prison with tales from the past this October half term and Halloween. But watch yourself, these vile Victorians will be sure to give you a fright. Hear ghastly ghost stories and tales of witch trials from the Victorian undertakers themselves. The Spooky Prison is a family friendly introduction into the horrible history of the Victorian Era. Children can create their own creepy characters too and take home an origami bat or pipe cleaner spider. October 22-28. Spooky Prison is open 10am-4pm. Lincoln Castle is open from 10am-4pm . Inclusive tickets include admission to the event as well as Medieval Wall Walk and David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault and are Adult £12; Concs £9.60; Child £7.20; Family £31.20; U5s free. Victorian Nights of Fear Also at Lincoln Castle will be Victorian Nights of Fear on October 28-29. Visitors can experience the castle after dark from 7pm and witness a full Victorian funeral each evening . Jon Hogan, public engagement manager, said: “The castle after dark can be an eerie place to be, and for two nights only we invite visitors to experience it. Meet creepy characters including the spiritualist, the undertaker, the judge and the resurrectionist, who tell macabre tales of the past. There’s going to be a full Victorian funeral procession through the castle grounds each night. Come along for a truly spine-tingling Halloween spectacle.” Tickets: Adults £10, concs £8, children £6. Gates open at 7pm. The performances inside the prison will be repeated several times each night and the funeral will take place twice at 8.15pm and 9.15pm. The event finishes each night at 10pm. Lincoln Ghost Bus Tour Take a frightening look at some of Lincolnshire’s scarier history by open-top bus. A local ghost expert will lead the Ghost Bus Tour on October 22 and October 29-30 where you will hear spooky tales and stories of the city’s haunted past. The ghost tours are suitable for all ages. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis and the tour lasts approximately 50 minutes, leaving from Lincoln Cathedral at 6pm. £6 per person. No concessions although the tour is family friendly. Molly’s Marvellous Moustache family theatre Molly wants to be just like the grown ups. So her mummy makes her a moustache. With her moustache she can go anywhere and do anything she likes. She can launch an expedition to the heart of the jungle, blast off into space and create incredible inventions. But what about having to go to work? Fidget Theatre in association with Little Mighty will bring Molly’s Marvellous Moustache to Lincoln Drill Hall on October 29 . Alfie White: Space Explorer family theatre Alfie White is crazy about space and his dad is training to be the first man on the moon. At least that’s what Alfie tells his schoolmates. In fact, his dad has disappeared without trace. Together with his best friend Meg, Alfie sets out on a daring mission to find his dad. But where on earth – or in space – is he? Tall Stories’ latest production Alfie White: Space Explorer comes to Lincoln Performing Arts Centre during the half term holidays and is a cosmic tale of adventure for everyone aged 5 and up. October 28 . Tickets: £10 Adult, £8 Child. Box office: 01522 837600. Halloween Family Fun at Rand Farm Park As well as all the usual fun down on the farm, October Half Term at Rand Farm Park will include spooky goings on. Halloween Family Fun takes place on October 24-31 with a Spooky Village – only for the brave – Halloween crafts, magic shows and pumpkin carving . All the usual indoor and outdoor play areas will be open and, of course, there’s plenty of animals to see. Opening times and prices. Jedi Masters and Horrible History crafters, this way… Sci-Con will return to The Collection museum in Lincoln on October 22. Fans of shows like Star Wars and Doctor Who will have photo opportunities, the chance to meet characters of sci-fi shows including Cybermen and Daleks, and can also take part in saber training .The event is free to enter, with a cost of £10 to take part in a saber training course. The course is open to ages 5+, with limited places so booking in advance is advisable. Paul Mason, site co-ordinator, says: “It’s a great experience for both young and old fans of Star Wars, so whether you are at one with The Force or have always wanted to join the Dark Side, this is your chance to show off your skills.” To find out more or to book your place at the Saber Training Academy, call 01522 782040. Also at The Collection, a Horrible History Day on October 25 will include crafts , storytime for little ones at 11.15am, a talk on medieval medicine at 1pm and 2pm, and a free family film. Scarecrows, witches, wizards and pumpkins at Doddington Hall Take your pick from a frightful programme of activities at Doddington Hall near Lincoln this half term. From October 24 to 29, the Kitchen Garden will be offering visitors a SpookyTrail. Will you be able to spot all of the curious bats and their batty facts? . The apples will be bobbing at Doddington Hall’s Apple Day on Tuesday, October 25. Take along your home-grown apples , to get identified and then the mobile apple press will turn them into homemade apple juice . Want to know more about your variety?The East of England Apples and Orchards Project will also be at Doddington Hall to identify your crop. Don’t forget to join in the apple bobbing . Have your crops been poor this harvest? Did your milk turn sour? Anyone in your village been seen talking to a cat? If so, it could be time to join a witch hunt. The Doddington Witch Trials commence on the evening of October 26 . Join the Witchfinder General in the Doddington Hall Woods this Halloween for the identification and trial of local witches. Book your tickets for a spooky, dark and fun evening for all the family. For pre-booking and information. Finally, don’t forget visitors can pick their own pumpkins between October 22 and 31 in Doddington Hall’s Pumpkin Patch. GAINSBOROUGH&MARKET RASEN Halloween Hunt and Friday Fun Club at Gainsborough Old Hall Will you be brave enough to go on a Halloween Hunt throughout Gainsborough Old Hall from October 22-31? Prizes await if you are willing to take it on. Entry is free for every child in costume when accompanied by a paying adult. On Friday, October 28, the Friday Fun Club will be hosting Homemade Halloween, where visitors can get ready for the big day by making their own creepy crafts to decorate their home with. Victoria Mason, site coordinator said: “There’s going to be lots of Halloween hi-inks this half term at Gainsborough Old Hall. Come along in your best Halloween costumes and join in the fun!” To find out more visit www.gainsborougholdhall.com Myths and Monsters at Market Rasen Library Craft activities on a ‘Myths and Monsters’ theme will be hosted by the Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology at the Market Rasen Library during half term for families. Join in on Friday, October 28 and make your own Lincoln Imp from clay, create a medieval style mask, craft a sea monster pendant and find out about some Lincolnshire myths and folklore. Children must be accompanied. Admission is free with a £1 charge for each activity. Viking Voyagers at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall Craft activities on a Viking theme await visitors to Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall on October 26 . Youngsters can decorate a Viking shield, make a Thor’s hammer pendant, create a long-ship, make a Viking style lamp from clay and try their hand at de-coding some runic messages. Find out about the Vikings and investigate replica artifacts from the period and see if you know what they were used for. Everyone welcome, no need to book. Children must be accompanied. Admission is free with a £1 charge for each activity. Hosted by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and Kirton in Lindsey Society. BOSTON&SPALDING Birds for Kids and walks for free at Frampton Marsh There is an opportunities to join in Birds for Kids, a child-friendly event that shows kids how to identify different birds, at Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve. The event will start with theory before putting it into practice with a trip onto the reserve. October 26 . £3.50 per child. Booking essential: 01205 724678. There is also opportunity during half term to enjoy a free ‘Friday at Frampton’ walk. Frampton Marsh is a nature reserve crammed full of wildlife. This gentle stroll will introduce everyone to the site and some of its special inhabitants. Led by a knowledgeable local guide. The walk lasts approx two hours and takes place on stony paths. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. October 28 . Busy programme and the South Holland Centre The South Holland Centre in Spalding has a busy programme including films, family theatre and drama workshops. Here’s what you can enjoy: October 24 and 25 , Disney film Pete’s Dragon. All tickets £5.50. Remake of the story of an orphan boy who lives wild with his best friend Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon. October 25 . RSPB Wash Birdwatching Boat Cruise. Tickets from £10. South Holland Centre is acting as the ticket agency for these birdwatching cruises aboard the Boston Belle, departing from Boston Marina. Find out more. October 26 and 27 . Danse Macabre. Halloween Drama Workshop with Act II: children aged 7 to 13 can create a spooky show over two days, filled with singing, dancing and acting. Performance October 27 . Tickets £20/£25. October 26 . Granny’s Game from Rhubarb Theatre combining mask, physical theatre, puppetry, song and dance. Whilst stuck at Gran’s, Julia and John discover a most mysterious game … and get more than they bargained for when they start to roll the dice. Tickets: £6.50/£7.50. Box Office: 01775 764777. GRANTHAM&SLEAFORD The ancient game of pumpkin rolling at Easton Walled Gardens Try the ancient game of pumpkin rolling and join Tom the Tale Teller for a spooky Halloween story walk at Easton Walled Gardens. Roll your pumpkin down the terraces, careful not to break it, and the farthest roller wins. Meanwhile, Tom the Tale Teller will be visiting on October 27 with some seriously spooky stories as you walk around the gardens. Visitors can also plant a spring bulb, find conkers, go on a nature scavenger hunt or just leap into the leaves. There are also lots of arts and crafts for all the family. Otherwise, simple explore the 12 acres of grounds. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays . Admission: £7 adults, £3 children 5+. There may be a charge for some activities and tickets for the story telling must be booked online. Twisted trails and spooky stories at Cogglesford Watermill Creepy craft activities, twisted trails and spooky stories are designed to give visitors to Cogglesford Watermill on October 31 a hellish fright. Free admission including refreshments. Children under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call Cogglesford Watermill on 01529 413671. Family tours and ghostly activities at Belton House You can choose a spooky half term or a non-spooky one at Belton House in Grantham. Dress up for a variety of ghostly activities throughout the week including storytelling, face painting and puppet shows . Otherwise, join a 1930s house party family tour where you’ll join a guide to find out what it might have been like in the house all those years ago . All events are free of charge but normal admission applies. All prices here. Secret symbols and medieval crafts at the Tower Temple Bruer Knights Templar tower can be a spooky place at the best of times. But head to the tower from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, October 30 and you’ll find Halloween has cast its spell. Explore and discover the Secrets of the Symbols and dive into some medieval-themed crafts for free. Tour the tower with site manager Beverley at 2pm followed by