How to Make Halloween 2020, The Pandemic Stricken Spooky Month, Reminiscent
With Ideas and Activities, You Can Do In North Wales During Lockdown.
October brings a charm unmatched; Whether it’s the slight nip of the winter air, the trees turning into a spectrum from green to rust or the fact that its finally spooky season.
Halloween causes an aura of excitement amongst people of all ages. From trick or treating, decorating your house, to full-blown costume parties... the excitement this day brings is incomparable.
However, this year with a ban on large public gatherings and the grave importance of being responsible and adapting to the ‘new normal’, Halloween celebrations will be a little different.
I know everyone was thrilled that Halloween is falling on a Saturday this year and the possibilities of ‘partying it out’ were endless if it weren’t for the pandemic, however, you can still make it memorable as you can with our list of ideas and activities you can do in North Wales.
Ideas And Things To Do This Halloween:
Porth Eirias 1K Kids Fun Run Halloween
LOCATION: VIRTUAL RUN!
The Porth Eirias 1K Kids Fun Run Halloween is an extremely fun activity for children between the ages of 3-15 years on the 24th October 2020.
However due to Covid restrictions, the event is now VIRTUAL, so you can run from the comfort of your own home (running machine permitted) or do the 1k run wherever you choose!
Simply time the Children and log your times with the event holders, where they are then awarded a medal for their accomplishment.
This high quality medal will be sent out in the post.
This year the children are being encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes.
Autumn Colour Walks
LOCATION: In various parts of Wales!
Who doesn’t love to see the beautiful autumn leaves strewn across the many trails scattered across North Wales?
One of the most popular trails you can visit is the ‘Capability Brown Walk’ where you can see 300 of the most ancient trees in North Wales shedding in the beautiful Autumn Season, it is truly surreal and majestic.
Glan Faenol wildlife and woodland walk is another ‘must take’ walk during autumn.
It is a walled woodland where you can not only witness the autumn splendor but can also get an up-close look to different unique species of birds and other woodland creatures.
North Wales Halloween Pumpkin Trail
LOCATION: Your home town!
Get everyone involved in this one, no matter where you are located!
Grab a pumpkin or two, decorate it (and your house) and leave it out for everyone to find and seek.
Get your children in their best scary costume and walk your town on a hunt for all these pumpkins and when they find a pumpkin, reward them with a treat or two!
For event details visit the facebook event page here
Hire A Pop-Up Cinema
LOCATION: Your garden!
Enjoy a scare-a-thon with your friends and family in the comfort of your own garden (Covid restrictions applying of course!) and hire your own pop up cinema!
Great for intimate and safe events you can share with others at a safe distance.
Plus you can choose whatever movie you like!
LOCATION: Various locations
Visiting a pumpkin patch in the month of October is an experience every child should have. Just because there is a pandemic doesn’t mean that they are deprived of this absolutely delightful Halloween experience.
There are some farms that will be opening, however, keep check on their websites as policies and plans change and also keep a note of their COVID guidelines.
Here are some in North Wales but you’ll find these up and down the country too!
- Malpas Pumpkins: Ivy House, Farm Dodd's Ln, Cheshire, Malpas SY14 7JN
Colwyn Bay Artisan Market
LOCATION: Conwy County
If you’re a foodie, then this one is for you.
A new, open-air monthly artisan market is opening up on the 17th of October in Colwyn Bay, North Wales that’ll cater to the best bakers and delicious goods that North Wales has to offer along with brilliant artists as well.
This will be a great way for you and your family to spend a day in the open with divine food, good music and the lovely autumn weather.
Visit Colwyn Bay Artisan Market Facebook page here for more information.
Fear Fforest in Zip World, Betws-y-Coed
LOCATION: Conwy County
UNFORTUNATELY NOW CANCELLED
This Halloween, enjoy a fright night like no other!
Enjoy a spookfest of twist and turns as you ride the Cursed Coaster or bounce high in the trees whilst escaping the gruesome clowns!
Book a night pass from £30 per person here at Zip World Fforest, A470, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, North Wales LL24 0HX
Bird's Eye Bodnant Garden Walk
LOCATION: Conwy County
An expanse of over 80 acres, there’s an endless variety of gardens to see at this hillside trail. From meadows, conifers, mills, mausoleum to rivers you can witness it all on this walk.
You also get to witness a variety of beautiful garden birds.
Halloween Themed Candles and Crafts at Anglesey
LOCATION: Gwynedd County
This is a little different than your traditional Halloween activities, but it sounds like an absolute delight and fun for all ages!
The Candle Alchemist in Dwyran is conducting this Halloween activity on October 24th, 25th and 31st a great and safe activity for kids as they provide modelling wax.
They have options from making simple hand-dipped candles to a half-day workshop on teaching how to make scented candles for your home.
You can also paint pots and make wooden decorations!
Booking is essential so phone or message on 07770894281 or visit the Facebook event here.
Halloween at Hawarden Estate Farms
LOCATION: Flintshire County
Located in Flintshire, the Hawarden Estate Farms have various activities planned and will be hosting on Thursday, October 29th and October 31st.
Some of the activities include making your own glow in the dark masks and Halloween T-shirts.
For more information on Hawardens Halloween Fun, visit their facebook page here
Drive-Thru Horror Maze In Wrexham
LOCATION: Wrexham County
One of the saddest things about not being able to have a normal Halloween this year are no haunted houses. The excitement and thrill of going to theme parks and visiting their haunted houses during this time of the year is unmatchable.
However, worry not, we have something just as good if not better.
From October 16 to November 1st, FestEvil is hosting a scary drive-thru maze at Borras Hall Lane, Wrexham.
According to the organisers, the maze will "scare the hell out of you from the comfort of your own car.”
The drive-thru will consist of a maze that will be built on the most horrifying and gruesome scenes from iconic horror movies and tv shows. There will be a lot of jump scares incorporated as well.
What’s the best part about this drive-thru horror maze you ask? It’s completely contact free and hence perfect way to enjoy Halloween in accordance with the current global situation.
Horror Movie Drive-Ins and Outdoor Cinemas
LOCATION: Cheshire and Shropshire Counties
I know it’s safe to say that each and everyone misses the cinema immensely and can’t wait to go back to watching movies on the big screen, however what better time to go back to the roots than now? That’s right “Drive-ins.”
There are a couple of sites that have set up horror drive-ins and outdoor cinemas to create a bit of a Halloween aura and provide entertainment in these challenging times.
Black Chasm At The Silver Mountain Experience in Aberystwyth
LOCATION: Cardiganshire County
Just 15 minutes from Aberystwyth, the Silver Mountain Experience is an opportunity to walk along a silver-lead mining trail.
Not only are they open and functioning, but they are also offering a Halloween special where the history and local legends from the mine are brought to life to give their visitors major creeps by horrific storytelling and eerie displays.
Spending Halloween in a dark, cold and scary mine, what else could one want?!
There will also be pumpkin carving, a trick or treat trail and fancy dress competition too!
The organiser's advice against bringing children smaller than 10 years of age.
Fright Night Trampolining In Newport
LOCATION: Gwent County
Here is something unique and fun you can try to make your COVID19 Halloween a whole lot better. Jump Adventure, located in Newport is hosting trampolining that will be Halloween themed on the 29th, 30th and 31st of October 5pm – 7pm.
So get your Halloween costumes on and jump your worries away. Along with fancy dress, there will also be a disco, pizza, goody bags and squash.
However, obviously due to the current situation space is limited hence it’s best that you book now.
Invest in a Sweet Escape
Do you have extra money saved up for a treat? How about you invest it in a home away from home?
Bryn Defaid Lodge & Caravan Park has stunning, static caravans and Lodges that will be the ideal escape for your family throughout the year.
In a secluded area away from the loud, hustling and bustling city life, you can enjoy peace, tranquillity and breathtaking views literally from what could be your second home.
By investing in a lodge or caravan you can simply pack your bags and leave whenever you feel like taking a break from your everyday life without having to worry about where to stay.