That time of year again. Halloween ’celebrations’ start this weekend and What’s On For Kids will attempt to bring you a round up of all the fun for families and kids in and around Glasgow. Spooktastic at Whitelee Wind Farm
on Friday evening looks good and scary. The Holm of Halloween
returns on Saturday and Sunday. This year it has a piratical theme and there’s even a bouncy castle in the grounds and some scary bikers. It is a great way to get you in the mood for Halloween. Over at Kelburn there’s pumpkin carving
- free pumpkins for the first 50 people and someone else cleans up the mess. At the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, there’s a Halloween themed puppet making workshop
and a special Trick or Treat magic show
. Book a place for Boden Booo
on Saturday evening, a Commonwealth Woods event.
Since Halloween is on a Friday, there seems more stuff than ever. Moving out of town, there’s Halloween Hoot Spooky Evening
at David Livingstone Centre, Halloween at Bannockburn
(a battlefield in the dark - now that’s spooky), Light into Dark at Culzean Castle
(and Haunted Castle
for older kids) and Alloween- the Return
at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. There’s Fright Fest
at Kelburn Castle and Halloween in the Country
returns at the National Museum of Rural Life.
Plenty of scary stuff but not everything is suitable for younger children. They might prefer the Halloween Extravaganza
at the Village Storytelling Centre instead or the very successful Halloween night
on the Meadow with storytelling (Tam Dean Burn and Joyce Falconer). The puppet centre is holding a special Halloween Haunting
party with Wizzi Wizard. Book places for Spooky Saturday at Dams to Darnley
which takes place during the day and there’s the Halloween Hooley
on Sunday at Burns Cottage in Alloway.
There are many, many Fright Nights on offer. The biggest- in Scotland - is the annual Glasgow Science Centre Halloween party
. Elsewhere, a night-time trail
round Lochwinnoch RSPB looks fun. At Mugdock this involves a trip to the ruined and deserted Mugdock Castle
in the dead of night - bring a friend. On Saturday night, you can combine this with a night in the woods as part of their Fright Night Woodland Halloween Camp
If none of that appeals, Itison are taking over Victoria Park with some Halloween movies
. These are great fun and have the advantage of being inside!
And if Halloween in general leaves you, ahem…cold, the ever popular 54321…Blast Off
returns to the Glasgow Museum Resource Centre at Nitshill (free but booking essential.
Halloween sort of morphs into Bonfire Night with Paisley Fireworks on Saturday 1 November and the usual suspects follow on incuding the displays on Glasgow Green, Strathclyde Country Park and GHA on the southside, as well as smaller, local displays. Regulars will know that What’s On For Kids is a fan of the Drumchapel and Winterfest display
and its extra entertainment. This year, Simply Rod is on the line up. Is this a Simply Red tribute or a Rod Stewart one? Only one way to find out…Book now
for the Halloween Children’s Classic Concert with Owen and Olly. This year’s creepy concert has a distinctly strictly come dancing flavour. Dress up and kids have the opportunity to win a trolley dash round A1 Comics to the value of £250!