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Aaagh! Halloween in GlasgowAaagh! Halloween in Glasgow
Added: 27 Mar 2014
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.

Since Halloween is on a Friday, there seems more stuff than ever. Paisley hosts its first every Halloween Festival with its own illuminated parade. 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!

Website: http://www.childrensclassicconcerts.co.uk

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