Top Picks: Celebrating Halloween in Dorset
Dorset is set for a spooky Halloween with a range of creepy events taking place across the county.
1) The Adventure Wonderland, Hurn will be holding Halloween celebrations this week. With daily spooky shows held in the theatre from 12pm to 3pm and a scary maze with hidden creatures, youngsters are in for a treat this week.
2) Farmer Palmers, Organford will be holding Halloween fun throughout this week, including pumpkin carving, story telling and face painting.
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3) Children can hunt for scarecrows at Compton Acres in Poole this week. A craft competition is also being held in the cafe - with youngsters able to create mini scarecrows, while money is also being raised for the Dorset Food Bank.
4) Kids can learn how to make Halloween lanterns at Upton Country Park today. The event taking place between 1pm and 2.30pm will see youngsters making a wildlife-themed lantern. Those interested should ring along a clean glass jar and it will cost £2 per child. Youngsters can bring their carved creations to park's Pumpkin Parade on Halloween.
5) Poole Museum is giving kids the opportunity to create their very own creepy critter for Halloween. THe event takes place on October 30, between 11am and 3pm.
6) Brownsea Island is opening up on Halloween for a spooky night walk. Learn about creates that appear after dark, and hear some scary tales fro the island's past. Tickets cost £15 and the event takes place between 5.30pm and 8pm on October 31.
7) Moors Valley Country Park, Ashley Heath is putting on an exciting night ride for little ones this week. The Halloween ride takes place tomorrow (October 30) between 4.30pm and 6.30pm - aimed at children aged between eight and 12. Youngsters can dress up in scary costumes and ride through the forest using a high-performance USE night light to see the way. Tickets are £9 and a hot drink of 'dragon's blood' will be provided.
Countryside Interpretation Ranger Katie Davies said: "This is a great chance for young people to experience night riding through the forest.
"We are hoping they may enjoy it so much that they will want to join our night riding club taking place in November."
Halloween story telling will also take place at Moors Valley, aimed at younger children - between 10.30am and 12pm on October 30.
8) Ghost hunters can take a spooky trip through the streets of Christchurch this Halloween. Those interested should meet at the Arches of the Town Hall at 6.30pm on October 31, with tickets costing £4 from the Christchurch Information Centre.
9) The Priest's House Museum, Wimborne is hosting a day of fun on Halloween. The event will include quizzes and a variety of exhibitions, taking place between 10am and 4pm.
10) Bournemouth Gardens will be crawling with creatures this Halloween when children can dress in their spookiest outfit at a Family Fun Day. A range of activities are being organised between 1pm and 5.30pm including a trick or treat trail, pumpkin glow celebrations and circus workshops.
Take a look at some other Halloween events in the west of Dorset taking place throughout half term.