Image shows three medium sized dogs with white sheets on top of them to give the look of ghosts. a lit pumpkin sits at the left hand side of the dogs.

Half Term Hi-Jinks

Although it barely seems like a second since we were buying school shoes for the start of September, it’s half-term next week.

We know that school holidays can be even more difficult in winter with the kids getting cabin fever and the weather not co-operating.

So, we thought we’d put together a list of things going on in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas over the next week, indoors and outdoors, to help you and the family choose what to do:

Image shows a black background with a large orange pumpkin in the centre. Sitting on top of the pumpkin is a white cartoon ghost. Two of the same ghosts are in front of the pumpkin, placed to either side of it.

13 October – 5 November

Gandeys Circus at The Trentham Estate

Halloween Spooktacular.

Tickets start from £9.99 with special offers available. Book here


23 – 29 October

Halloween Spooktacular at Castaway Play, Congleton. Pick a pumpkin, creepy creature handling, tombstone trail, character meet and greets.

£14.99 aged 1-13, adults £2.50


28 October – 5 November 10.00am – 3.00pm

Halloween Trail at Tittesworth Water, Blackshaw Moor, Nr Leek. Halloween scenes and spooky trail.

£3.00 per person


28 – 31 October 10.00am – 3.00pm

Menacing Monster Trail at Coombes Valley and Consall Woods, Nr Leek. Follow the clues to find a super reward

£4.00 per child or £7.00 per family


21 October – 5 November

Halloween Critter Trail at Middleport Pottery with LoveKnott Creations. Follow the clues and get a treat

£3.00 per person. Book here


Saturday 28 October 11am – 5pm

Hanley City Centre. The FREE BID Big Halloween Street Party with Stoke-on-Trent City Centre BID Featuring costume parade, cookie crafting, live entertainment.


Saturday 28 October and Sunday 29 October 4pm – 8pm

Apedale Valley Light Railway Spooky specials. Family fun, Suitable for all ages. No booking required, but visitors are advised to wrap up warm and bring a torch.

Adults £4, kids £2


Sunday 29 October 2pm – 4pm

Bee Active at Hanley Park featuring spooky trail, activities, entertainment, stalls and Project D Donuts

£2.50 per child


Sunday 29 October 1pm – 4pm

Happyface Family Rave at Keele University with fancy dress, music, face painting, crafting and soft-play.

Adults £9.00 and kids £7.00. Booking essential (here)


Tuesday 31 October 10.30 – 3.00

FREE Halloween Screen Printing & pumpkin Treasure Hunt at Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-On-Trent


Tuesday 31 October and Wednesday 1 November 10am onwards

FREE Ghostbusters workshops including meet and greet with Giant Marshmallow Man, Face Painting, Photo-ops, Games and more


Tuesday 31 October 10.00am

Family Film at Mitchell Arts Centre.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Children £4.00 Adult goes free with paying child. Book here


Tuesday 31 October 12.00pm.

Family Film at Mitchell Arts Centre.

Hocus Pocus

Children £4.00 Adult goes free with paying child. Book here


Tuesday 31 October 10.00am, 12.15pm and 1.45pm

Family Crafting Workshop at Middleport Pottery in association with Muddy Publishing and LoveKnott Creations

£14.00 per person. Book here


Wednesday 1 November

Halloween Spooktacular at Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley. Lively musical show with puppetry, magic and lots of audience participation.

Prices start at £15.50. Book here.


Thursday 2 November 10.00am

Family Film at Mitchell Arts Centre.

Room on the Broom & The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

Children £4.00 Adult goes free with paying child. Book here


Thursday 2 November 12.00pm

Family Film at Mitchell Arts Centre


Children £4.00. Adult goes free with paying child. Book here









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