Putting the boo in peekaboo!

When I was getting upset at seeing all the back to school shop displays at the end of August I turned the corner of an aisle and came face to face with several shelves full of grimacing pumpkins and the thought of Halloween also looming on the calendar left me with a big grin on my face too.

Last year’s Halloween was definitely a cause for celebration in the Malpi household as Faith returned home from hospital following her heart operation just in time to join in the festivities but we’re definitely hoping this year’s run up to trick or treat time will be slightly less stressful.

If you’re looking for activities that are more fun than fearful, there are plenty on offer in Lincolnshire and just across the county border to keep your mini monsters amused.

As always – some events need advance booking, there are only so many pumpkins in a pumpkin patch and, of course, all live (and undead) events are subject to change so be sure to click on the links to check the details and phone/book before travelling.

Do you know of an event we’ve missed?  Tell us about it in the comments or email us at and don’t forget to keep checking back in case we’ve found more.

And, if you’d like to find out more about the day’s Celtic roots of Samhain, pop over to Sarah’s The history behind Halloween post on her blog Kippers and Curtains.

September 29:

7pm-9pm: Ceramic Halloween Lanterns, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

October 1:

7pm-9pm: Halloween Witch Gnome Ceramic Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

October 6:

7pm-9pm: Pumpkin Lanterns Ceramic Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

October 6-31:

Pick up a Pumpkin Festival, Maxeys Farm Shop, Kirklington, Nottinghamshire

October 7:

10.15am: Sunday Storytime – Monster Stories, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

October 12:

11am-8pm: Spalding Pumpkin Festival, Spalding Town Centre

October 13, 14 & 20-31:

Bell’s Pumpkin Patch, Benington, near Boston

October 13 – 31:

PYO Pumpkins, Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

October 17 – 28 (on usual open days):

Pumpkin Rolling and Halloween Trail, Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham

October 19

10am-11am: Toddler time – Funnybones, Hartsholme Country Park, near Lincoln

October 19 – November 4:

Halloween Pumpkin Festival, The Pink Pig Farm, near Scunthorpe

October 20 – 28:

Halloween Trail, Gainsborough Old Hall

Prison of Smells, Spooks and Stories, Lincoln Castle

The Burghley Halloween Trail, Burghley House, Stamford

October 20 – 29:

Halloween Pumpkin Picking, Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham, near Gainsborough

October 20 – 31:

Pumpkin Trail, The Workhouse, Southwell

Scarecrow Competition, Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

October 20 – November 4:

Halloween Monster Hunt, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire

Haunted Halloween, National Civil War Centre, Newark

Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail, Lincoln

October 21:

10.15am: Sunday Storytime – Room on the Broom, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

October 22:

9am-noon: Kids Club Halloween Session, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

9.30am: Harry Potter Magical World Workshop Day, Stamford Arts Centre

10am-11am: Spooktacular Halloween Party, Age 6 months to 7 years, ARTventurers, Witham St Hughs Village Hall

October 22 – 26:

Noon-4pm: Halloween Craft Workshops, Burghley House, Stamford

October 22 – 27:

Spooky Crafts, Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

October 22 – 29 (except 28th):

10.30am-3pm: Halloween Spook Walk & Activities, Bransby Horses, near Lincoln

October 22 – 31

Hallowe’en Half-Term, Tattershall Castle

October 23:

10am & 1pm: Pumpkin Carving, Harstholme Country Park, near Lincoln

12.30pm-2.30pm: Half-term Halloween Cookie and Cupcake Decorating, Lucarlys Sports Bar, Cleethorpes

2pm: Pumpkin Carving, Wolds Words, Louth Library

3pm-5pm: Hero and Villain Halloween Afternoon Tea, The Secret Garden Tearooms, Elsham Hall

October 23 & 24:

10am-3pm: Land of the Dead Craft Workshop, Age 6-11, Wolds Words, The Riverhead Theatre, Louth

October 24:

10am-11.30am: Room on the Broom Event, St Giles Children’s Centre, Lincoln

11am & 1pm: Room on the Broom Storytelling, Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

6.30pm-8.30pm: Halloween Disco, Fun Farm, North Hykeham, Lincoln

October 24 – 27:

Doddington Hall’o’ween: Ghost Hunter, Doddington Hall, near Lincoln

October 24 – 31:

Half Term Halloween Fun, Rand Farm Park, near Wragby

October 25:

Pumpkin Children’s Party, Music with Mummy, Pavilion Bar, Saxilby

9.30am-12.30pm: Halloween House of Horrors Cupcake Workshop for Children, Age 9+, The Back Garden Bakery, Bracebridge Heath Pavilion, Lincoln

10am: Pumpkin Carving, Lincoln Arboretum

10am-11.30am: Kids Halloween Cookie Decorating, The Globe, Cleethorpes

10am-3.30pm: Ghosts and Ghouls at the Museum, Museum of Lincolnshire Life

1pm: Mask Making, Hartsholme Country Park, near Lincoln

1.30pm-4.30pm: Children’s Halloween Cupcake Decorating Workshop, Age 4+, The Back Garden Bakery, Bracebridge Heath Pavilion, Lincoln

2.30pm-3.30pm: Room on a Broom with Rhubarb Theatre, Wolds Words, Louth Library

October 25 & 26:

10.30am-2pm: Glitter Tattoos and Spooky Face Paint, Bransby Horses, near Lincoln

October 25 – 29:

Halloween Trail, Hartsholme Country Park, near Lincoln

October 26:

10.30am-noon: Halloween Slime & Pumpkin Painting Workshop, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

6pm-8.30pm: Halloween Roller Disco, Fun Farm, North Hykeham, near Lincoln

October 26 & 27:

5pm-7.30pm: Fright Night Spooky Walk, Tattershall Farm Park

October 26, 27 & 31:

Stamford Family Halloween Ghost Walks, age 6+, meet at Stamford Arts Centre

October 27:

9am, 10.30am, noon: Halloween Slime Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

11am-3pm: Beauty and the Beast Halloween Grotto, Hildred’s Shopping Centre, Skegness

11am-4pm: Halloween Trick or Treat Day, Bransby Horses, near Lincoln

11am – 5pm: Ghostly Halloween Hall, Gunby Hall, near Spilsby

1pm-6pm: Haunting Halloween, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough

2pm: Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular, The Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

3pm-9pm: Cleethorpes Halloween Fireworks and Funfair, Meridian Park Showground, Cleethorpes

4pm-6pm: Halloween Party, The Gamekeeper Wacky Warehouse, South Hykeham, Lincoln

6pm-8pm: Halloween Roller Disco, Cleethorpes Leisure Centre

October 27 – 28:

Halloween Trick or Treat Workshop, The Sewing Hut, Cleethorpes

October 27 – 31:

Halloween School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Belvoir Castle, Grantham

October 27 – November 2:

Halloween Festival, White Post Farm, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire

October 27 – November 4:

Halloween, Sundown Adventureland

October 28:

10.15am: Sunday Storytime – Winnie the Witch, Waterstones, High Street, Lincoln

11am-4pm: Halloween Children’s Activities and Family Tours, Nottingham Industrial Museum and Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

2pm, 3.30pm: Halloween Slime Workshop, The Little Pottery Studio, Lincoln

2.45pm-5.45pm: Halloween Special, Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

3.30pm – 6pm: Lab Rascals Science/Halloween Workshop, Lucarlys Sports Bar, Cleethorpes

4pm-8pm: Normanby Hall-oween Spooktacular, Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe

5.30pm-7.30pm: Spooky Halloween Walk, Elsham Gardens and Country Park

October 29:

10am: Spooky Exotic Animal Encounter, Tattershall Farm Park

October 29-31:

Halloween Crafts and Spooky Finger Buffet, Picnic Stop, Cleethorpes

October 30:

3.30pm-6pm: Halloween Party, Holly Tree Soft Play, Washingborough, Lincoln

6.30pm-8pm: Nocton Pumpkin Trail – Kids Carving and Slime Workshop, Nocton Social Club

October 30-31:

Fuzzy Ed’s Halloween Disco, Grimsby

October 31:

noon-1.30pm & 5.30pm-7pm: Halloween Party, The Party Balloon Shop, Grantham

5.30pm-9pm: Nocton Halloween Pumpkin Trail, Nocton Social Club

6pm: Spooky Goings On, Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford

6.30pm: Halloween Ghost Walk, meet Castle Square, Lincoln

7.15pm for 7.30pm start: Ghost Walk, start Baysgarth Museum House, Barton

November 1:

10am: Disco Toddlers Halloween Edition, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham


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