Typical festive Halloween activities include: trick or treating, attending costume parties, decorating and carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Today's Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween falls on the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallow's Day (also known as All Saints', Hallowmas or Hallowtide on November 1 an All Soul's Day on November 2, thus giving the holiday on October 31 the full name of All Hallows' Eve. These three days are collectively referred to as Hallomas and are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls who have yet to reach Heaven.
Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, the occult, and mythical monsters. Black, orange, and sometimes purple are Halloween's traditional colors.
If you are looking for a place to visit on Halloween then please look no further. Some ideas for great days or evenings out include:
Celebrate Halloween with the Exmoor Ponies
Date: 27th Oct 2013 11:00am-3:00pm
Go along and celebrate Halloween and Autumn with the Exmoor ponies at the Exmoor Pony Centre. Children's crafts and activities, fun and games for all. Meet the ponies and staff. Pony rides and pony grooming.
This event is brought to you by: The Exmoor Pony Centre
Location: The Exmoor Pony Centre TA22 9QE
Booking: No need to book - just turn up
Charge: Free Entrance - donations welcome. Small charge for activities.
Contact: 01398 323093
Quince Honey Farm Halloween Party
Date: Sunday 27th October 10:00am-4:00pm
Every year they hold a Halloween event, offering fun competitions and games. There will be some creepy crawlies to see and hold if you are feeling brave enough! Once the children have worn themselves out in the playhive there will be some spooky cakes and hot food available.
New for this year is their drawing competition – take a spooky drawing and they will be judged on the day in the following age groups: 10 and under, and 6 and under. The winners will recieve a membership for 4. Dont forget to come dressed up for the fancy dress competition too!
Location: Quince Honey Farm EX36 3AZ
Charge: Free for members, £3.50 per adult and £3.50 per child
Contact: 01769 572401
Halloween at The BIG Sheep
Halloween at the BIG Sheep - Fun by Day
Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November
The BIG Sheep will be no place for the faint hearted this Halloween half term as the famous family fun attraction is transformed into a seriously scary venue with a haunted house and a trip through the forbidden forest.
Halloween Evening Parties – Scary by Night
Thursday 31st October, Friday 1st November, Saturday 2nd November 2013 .
Ghoulish ghosts, haunted hayrides, wicked witches, scary skeletons. You’ll not find a scarier Halloween Festival in the South West.
Location: The Big Sheep EX39 5AP
Charge: To be confirmed - check their website
Contact: 01237 472366
Halloween Arts & Crafts at Arlington Hall and Haunted Walk
Join in their family friendly spooky crafts and be inspired to make something gruesome this half term. Join them between 12.00pm - 4.00pm. Dare to join their Rangers for a two mile walk through the grounds. Visit the lake with the eerie unfinished bridge piers and watch out for ghosts in the trees.
Normal admission charges apply.
£1 per craft.
Location: Arlington Court EX31 4LP
Contact: 01271 851123
Survival Laser Games presents their first EVER Halloween event.
VULGAR VAMPIRES vs GRUESOME GHOULS
Thursday 31st October
Those in fancy dress get half an hour FREE!
Their laser field will be transformed for their halloween spooktacular. There will be more to fear than your own shadow.... Which team will survive the halloween massacre? YOU DECIDE!
Participate if you dare..........
Location: Yarnscombe EX31 3LZ
Contact: 01271 858279 or 07912 649566
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