Half-term and Halloween and if you have a child under the age of twelve, there is no way you can get away with doing zip. The ancient Celts believe at this time of the year the border between our world and the otherworld is especially thin and spirits can potentially pass through. Harmful spirits must be warded off and others, such as friendly ancestors, can be invited in!
Ghouls, ghost tours, apple bobbing, Jack-O'-Lanterns, dressing-up, spooky walks, haunted attractions and committing pranks is the essence of Halloween. And what exactly do our kids love about it? The prospect of being scared whilst protected by parents? The promise of chocolate and sweets? I doubt it's the lure of pumkin pie or pumpkin soup although the fire inside a crazily grinning pumpkin can kick-start a great fright-night.
Belton House and The White Post Farm have some scary halloween events on for the whole family to enjoy.
Forget John Carpenter's Halloween; go out and enjoy being spooked and without experiencing some horrorfest!