What’s on for kids this Halloween

Halloween pumpkin lantern

If the treats in the Glasgow Subway aren’t enough to get your teeth into, our guest blogger Mary Hardie of What’s On For Kids has even more ghoulish ideas for keeping the youngsters entertained over Halloween.

That time of year again – time to get ghoulish and embrace your inner witch/wizard/zombie/ghost (delete as appropriate). Since Halloween falls on a Friday, there’s an extra shiver of excitement. Out of town there are all manner of ghost walks from Provanhall to Mugdock (where you can even spend the night in the woods). However, there are plenty of ‘spooktacular’ goings-on in town for kids and families.

On Saturday afternoon join Owen and Olly at the Royal Concert Halls (Buchanan Street) for ‘The Monsters’ Ball, Children’s Classic Concerts’ annual Halloween hooley. This year’s has a Strictly Come Dancing theme, which is perfect because Strictly does Halloween on Saturday night. Definitely a chance to go overboard with costumes, especially as the best dressed will win a Trolley Dash round A1 Comics!

The other big event – the biggest of its kind in Scotland – is Fright Night at Glasgow Science Centre (Cessnock) on Friday. Children (aged 3+ and their grown ups) are invited to spend the evening enjoying some gruesome activities throughout the centre. As well as arts and crafts for younger children, highlights include the Zombie Buffet (not actual food but parasites and a real brain!), the Fear Factor Final, Journey to the Underworld in the Planetarium and Trick or Treat – a series of terrifying tasks to get a goody bag. Again, dressing up is encouraged and you can even take part in the Costume Catwalk Competition. If that wasn’t enough, visitors can upgrade their tickets to include a trip to the Cineworld IMAX to see Disney’s Frankenweenie in 3D.

If this sounds a little overwhelming, head to the Children’s Wood for Halloween on the Meadow (Hillhead) which returns for the third year. It starts with a lantern procession at 4.00 followed by puppet shows with Anna Lehr and storytelling with Tam Dean Burn who’ll recite Julia Donaldson’s Room On The Broom. It will be dark and a little bit spooky so bring a torch.

Over at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre (Hillhead), there’s a special Halloween Haunting party, an hour of magical entertainment followed by Coffin Sandwiches and Dragon Droppings in the cafe. Their Saturday show has a Halloween theme with Talking Heads’ The Witch, The Wizard and Little Red Riding Hood at 2.00 Other regular events with a seasonal flavour include Creepy Creatures with the RSPB at Kelvingrove (Kelvinhall) and the Kids Club films at the Grosvenor (Hillhead) are Hotel Transylvania and ParaNorman.

If Halloween isn’t quite your thing, November marks the feast of St Martin (also known as Martinmas) the patron saint of children and the poor. The German Speaking Kinderclub hold an annual celebration for families where they share German traditions. This year there will be lantern-making on Saturday afternoon in the Botanics (Hillhead) and then at Glasgow University Chapel (Kelvinhall/Hillhead) on Sunday there will be a lantern procession, which is quite lovely followed by some storytelling and the opportunity to sample some Christmas food.

For more spooky Subway stories check out Shoogle Club, our site for kids.