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Win a prize with a carved pumpkin in Newbury on Halloween

If you're looking for some half-term fun for the family, then check out our Halloween events where you'll find all things spooky.

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Halloween Fun Day

On Tuesday 27 October 2009 the Whitley Wood Community Centre will be full of ghosts, ghouls and other monsters with a free Halloween mask and beast-making day.

Turn up from 10.00 to 12.30 to the Copenhagen Close centre to design and make your own masks. While from 13.30 to 16.00 you can create your own 'scary beastie' with tentacles, fangs, claws, fur and eyeballs galore.

Creepy Crawlies

On Wednesday 28 October 2009 snakes, lizards, scorpions and toads will roam around the Kennet Centre in Bartholomew Street, Newbury.

Staff from Petwise Mobile Zoo will arrange handling times for all those interested in holding snakes and lizards.

There will be cockroach racing, reptile and snake feeding as well as informative talks about all the species on show.

Drawing competitions with prizes from local shops as well as Kennet Centre's Creature Quest competition will be running from Monday 26 to Saturday 31 October 2009.

Halloween Hullabaloo

On Saturday 31 October, the Market Place in Newbury will host a free family event, with magicians, music, pumpkins and puppet-making. It will be lit by magical fire braziers and festoon lights, while torchlight tours and spooky storytelling will take place in the Town Hall and scary films running at the Corn Exchange.

Enter your carved pumpkin for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Come in costume and don't worry if it rains, the Corn Exchange will roll its seats back and everything will happen undercover! From 18.00 to 21.00.

Charity Halloween and Fireworks Night

On Saturday 31 October 2009, Ascot Round Table is organising a Charity Halloween and Fireworks night hosted at Ascot Racecourse. Fireworks admissions from 16.30 and the fireworks display starts at 18.00.

Fireworks
Fireworks and a free fun fair will be on offer at Ascot for Halloween

All proceeds from the ticket sales support local charities. In addition to the fireworks there will also be a free fun fair with extra rides. Also food, drink and licensed bars available.

Tickets, £7 for adults and £5 for children, are available at the gate on the night. Discounted tickets are available in advance. Full details on the website Ascot Fireworks .

Is That A Bolt In Your Neck?

Fancy a bit of theatre this Halloween? Head to the Arlington Arts Centre, (located in the Mary Hare Hearing Centre, Weaver's Walk in Newbury), on Saturday 31 October at 20.00.

Referencing everything from Horace Walpole to Stephen King and everywhere in between, Is That A Bolt In Your Neck? is an spoof-tastic romp through the classics of Gothic Horror - finding the funny side of Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and many others.

As lightening flashes across the sky, the rugged silhouette of an old dark house looms into view.

Lost in a storm, this seems like the only possible refuge - but what happens when you hear mysterious moaning in the middle of the night?

Behind every door lurks unimaginable horror….

Full details on the Arlington Arts website.

Halloween Week at Basildon Park

Take a day trip to historic Basildon Park in Berkshire this half-term and take part in a whole week (Monday 26 October to Saturday 31 October 2009) filled with Halloween themed activities and events.

Enjoy a variety of spooky trails through the grounds, ghostly storytelling and creative arts and crafts, where children can create their own scary Jack O'Lantern.

More information on Basildon Park here.

Pumpkin party

Come and carve your own pumpkin head and take part in a Halloween fancy dress competition at Windsor the Royal Shopping area on Saturday 31 October 2009 from 13.00 to 17.00.

To enter, turn up in Halloween fancy dress and complete the entry form before 16.00.

The fancy dress competition will be held in the following age group categories: Under fives, five to eight-year olds and nine to 12-year-olds.

You can also enjoy the amazing tricks of magician SteveG and be mesmerized by professional storyteller David England.

Fancy dress and pumpkin judging will commence at 4.30pm. This event is free of charge and no booking is required.

Halloween disco

The Tadley Community Centre is staging a Family Halloween Disco Family and Cabaret on Saturday 31 October 2009. Head to the New Church Road centre to enjoy The Creepy Crawlies, Monster Mash Face Painting and the Terror Tuck Shop from 19.00 to 23.00. Fancy dress optional.

More information from the centre's website here.

Halloween party

The Arborfield British Legion is holding a hair-raising Halloween fancy dress shindig at its centre in Eversley Road on Saturday 31 October 2009.

There will be fun for all the family with a disco, games, a buffet, and prizes from 19.30 to midnight.

More information here.

Stockcross Halloween fireworks party

Head to Deanwood Park golf club for a three-in-one spectacular night of Halloween, fireworks and a bonfire on Saturday 31 October 2009.

The club, in Stockcross, Newbury, is holding a Build A Witch competition at 18.30, with the winning witch being placed on top of the bonfire and ignited with a rocket.

There will also be prizes for the best fancy dress as well as apple-bobbing, a barbecue and a bar.

Gates open at 18.00, bonfire and witch-burning at 18.50, adult and kids fancy dress judging at 19.00, fireworks at 19.30.

Advance tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children aged under 16.

Slough Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular 2009

This year's bonfire and fireworks spectacular in Slough is back with a spooky twist as it takes place on Halloween, Saturday 31 October 2009.

There will also be a fun fair and refreshments available

Gates open at 17.30. Advance tickets cost £4.50 for adults, £2.50 for children and senior citizens, £12 for a family ticket (two adults, two children under 15). Children aged under four go free. On the night adult tickets cost £6, £4 for children and senior citizens. There are no family ticket offers on the night.

Charity Halloween and Fireworks Night

The Ascot Round Table is organising a charity Halloween and fireworks night at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 31 October 2009.

As well as the fireworks there will be a free fun fair, refreshments and licensed bars.

Remember to dress for the occasion, with prizes for children in fancy dress that scare the most!

All proceeds from the ticket sales support local charities.

Gates open at 16.30, fireworks display at 18.00. Advance tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for children. Tickets on the night cost £7 for adults, £5 for children.

Full details on the Ascot Fireworks website.

Fireworks extravaganza

Lions Club of Woodley & Earley is staging their annual charity fireworks extravaganza on Saturday 31 October 2009.

The firework display, at the playing fields behind Laurel Park in Rushey Way, Lower Earley, is accompanied by music and there will be hot food and beverages on sale.

All Proceeds donated to local deserving causes.

Gates open at 18.00, fireworks at 19.00. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for children under 14, infants have free entry.

The Scunner

Berkshire author Dawn Longson and illustrator Moira Corridon will be signing their new children's book The Scunner on Saturday 31 October from 14.00 to 16.00.

The grizzly Scunner makes for great Halloween story-telling. Head to Bookends in Peach Street, Wokingham for your signed copy.

Spooky Storytimes

On Saturday 31 October Waterstone's in Northbrook Street, Newbury will be hosting a fancy dress party with Spooky Storytimes at 11.30 and 13.30, and a fancy dress competition at 15.00 - the best costume wins a prize!




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