October Half Term Family Fun at Leeds City Museum and Galleries
Visit Leeds Museums & Galleries this October half term holiday for a fun-filled day out, plus fangtastic family Halloween events across nine unique attractions.
Discover the real stories behind Halloween at Leeds Industrial Museum. Family craft sessions include willow wand making, crafting dreamcatchers, jack-o’-lanterns and making oat milk bath bombs from the autumn harvest of the colour garden. There’s also daily Mystery Matinees in the 1920s Palace Picture House, screening vintage classics and family favourites from 2pm.
Leeds Discovery Centre will be holding Spooky Tours on 30 October under the cover of darkness. Bring along your battery powered candles and discover the weird and wonderful world of the museum monsters hidden behind closed doors.
Scare yourselves silly with a visit to the Spooky Spooktacular at Temple Newsam this Halloween. Visit the darkened haunted house and farm and come face-to-face with past residents who creep through the corridors at night. For some pre Halloween fun, artist Kevin Blenkinsopp will be showing off his beastly creations crafted from recycled household materials on 30 October from 11.30am.
Lotherton’s Spooky Scarecrow Trail returns from 26 October. Visit the Scarecrow Skeletown, experience the scary side of the Wild West and get your little terrors involved with some creepy crafting!
There’s ghoulish goings on at Abbey House Museum with creepy crafts in the Victorian Streets and silly science with gory goo, ghosts, bugs and bubbles!
Head to Kirkstall Abbey for free family friendly activities including the Tuesday under 5s session and a not so scary scarecrow trail through the ruins of the abbey between 29 October – 3 November.
There’s more outdoor fun at Thwaite Watermill. Grab a nature pack from reception and hit the eco trail along the canal. There’s creepy crafts on Tuesday and ghoulish goings on at Experimental Thursday in Thwaite House too!
If you fancy something a little less spooky then head to Leeds City Museum and celebrate the return of their pilot whale! Have a whale of a time with underwater themed crafts, making your own junk jellyfish to take home and join the family. Make a splash on their whale trail and get close to nature during the half term holidays.
Leeds Art Gallery will be joined by artist in residence Lou Samray who will be guiding arts and crafts sessions inspired by the current exhibitions. All materials are provided and it’s totally free too!