EVENT in Flames
Celebrate the transformation of summer into winter at Edinburgh’s Samhuinn Fire Festival. The Beltane Fire Society’s blazingly spectacular, fire-suffused show takes place in the picturesque, atmospheric old town, and is a blend of street theatre, pyrotechnics and performance. Watch a stand-off between the summer and winter kings, overseen by the Cailleach, a Celtic representation of the Goddess. The show focuses on the transition that many aspects of life take during the changing of the seasons. A truly magical, spiritual way to spend Halloween. October 31.
MAKE Eco Deco
It’s fun to transform your house at Halloween, but cheap black-and-orange plastic decorations are pretty scary for the planet. Make your own, eco-friendly spooky decorations. We love this skeleton made of natural materials, and this one, created out of old plastic milk bottles. Recycle old tins to make these pretty-but-eerie lights or bits of wood to make tombstones for your garden! You can even re-use old umbrellas to make this fantastic bat costume, or, for a truly terrifying make, put your own severed head into an old jar (not for the faint-hearted).
RECIPE Spooky Bites
Fancy baking up your own treats for little door knockers this weekend? Why not try these easy, no-bake sweet things? The apple, peanut butter and marshmallow teeth are cartoonishly creepy, while the graveyard dirt cups look disgustingly delicious and these gummy worm ice cubes are a lot of freaky fun (you can even make your own jelly worms). Alternatively, try these traditional toffee apples or warming ginger pumpkin biscuits. Oh, and if you’re vegan, why not check out this super-useful guide to animal-product-free trick or treat sweets now available in supermarkets
EVENT Night at the Museums
Museums at Night (museumsatnight.org.uk) is a magical weekend of art, one-off events and wonderful experiences, as galleries and museums across the country keep their doors open into the evening (and, if you’re lucky, overnight). Expect action-packed sleepovers, parties, and immersive artworks. Join a lantern parade at Cartwright Hall Gallery, a Halloween spectacular at Chiltern Open Air Museum or a Tim Peake-themed sleepover at The Novium in Chichester Full programme of events here
EVENT Shriney Happy People
One of our favourite places to hang out in London, it’s not all about skating at indoor park The House of Vans. This Halloween, the park hosts The Shrineing, an immersive exhibition curated by Billy and Mernywernz, inspired by public shrines found in Japan and Mexico – perfect for Day of the Dead vibes. Head there this Saturday for a free family day, where kids can make a creepy crawly or spooky character, bake up frighteningly good biscuits, all hosted by Billy and Mernywernz. Stick around for free screenings of the spookiest kids films, including The Addams Family and Frankenweenie.
Samhuinn image by Theasis