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A Covid-19 safe Halloween

Fright night fun for all ages

Halloween in Hull is different in 2020. This year, we’re not trick or treating, partying, or meeting up with more than five of our closest ghost or ghoulfriends, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spook ourselves silly from a safe social distance.

Here are just a few ways to make sure you have a frightfully fun time and stick to the latest Covid-19 safety advice in Hull city centre, at home and further afield. Happy Hulloween!

 

Please note: Check gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest local information and contact organisers to check events are running. Details correct at time of publishing, but may change or be cancelled at short notice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 

Monstrous family fun around Hull city centre

 

Monster Villain Safari: Calling all monster hunters! Find 10 of the cutest creepy characters in the windows of Hull city centre business, scan the QR codes and win a free children’s e-book. All ages.

 

Trick or treat – 2020 style

Trick… It just wouldn’t be Halloween without a trip to Hull’s much-loved joke shop, Dinsdale’s, in Hepworth’s Arcade, which is now in its 90th year. Dinsdale’s has been selling masks, fancy dress, whoopee cushions, water-squirt pens and conjuring tricks to pranksters of all ages for decades.

 

…or treat: Lots of our city centre independent traders and cafes are conjuring up Halloween-themed goodies and tasty offers. Take a break at Liquid Jade tea room and coffee shop, with pumpkin-themed treats such as pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween donuts and gingerbread horrors in the week running up to Saturday 31 October. Discover this hidden gem via Zebedee’s Yard, or Whitefriargate.

Or pick up treats to take home at White Rabbit Chocolatiers in Paragon Arcade. Buy five shockingly good handcrafted Halloween chocolate shapes and get the sixth free. Severed finger, anyone?

 

Boo! Made you jump

Things that go jump in the night: Gravity trampoline park in St Stephen’s shopping centre is running Halloween special offers, with parent-and-toddler sessions costing £6, and two-hour sessions for all ages running between 12noon and 4pm on Saturday 31 October, with glow-in the dark face paints, prizes and ghoulish tunes. £17.20 for two hours, plus safety socks. Check the website for more offers and Covid-19 safety procedure.

 

Take a ghost walk tour

Haunted Hull: Historian and tour guide Mike Covell runs family-friendly and dog-friendly Old Town Ghost Walks most Sunday evenings, from 7pm to 8.30pm, with reduced numbers to allow for social distancing. Hear the city’s ghost stories, view old photos, maps and newspaper clippings, and decide for yourself whether the ghostly tales are real or not. £5 per person. Check Facebook @AmazingHullTours for the latest info.

 

For over-18s

Hull’s most famous ‘haunted’ pub: You don’t have to go far in Hull’s Old Town to find historic pubs with spooky tales to tell. The most famous is Ye Olde White Harte in Silver Street. Not only is it home to the Plotting Parlour where schemes were hatched that triggered the English Civil War in the 17th century, there’s also a real human skull behind the bar… and ghost stories and ‘sightings’ that go back centuries. Tables designated on arrival.

Dress up like royalty: It’s Kings and Queens-themed fancy dress at Kings, in Market Place, on Saturday 31 October, from 3pm to 10pm. DJs, pizza, cocktails and prizes for the best Halloween costume. Tables designated on arrival.

 

For the little horrors at home

Pumpkin competition: Post pics of your best pumpkin carvings to the Prospect Shopping Centre Facebook page between October 24 and October 30 and you could win a mystery prize. All ages.

We’re going on a story hunt! Stay home and join storyteller John Kirk online for a free scavenger hunt around your home and a story, 10am-10.30am, October 31, 2020. You’ll need pencils, paper and permission to turn your own house upside down. Age 3+.

Creepy crafts: From spooky lights made out of milk bottles and glow sticks, to toilet-roll tube witches, get creative with these great ideas for DIY Halloween decorations from the Preston Road Freedom Centre. All ages.

 

On-screen circus cabaret that’s a real scream

Valenvain

Let Valen Vain and friends entertain you from the comfort of your sofa with this Halloween circus cabaret. Roll up to the dark side from the safety of the Back to Ours gang’s Facebook page and watch Roxie Royale’s impressive aerial tricks, Grim Spirit lighting up the night with fire, Tasha Rushbrooke’s acrobatics, Magic Ball Man’s mesmerising skill and Arran Shurvinton’s Nosferatu performance. Tricks and treats from Hull’s Arts Council-funded Creative People and Places project. For ages 12+. From 8pm, Friday 30 October, on Facebook: @BackToOursHull

 

Out and about

Go batty in East Park: Pick up an activity pack from East Park Animal Education Centre and play bat detective to see how many you can spot. £4.50 per pack, contactless payment available on-site. All ages.

Beetle’s Halloween soft play: Little Monkeys soft play centre in Harpings Road, west Hull, is running sessions at 12pm-2pm, 2.30pm-4.30pm and 5pm-7pm on Saturday 31 October. Tickets include a spooky dance session learning the – socially distanced – moves to Thriller with Flex Dance, play time and themed food. £12 per child, with full refunds if the event doesn’t go ahead. Bookings can only be made in social bubbles of up to six people, which includes all children and adults.

A week of creepy trails and tales: Lots going on throughout the school half-term week at ‘Hull’s stately home’ Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, from Monday 26 October to Saturday 31 October. Includes a performance of Grimm Tales, a pumpkin trail, a witches hat trail, ghost stories, creepy character walkabouts and more. Check the website for prices.