It’s that time of year again! Looking for fun Halloween events in Snowdonia for 2015? Look no further – there’s plenty going on!
Neuadd Dwyfor Pwllheli
There are several movies of the scarier kind at Neuadd Dwyfor in Pwllheli on 31st October. During the day the movies are suitable for all the family (Monster House and Ghostbusters) but from late afternoon onwards the films are strictly for older viewers. At 4pm there’s a showing of Don’t Look Now, the classic 1970s thriller, while at 8pm it’s definitely adults-only for the screening of The Exorcist.
There’s also face painting for children from 10am until 1pm, as well as prizes for the best fancy dress costume. All-day tickets are available, or you can just buy individual tickets for the films you want to see.
Halloween Spooktacular at GreenWood Forest Park
Half term and Halloween are the perfect combination at GreenWood Forest Park. This year’s Halloween Spooktacular runs from 24th October to 1st November, and there’s plenty going on to keep your little ones entertained. Creepy craft sessions, Smarty Marty’s Halloween Show, meet a lifelike T-Rex as it roams the park, a junk percussion workshop and much more – such fun!
Most of Snowdonia’s steam railways are running special Halloween trains this October.
The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway has Halloween trains on October 29th, 30th and 31st, featuring firework displays, fancy dress and fiendish feasts. Advance booking is required.
Talyllyn Railway is running Halloween trains to the haunted woods at Dolgoch on 29th, 30th and 31st October. All children attending the Steam and Scream events receive a goodie bag containing activities and treats. Fancy dress is welcome (for parents as well as children), and there’s a two-course Halloween feast. There’s also a carved pumpkin lanterns competition, so get carving!
Dare you ride the ghostly train through the Witches Woods to seek out the spirits and spooks? That’s what’s on offer at the Llanberis Lake Railway Halloween Hunt, which runs from 25th to 31st October.
The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog has spooky trains at 6pm and 7pm on 31st October. Tickets include return fares to Pen-y-Mount, a ride on the miniature railway, a burger from the barbecue at Gelert’s Farm, and tea or coffee for adults or juice for kids. There will also be buckets of sweets and music at the Gelert’s Farm Heritage Centre.
The Bala Lake Railway also has Halloween trains on 30th and 31st October, from Llanuwchllyn only. Why is that? According to their website: “For some strange and spooky reason your train is unlikely to proceed beyond Llangower. Beware as your train will be stopping at the little used and haunted Flag Halt on its return.” Very mysterious indeed!
Spooky fun at Bodnant Welsh Foods
Something a little bit different now – namely, Halloween-themed cooking lessons at Bodnant Welsh Foods on 29th October. Their Kids’ Academy will teach your little ones how to create a host of sweet and savoury Halloween-themed treats, inspired by spiders, ghosts, witches and monsters.
Bodnant Welsh Foods are also hosting children’s Halloween parties on 30th and 31st October, with entertainment including a show, disco, games and competitions. Pre-booking is essential.
There’s a fun, FREE event (great news if you have a larger family) from 28th to 31st October at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. Are you brave enough to follow the Hallowe’en Trail through the museum? Give it a go!
Spooky ancient buildings
There’s nothing spookier than wandering around a scary castle or medieval mansion on Halloween – and there’s plenty of that type of thing going on in Snowdonia this year!
Join a Halloween-themed trail at Caernarfon Castle on 31st October for a day of thrills and chills – and if that’s not fun enough, there will be a prize for the first 150 children taking part.
The same event also takes place (on the same day) at Criccieth Castle, with prizes for the first 100 children.
Enjoy a Victorian-style Halloween at Penrhyn Castle, with games, treats, face painting, crafts and more. There are also twilight ghost tours, and a Halloween puppet show. These events take place between 24th and 31st October.
And at Plas Mawr in Conwy on 31st October, little ones can join in Halloween-themed games and pumpkin carving (which carries a small charge) – there’s a prize for the first 50 children taking part.