Frightening fun for little monsters this weekend

Nicky Muir at the Spinnaker Tower, which has been turned into a spooky ghost ship in the run-up to Halloween
Nicky Muir at the Spinnaker Tower, which has been turned into a spooky ghost ship in the run-up to Halloween
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It seems a shame that you spend hours crafting the spookiest and most gruesome costumes for your children to don for just an hour visiting friends and neighbours trick or treating.

So why not let the little monsters get more wear out of their Halloween fancy dress? There are plenty of places you can take them for a terrifying time this weekend.

Spooky Staunton

Staunton Country Park in Havant is running a Spooky spectacular with daily activities from 10.30am to 3.30pm until Sunday. Tomorrow, indoor and outdoor activities from 1.30pm to 4pm include dance, drama and mask-making workshops for £3 per child, in addition to the usual admission charge of £6.95 for adults and £2.95 for children.

Then, from 7pm, the attraction hosts a Fright Night ghost walk suitable for brave adults and daring older children only. This costs £6 for adults and £3 for children and you’ll need to bring a torch. Book in advance on (023) 9245 3405.

Scary strolls

Other ghost walks taking place include a trip around the only surviving Second World War era submarine in the UK, HMS Alliance, at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport until Sunday. Admission costs £10 for adults or £7 for children.

Also in Gosport, Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower at Priddy’s Hard is holding a guided walk around its historic Ramparts tomorrow. Led by local historian Terry Hinkley, the walk will begin at 1pm and is not suitable for under-12s. Other children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £2 from (023) 9250 5600.

Meanwhile, a ghost walk is just the start of the frenzied fun at Southsea Castle tomorrow. After a walk around the battlements at 5pm, there will be a disco and party games until 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and include a Yellow Kite Cafe spooky food box. Accompanying adults go free. Carved pumpkins and fancy dress win prizes. Book in advance on (023) 9282 7261.

And Dark Encounters-led trips around Portsmouth Guildhall tomorrow begin at 7.30pm, 9pm and 10.30pm. Tickets cost £10 or £18 with a meal from 080 8120 1020 or

Devilish Dockyard

As well as the Portsmouth Guildhall ghost walk, Dark Encounters has organised an all-night ghost hunt in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard tomorrow. Tickets cost £45 from 080 8120 1020 or

More family-friendly (but still fiendish) events at the dockyard include a pumpkin trail and ghost stories aboard HMS Warrior today and tomorrow from 10am to 4.30pm and the story of vile Victory is uncovered between 11am and 4pm tomorrow. All these activities are free with a site ticket, which costs £21.50 for adults and £15.80 for children.

The dockyard will also be the venue for a world record-breaking attempt at the most people dancing Michael Jackson’s funky zombie Thriller routine tomorrow.

The free charity event is happening in the Port Arena (alongside HMS Victory) from 1pm, with the final performance at 3pm. Register at

Squeamish Spinnaker

Across the water at the Spinnaker Tower, there are pumpkin-carving workshops and ghost stories as the tower is made over as a ghost ship from 10am to 6pm until Sunday. Activities are free with admission, which costs £8 (£5.75 residents) for adults and £6.30 (£4.85 residents) for children.

Ghoulish gathering

Become part of some spooky stories with an interactive storyteller at Port Solent tomorrow. Then it’s The Boardwalk’s annual Halloween party on Sunday, with sweet treats, treasure hunts, free face painting, live entertainment and prizes for fancy dress and biggest pumpkin. Both free events run between 11am and 4pm.

Frightening Fort

The free Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson in Fareham is host to Guy Heathcote with his spooky juggling and devil sticks tomorrow. Plus there will be face-painting, pumpkin trails, make-and-take craft sessions and magic.

Monstrous Museum

At the City Museum tomorrow, learn about creepy crawlies and slithery snakes in free activities from 11am to 4pm.