Half-term Halloween horrors

Visitors can take a spooky tour of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport for Halloween.
Visitors can take a spooky tour of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport for Halloween.
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Portsmouth’s attractions have plenty of treats in store for families this half-term and plenty of tricks too since it’s Halloween.

At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, there’s a Halloween pumpkin trail on board HMS Warrior 1860 from tomorrow until next Sunday . It runs from 10am to 4.30pm daily.

From Tuesday to Thursday, the Warrior will also host Halloween-themed arts and crafts from 11am to noon and 2pm to 4pm.

Meanwhile, on HMS Victory, there’s a chance for families to meet some creepy creatures on Thursday from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. From tarantulas to cockroaches and snakes to scorpions, visitors can learn about all kinds of unwelcome stowaways on ships like Victory on their far-flung travels.

There’s something similar at Blue Reef in Southsea from tomorrow as the aquarium hosts Monsters Week.

Featuring sharks, jellyfish, poison dart frogs, octopus, deadly lionfish and some special creepy crawlies, the event includes tours, facts, quizzes, crafts and bug-handling sessions .

There’s also a special evening opening for Halloween itself on Wednesday, when children can take a special trick or treat tour from 5pm to 6pm.

A torch lit tour forms the basis of the Halloween Ghost Adventure at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea on Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm, with a treasure hunt-style trail and exhibits that come to life.

Other places you can take a spooky tour next week are the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport and Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill. Throughout half-term there are spooky tours at both, plus the fort has Halloween-themed treasure hunts and crafts.

Crafty little ones will also love the pumpkin carving competition at Gunwharf Quays from tomorrow to Wednesday.

Then, from Thursday to Sunday , Gunwharf’s running a Harry Potter-inspired School of Spooks and Spells from noon to 4pm in Central Square.

The Spinnaker Tower, on the waterfront at Gunwharf, is being known as the Tower of Terror throughout half term, when children in frightful fancy dress will be admitted for £1.

At Port Solent, dressed-up children will receive free treats in a Halloween Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt Party from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday.

Finally, there’s a free Spooky Tell, Make and Take at Portsmouth City Museum on Wednesday from noon until 2.30pm.