Spooky Halloween thrills

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It’s the time of year when witches stir their cauldrons, zombies haunt the streets and spookily-carved pumpkins can fill the faint-hearted with dread.

There are plenty of Halloween activities happening both today and throughout the weekend to keep young and old alike entertained.

At Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, Action Stations will host spooky workshops every day until Sunday, where children can make their own scary masks or witches or wizards’ hats.

There will also be a Halloween-themed family ‘pumpkin trail’ aboard HMS Warrior.

Both events will run daily until Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm and are free with a valid ticket to the dockyard.

There will be a Kids’ Club Halloween Special at Port Solent Marina today from 11am to 4pm.

This free event for children four can go on a treasure hunt around a haunted house, visit portsolent.com to book.

If you’re after Halloween scares you can take part in a ghost tour of the Groundlings Theatre in Portsea this evening. Family-friendly tours will run every half hour from 5pm to 7.30pm. ‘Real screamers’ tours’ will take place from 8pm to 9.30pm and there will be ‘hardcore scare’ tours from 10pm to 10.30pm. Tickets: £5 or £12 for a family of four, call (023) 9273 7370 to book.

There will be a ‘horror walk’ on Hayling Island run by the Hayling Island Safer Neighbourhoods team at 5.45pm. The walk will start and finish at Funlands and include a visit to an ice-cream parlour, and a few spooky surprises along the way. After the walk there will be children’s games, a costume competition and fireworks.

Call police community support officer Neil Roberts on 101 for more information.

The spooky theme continues tomorrow with the Monster Ball at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea. this family event will include games, music, competitions, a prize for the best costume.

The ball will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Tickets £8 or £25 for families from 0844 576 3000.

And if you still searching for spooky thrills, you can take part in a ‘ghost walk’ around some of the more haunted parts of Old Portsmouth on Sunday. The walk starts from the Square Tower at 8pm. Tickets: £3 from the The D-Day Museum or Portsmouth City Museum.