Halloween Tricks and Half-term Treats - Monday, 22 October 2012

Prepare to be scared – head to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half-term for a host of spooky horrors, including what’s set to be the largest Halloween bash in Yorkshire.

From tales of vampire slaying – to a crazy stunt-riding horse show and huge Halloween party – the Royal Armouries has lined up a spine-chilling programme of events for all the family.

Visit the Clarence Dock museum from Saturday, October 27, to Sunday, November 4. Admission is free, but charges apply for some activities and events.

Museum director Peter Armstrong said, “We’ve got something for everything this half-term – ranging from a fascinating talk focusing on the museum’s newly-acquired vampire slaying kit, to what’s set to be the biggest Halloween Party in Yorkshire.

“Museum admission is absolutely free and gives the whole family a chance to see a unique part of their country’s heritage.”

Programme highlights include:

How to Kill a Vampire (Tuesday, October 30, 6.30pm to 8pm) – Join Royal Armouries’ Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, and uncover the mystery behind the museum’s “vampire slaying kit”, recently bought at auction. Jonathan will reveal the various means to slay vampires – both in folklore and fiction – including the real story behind the mysterious vampire killing kits. Tickets £5 – parental guidance is recommended for under 13s.

Hair Raising Horse Shows (Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3) – Dare-devil stunt-riders from Atkinson’s Action Horses in a spectacular show for all the family. Buy tickets online or at the museum on the day. Adults £5, Under 16s £3.

Family Halloween Party – (Wednesday, October 31) from 6pm to 9.30pm. Enjoy a frightfully good night out for all the family – including a chance to dress up as your favourite Halloween horror. After dark, the museum will come to life, as owls swoop overhead, ghost stories will give you the shivers and hideous helpers will dare you to complete the spooky museum trail. Other activities include children’s entertainment, fancy dress contest, fortune telling, trick-or-treating, a disco and games for prizes. Adults £6, under 16s, £9.

Daily half-term events (October 27 to November 4) – rain or shine, the museum is offering daily events to keep the kids entertained. Attractions include themed craft activities, plus a spooky maze and museum trail.

Special event tickets can be bought on arrival or on the Royal Armouries online shop: www.royalarmouriesshop.org

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