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Halloween in Oxford 2019

It's that time of year for grizzly ghouls, carved pumpkins and copious amounts of sweets. Here are our top picks of things to do this Halloween.

For all the family

There are a host of events this year suitable for the whole family. Embracing the ghoulish holiday, Partyman World will be throwing an All Ages Halloween Party with fun, games and a costume competition. Science Oxford will be getting in on the creepy shenanigans with a Halloween Family Open Day, with a pumpkin trail, chromatography-bats and flying frights. And the Oxford Artisan Distillery are embracing the season with a Halloween Market, promising to be another of their legendary themed parties!

Further afield, Cogges Farm will be transforming their manor house into a magical coven for Tricks, Treats & The Friendliest Witch, which will incorporate everything you need for an approachable evening of supernatural fun, including wands, potions and a story told by a witch. Alternatively Sue Ryder's South Oxfordshire Spooktacular Fireworks Display merges fireworks with Halloween with activities including a children's fancy dress competition.

Even the Race Hut has organised a cracking spooktacle with their Halloween Family Race, complete with two hours of spooky sim racing and free goodies including cake and pizza.

For little monsters

This year Halloween coincides with the October Half Term, meaning there are a wealth of crafty activities for the little ones. Ghost Fest returns to the Oxford Castle & Prison with Potion Making workshops, as well as more adult activities (a midnight tour and a murder mystery evening). Restore are hosting a number of creative sessions with wreath-making, pumpkin carving and a Halloween tea party. Theatre company Wild Boor Ideas will be touring their Halloween Puppet workshops to libraries across Oxford, where participants can share songs and stories and make their very own shadow puppet.

For those looking for things to do outside of Oxford, Cogges Farm once again swoop in to save the day with a different crafty activity each day in The Witch's House. And Millets Farm Falconry Centre will be introducing attendees to horror's favouirte bird: the owl. Their Halloween Hoot is the perfect way to get to know this feathery friend: you can meet different species and watch them fly as it starts to get dark.

For wicked adults

But it's not all about the children, with there being plenty of more adult-orientated events around the spookiest of holidays. Haute Mess take over The Bullingdon with Oxford's biggest, baddest and messiest drag disco. The Oxford Blue's Twisted Disney Halloween Party offers cocktails, fancy dress and hip hop mash-ups. Meanwhile, those looking for a more nostalgic party can travel back in time with the Seven Stars' fancy dress 80s Halloween Party.

The Old Post Office in Wallingford will be hosting a trio of events: a Pumpkin Carving Competition, A Night of Magic and Halloween Party (with prizes for the best dressed). Who says children get to have all the fun?

For horror film addicts

And what is Halloween if not the perfect opportunity to watch a scary movie? The Phoenix Picturehouse will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas (is it too early for what is technically a festive film? You decide!), Kubrick's iconic The Shining (also at Odeon George Street) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Frank 'N' Furter and co will also be popping up at The Mad Hatter and the Ultimate Picture Palace, so there will be plenty of opportunities to experience this camp classic.

The UPP will also be showing the German silent cinema chiller Faust as well as something more modern, in the form of the award-winning documentary Hail Satan? The Ghostbusters return to the Vue to hunt down some more spectres, while the nightmare-bothering fiend Freddy returns to Odeon George Street, as A Nightmare on Elm Street celebrates its 35th anniversary.


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