Halloween events in Llanelli and nearby during half term 2018

Halloween and half term events in and around Llanelli

Halloween events in Llanelli are looking good this year as there is plenty to choose from! October 31 is just  around the corner, so here’s a round-up of what’s going on in town and the surrounding area in 2018. I’ve also included some non-spooky half term events in the round-up. Events are divided into the following categories: Discos and parties, outdoor fun, indoor fun, non-Halloween.

If you’re looking for places to go pumpkin picking (there’s still time!) check out our posts on Penyfodau Fawr Farm Shop in Gowerton, where we went this year, or Brooksgrove Farm in Haverfordwest, where we went last year.  And if you’re thinking of throwing a Halloween party, here are some super easy ideas to get you started! Or if you’d like to avoid Halloween completely, why not try an autumn treasure hunt?!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to share with your friends!

Discos and parties:

Trick or Treat at Play Cwtsh Chwarae, Capel Hendre

Wednesday, October 31, 5pm-7.30pm

A Halloween disco, spooky activities and a games trail. Prizes for best dressed grown up and best family carved pumpkin. £7 per child (plus normal entry fee) includes a drink on entry, child’s meal and a treat bag.

Halloween at Mynyddygarreg Hall

Friday, October 26 at 6.30pm

A Halloween party at Mynyddygarreg Hall. £1.50 adults and children over three. Under threes go free.

UV Halloween party at the Thomas Arms, Llanelli

Wednesday, October 31 at 6pm. £7 per child

A UV Halloween party for children under 12, with character visit, games, and costume competition.

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Outdoor fun:

Halloween, the witching hour at Pembrey Country Park

Through the week at Pembrey Country Park – days and times below:

Monday, October 29, 6.30pm: Bat and nature walk. 
Park rangers will show you the hidden gems of Pembrey – but don’t forget you will need to be quiet or you won’t see anything! Remember to take a torch. £3 per person – under 12s need to be supervised by an adult.

Tuesday,  October 30 and Thursday, November 1 at 11am: Wizards and witches.
Make fairy wands before sitting down to hear a story about the spooks of Pembrey. Return on a journey like no other, where you might see something magical in the woods. £5 per child. Children aged 7 and under must be supervised by an adult.

Tuesday, October 30 and Thursday, November 1 at 2pm: Ghosts and ghouls.
Embark on a bug hunt to find some scary creatures, and learn how to build a den in the woods. £5 per child.

Wednesday, October 31 at 2pm:  Hallowen ghost hunt.
Join us in hunting down the hatchet man, the scariest ghost of Pembrey. £5 per child, ages  8 years and over.

Wednesday, October 31 at 6pm: Halloween zombie run. 
Are you fast enough to outrun the zombies?! If you are one of the few to survive you will be rewarded! £6 per person, which includes refreshments
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Friday, November2 at 6.30pm: Campfire and storytelling.
Sit around the campfire listening to ghostly stories whilst toasting your grub bites. £3 per child.

Half term at Dinefwr Park

Daily events at Dinefwr Park from October 27 to 31. £5 fee for Halloween events (plus normal entry fees apply).

Pumpkin carving is back by popular demand. This traditional Halloween activity is fun and messy, a perfect combination to keep the kids entertained for an hour or two. All equipment and pumpkins are supplied.
Take a trip through the enchanted forest following our Halloween trail. The mighty trees in Dinefwr have mystical powers, what will you find to keep you safe in the forest?
Enjoy some Halloween crafts with the scary staff. You can take home what you make to scare or impress your friends.
Follow the trail through Newton House to find out what superstitions families believed would protect them from evil spirits. Newton House still has some of its protection in place, maybe you will get to find out what that is.
On top of all that, Hidden House tours of Newton House will run every day going into areas not normally open to visitors.

Harry Potter themed fun at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, November 4, 10am – 6pm

It’s a magical week of fun, spells and owls at the National Botanic Garden of Wales through half term. Visitors can make their own magic wand, learn how to cast spells and meet Margaret the snowy owl. All the action takes place in the British Bird of Prey Centre between 11am-3pm, and as well as all of the above fun and games, there are three flying displays every day – at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. There is an additional £3.50 charge for entry to the British Bird of Prey Centre. The garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm until October 31. It will be open 10am-4.30pm from November 1. Admission is £10. Under 5s are free and parking is free.

October half term fun at WWT Llanelli

Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, November 4

Experience the spookier side of wetland wildlife, and head to the discovery room between 11am and 12pm to take part in the Wetland Detectives Workshop. Enjoy gruesome owl pellet dissections, mystery skeletons, intriguing insects and much more. In the afternoon, join the guides for some spooky pond dipping to learn more about the slimy, wriggly and slippery inhabitants of our ponds as you view them on the big screen! To wrap up your day, head to the craft corner for some Halloween crafts to take home.

11am – 12pm: Wetland Detectives Workshop (drop-in session) 

1pm – 1.45pm: Guide in The Heron’s Wing Hide

2.30 – 3.15pm: Spooky Pond Dipping

3.30 – 4.30pm: Halloween Crafts!

For those visiting on Wednesday 31 October, there is a bat box making workshops to learn a fun new skill and provide a home for wildlife!

Ghostbusters Halloween Spooktackular and BBQ

Saturday, October 27, gates open at 5.30pm for 7pm start. National Botanic Garden of Wales.

A fantastic fancy dress, Hallowen outdoor cinema experience for all ages with a showing of the original Ghostbusters. Halloween fancy dress competition, BBQ, bar, toffee apples, popcorn, spooky music and more. £13.50 Standard / £9.50 Under 16.

Halloween cruise on the River Towy

Wednesday, October 31 at 9.30am and 10.45am, from Ferryside foreshore or Llansteffan Beach.

A one hour boat trip on the River Towy aboard the Glansteffan, picking out some of the past ghosts of the river. There’ll be tales of shipwrecks, tragedies, lost villages and hauntings.

Ghost Express at the Gwili Railway

Wednesday, October 31 at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 6.30pm and 8pm

The Gwili Steam Railway will be overtaken with spooky fun for half term, with free trick or treating and prizes for the best outfits. Evening trains include entertainment and a magician. Tickets cost £12 per adult, £11 for seniors and £6 per child.

Pop along to the Gwili Railway at 9am on Saturday, October 27 with your carving tools and join in the pumpkin carving fun. A trip on the train for the best carving will be awarded on the day plus best in show prizes of a trip on the Ghost Express on Wednesday.

Day of the Dead at Merlins Walk Carmarthen

Wednesday, October 31, 10am-12 noon

Merlin’s Walk will be hosting its annual safe trick or treat trail. Register for your goodie bag and then follow the trail to collect your treats. All children participating must be in fancy dress and accompanied by an adult. There will also be a fancy dress competition and face painting.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Pumpkin picking at Penyfodau Fawr Farm Shop, Gowerton

Indoor fun:

Harry Halloween, Elli Centre, Llanelli

Tuesday, October 30, 10.15am – 3pm

Unlock the seemingly empty shop next to Peacocks and you will discover a secret event location with magical activities for wizards in training…
Take a selfie with Harry Potter and Hagrid life-sized cut-outs, get arty at the colouring station, enjoy free face painting (11am-3pm), and take away some freebies (while they last) Harry Potter glasses, cauldrons and a trail map to find some sweets. Between 12.30pm and 1.30pm WWT Llanelli will be bringing some fantastic mini beasts.

Coco – The Land of the Dead Experience at Ffwrnes theatre

Friday, November 2 at 1pm.

The Ffwrnes Theatre will be transformed into the Land of the Dead! Come dressed to impress as you join Miguel in his musical journey meeting some new friends on the way!

Family tour of Stradey Castle, with spooky underground tunnel

Sunday, October 28 at 2.30pm, Stradey Castle, Llanelli.

Family friendly tour, with the spooky addition of the underground tunnel, basement and (if weather permits) up the tower as well. The tour ends with home made refreshments in the dining room in front of a log fire, and the option to walk through the autumnal woodland garden afterwards. The tour starts at 2.30pm. Adults: £10, concessions: £8 and children/young people: £5.

Free film showings at Ammanford Library

Monster Family – showing on Wednesday, October 31 at 10.30am

Poltergeist (15) – showing on Wednesday, October 31 at 4pm. Proof of age required.

Ghostly Tales by Torchlight at Llanelly House

Wednesday, October 31 at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm (age 15 plus)

This is the spookiest tour of Llanelly House yet! Starting in the graveyard (weather permitting) characters from the past will lead you through the darkness to encounter chilling tales. STours available at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. £10 per person. Booking is required.

Half term fun at Llanelli Library

Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 2

All week: Spooky treasure hunt and best dressed Halloween competition.

Monday: Crafts and boredom busters

Tuesday: Spooky stories and crafts (age 6 and under), 10.15am-11am

Wednesday: Harry Potter Halloween crafts, colouring and activity sheets

Thursday: Lego day

Friday: Games day

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Further afield:

Halloween events at the Gower Heritage Centre

Gower Heritage Centre, 10am-5.30pm daily.

Join Magenta the witch at school for spooks for all things that go bump in the night. There’s plenty to learn about magic and mystery and how to give a good fright. Can you handle the pace of a broomstick race or become the scary monster under the bed? Join the school of spooks, take part in pumpkin carving, pottery and craft activities, colouring competitions, quizzes and lots more.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Pumpkin picking at Brooksgrove Farm, Haverfordwest

Non-Halloween events:

Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley, Ffwrnes, Llanelli

Wednesday, October 31 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

Open a book and discover a world where anything is possible. Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moomin Valley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Magical puppetry, an ingenious set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences aged 4 to 7 years and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling experience. Also, enjoy a free Halloween party for one hour before each show. Get your costumes ready for a day of fun, games, storytelling and Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley.

Autumn in the Park at Parc Howard

Tuesday, October 30, 11am-3pm

Draft itinerary (this is the latest info I can find!)
11.00 open
11.30 Autumn Walk: A quick walk around the Parc looking at how autumn affects it.
12.00 Reading to children: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
12.30 Halloween Walk
13:00 Raffle
13.30: Autumn Walk: A quick walk around the Parc looking at how autumn affects it.
14.00: Reading to children: Llanelli Ghosts
14.30: Halloween Walk

As you can see, there are plenty of Halloween events in Llanelli this year … I hope you enjoy!

***Please check with organisers for final details as I cannot be held responsible if any dates or times change.

 

 

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