Halloween/Autumn Trails

Rebecca Butler

Halloween/Autumn Trails

October Half Term is an opportunity to plan in some fun activities with the children, grandchildren or children in your care.

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Trick or Treating is going to be a bit different this year. The idea of children dipping their hands in various buckets of sweets seems all a bit strange at the moment. There are going to be many families who aren't comfortable with the usual Trick or Treating but then like us, there will be lots of people who still want to get into the Halloween spirit.

We're not going to let Covid 19 ruin Halloween completely for our little ones.

We've found lots of outdoor pumpkin and Autumnal trails that we're going to take part in instead.

We thought we'd put together a blog post of all the ones that we've found, in case you fancy doing the same sort of thing.

You can play the Pumpkin Trail anyway you like – perhaps for every pumpkin the little ones spot, parents can pop a treat in their Trick or Treat bag – or you can add them up and dish out the treats when you get home. This way they get to dress up and get in the Halloween spirit without knocking on doors and rummaging around in pots of sweets!

Here are all the ones that we've found;

Leamington Pumpkin Path

Today we’ve been to Leamington Spa to take part in their ‘Pumpkin Path.’

We downloaded our map off the website and followed the trail around the town to collect the letter clues along the way.

You have to collect at least 10 letters to enter the prize draw. The letters can be found in participating shop windows and they spell out where the spooky postbox is located to be able to post your entries.

The prizes up for grabs are for ALL the family and include a family meal, sweet treats and gift cards.

Due to current restrictions there are no treats being given out this year and ALL clues will be found on the outside of shop windows. We took some treats with us and the boys were allowed one every time they found a vowel.

The Pumpkin Path is organised by BID Leamington and runs from yesterday (Saturday, October 24th) until Saturday, October 31st. Entry forms are available at participating outlets and in the Upper Mall of the Royal Priors Shopping Centre from Saturday, October 24th. It’s absolutely FREE to do.

You can also download your entry form with map via this link - https://www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk/.../Pumpkin-Path...

Once you’ve completed the path, you can submit your entry in the following ways:

* Post your entry form at the ‘Scarey Post Box’ - you’ll find out the location once you’ve got all the letter clues.

* Email the form to info@bidleamington.com

* Send to BID Leamington, 35c Park Court, Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN by 5.00pm Saturday 31st October!

We had lots of fun. The added bonus was that we had a phonics lesson along the way without the boys even realising.

Parkridge

Brueton Park, Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3HW

The Halloween Treasure Trail at Parkridge launched on 17th October.

Purchase your map with clues from the Cafe counter.

It is just £2.50 per child and there is a small prize if you successfully complete the trail.

There are lots of clues and props to find.

Ryton Pools

Ryton Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3BH

Coronavirus restrictions mean the Halloween events and activities are a little different this year, but don’t worry there's plenty of fun for all the family this Autumn. Here's what you can expect when you visit us from 24 October to 1 November.

Trails are free this year as things are a little different.

You will need to print the trail map at home before you arrive. No maps will be available on arrival.

You will also need to take your own pencil along. If you forget one then just take a photo of the animals along the way and complete the spell at home before you email the answer to them.

Unfortunately they are not able to hand out prizes to every participant this year, but if you send in a picture of your completed spell to parks@warwickshire.gov.uk then you will be entered into a prize draw to win a prize.    

The trail can be accessed during site opening hours and is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, bikes and scooters.

Heathcote Primary School Halloween Hunt

This one is a fundraiser for Heathcote Primary School in Warwick.

All of the details about how to get a map are on the poster above

Outdoor Monster Art Trail

Coventry City Centre

During the October half-term, eight massive, mischievous monsters will be descending on Coventry and taking over rooftops in the city centre.

The monsters were designed by artists, Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, and form part of a public art trail in the city to mark the Halloween period and encourage residents to rediscover Coventry.

The monsters will be around all week, so there’s plenty of time to take part in the trail.

This imaginative and colourful trail is completely free of charge, and families are encouraged to take on the role of ‘Monster Detectives’. Their job is to search the city centre to see if they can find all the mischievous brutes, give them names and, if the detectives are brave enough, even take photos with the monsters.

Draycote Water

Kites Hardwick, Warwickshire, CV23 8AB

Webby the Witch has dropped her pumpkins at Draycote Water and she needs your help to save Halloween and find them!

Join in on the spooky trail until 1st November, 10.30am - 3pm.

Fancy dress is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

No booking is required.

Trail Maps are £3 each and are available from the shop at the visitor centre. Make sure you remember your pen/pencil to complete the activity sheet.

Queen's Road Baptist Church, Coventry

An alternative trail for Halloween, Queen's Road Baptist Church in Coventry usually hold a popular light party but this year they're doing something different.

A number of churches (at least 16) around the city will be displaying pictures of light in their windows.

You need to find out which picture is displayed in at least 10 of the churches to complete the trail.  

The pictures will be displayed from 24th Oct – 31st Oct, so you have the whole half-term week to complete the trail.

If you complete the trail you will be able to collect a goody bag from Queens Road Baptist Church car park on Saturday 31st October (2-4pm).

Goody bags are available while stocks last and are aimed at primary school children.  They are not suitable for those under 3 years due to small parts.

To join the Light Trail you can download the booklet here.

Kenilworth Autumn Trail

This lovely event has been set up to support the local primary schools in Kenilworth.

Families in Kenilworth have paid £5 to enter their house and then they are put on to a map for people to follow.

Houses will be decorated for everyone to see - there are over 80.

The trail is running until Sunday 1st November.

Maps are free but donations by text are welcomed. Text KAFT to 70085 (texts cost £2 + standard rate message)

Click Here to download the map.

Kingsbury Water Park

Bodymoor Heath Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B76 0DY

Coronavirus restrictions mean the Halloween events and activities are a little different this year, but don’t worry there's plenty of fun for all the family this Autumn. Here's what you can expect when you visit us from 24 October to 1 November.

Trails are free this year as things are a little different.

You will need to print the trail map at home before you arrive. No maps will be available on arrival.

You will also need to take your own pencil along. If you forget one then just take a photo of the animals along the way and complete the spell at home before you email the answer to them.

Unfortunately they are not able to hand out prizes to every participant this year, but if you send in a picture of your completed spell to parks@warwickshire.gov.uk then you will be entered into a prize draw to win a prize.    

The trail can be accessed during site opening hours and is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, bikes and scooters.

'By Your Side' Warwick Gates Halloween Trail

Over the half term week 'By Your Side' is holding a Halloween trail around Warwick Gates to raise money to enable them to keep supporting parents during these difficult times.

Whether you live on Warwick Gates or not, you can still go along and support the event.

Trail maps will be £2 each and are available here - https://www.paypal.me/Byyoursideforum

There are two trails on offer, a picture trail suitable for approximately 0-4 years or a letter trail for approximately 4+ years.

In the message section you need to put the words Halloween Trail, your email address and which trail you want to purchase.

All trails will be entered into a prize draw and plenty of houses are leaving sweets along the way!

Friends Association of Barford School (FABS)

Follow the trail around the village of Barford near Warwick to find the hidden pumpkins and solve the spooky brainteaser.

There will be prizes for all entries at the final pumpkin and each completed map will be entered into a fantastic prize draw.

If you’d like to join in, get in touch via fabs.treasury@gmail.com to purchase your Pumpkin Trail map for £2.

Bridgetown (Trinity Mead)

Your challenge is to find 15 letters which are hidden in house windows in the streets surrounding Bridgetown School in Stratford upon Avon.

The trail is totally free to complete but donations are very welcome and can be put in the donation boxes at either Trinity Mead Co-op or Tesco Express on the Banbury Road.

The trail runs until Sunday 1st November.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

Compton Verney have hidden 10 beautifully decorated pumpkins around the Park for you to find.

Pumpkin Trails are £2 per trail and are available from the Welcome Centre.

No pre booking is needed for the pumpkin trail but it is for the other Half Term activities that they are offering.

Chase Meadow, Warwick

A whole host of houses on the Chase Meadow estate in Warwick will be donning their Halloween gear for you to spot on the trail.

We know that the decorations will be amazing and will be well worth a visit.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's education manager has set up two Autumn woodland trails for children in Coventry to enjoy over the half term holiday.

You can collect your free trail sheet and craft to take home from Wood Side Family Hub in Willenhall or from The Mosaic Family Hub in Tile Hill.

Shrubland Street Cat Tail Trail

Leamington Spa

Posters are up in the windows all around South Leamington.  

The quiz sheet is free to print out, courtesy of Shrub Street school PTA.

To officially enter you have to have a Shrubland Street School money account but for families from other schools who want to take part, the answer will be shared on Facebook after the 6th November competition deadline.

Southam Halloween Trail

I can't find any more details at the moment but keep an eye on their Facebook page where a map will be published.

Binley Woods PTA Spooktacular Scarecrow Trail, Coventry

Join the Binley Woods PTA for their Spooktacular Scarecrow Trail on Saturday 31st October between 1pm and 8pm.

I can't find a map for this one so it might be worth dropping them an email to find out more.

Chase the Light, Warwick

A free fun trail for all the family to enjoy in Warwick town over the Half Term.

The event is hosted by Warwick Baptist Church.

Registration is now closed to receive a treat upon completion but you can still enjoy the trail.

Bidford Primary School Halloween Trail

Another trail run by a school PTA.

The trail is running until Sunday 1st November.

You can pick up a trail map from The Village Cafe when they are open.

Hollies Halloween Trail (Cubbington, Leamington Spa)

53a Queen Street, Cubbington, CV32 7NB

Hollies Halloween Trail runs until Saturday 31st October.

12 pumpkins have been placed around Cubbington in Leamington Spa for you to go out and find.

Collect the letters from the pumpkins and head back to Hollies with your Halloween themed word to earn yourself a free cupcake (one cupcake per map)

Maps are available from Hollies during opening hours.

Hatton Park Pumpkin Trail

Hatton Park is renowned for it's Halloween displays and celebrations.

This year two local Mums have created a Covid safe pumpkin trail.

Local families are then being invited to donate money they would have otherwise spent on sweets for trick and treaters, to Hatton Park-based charity Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Between Thursday 29th October and Sunday 1st November, hunt for 12 Halloween themed pictures displayed around the estate.

You can get a trail sheet by messaging Hatton Park Locals Facebook forum or by emailing Lucy Field at Lucyfield2017@gmail.com

Donations, in lieu of sweets, can be made to Molly Olly’s Wishes at: www.mollyolly.co.uk.

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