Halloween fun for youngsters

Skylark owner Edward Gowler shows off the attraction's new pick-your-own pumpkin patch.
Skylark owner Edward Gowler shows off the attraction's new pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Children are promised a Halloween hoot this half-term with a host of spooky and spellbinding events to keep them entertained.

Families will be able to get into the spirit of the occasion at Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard in Wimblingon, where its unique Week of Wickedness kicks off on Saturday.

Visitors will be able to pluck pumpkins fresh from the field from what is thought to be Fenland’s only pick your own pumpkin patch, before taking it home or carving out their spooktacular design in the funyard’s new marquee.

Skylark owner, Edward Gowler, said: “This attraction is completely unique to the Fenland area, in fact we can’t think of anywhere in Cambridgeshire that does it.

“We have planted nearly 1,000 pumpkins for this year. It has been a great success in other parts of the country so next year we could be planting tens of thousands.”

There will also be the Phantom Blaster Tractor Ride, where youngsters can grab a Nerf gun, climb aboard the trailer and zap spooks in the haunted fields.

The funyard’s usual attractions will also be open, including the new jumping pillow, go-kart race track, zip-wire, and farmyard animals.

The Week of Wickedness is open daily until next Saturday, October 31, from 10am to 4pm, with last entry at 3pm.

Tickets cost £9 for children, £8 for adults and seniors, and under 3s go free.

Discounted tickets can be bought online at www.skylarkmaizemaze.co.uk with discount codes from Facebook or Twitter, or on the day on the gate.

Next Saturday, on October 31, a spooktacular Halloween event will take over the Horsefair Shopping Centre in Wisbech from 3pm to 5pm.

The annual Halloween Fun Day, organised in partnership with Wisbech Town Council, is returning once again, and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Children will be able to take part in a Trick or Treat event, which has been expanded from the Horsefair to across the town centre for the first time, taking in High Street, Hill Street, Union Street and around the Market Place.

They will need to bring a collection bag or bucket as they visit more than 60 local shops and businesses, who will all be armed with goodies to give away.

Businesses taking part will display a poster in the run-up to the event, and have staff on their doors on the day.

There will also be a fancy dress competition judged by the Mayor at 4pm on the Market Place, with a prize awarded to the boy and girl in the scariest costume.

Additional attractions taking place throughout the town centre include a spider mountain climbing tower, a fairground ride, balloon modelling, the chance to get up close to owls, as well as a display of creepy creatures from the Fangtasia Reptile Emporium inside Argos.