Free Halloween spooktacular at Daventry Country Park

Last year's event
Last year's event

A ghoulishly good time is promised at Daventry Country Park’s free Spooktacular Halloween event this month.

The event, sponsored this year by Daventry’s Specsavers, takes place at 3pm on Friday, October 30. It starts with a costume competition, with prizes on offer for the scariest, cutest and most creative Halloween outfit.

Under 5s will then be invited to take part in the Scavenger Hunt for hidden goodies in the country park play area, while 5 to 11-year-olds can take part in a Trick or Treat Trail around the park.

All children must be accompanied by an adult during the event and will need to bring torches with them as it will be getting dark at that time of the afternoon and there is no lighting in the park.

People are asked not to take candles or other naked flames though, as shop-bought Halloween costumes can be extremely flammable. LED lights can be placed in carved pumpkins instead of candles.

Parents are also reminded to put warm clothing on underneath their children’s costumes, as all the activities take place outside.

Families wishing to take part are encouraged to fill in and cut out the coupon in this week’s Daventry Express and take it along to the event to register, with every child registering receiving a free gift. There is also a coupon in the September edition of the council’s quarterly Daventry Calling magazine.

The Country Park is also hosting a fire safety and survival skills workshop for 6 to 11-year-olds on Wednesday, October 28.

Run by Bear Wilderness and Survival, the session runs from 10am to midday and costs £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-booking is recommended as spaces are limited. To book a place phone 01327 871100.

Councillor Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, which has organised the event, said: “The Halloween event is always very well attended, with families really getting into the spirit of the occasion and the children wearing some fantastic costumes.

“We’ve also got Graham Swain of Bear Wilderness and Survival coming back to the park during the half-term week. Graham’s sessions proved extremely popular during the summer so I’d urge anyone who missed out then to book a place this time.”

Daventry Country Park, which has Green Flag status, also recently achieved the Natural England Country Park Accreditation Scheme Award, recognising the park’s facilities, programme of events and community involvement.