Have a spook-tacular week

Bugs at Drusillas
Bugs at Drusillas

It’s that time of year when leaves are falling, bonfires are burning, chills run down your spine and things go bump in the night – that’s right, it’s Hallowe’en, and there’s a whole host of things going on to keep your little horrors busy over the half-term.

Venture over to Drusillas Park between Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, November 3 and you’ll get to experience the selection of seasonal surprises the zoo has laid on for Shriek Week, including the cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights or the terror-tory of the sin sisters, playing hide and shriek with the unsuspecting public.

Guests are invited to open a trap door and discover the spook-tacular surprise within or, if you dare, enter the twisted terror maze to search the shadowy pathways for an ancient mummy missing from the tomb of Eden’s Eye. Can you unravel the mystery without coming to a dead end?

There will be plenty of creepy crawly encounters in the Discovery Centre throughout the week, while crime-solving favourite Scooby Doo will be on hand to meet budding detectives for one day only on Wednesday, October 30.

The National Trust is encouraging people to make the most of the natural environment during such a colourful season, inviting kids to take part in the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾, such as catching a falling leaf, building a den and collecting conkers.

For autumn treats for all the family this half-term, visit www.national trust.org.uk/southeast for further details and information.

Some of the most popular events include the Hallowe’en Hunt at Alfriston Clergy House, where youngsters can prowl around the garden searching for pumpkins. The hunt runs from Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 3 (10.30am-4.30pm) with the exception of Thursday and Friday. It costs £1.50 per prowler. Telephone 01323 871961 for details.

A series of ghost walks will be taking place every Saturday at Pevensey Castle, with special walks on October 31 at 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

There is no need to book, just turn up at the castle car park and prepare to enjoy some of the darker things which lurk in the castle shadows, from white ladies to smugglers and it was even the scene of a gruesome murder.

The walks, by lantern light only, last 90 minutes and are suitable for all ages. They take place whatever the weather and cost £7 for adults and £3.50 for under 14s.

The Redoubt will also be getting into the spirit of things, screening ‘An American Werewolf in London’ on Friday night, hosting a Twilight Tour on Saturday, 26 and a children’s craft workshop on Tuesday, 29.