Halloween: an annual day to remember the dead. Influenced by harvest festivals, in the turn of the seasons when the trees and fields seem empty of life, this celebration has been adapted to the modern world.
The city of Hull has a range of activities for all age groups over the Halloween period, tying in with half term entertainment opportunities.
The Adelphi Club is holding their annual Pumpkin Carving Competition on Thursday 30th October. Free entry and suitable for all ages, you simply need to BYOP – bring your own pumpkin, and light source in which to illuminate it. There’s the opportunity to carve your jack-o-lantern at the venue, or you can be pre-prepared and bring it in for 6pm. Open to all ages, there are prizes for the best under 12 as well as the best overall pumpkin, among others.
The lighting of the jack-o-lanterns, which translates from the origin term to mean ‘foolish fire’, will be at 7pm, and the venue has advised you bring along your wellies and torches.
The Prospect Shopping Centre are holding a 3-event day on Allhallows Eve (that’s Friday 31st October), adapting the horror film title into the fitting Nightmare on Prospect Street.
For the family, there are a host of events, including arts and crafts, face painting and even the chance to go trick’n’treating around the centre. A free party for kids in StEAT will include juice and Halloween treats.
However, while you’re little ones are trick’n’treating for their goodies, you may want to keep an eye on them. You know, in case they get attacked by zombies! Every hour undead beasts will be let loose to test the survival skills of all visitors. Lasting 20 minutes at a time. Keep an eye on the children, and think really carefully about the time in which you’ll be stuck at the till (you know something will go wrong seconds before they’re unleashed).
Locked In Prospect, in association with Scarecorp, starts at 8pm. This is ticketed event, and for the price of £25, you are invited to take a tour of the shopping centre after dark. TV medium Ralph Keeton will undertake a paranormal investigation as well as introducing visitors to the spirits which haunt the centre.
If none of that tickles you fancy, then there is a chance to get A Bit of Slap and Tickle at Fruit on Thursday 30th October. A cabaret night with Art Exhibition held by The Naughty Arts Company, features a range of local artists. Most exciting for me is the prospect of seeing the Hillbilly Troupe, as it seems too long since Trinity Fest, when I last saw them perform. Tickets are £10 if you buy them online or £12 on the door. This is an 18+ event, with doors opening at 7pm and aiming to finish by 11pm.
Halloween see Hulloween at both sites, with a Dark Art Exhibition, run by the HU5 Arts Collective, being held upstairs at Union Mash Up, and music in both venues. The Dyr Sister will be singing her Fairytales for the Modern Gentleman downstairs in the Alive with Art Gallery from 6:45pm. There will also be short performances by Rachel Harris & Tom Steer and Michelle Dee and Nick Cammack (formally Mammal Hum). My Pleasure, a pop solo project provided by Lewis Young of The Glass Delusion, will also be performing his songs about death, life and all that is in between. I saw him support La Bête Blooms, and thoroughly enjoyed the song he introduced as having been written by 6-year old.
Over at The Polar Bear, there will be music from The Cotton Gussets, Dead Hormones, and Fire: The Unstoppable Force. Headliners Fire: TUF recently performed at The Sesh’s 13th birthday, already hinting at possible horrors in store for this scare-vent.
The celebrations continue on the 1st November at The Polar Bear, as some equally eerie band names add to the list. There will be performances from Black Kes, Felony, Coaves, the mysterious Tobias Reaper & The Graveyard Shift, and Mono Life.
So there’s no excuses when it comes to getting your fright on this Halloween half term. Kids or no kids, there’s something for you.