Nottingham is getting ready to welcome monsters, ghosts and ghouls this October half term when the It’s in Nottingham Halloween Trail comes to the city centre on Wednesday 31 October 2018.
With over 30 shops, restaurants and bars taking part in this free event, it is the perfect opportunity to discover more of the city centre with your family.
The fun starts at the Tourist Information Centre where The Nottingham Ghostwalk team and Ghostbusters will be handing out free trick or treat bags between 10am and 1pm on the day (limited bags available – on a first come, first served basis). The trick or treat bag, which can be filled with goodies as you make your way around the trail, includes the trail map which shows all the venues taking part and details of special events and offers. Trail maps are also available from all participating stores.
Look out for a pumpkin in the window of the businesses taking part and hunt out the hidden spooky characters: Molly the Mummy, Ben the Bat, Frankie Frankenstein and Bob the Blob in Blue Banana on Exchange Walk, Faradays in Hockley, Sharps Bedrooms on Lister Gate, Soulville Steakhouse on Queen Street and Two Seasons on Fletcher Gate.
There will also be activities for people to take part in such as making a witch’s broom at Rub Smokehouse, Adams Walk; creating a wall of terror in Café Sobar, Friar Lane; mask making at Paperchase, Low Pavement; balloon modelling at Swatch, intu Victoria Centre; face painting at Urban Decay on Bridlesmith Gate and spooky story-telling at Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Hounds Gate between 2.00-3.00pm.
Furthermore, as a real treat, the Ghostbusters car ‘Ecto 1’, possibly the rarest movie car in existence, is coming to intu Victoria Centre for the day – the perfect opportunity for a selfie complete with some special Nottingham Ghostbusters. Take a photo and post it to social media, tagging @itsinnottingham to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes.
“This is the first time that we have organised the It’s in Nottingham Halloween Trail. We thought it would be a brilliant way encouraging families to visit the city centre, and keep children entertained for free during half term” said Jeff Allen, chairman of Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), the organisers of this It’s In Nottingham initiative.
“What a great initiative the Halloween Trail is and we hope very much that it brings lots of people into town,” said Andy Baxter, manager at Rub Smokehouse. “We look forward to seeing all the witches’ brooms that people will be creating and there will be a £50 voucher to spend at Rub Smokehouse for the best broom.”
“We think that the trail is a wonderful and fun idea and we can’t wait to see a bunch of friendly (or spooky) faces join us,” said Emma Hancox, volunteer coordinator at Café Sobar. “We hope that lots of people pop in to take part in our Halloween activity and even treat themselves to a sweet treat!”
“The Halloween Trail is fantastic and we are really pleased to be involved,” said Eva Webster-Lacovou, store manager at Paperchase. “We are looking forward to greeting our ‘guests’ and getting involved with some ghoulish mask making and offering lots of sweets to keep us going.”
Halloween also comes to the heart of the city, as a giant pumpkin arrives in Old Market Scare, where you can enjoy the UK’s biggest mobile Ghost Train, visit the walk-through Haunted House and hear scary stories to make your skin crawl, from Friday 26 – Wednesday 31 October 2018. (Charges apply.)
For further information about the Halloween Trail visit: www.itsinnottingham.com