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Spooky Half Term at The Story Museum

Tuesday 29th September

23 October – 1 November 

Whether it’s brewing a wicked potion, finding out how witches fly on broomsticks or exploring the Museum after dark by torch light, there’s plenty to get excited about this Spooky Half Term at The Story Museum.

A week of special events and workshops includes writing spooky stories with top author Julia Golding, having a monstrous good time with best-selling author Steve Cole and meeting cartoonist Gary Northfield’s latest creation – Julius Zebra. For the scientifically minded we’ve got Science Oxford explaining the magic of flight and a day of potions and experiments with science and story specialist Jules Pottle. Learn the magic of stop-motion animation with Helen Piercy, get into character with a trick-or-treat improvisation workshop and hear Storytelling laureate Katrice Horsley deftly weaving a shadowy world of story for adults and older children. There’ll be music with Nick Cope and songwriting with David Gibb, not to mention the chance to learn to Dance like Dracula.

We’re rounding the week off with a Halloween Party for all ages, followed by torch-lit trick-or-treating round the Museum from 18.00-19.30 on Saturday 31 October, with a special late night session at 19.30 for adults only. Are you brave enough to explore the Museum after dark as we play host to a cast of spooky fairytale characters from wicked witches to big bad wolves?

With our exhibitions and installations open every day from Friday 23 October to Sunday 1 November you can also enjoy storytime with Grannie Annie, visit the Illustrators in our Illustrator Zoo and use our storyspinner to create your very own spooky story. We’ve got something for everyone this Halloween Half Term. For full event listings, see

Sophie Hiscock, Communications manager at The Story museum says:
“Whether you’re into drawing, dancing, storytelling, music, animation, science or just having fun, we’ve got plenty to offer this Half Term. And our late night torch-lit trick-or-treating means that even grown-ups can have a thoroughly spooky Half Term here at The Story Museum.”

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