2020 has felt like one, long ghoulish year already, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited by the prospect of Halloween next week. We all need some fun and silliness and despite all that is going on our Southport Indies are going all out to make sure you have just that.
1. Spook the house up in style
Halloween decorations don’t need to be all out plastic ghouls and fake webbing. Bring some warmth and brightness to your home with some beautiful, hand crafted wreaths and more from Doodles. With everything hand made locally, it is also the perfect way to support local businesses in these tricky times.
Handmade Halloween decorations at Wesley Streets Doodles craft room
2. No trick or treating? Sugar them up courtesy of Sweet Jaspers
Cambridge Arcade’s Sweet Jaspers are delivering wicked Halloween sweet boxes. Packed full of themed treats, the boxes will give the kids their seasonal sugar hit or be the perfect sharing snacks for a horror movie marathon.
They are delivering to Southport, Birkdale, Hillside, Ainsdale and Formby.
Halloween Box £10 or £15
Sweet Jaspers, Cambridge Arcade
01704 634572, sweetjaspers.co.uk
3. Head off on a spooky museum search at The Atkinson
Take the little ones to The Atkinson throughout October Half Term and join the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search. To celebrate the release of the latest Where’s Wally book, hunt down Wally amongst the Atkinson’s brilliant exhibitions. Is he hiding amongst the ancient Egyptians? Or in space with Dan Dare? Pick up an activity sheet for this free family fun and win a bookmark if you manage to find him!
Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st, 11am – 4pm
4. Have some fun with a spooky make up session
Face Value are your go to this Halloween for some scarily good deals on Halloween make up and effects. Pick from a huge range of fake blood, latex, contacts and everything you could need. There may not be a party to go to but the kids will love a night of turning each other into zombies. Or why not organise a Zoom night with friends and see who can make the most horrific look?
Face Value, Cambidge Arcade, 01704 532525
Pumpkin pie courtesy of Wesley Street’s Megafauna[/caption]
5. More Autumn Treats on Wesley Street!
If you need us we will mostly be somewhere drinking Pumpkin lattes. Yes, we ARE that person. We make no apologies. There are lots of independents ready to indulge you in Autumn treats. Megafauna have already caught our attention with vegan pumpkin pie and spiced orange hot chocolates. Sit in and enjoy, or grab it to go and stroll along Lord Street and the Autumn leaves with a friend.
6 Wesley Street, megafauna.co.uk
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
Need a pumpkin? Go organic with Om Nom Zero Waste and get carving. Whip up the pumpkin flesh into pies and soups to keep you warm until Christmas
6. Get baking
Check out these brilliantly spooky cupcake kits from Cake Creations! Keep excited little hands busy all afternoon with these spooktacular boxes. Either order to collect on Halloween morning or they are delivering free throughout Southport and are available from their online store
Cake Creations, Wesley Street
01704 541137, firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Scream at a scary movie
The Bijou Cinema are serving up a week of brilliant, classic spook fests. With their comfy, state of the art cinema room, with well managed social distancing, it is the perfect place for a late night fright. Whether it with the kids, or a full on scare for the adults, here are some of our highlights of the week. Head to their website for the full listings
SCOOB! (PG, 2020), Fri 30 Oct 2020, 2:30pm
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (PG, 1993), Sat 31 Oct 2020, 2:30pm
THE SHINING (15, 1980), Sat 31 Oct 2020, 7:30pm
Southport Bijou Cinema, Post Office Avenue
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
8. Have a mini photo shoot
Wesley Street have always done Halloween in style! This year is no exception with Doodle’s neighbour Lunia photography offering free, mini pumpkin shoots. Book now for limited slots for the 24th. Bring your little horrors in their cutest fancy dress or smartest Autumn fashion. Prints start at £15. Head to their website for some great Autumn offers.
Book now – 01704 548032 / Info@lunia-photography.co.uk
9. Join Starkidz Halloween trail!
The team at Starkiz have been busy inspiring people across town to go all out this year and spook up their houses. They have also created ‘Southport Halloween Trail’ stickers to put in your window for families to spot. They will be producing a map and guide to let you know where to find the stickers and houses. Why not get the kids dressed up and let them take a sweet from your bag for each sticker they spot? Money from each sticker sold goes to Queenscourt Hospice.
Starkidz are also bringing your pumpkins to your door, delivered by some of your favourite Children’s Halloween characters. The witches, VK kids or the Skeleton King will visit your garden safely and sing some of their biggest spooky hits!
Book now – email@example.com
10. It’s not all about the kids
Missing the Halloween party nights? There may not be all out carnage this year, but there is fun to be had still!
Cooper’s bar are hosting a Halloween dinner. Enjoy three delicious courses accompanied by superb tenor David Marshall singing classics from the Phantom.
Phone to book or pop in and see them
Friday 30th October, 7pm, £20 per person
01704 260939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Medhito Lounge are also hosting a soul and Motown night, with superb music and a spooktacular menu. There will also be a prize for the best costume
Bookings only and all restrictions apply.
Please contact them to reserve your table (same household only)
Coronation Walk, 07830 220935