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Just when you thought it was time to hunker down, get your sofa blanket and fuzzy slippers out of storage and familiarise yourself with the TV schedule, Nottingham decides to make October the month to get out and about. With Branch Out Festival for the musos, Mayhem Film Festival for the cinephiles, GameCity7 for the geeks and gamers, you’re spoilt for choice. Want something a little different though? Well, allow us to give you a rundown...
For those of you who like being scared witless, head down to The Galleries of Justice on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 October for a Terror Tour, where you shall be lead around areas not often open to the public such as the dungeons and the caves. Previous horror tours have produced some terrifying results, so this is not for the faint of hearted, and strictly limited to over 16s. On Friday 26 October there will also be an exclusive ghost hunt in the Batcave itself, Wollaton Hall. With paranormal monitoring from investigator Lee Roberts, and medium Michelle Hare, you’re bound to get a scare!
Runners, you have no excuse not to get involved in the Halloween fun, with Parkinson’s UK’s Spooky Sprint on Saturday 27 October. With a 10k and a 5k taking place in the dark, you’ll be sure to test both your agility and nerves as you speed around Holme Pierrepont’s flat track - just make sure to watch where you're going. Entrants receive a free glow-in-the-dark t-shirt and head torch, so you won’t end up running off into the water. Make sure you go in fancy dress, though probably don’t wear a mask. Or a monkey suit.
White Post Farm are doing something a bit different for Halloween this year, with Eerie Evenings on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October. Fun for all the family, you can expect antics with fire, spooky discos, tractor rides, a haunted forest and, for those of you that like a bit of pork, a hog roast. There will even be crafts for the kids, thanks to the Witches Workshop.
Loafers are not compulsary...
On Tuesday 30 October, the brilliantly crazy, terrifyingly cool Alice Cooper will be back at the Royal Concert Hall with some ghoulishly good entertainment in the form of the Night of Fear (queue spooky laugh). Dress to impress and be prepared for a night of Alice’s most awesome hits, played especially for you.
What’s the ultimate Halloween video that wasn’t made for Halloween? Michael Jackson’s Thriller. When it was first debuted nearly thirty years ago, it was a thirteen-minute game-changer of a video directed by John Landis and choreographed by Michael Peters. With zombies, werewolves, corpses and monsters and, well, Michael Jackson, it was a fright-fest that grabbed the attention of people the word over. And if you’ve always wanted to be able to bust out the moves at a party then you can as Venus Pole Dancing are conducting a one-off Thriller Dance Masterclass to learn the dance routine on Thursday 1 November in time for Halloween weekend.
And because Halloween falls smack bang in the middle of the week this year it’s been a bit hard for people to decide when and how to celebrate. On the arty side of things, Switch Studios have plumped for getting excited about the Mexican Day of the Dead – Dia de Los Muertos - on Friday 2 November. Boaster, the graffiti artist behind the event, is playing his cards close to his chest on what exactly the night is going to entail but we can guarantee that there will be some damn fine artwork on display.
So go on, have a look about this Halloween. Just don't hold us responsible for any ensuing heart attacks, or deaths by terror. Our insurance doesn't cover that.