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What's on this weekend in North London - Boo! Its Halloween....

There are plenty of spooky goings-on, but also lots of other great activities to entertain your little ones this weekend...

Spooky stuff....

This weekend the Pumpkin Festival continues at Willows Farm, with a free pumpkin for every child admission. Suitable for children 18 months +.

Boo at the Zoo, at London Zoo offers some spooky daily events including creepy craft activities, ghost walk stories and a night life trail. Suitable for all ages.

Everyone's favourite witch and cat Meg and Mog are brough to life in a theatre production at Hornsey Vale Community Centre. Tickets are £6 or free for under 1s. 3pm.

The fabulous RAF Museum is holding a Witch Weekend with Broomstick making sessions  from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm on both days with all materials supplied free of charge. For children 3+.

Lee Valley Park Farm has Halloween fun with face painting (additional cost), Spooky Story Telling and some creepy arts and crafts. Suitable for all ages.

If you are feeling brave, head for an encounter with The Wicked Witch of the London Eye. 
"Wilhelmina is having a really bad week. As the eve of Halloween fast approaches, she has had so much time off that she’s completely forgotten how to be wicked! This is not good news. Halloween needs its Wicked Witch and it needs her fast! However, Wilhelmina cannot reinstate her powers alone. She needs a group of London’s finest children to help her chant a spell to recover her wicked ways!'

Take a special 30 minute ride on the London Eye with Halloween storytelling. For children 4-11 years.
Lauderdale House, Highgate, is holding a Saturday Morning Kids Show themed Halloween Magic, from 10- 10.45. For kids 3-8.

The Spires, Barnet is holding Spooky Family Fun between 11 and 5 on Saturday, including face painting, storytelling (Waterstones 3.30), and spooky performances. For Children 3+.

The Canal Museum is holding spooky halloween boat trips and special halloween activities in the museum. For all ages.

On Sunday, Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield is holding a Halloween Howler between 10 am and 4pm with a range of fun activities including Spooky pumpkin carving, Scary face painting, Ghostly story telling, Creepy craft activities and much more! The event is supporting Noah’s Ark, a local children’s hospice.

If you are all halloweened-out....

There are a number of theatrical opportunities if you fancy straying beyond north London...

Matilda The Musical  starts its run at the Cambridge Theatre, beginning on 25 October. Roald Dahl's much-loved story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Suitable for children 4+.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark  is showing between 25 and 30 October at the Lyric, Hammersmith. This moonlit adventure, based on the classic children’s book by Jill Tomlinson, is brought to life with live music, puppetry and storytelling. Showings 11am & 1pm and Family Sunday 12pm & 2pm. For children 3-7.

For children 8+, the Unicorn Theatre has a run of Billy the Kid, adapted by Tony Graham from the hit novel by Michael Morpurgo, former children's laureate and award-winning author of popular children's books including War Horse and Private Peaceful. This production returns to the Unicorn following a successful run in 2007 with Dudley Sutton and Sam Donovan reprising their roles as Billy and Sam.

The wonderful performance of The Way Back Home is showing at the Arts Depot, Finchley for ages 3+.

And for something a bit different...

For some muddy mysteries, this is the last weekend to visit the What Lies Below exhibition at HMS Belfast, which looks at what is in the River Thames riverbed!  11am-12.30pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm daily. Suitable for all ages.

The National Maritime Museum  is holding a Space Safari, for children under 7. The show combines interactivity, music and rhyme, as you join Ted the Teddy Bear as he journeys throughout the solar system looking for the Great Big Bear in the sky.

For something a bit more cultural, The Affordable Art Fair is coming to Hampstead Heath 25- 30 October, showcasing a line-up of contemporary artists. All ages.

For shopping of a different flavour, NCT Tottenham is holding a Baby Fair and Nearly New Sale from 1pm at St John Vianney Church Hall, West Green Road, Tottenham, N15 3QL.

Rich Ridings, the man behind the wonderful voice of Daddy Pig from Peppa Pig is reading stories at Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green. He will read a selection of children's stories, including some great Peppa Pig stories. This should be a fantastic event. It is free, but the bookshop suggests you get there early, as the place is likely to be jammed full of buggies and eager young fans.

Whatever you are up to- we'd love to hear about it! Have a great weekend.

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