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10 things to do with the family this Halloween and half term

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It's half term and Halloween in the same week - the perfect time for some family fun.

Middlesbrough has a host of exciting activities across the town to enjoy in the coming week.

We've picked out 10 of the best for you to try.

1. It's pumpkin picking time down at Newham Grange farm and there's a Halloween trail to follow too. It's available from Saturday, October 23 to Friday, October 29 and standard farm admission prices apply. Pumpkin picking is £3 per pumpkin.

2. And don't miss the Spooktacular Weekend also down at the farm, on October 30 and 31, featuring pumpkin picking and carving, spooky storytimes, ghostly characters and on the spot prizes for best dressed costumes. Tickets are £6.50 per person. 

3. You can also take part throughout the week in creepy crafts, spooky objects and a Skele-Fun trail at the Dorman Museum from October 25 to 31. It's £1 per person, please book at the museum reception desk upon arrival.

4. Yoga Mike is back at the Dorman Museum with Yoga Explorers featuring dino bones and ghostly pirates - it's selling fast so get booked in quick! It's on October 28, and sessions run at 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm. It's suitable for ages 5-11 and £10 per child, book online via Eventbrite.

5. If you love a gruesome story, don't miss High Seas Halloween at Captain Cook Birthplace Museum where you can find out more about life at sea in the 18th Century on October 29, from 11am to 3pm. Museum admission charges apply.

6. Be ready to get your (Club) Groovy on at Middlesbrough Town Hall with the Not So Spooky Monster Bash. Ideal for ages 0-8, tickets are £5.50 and babes in arms go free. Held on Halloween, October 31, from 1-3pm.

But if you're not into spooky adventures, don't worry - there's plenty of other things going on!

7. Pop along to the Dorman Museum and celebrate everything that is unique and wonderful about families at Mini Pride, on Tuesday, October 26. There'll be fun, creative activities from colourful arts and crafts to story time with an extra special guest. Mini Pride is suitable for ages 3-7 and their families.

8. Make creatures from the bottom of the deep blue sea out of plastic bottles at Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, with local artist Diane Watson and hear tales of deep-sea creatures by storyteller, Tanya Bentham. It's on October 27, from 10.30am and 3.30pm and normal museum admission cost applies.

9. Wrap up warm and head outside for an autumn adventure in Middlesbrough's award-winning green spaces. Be sure to try out the brand new Family Trails in Albert Park featuring magical characters - scan the QR code on the signs to join in.

10. A brand new book from Middlesbrough Mela, the children's story Henna, is launching at the Dorman Museum on October 24, from 11am to 3pm. Enjoy family activities, drop in dance sessions with Urban Kaos and craft activities with Adele Catchpole.