Vampires, witches, ghosts and ghouls will be making sure it’s a fright to remember at the Royal Armouries this Halloween.
Yesterday (Oct 22) the museum launched their terrifying programme of events to celebrate the scariest night of the year.
Taking centre stage at the popular attraction will be the newly-aquired vampire killing kit, which will be shown off for the first time.
The set includes four wooden stakes, a mallet, a gun, rosary beads, a prayer book and bottles containing garlic, holy water and sacred earth, with some of the items thought to be more than a century old.
A special How to Kill a Vampire talk from Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson on October 30, from 6.30pm to 8pm will delve into the murky history of the blood-sucking undead and the real stories behind them.
Then on Halloween night itself, the museum will be hosting a family party from 6pm to 9.30pm which will include the chance to dress up as your favourite scary character.
After dark the museum will be brought to life, with ghost stories and a spooky trail. Other activities include children’s entertainment, a fancy dress contest, fortune telling, trick-or-treating, a disco and games for prizes.
Once Halloween is over, half term activities will continue with horse shows from November 2-3 that will see daredevil stunt riders from Atkinson’s Action Horses take part in a spectacular display.
Museum director Peter Armstrong said, “We’ve got something for everything this half-term – ranging from a fascinating talk focusing on the museum’s newly-acquired vampire slaying kit, to what’s set to be the biggest Halloween Party in Yorkshire.
“Museum admission is absolutely free and gives the whole family a chance to see a unique part of their country’s heritage.”
Admission to the museum is free but charges apply for some special events. Special event tickets can be bought on arrival or on the Royal Armouries online shop www.royalarmouriesshop.org.
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