WITH the October half term upon us, most parents are probably wondering how they are going to keep the children entertained.

To help you out, we've listed five activities going on in and around Reading this October half-term.

The half-term begins on Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30.

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Hallo’welly’ween at Wellington Country Park

Wellington Country Park is really hopeful that they will be able to go ahead with the event as planned, in a Covid-19 secure way.

There are spooky crafts, treasure hunts, a Haunted Halloween Train Ride, a mini pumpkin patch and 20 minute shows in the big tent.

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You can only visit if you pre-booking as no walk in's will be accepted due to coronavirus restrictions.

Due to limited capacity, tickets are not able to be cancelled, refunded or moved once booked.

Visit: https://wellingtoncountrypark.co.uk/park_events/ for more information.

Pangbourne Scarecrow Trail

A Covid safe alternative to trick or treating, scarecrow trails are a great way to get outdoors this October half term and have fun.

The Pangbourne scarecrow trail will run from 26th to 31st October. 

Trail maps are only £2 and can be purchased from the Rhubarb Tree, Little Labels or Garlands. 

Don’t forget to bring exact change.

Run for Halloween

Run for Halloween is a celebration of fitness, fun, fancy dress and wellbeing!

Run, jog or walk the 2.5km or 5km route starting at Liebenrood Road in Reading, (all levels, ages and speeds are welcome).

When you cross the finish line, you’ll receive a Run for Halloween finisher’s medal and a well-deserved bag of treats!

Fancy dress is a must and there will be spot prizes for the best costume.

The run is on Sunday, November 1.

Visit: https://www.racespace.com/gb/cactus-events/run-for-halloween-2 to book your tickets

Batty Bats craft pack

Get creative at home by popping into West Berkshire Museum to purchase your Batty Bats craft pack.

The craft pack costs £2 and includes printed instructions on how to make a 3D bat hanging decoration, as well as most of the materials you will need to make it (except for a pair of scissors, a paintbrush, a glue stick, sticky tape and a stapler).

In the pack, there is a tiny pot of glow-in-the-dark paint to decorate your bat. As well as this, you will also receive two 2D bats to stick on a window, door or wall at home, and a Halloween stamp (assorted designs). Packs are limited so when they are gone then they’re gone!

Craft packs will be available from Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st October, 10am-4pm (while stocks last).

The Great Virtual Bake Off - Halloween Edition

You've got a couple of days left to send in your crafty spooky bakes for the virtual bake off event in Berkshire.

This year National Animal Welfare Trust Berkshire are hosting The Great Virtual Bake Off.

From October 8 you will be able to send in pictures of your chosen bake to be judged and in for the chance of winning a fantastic selection of prizes!
The categories are Best Round Cake, Best Six Small Bakes, Best Junior Bake (15 and under).

Each entrant will be asked to take three pictures of their bake and send them in.Entry to this competition is £3 for our junior category and £5 for our other categories.

Call 01488 638584 to register.