Places to get costumes from
So, whether you are heading off into town to get drunk, going to a family party, or just taking your kids trick-or-treating, you’ll still have to go through the annual struggle of deciding what to dress up as. Lets not leave it to the last minute this year, so I’ve put together a short list of places you can get all the essentials from, whether it be full costumes, hairspray or that face paint that’s a nightmare to get off the next day, these have them all.
I’ll start with one of two city centre stores on my list, the first being Halloween HQ on Pinstone Street, right by the Peace Gardens. As you can tell from its name, its sole purpose is to help you with your Halloween needs. The other city centre store on the list is Party On, situated on Division Street. Don’t leave it until the last minute however, as it does get very busy near the end of the month! Any Sheffield students will already be aware of Party Town on Ecclesall Road. With Donald Trump masks in the shop window, surely that’s your Halloween costumer sorted? And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for then there’s still It’s Party Time Fancy Dress on London Road. Now your costumes are sorted, lets move onto what you can get up to.
What To Do (Families)
For many, Halloween falls in the school half-term this year, meaning that you can make the most of the whole day rather than just the evening. But why wait until Tuesday 31st. Why not make the most of this child orientated celebration and do things on the days leading up to the day too?
On Saturday 28th October, experience the Tropical Butterfly House best event of the year. Boasting a haunted house, a witch and her owl, a ghoulish tractor trailer ride, scary storytelling, a disco, Halloween crafts, face painting & pumpkin carving, as well as being given the chance to handle creepy-crawlies, snakes and lizards, this event is up there with the best Halloween events in Yorkshire. Your kids would not want to miss this. There’s even a fancy-dress competition, so if that doesn’t convince you to not leave it until last-minute then I don’t know what will!
It is a ticketed even, so make sure you buy your tickets as soon as you can. But if you can’t make this date, then don’t worry. The event runs each night from Saturday 28th October to Tuesday 31st October
On Sunday 29th October The Moor Sheffield will be hosting The Moors Little Monsters Halloween. This free event will run from 11.00am until 5.00pm and offers activities varying from dancing, music and funfair rides to a caged Mummy and a giant Frankenstein. As you’ll be in the city centre for it, it’s also a perfect time to get your inevitable last-minute costume additions.
The big days finally arrived. Your children are super excited to get sweets and get all dressed up, but you’re worried if you bought enough sweets this year to hand out? Well before you take them around the neighbourhood, head to the Halloween Spooktacular at Whirlow Hall Farm from 2.00pm until 5.00pm for an afternoon packed full of Halloween events. And you won’t have to worry about making them tea before they stuff their faces with sweets, because the famous Whirlow BBQ will be making sausages as well as other snacks and drinks. Tickets do sell out early though, so make sure you book them in advance!
What To Do (Young Adults)
I’m a young adult myself, so I know that its not just children that look forward to Halloween. Yes, we don’t like it for the same reasons that they like it, but it is up there with one of our favourite nights of the year. Just like I did with the family Halloween ideas, I’m not going to focus on just the one date. There’s plenty of places to go leading up to that date too (it helps that Sheffield is a massive student city).
A major event on the Halloween calendar is FF17 (fearfest 17), on Saturday 28th October at Magna Science Adventure Centre. It is Yorkshire’s biggest Halloween dance music festival, and will be celebrating its 5th and biggest year to date, with DJ EZ and Giggs being just two of the major names in music gracing one of 4 stages at the event. Tickets have almost sold out however, meaning you’ll have to be quick to by the remaining ones, but if you miss out then don’t worry as there’s still so many other places to celebrate Halloween
Monday 30th October, the day before Halloween. Do you go out, or do you save your costumes and money for the next day, the big one? Well if you do want to go out and celebrate then The Leadmill are having a Halloween Overdraft Monday and Hashtag Halloween will be taking place at Corporation, meaning you won’t exactly be struggling for choices. But say you don’t want to go out, why not do something most of you probably haven’t done before? Spend the evening laughing and having a great time with your mates at one of many escape games in Sheffield. There’s the Great Escape Game Generation 1, 3-7 Sidney Street, S1 4RG, there’s the Great Escape Game Generation 2, Vicar Lane, S1 2EX, and there’s even Crack the Code, 10 Carver Street, S1 4FS. TripAdvisor have ranked the escape games as 1st and 3rd best things to do in the fun and games category in Sheffield, meaning there’s no excuse for being bored.
Halloween 2017. Where are you going to spend your night? The day only comes around once a year so you don’t want to make the wrong choice, right? If you’re after a crazy night then Area Sheffield are hosting The Nightmare Project. Fright and delight yourself with our crowd of misfits and monsters ready to get down for the biggest and spookiest night of the year. This event will bring your darker fantasies to life just for one insane night, allowing you to dance the night away in an immersive vision of gore. Halloween decorations, litres of fake blood, inflatables, and terrifying and talented Halloween performers who will show you what this time of year is all about. It will be sound tracked by a top team of resident DJs, keeping your dancefloor popping all night long for everyone’s favourite freaky holiday.
If you are not wanting a night as full on as the one described above, then The Leadmill are putting on a Halloween Silent Disco. And you can’t say that you don’t like the music at this venue, because with three channels of music to choose from there’s something for everyone! Who doesn’t like telling their mates to change to channel one because a banger has just come on
What To Do (Something for everyone)
It may surprise you, but I’m aware that alcohol isn’t for everyone. So, whether you’re a student, a child or a professional, this event can be for everyone. On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October, Sheffield General Cemetery will play host to the Haunted Screenings for Halloween. This perfectly eerie location adds atmosphere that can’t be mimicked anywhere else. There will be two films showing on each of these dates, The Saturday will feature Ghostbusters and The Others, with the Sunday offering The Addams Family and The Sixth Sense. Head down and buy your tickets on the door, and enjoy these films in a way you won’t have experienced before.
I hope this goes to show that there is plenty to do in Sheffield whatever your age or profession, and that it’s not just a celebration for children, it can be celebrated in many ways by many people. Tweet us @CityCrashPad and let us know what you think of the blog, and make any recommendations on what you’d like to read more about in future blogs.