Keeping the kids happy in the run-up to Hallowe’en this year is just a walk in the park.
The leaves are falling, the spooky season is almost upon us, and one of Merseyside’s most successful family charity events is set to return. Thousands of kids – and mums and dads, aunties and uncles – are set to join the fang-tastic fun of the annual Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation ‘Spooky Welly Walk’.
This year, the charity promises bigger, better and even more ghoulishly gigglesome events at both Sherdley Park as well as Liverpool’s Sefton Park
Already a fearsome favourite, the 2017 events will offer even more awesome attractions to your little monsters from terror-tots to trainee witches and warlocks, not to mention the rest of their fiendish families!
Among the ghastly-but-great goings-on, you can strike a pose in the pumpkin patch or Dr Frankenstein’s Laboratory, or race a ferret and meet some owls in the Animal Area, or take a spin on one of the rides in the mini-fairground.
Best (or worst?) of all, why not chance your arm to scoop a prize in the infamous Yucky Dip? Dare you delve into the guts of a goblin or poke about in a pack of sleeping werewolves?
When your legs get weary, settle down to enjoy a Hallowe’en tale or two at the Spooky Storytelling Space, have fun with the team from Water Babies, or get a little messy with the Mucky Monkeys.
If it should dare to rain – fear not! You can always have a bounce and a dance in the undercover Disco Dome or take a break in the bandstand for some creepy crafts.
As ever, it’s all in aid of a great cause. Jenny Snell, Head of Fundraising with Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “Each year we run the Walk, more and more families come along to join in the fun.
“No matter what the weather, they know we offer a wide range of activities to keep everyone amused. And of course, money raised will help our efforts to beat Britain’s biggest cancer killer, which we will only do by working together.”
The first 2017 Spooky Welly Walk takes place on Saturday 21st October at Sefton Park in Liverpool, with the second on Saturday 28th October at Sherdley Park, St Helens.
Both events open at 11am and close at 5pm. Walkers can start whenever they like between those times, but should allow themselves at least two hours to complete all the activities and the course. Every child taking part will receive a Spooky Welly Walk medal at the finish from the charity’s mascot, Samantha the Panther.
Entry is £4 for adults and children if booked in advance, or £5 on the day. Children under two always enter for free.
Jenny adds: “We would love to hear from brave souls keen to help out. We’re always looking for people to volunteer as helpers – our ghastly gang have plenty of suitably scary jobs to share out! Just visit our website or give us a call.”
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