Halloween on the canal: spooky 2021 events for boaters

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Find out which spooky events you can enjoy on the canals in 2021 - Credit: Rasa Petreikiene/Getty

Spooky Halloween-themed cruises, crafts, activities and more for adults and kids, all with a canal theme to help you celebrate Halloween 2021 on the waterways 

Halloween canal cruise and crafts, West Midlands 
What:
These family-friendly Halloween-themed boat trips with Dudley Canal Trust take you on a spooky ride through the tunnels. There will also be Halloween themed crafts including pumpkin painting and autumn leaf bunting. This event is designed for kids!  
When: 24-26 October 2021 
Where: Dudley Canal and River Trust, West Midlands 
Cost: £3 per child (adults and under 1s go free) 
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Adult ghost walk with Flecky Bennett, Manchester 
What: Strictly adults only ghostly tour with Flecky Bennett – Manchester's ghost walker extraordinaire! The walk takes you around the City Centre areas of Campfield, Castlefield and along the canal, with its haunted past and present. You will listen to stories about the first cases of Cholera, the ghost of the headless knight, the ill-fated launch of the ship "The Emma", and the shocking stories of its many victims, including the ghost of the little girl who roams the canal... plus many more! 
When: 31 October 2021 
Where: Lock 91, 9 Century Street, Manchester 
Cost: £15.68 
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Halloween-themed cruises with Georgies Canal Cruises, Staffordshire 
What:
Spooky Halloween-themed cruises along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. The children’s cruise features spooky treats with afternoon tea, and children can build their very own Halloween bear and complete the Halloween activity pack. There is also an adults’ Halloween-themed afternoon tea cruise (with fully stocked bar!) and a Halloween special fish and chop cruise which includes a spooky-themed dessert.  
Where: Park Gate Lock, Teddesley Road, Staffordshire. 
When: Kids afternoon tea cruise, October 28 and 29 2021 at 2.30pm; Fish and chip cruise, October 30 2021 at 6pm; Adult’s afternoon tea cruise, October 31 2021 at 2.30pm 
Cost: Kids afternoon tea cruise, Adults £20.00 and Children £22.00; Fish and chip cruise, £26.00 per person; Adult’s afternoon tea cruise, £27.50 per person 
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Halloween paddle boarding, Northampton 
What: If you enjoy paddle boarding from your canal, this one is for you! A fancy dress, Halloween-themed mass paddle board event on the Northampton Canal. Board lights are essential. No one on the water without LEASH or PFD, and everyone responsible for themselves. Online booking essential. 
Where: The Canal, Bugbrooke, Northampton 
When: 31 October 2021 at 7pm 
Cost: Free 
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Pick your own pumpkin at Canalside Farm, Staffordshire 
What:
Pick your own pumpkins at the beautiful Canalside Farm, which sits alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal at Great Haywood. There are two options – daytime or late night. New for this year will be a UV Maze, Farmer Chris's Spooky Tractor and a Halloween face painter! Your ticket will gain you entry into the Pumpkin Patch, plus all of the attractions on the day. Pumpkins are charged by weight at the end (additional charge for face painting). For late night picking, bring wellies and a torch. 
Where: Canalside Farm, Mill Lane, Great Haywood, Staffordshire 
When: Day time, October 9 until October 30 2021; Late night, October 15 and 22 2021 
Cost: Pumpkins charged by weight 
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Bat spotting walks and fun activities for kids, Chichester 
What: If you’re brave enough to venture along the towpath after dark, there are lots of bats to be seen! For the children, the wonderful volunteers are putting on some fun activities for kids in the Heritage Centre at the Canal Basin.  
Where: Chichester Canal Heritage Centre at the Canal Basin 
When: Kids activities on October 27 2021 between 10am and 3pm 
Cost: Free 
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Halloween boat trip, West Sussex 
What:
A 50-minute Halloween boat trip from Loxwood to Devil's Hole Lock on the Wey and Arun Canal, with canal centre and boat decorated for Halloween. Includes refreshments and a chocolate treat! 
When: October 30 2021, 12pm 
Where: Canal Centre Loxwood, The wharf behind the Onslow Arms Public House, Loxwood 
Cost: Adults, £9; Children, £4.50  
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Fradley Pool Nature Reserve spooky trail walks, Staffordshire 
What
: A frightful but delightful 20-25 minute adventure trail walk around Fradley Pool nature trail, close to Trent & Mersey Canal. Brave children and their families can creep along the trail and use clues to work out the secret scrambled word. Trail sheets with the clues will be available during the day from the volunteers at the Canal & River Trust Welcome Station. Don’t forget to bring your own pen, and don your best Halloween costumes for fun. Organised by waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust. 
When: October 25-31 2021 
Where: Fradley Welcome Station, Alrewas, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire  
Cost: Free. Just turn up! (Pay and display car park) 
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