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Halloween at museums

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Halloween has never been so arty thanks to a series of workshops and themed fun days at the Red House Glass Cone and Dudley Museum this October half term.

Things kick off with a two hour Halloween themed jewellery workshop at the Red House Glass Cone on 29 October which runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm and is suitable for ages 11+. Adults also welcome to take part. People can make a skeleton necklace Sessions cost £10 per person and must be booked in advance.

The cone is hosting another crafts session on 30 October, this time suitable for ages 5+. In the Day of the Dead Glass Fusion sessions which run at 10.30, 11.30, 1 and 2pm, children can make fused glass skulls. Sessions cost £5 and must be booked in advance.

Trick and Treat around the site on 31 October from 10.30am to 5pm, where children can visit the site in their fancy dress, create a goody bag and then go trick and treating around the site – a fun and safe event for all.

Also on 31 October is the ever-popular Teenage Market, which gives young people the opportunity to dip their toe into the world of commerce and sell items they’ve made or traded on their own stall. This runs 10.30 – 5 and admission is free.

There’s another chance to have a go at making something spooky with a Monsters Glass Fusion session on Monday 29 October. Sessions run at 10.30, 11.30, 1 and 2pm and children can make cast their creations in a range of coloured glass. Sessions cost £5 and must be booked in advance.

Finally, on Friday 2 November the cone will be hosting its very own Day of the Dead from 10am – 3pm. Crafts, trail and glass blowing demonstrations. Admission is free but there’s a £3 charge for craft activities.

Over at Dudley Museum at The Archives, there’s a Monster Mash day on
30 October from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Fun crafts and activities with a spooky theme. Admission is free but there’s a £3 charge for craft activities.

Councillor Keiran Casey, cabinet member responsible for tourism, said:

There’s lots to do for children and families at our museums this half-term, with drop-in crafts, fused glass sessions and themed fun days. The Day of the Dead activities in particular will give children the chance to enjoy getting creative in a riot of colours in a range of materials, in homage to this colourful Mexican day of remembrance and celebration.
And for those people gearing up for Christmas, the Teenage Market provides the perfect opportunity to shop for unusual and personal gifts that you may not be able to find on the high street.”

Red House Glass Cone is based at High Street, Wordsley, DY8 4AZ. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm and admission is free (fees may apply for some activities). To book a session, call 01384 815571. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on site.

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