Halloween horrors at the Westgate Museum

Press Release: 25/10/2013

Spooky hands in the fireplace

Visitors are invited to experience the spine-chilling, nerve-jangling atmosphere of the Westgate Museum at the spookiest time of the year.

From Saturday 26 October to Thursday 31 October the creepy Westgate will be decorated for Halloween, and young visitors will be challenged to stay long enough to complete the Halloween Horrors Spotter Quiz. Can you find the scary rats hidden around the Westgate chamber before they find you?

On Halloween itself, Thursday 31 October, from 1pm until 5pm, children and their parents are invited to drop in to the Westgate’s ancient upper chamber and make their very own red-eyed scuttling rats to take away.

Robin Iles, Winchester City Council’s Museums Education Officer said:

The Westgate Museum is an ideal setting for Halloween events. From the sounds of footsteps on the stone staircases to the creaking of the old wooden doors, it is full of shadows and gruesome artefacts such as gibbeting irons and prisoners’ leg-irons.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council whose portfolio includes museums, tourism and the arts, said:

As it is Halloween, the Westgate will be open to the public from Monday to Thursday during half-term week. The Halloween Horrors theme is sure to appeal to local families looking for something free and fun to do together in a spooky setting.

Halloween Horrors at the Westgate is on Saturday 26 October 10am - 5pm, Sunday 27 October noon – 5pm, Monday 28 October to Thursday 31 October, 10am-5pm. The Halloween make-and-take on Thursday 31 October is from 1pm – 5pm.

Admission and activities are free but children must be accompanied by an adult for the make-and-take.

For more details call the City Museum on 01962 863 064, email museums@winchester.gov.uk or visit the website www.winchester.gov.uk/museums