Sandwell Museums' Halloween events return online during half term

Staff and volunteers at Sandwell Museums and Art Services are getting ready for their Halloween half-term antics.

Jane Hanney-Martin, museum services manager, get ready for Halloween antics online at the Sandwell Museums
Jane Hanney-Martin, museum services manager, get ready for Halloween antics online at the Sandwell Museums

But this year, due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic, their events will take place online and through their social media accounts.

Jane Hanney-Martin, museum services manager, said: "It is usually one of our busiest times of year and we have been working hard to make it as special as ever.

"People can head over to our social media sites and discover half term fun for families such as our creepy crafts on October 27 and 29 to try at home, and our monstrous musical fun to join in with each morning at 10am."

Arts officer, Alex Howell, said: "We have also been preparing some great spooky videos. We all learnt new skills during lockdown to help us engage with our visitors while we weren’t open to the public.

"So on October 24 and 25, people can enjoy our Curious Curiosities videos, to run alongside our fairground and circus exhibition which we will now open next year. In these we explore the stories of some of the human curiosities found in the circus of the Victorian age."

While between October 26 and November 1, people can enjoy spooky stories from Oak House with Mistress Bess, one of the servants of the Turton family, who has some terrible tales to tell about the haunted wardrobe and the day the plague doctor came.

And for Halloween itself, October 31, the events will be all about witches. People can meet the witchfinder and discover the tale of the wise woman.

For more information about the events, visit www.discoversandwell.co.uk/whatson or search for 'Sandwell Museums' on Facebook.

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