My View, Cheryl Sadler: Now we’re counting down to Halloween

Halloween pumpkin.
Halloween pumpkin.

The temperatures are slowly dropping and the nights are starting to draw in – that can only mean one thing – Halloween and half term are just around the corner.

It doesn’t seem two minutes since Doncaster was awash with homemade beaches, deckchairs and donkey rides and now we are heading towards the clocks turning back, winter coats and the first school holiday of the academic year.

For me, one of the great things about Doncaster, is the effort the businesses and organisations in the town go to in the school holidays.

All across the town there will be activities – lots of them free – to keep children and young people entertained.

At Lakeside Village we’re excited to be welcoming the Ghostbusters team to the centre on October 31 with an Ecto-1 car and everyone’s favourite ectoplasm ghost - the lovely green Slimer in tow.

There will be face painting, the chance for shoppers to have their photo taken with the famous Ghostbusters hotel corridor and a ghoul hunt between 11am and 4pm.

I know our friends at The Dome are putting on Scream week during half term with Dino Days, a reptile zoo and a day of the dead disco on the ice.

There will also be the chance for Ghostbusters fans to head over to the Dome after seeing the characters at Lakeside and watch the film from 4.30pm onwards.

Visitors to The Point will be able to have a go at a gamelan, which is an Indonesian percussion orchestra made up of gongs, drums, xylophones and metallophones. Children aged eight and over can join musician Gary Hammond and learn to play this extraordinary instrument.

And Rossington is hosting its first Halloween Handmade Parade on October 31, when Right Up Our Street bring the spooky spectacular to life. The community are busy making and painting spectacular puppets to be displayed as part of the parade.

It’s lovely to see a good mix of things for families to do together for half term.