Bolton Library and Museum Services

October Half Term events

Come along for lots of family friendly fun at our venues across Bolton Library and Museum Services' venues during the half term from Saturday 19 October to Saturday 26 October.

Events are suitable for children aged 4 to 11. The activities are FREE and no need to book unless otherwise stated. For more information call 01204 332853 or email


Bolton Central Library and Museum


It’s going to be Spooktacular!

Come and find out about the strange and unusual history of our collections. Tours and activities throughout the week from 11am to 3pm. Spot one of our members of staff and you could be in for a ‘Trick or Treat’ and test your memory skills at our museum object table.


Saturday 19 October

We’re really excited to be taking part in the ‘Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt’ to celebrate the release of ‘Double Trouble at the Museum’. Join in the fun search-and-find trail for the whole family to enjoy around Bolton Museum. Dress up if you wish and there’ll be craft activities for you to get involved in.


Monday 21 October

Help us to create Halloween bunting to decorate the museum! Pick from a range of spooky objects to decorate.


Tuesday 22 October

Join us for pop up spooktacular stories throughout the day! Discover more about bats from our collection and make a bat of your own to hang in the museum.


Wednesday 23 October

Meet a character from Bolton’s History gallery! They will bring to life some of the exciting happenings from the town’s important industrial past.


Thursday 24 October

Make a mutant venomous creature ready for Halloween!


Friday 25 October

Scavenger hunt. Seek out the clues to get the chance to take part in a prize draw.


Community Libraries                                                                               

Family Cinema, Saturday 19 October, 2.15pm to 4pm, High Street Library

Come along to our free film screening of Disney Halloween favourite ‘Frankenweenie’. Please pick up a free ticket in advance from High Street Library as places are limited.


Spooky Bingo, Sunday 20 October, 2pm to 3pm, High Street Library

Join us for our popular family Bingo session with a spooky theme. Tick off all the scary book titles and characters to win.


Crafty time at Bromley Cross, Monday 21 October, 1pm to 5.30pm, Tuesday 22 October, 2pm to 7pm, Thursday 24 October, 9am to 7pm and Saturday 26 October, 9am to 12.30pm

There’ll be craft activities for you to help yourself and do. Just pop along during Bromley Cross Library’s opening hours and see what you can create.


Teenage Reading Club, Monday 21 October, 12.15pm to 1pm, High Street Library

A group for young people aged 11+ who enjoy reading or who want to get into books. This is a fun and friendly session where you can discuss books and get reading recommendations.


Monster clay modelling, Monday 21 October, 2pm to 3pm, High Street Library

Use your imagination to create your very own little monster from modelling clay.


Bat puppets, Tuesday 22 October, 12.30pm to 5.30pm, High Street Library

Make yourself a pair of bat puppets!  This is a drop-in session.


The Tiger who came to Tea, Tuesday 22 October, 2pm to 3pm and Saturday 26 October, 2pm to 3pm, Harwood Library

Join us to listen to ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’! Following the story time session there’ll be storytelling, a tiger themed craft, mini trail, word search and badge making.


Autumn crafts, Tuesday 22 October, 2pm to 3pm, Farnworth Library

Join us and get into the swing of Autumn with our seasonal crafts.


Discover Breightmet Library

Tuesday 22 October, 11am to 12.30pm and Thursday 24 October, 11am to 12.30pm

Come along this half-term to discover Breightmet Library and the world of books!

We will show you the kinds of books we have, and you will be able to choose your own to borrow. We will show you how to find and borrow books you will like, and you will be able to enjoy a craft and use the computers.

Membership is free, and there are no more fines for children.

For more information and to book your child a place, please contact Breightmet Library: 01204 332352 or email


Creepy Crafts, Thursday 24 October, 11am to 12pm, Blackrod Library

Pop along to Blackrod Library and make Pumpkin window decorations and Monster Mash masks.


Haunted House, Thursday 24 October, 2pm to 3pm, High Street Library and at Westhoughton Library

Join in the fun and visit High Street Library or Westhoughton Library to create a big Haunted House.


Halloween activity session, Friday 25 October, 2pm to 3pm, Westhoughton Library

Come along for a game of bingo and a hear a spooky tale. Why not come in fancy dress!


Halloween half term activity, Saturday 26 October, 10am to 2pm, Horwich Library

Join us at Horwich Library and make a spooky spider in time for Halloween! This is a drop-in session.


Halloween Crafts, Saturday 26 October, 2pm to 3pm, Farnworth Library

See what creepy crafts we have got in store for you to create!


Family Games, Saturday 26 October, 2.15pm to 3.15pm and 3.15pm to 4.15pm, High Street Library

From 2.15pm to 3.15pm join us for family games – some with a spooky Halloween theme. There will also be party games, some traditional board games and a quiz. Please book a free ticket in advance from High Street Library as places are limited.

You can also borrow some of the games from 3.15pm to 4.15pm and play them in the library.


Halloween mask making, Sunday 27 October, 2pm to 3pm, High Street Library

Pick from a range of Halloween masks to decorate and take home!