A HOST of family events are scheduled to take place across the Bradford district, with October half-term and Halloween approaching.

Bradford Industrial Museum will hold its annual 'Ghost in the Machines' event from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November, which features a Halloween trail where families search for ghosts and ghouls in the museum's darkest corners.

On Wednesday 30 October the museum is also hosting a Halloween drop-in session where people can make their own spooky puppets.

Bolling Hall Museum will run its popular 'Dark Gatherings' event on Halloween night between 5.30pm and 10pm – visitors can explore the museum amongst ghouls and goblins and enjoy spooky rides provided by Waddington's Family Funfairs.

The event is ticketed with time slots and entry is £2.50 – tickets can be bought from Bolling Hall Museum and Bradford Industrial Museum, or by telephone on 01274 435858, with tickets posted out for an extra 50p.

Bolling Hall will also host crafting activities on Friday 1 November, where people can make Halloween puppets.

Similar craft activities are on at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, on Thursday 31 October, where local artist Musarat Raza will be making Halloween hats and masks.

The event is part of Bradford's Young Open 2019, an initiative celebrating young artists in the region and is also part of the national Big Draw Festival, which focuses on the role creativity plays in health and well-being.

The annual Lister's Lantern Parade at Lister Park – part of the national Museums at Night initiative – is on Friday 1 November, with entertainment beginning at 5.30pm ahead of a 6.30pm start for the parade.

Cecil Green Arts will host four final lantern making sessions, on Friday 1 November at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery at 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm, where people can create their own lanterns for the event.

The gallery's newly opened Refreshment Rooms will also be offering food and drink.

Keighley's Cliffe Castle Museum is also holding a fancy dress 'Star Party' with an 'out of this world' theme, from 11am to 3pm on Thursday 31 October, featuring space themed craft activities.

From 6.30pm in the Cliffe Castle Pavilion Café there will also be star gazing with telescopes and experts on hand to tell people what they can see. Brian Jones from Bradford Astronomical Society will talk from 7pm to 8pm, while Peter Collins will talk on astrophotography from 8pm to 9pm.

Addingham Scout Group has again organised the Ilkley Scare Trails at Middleton Wood in Ilkely, raising money for LS29 Special Needs Group, ASE Kandersteg and Addingham Scouts. The 'pumpkin trail', is on Saturday 26 October from 12pm to 4pm and on Sunday 27 October from 10am to 2pm, aimed at children under 11 years old. A 'frightmare trail' on the Saturday from 6.30pm, with the last entrance at 9.30pm, complete with live actors and special sound effects, is open for those aged 13 and above.

Kirkgate Market will have face painting on Thursday 31 October from 11am to 3pm, while Keighley Market also host face painting on 26 October between 10am and 3pm, as well as a craft workshop hosted by Keighley Creative Space in the Market Hall, between 12pm and 3pm.