A LOOK at prehistoric Bradford and a spooky day of activities at the district’s most haunted building are among the events planned in local museums for the half term break.

Cliffe Castle in Keighley will celebrate Apple Day on Saturday, when visitors can expect activities including fruit tastings, crafts and entertainment in honour of the seasonal fruit.

Cliffe Castle Museum will also host a group of palaeontologists on Tuesday, October 24 for Fossils in t’Hills – which will tell the story of Pholiderperton, the first creature to come out of the water, whose fossil was found in a colliery in Bradford and is on display at the museum. There’ll also be dinosaur activities for early years.

Theatre in a Box also comes to Cliffe Castle on Thursday October 26 with their production “The Banana Club and Me” – the story of environmentalist Jane Goodhall.

At Bolling Hall on Sunday October 22 there will be storytelling with the Bradford Stories Bus, bulb-planting with the volunteer gardeners, and a chance to decorate a pot in a spooky style to take home.

There’ll also be a Faries Wardrobe with face-paint for children to dress up and transform themselves into little witches and warlocks. Magical book characters will also be visiting too and a Garden Gazebo of magic.

Frances Tempest will also take people on a tour of the museum which was her home.

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Astronomical Activities will be at Bolling Hall on Thursday, October 26 where children and families can learn about historic Bradford astronomer Abraham Sharpe as well as modern-day astronomer Maggie Aderin Pocock as well as activities with poet Natalie Davies.

There will be astronomical fun in ‘baby space’ with planet and star toys and story-time.

Young children and families are invited to an Early Years Halloween Event on Sunday October 29 at Bolling Hall.

Children will be invited to dress up and join in with fun Halloween art and craft activities, biscuit decorating, spooky storytelling and a ghost trail. Renowned authors and illustrators Richard O’Neill and Michelle Russell will be at Cartwright Hall on Wednesday October 25 telling the story of Broad Ford to Bradford, with a drawing workshop for children aged 5-11 and storytelling and craft activities for early years children.

This year’s Big Draw at Cartwright Hall on Thursday October 26 invites people to draw with their senses as well as create a lantern with arts and crafts volunteers.

There’ll be lantern making workshops throughout the day on October 27 making lanterns ready for the annual Lister’s Lantern Parade later in the evening (5pm – 9pm).