As the nights are well and truly drawing in families are looking forward to some fun this Halloween weekend.
With so many ways to celebrate Halloween, there are lots of events going on in and around Staffordshire for families to get out there and celebrate the holiday.
So we have compiled some of the best events that are going on this week for Halloween.
Go trick or treating responsibly
One of the most traditional activities to do for Halloween is to go trick or treating.
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However, police are reminding families to trick or treat responsibly and to only visit houses that have Halloween decorations up.
A spokesperson from Staffordshire police said: "If you’re going trick or treating, make sure you go with an adult and your parent or carer knows where you’re going and when to expect you back.
"Don’t knock if there’s a sign saying ‘No trick or treat here.’ Be careful not to frighten elderly or vulnerable people. Don’t go trick or treating alone - stay with your group.
"Only visit areas where there are streetlights. Don’t throw eggs and flour and be careful crossing roads in the dark."
Watch a scary film
A part of East Staffordshire Borough Council's Stay Local campaign, the cult horror classic The Exorcist will be shown at the Market Hall in Burton town centre.
Widely regarded as one of the scariest films of all time, the 1973 tale of demonic possession is a staple of the horror genre.
For younger fright fans, the Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands) directed animated film Frankenweenie will be shown at separate times on Halloween on Sunday, October 31.
Frankenweenie will be screened at 6pm, and The Exorcist at 9pm, with pre-booking essential.
Meanwhile, in the cinemas, horror fans can enjoy the new Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) horror film, Last Night in Soho or the latest in the Halloween series, Halloween Kills.
Go pumpkin picking
Carving a jack o' lantern is a yearly tradition in time for on October 31 with many farms in Staffordshire growing their own pumpkins ready for Halloween.
Pumpkin picking has caught on in popularity, with many farms hosting events, with guests able to can walk on down to the patch with a wheelbarrow and pick their own one to either take home or, in some places, carve it at the farm.
You can read our list of places offering pumpkin picking here.
Take part in some arts and crafts in Swadlincote
Halloween-themed family craft workshops will be running at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum in Swadlincote until Sunday, October 31.
Families will have a chance to make their own proton pack, slimer mask and slime, potent potions, as well as paint a pumpkin and investigate a haunting at the old Sharpe’s Pottery.
Those who make it back from the pottery alive can enjoy trick 'n’ treat bags and a liquified ghost slushie.
Get spooked in a scare maze
For those wanting a more intense scare experience, look no further than wandering through a scare maze.
The annual Scarefest at Alton Towers is taking place, with not just some of the most iconic rollercoasters in the world such as Nemesis and Oblivion will be opening in the dark but also four terrifying scare mazes. Pre-booking is essential.
Meanwhile in Tatenhill, Screamfest Resurrected is back after last year's event was cancelled due to lockdown restrictions. The event features more 100 live actors spread across the five Halloween-themed attractions, including two brand new indoor mazes set to frighten thrill-seekers. You can read our full review of the event here.