The October half term ‘break’ has either started or is about to start depending on where you live in the country. So in all honesty it’s Full Scream Ahead for a Halloween of Scares and fun for all the family. Once again this entertainment guide is bought to you in partnership with the help of those were-boys and ghouls over at Marks & Spencer.

First up this Halloween you can join a range of spook-tacular events across incredible Merlin attractions literally up and down the country:
From The Dungeon experience in Edinburgh, York and London, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Centres everywhere from Loch Ness, Bray in County Wicklow, Manchester, Blackpool, Brighton and Weymouth, Coca-Cola London Eye, Legoland and scare yourself Shrek-less at Shrek’s Adventure!

Now if you are planning a trip to the Capital over half term, The Stylish Dad in conjunction with Clothes-Make-the-Man.com recommends the The Big London Ticket. To ensure that guests get the best savings whilst experiencing all of Merlin’s famous London attractions this Halloween, The London Big Ticket allows guests to visit a combination of all of London’s best attraction starting from two attractions for £40. With each attraction providing a unique Halloween experience, the London Big Ticket is the perfect answer for those looking for a fun, family day out during the Halt term holidays.
Hywel Mathias, Divisional Director for the Merlin Entertainments London attractions says: “We have a truly spook-tacular, yet magical offering across all of our London attractions this Halloween and there really is something for all the family. This October they can enjoy all of Merlin’s wonderful Halloween events on offer for a great price.”

Now if don’t fang-cy that how about a touch of magic ? The British Library is hosting an excting new exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, exploring the different subjects studied at Hogwarts; from potions to herbology, as well as detailing the history of magic, itself. (From Friday 20th October – Wednesday 28th February 2018.)

Or how about spending the night at the Museum of London? Trick-or-treat your way around the galleries by torchlight, solve a spooky crime, listen to terrifying tales from 19th century London and then, if you can, bed down in the museum galleries.

Now don’t worry all the fun of the break isn’t just restricted to London. After the success of Halloween in the City, Manchester is not only out to top itself on last year’s proceeding, but will be transforming itself to rival Transylvania !!!!!

A trick or treat trail, momentous monster, haunted maze. Pumpkin patches, family films, spooky stage acts and a goth catwalk show. You’ll be able to follow the Day of the Dead-style parade and take part in The Big Dress Up – strut your gory stuff to win scarily good prizes, are just a few of the merriment of offer.

What about an activity open to you wherever you live and much closer to everyone’s home is a good fun session of Trick or Treat. Now while some of us like to go for it when it comes to dressing for the occasion and favour the notion of more is more, like being mistaken for an extra in the Walking Dead. Others are a little more reserved, nonetheless still wanting to partake in the delights of All Hallows’ Eve. No matter if your a Dad, Grandad, Uncle or nephew, we have costume suggestions for any demon-graphic. For the youngest members of the family, make baby’s first Halloween one to remember;

Or Dad you don’t have to go hell for leather at this time of year and like Christmas Jumpers, maybe you’ll want to wear a piece of clothing more than 1 day a year, this t-shirt is perfect for wearability post 31st October. There are some great examples of knitwear out there aswell, just in case it takes a turn for the worst.

Now teenagers are notoriously hard to please and can be difficult to coerce into participating in the festivities, particularly if we are seen to be enjoying ourselves, so outfits like this skeleton onesies from Marks & Spencer are an ideal compromise.

Errrr we can’t forget the most important people to complete the halloween party are the younger members of the family who undoubtedly will be leading the proceeding with gusto and wanting to look the part whether that be a pumkin, werewolf, mummy or zombie.

One thing we must not forget is the accessories, those little finishing touches which make all the difference, one being the ubiquitous Trick or Treat bag to collect all those essential goodies which will keep those lil delights awake all night long with sugar rushes which will no doubt come to a unhappy end, but don’t forget you need to return the favour to those all fiendly friends and relatives to stock up those cupboards with some of the below delights.

WORDS BY GRACE DOWNS

UK women’s online retailer Missguided has officially launched its menswear brand Mennance. Combining smart and casual quality products, the brand states that it’s confidently creating what the consumer needs with standout styles and trends. Mennace was initially launched through ASOS by its creator Nitin Passi last year, but now it has expanded to its own and store in Boxpark in Shoreditch.

The brand was “born out of an appreciation for desirable fashion at an affordable price” inspired by youth culture, Mennace takes a direct, no-nonsense, approach to mens’ fashion, from fit to finish. The idea is to create both a stylish and practical range of quality menswear. The Mennace launch campaign showcases and supports emerging talent in different creative backgrounds such as music and art. With lead designers Penelope Armstrong and Romy Townend stating that ‘We’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring that our fabrics are of the highest quality.’ The heavyweight fabric helps to ensure that the styles fit in a relaxed way. with confidence and style in mind. Mennace is a lifestyle, not just clothing.’

Want to try before you buy? head up to their pop-up store within Boxpark Shoreditch. The store has all of it’s Autumn/Winter collection which is perfectly on trend, with a strong selection of baggy tee’s, sleek joggers, classic denim and striking coats and jackets. Whether you’re going for a different look or an understated confidence, there is something in store for you.

The pop-up store is the perfect opportunity to head over and check out the weekly drops.

When two great entities come together to work in partnership, you can only expect good things to come from such an arrangement. I mean look at a Fish & Chips, Laurel & Hardy, Batman & Robin, Salt & Pepper, Cannon & Ball. OK nearly always. But nonetheless when The Idle man announced it was creating a dedicated grooming section in partnership with Beast, I mean come on.

Independent male grooming retailer Beast, who recently debuts its first UK store in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, who stock a range of high quality male beauty products including Murdock London, Caudalie, Kiehls, Malin & Goetz and fragrances. The fresh and clean store design reflects the emporium of products on offer and the basis for the brands new e- commerce operations.

Whereas The Idle Man goes from strength to strength, in the past 3 months alone the brand has grown to 2.5m monthly users and launched a U.S. specific website. Not back for a etailer who started out less than five years ago, “because we wanted to show you that being stylish shouldn’t be difficult.”

With half term literally round the corner, it’s not too late to plan a little getaway and what could be better than a city break, maybe not the first idea that comes into your head when thinking about a holiday for the family and keeping all those ages, genders and personalities Happy but we think weekengo might have the answers to your worries.

Online weekend getaway portal and app, have released a study revealing the top 100 best cities to spend the weekend, with London, UK taking the top overall top spot. The results give an overall score for each city, but also indicate which destinations are best for three different types of travellers; millennials, families and baby boomers. As a company who’s business is weekend breaks and who lives and breathes weekend travel breaks, weekenGO undertook the study to define what exactly makes a city great for a short visit, and to help travellers of different age groups and dynamics to choose a destination which best caters to their interests.

To determine the categories for the study, weekenGO first considered what factors affect a weekend trip. Several criteria are important to travellers no matter their age or affluence, for example how easy a city is to navigate, the ease of finding accommodation and the number of green spaces. To highlight which cities are best for different demographics, including, families, the number of social locations such as restaurants, bars and clubs, maybe not so relevant for families but, were included, as well as cultural activities such as museums, art galleries and theatres. In addition, safety and tolerance were factored into the research, looking specifically at data on women’s rights and safety, LGBT friendliness and the perception of security. The study began with the top 1,000 cities determined by the number of visitors based on the UN-WTO. The researchers then analysed all of these factors to create a ranking of the top 100 best cities to visit for the weekend.

To create the individual scores for families a, weekenGO looked at traveller’s interests on a macro level to determine the best overall representative score. Each category is scored, with a high score indicating high desirability for this factor and a low score indicating a low level of attractiveness for tourists.

Given the fact that we looked at over 1,000 cities worldwide, every destination that made it to this top 100 ranking ought to be on your weekend getaway bucket list.” commented Tobias Boese, co-founder and managing director of weekenGO. “Cities at the top of the ranking such as London, Paris and New York are iconic for a reason, but those cities at the bottom of the ranking such as Casablanca and Belgrade still have a great deal to offer for an unforgettable weekend trip.”

TOP TEN CITY BREAKS FOR FAMILIES

Switzerland isn’t the first country that’s comes to mind when you think of sophisticated, sexy loungewear, yes watches, loungewear, not so much, but Zimmerli of Switzerland want to change your mind. For this seasonal collections “Crossroad Stories” for gentlemen and “Shades of Opulence”for ladies, are inspired by the big metropolises, the collections convey a sense of urban life and infinite diversity. Playful patterns encounter perfect lines, dramatic colours contrast sensual pastel shades and cuddly materials complement the finest fabrics for wintery comfort.

Since 1871, this traditional company has been committed to producing underwear that meets the highest expectations of the most discerning clientele. Handmade in Switzerland, the quality of these undergarments remains unsurpassed worldwide. Privileged wearers see and feel this quality immediately. The finest materials, precise fit, supreme comfort – the most pleasant touch tells the connoisseur that this can only be one brand.

The unique, sophisticated and time-consuming knitting process that Zimmerli’s implement is a worldwide exclusive that dates back to the 1930s – which creates the legendary soft touch and extreme elasticity without the addition of synthetic fibres. The subtle cutting technique characterises the luxurious comfort and makes every Richelieu item a unique article, handmade in Switzerland.

Daywear items are available in comfortable cotton- and Modal-blend fabric and in the exquisite Sea Island cotton. The geometry of the metropolises appears on the woven and jersey pyjamas from “Linear Compositions”, while the nightwear of “Perfect Symmetry” shows a quieter design language. The revised loungewear models are striking. Modern, sporty cuts are complemented with sophisticated woven-jersey combinations or labels with quilting seams – unique features that make the wearer an ambassador of true values.