FAMILIES are being invited explore a popular nature reserve this Halloween.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust wants parents and children to discover their is more than just spooky pumpkins and scary skeletons at this time of the year.

The conservation charity is running a half-term event at Piper’s Wood nature reserve, near Hanbury, on Wednesday,October 31. The afternoon’s activities, which run from 2 - 4pm, will give families the chance to learn more about plants and find out how to make a witch’s brew.

Debs Richardson Bull, education officer for the trust, said: “It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to ghosts and goblins. But it’s also a great time of year to get out and explore our woods and green spaces.

“Piper’s Hill is full of old, gnarled veteran trees that are home to all sorts of fungus and insects. Anyone who comes along will be able to find out more about how the wood changes in autumn, the decomposing job that fungi does in woodlands as well as some folklore.”

The group will make witch and wizards hats before setting off on their journey around the wood to take part in a fungal foray and will collect natural materials to make a magic potion.

She added: “Our activities are fun as well as educational – we hope that by joining in, families then find it easier to explore their own gardens or local parks when they get back home.”

Booking is essential on 01905 754919 and costs just £3 per child, payable on the day. The activities are designed for five to 12 year olds.