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Frights & Fun: 20 places to visit this half-term and Halloween

Lisa O'Keeffe

12 October 2017

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If you’re looking for frightfully good fun this half-term, then this is the list for you! From spooky surprises and haunted happenings, to plenty of tricks and treats, there’s plenty to keep your little monsters entertained.

So if you think you’re brave enough, let’s get planning your half-term fun…

  1. Li’l Monsters Breakfast at Hard Rock Café, Glasgow

    They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which we hear is especially true for li’l monsters this Halloween. For a fearsome feast, head to Hard Rock Café in Glasgow, where the popular Li’l Monsters Breakfast returns on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October from 9-11am. Serving up a buffet style hot and cold breakfast, with plenty of tea, coffee and fruit juices, kids will also love the dancing, games and competitions all themed with a special spooky twist. Booking is essential, but we’ve got your chance to win a table for five people, just head to our Facebook page to find out more!

    Visit the Li'l Monsters Halloween Breakfast at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow this October

  2. Groombridge Spooktacular, Kent

    Where better to spend the spooky half-term than an enchanted forest? Especially one that’s home to Captain Robinson Crusoe and his shipwrecked skeleton crew! Meet the man himself at Groombridge Enchanted Forest from 21st – 29th October, and keep your wits about you during interactive storytelling and frighteningly good shows – don’t say we didn’t warn you! Save 10% by booking your tickets directly with us now.

  3. More Treat Than Trick, Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

    Halloween treats have never looked so good, thanks to the half-term fun on offer at Drayton Manor. From 14th – 26th October, there’s meet and greets with spooky characters, a creatures of the night animal show and live shows in Thomas Land, just remember to knock on the Fat Controller’s door! With lots more thrills on the rides throughout the park too, don’t miss a trick and book your tickets now.

    Drayton Manor Halloween events

  4. Happy Halloween at Paultons Park, Hampshire

    Paultons Park is transformed into a world of pumpkins, haunted tunes and little monsters this half-term, with spooky good fun for the whole family! With decorations, meet and greets and more from now, it’s the live shows from 21st – 30th October that we’re most excited for, including a Freaky Fancy Dress competition!

  5. Boo at the Zoo, London & Bedfordshire

    Get ready for some spooky goings on at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this month, as Boo at the Zoo returns from 21st – 31st October. Expect themed activities, animal demonstrations and hands-on crafts, as well as Halloween version of the popular animal talks and feeds! Enrol in Ghoul School, show off your best moves at the Pumpkin Party or make mysterious masks in the Bat Cave, all in addition to seeing the zoo’s impressive collection of animals.

    Boo at the Zoo at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

  6. Haunted Forest Lantern Trail, Bucklebury Farm Park, Berkshire

    Brand new for this year, are you brave enough to venture into the Haunted Forest at night? Suitable for kids aged 4-10, this spooky trail at Bucklebury Farm Park starts with face painting and a Halloween quiz, before making your special lantern in a craft session and using it to light the trail to the woodland campfire. Finished off with a tasty hot chocolate, tickets must be booked in advance and cost £20 per child. Dates for the diary are 25th, 26th and 27th October, with each trail taking place from 4pm – 6.30pm.

  7. Brick or Treat, Legoland, Windsor

    If you’ve ever trodden on a piece of Lego, you’ll know the horror involved, but luckily Brick or Treat at Legoland Windsor is a lot more fun! With spooktacular activities including Ollie’s Campfire Stories, the chance to build your own LEGO Monster or pumpkin, plus a ghost takeover in Miniland, the fun takes place from 14th – 30th October.

    Brick or Treat Halloween event at Legoland Windsor

  8. Frightwater Valley, North Yorkshire

    Meet Lightwater Valley’s slightly scarier alter ego from Thursday 6th – Sunday 29th October, with some family-friendly frights during the day! Knock loudly on the Monster Doors to see if you’re in for a trick or treat, take a teeth-chattering tour around Eagle’s Creep Farm and meet some fearsome faces in daily meet and greets. Be warned, the darker the night the scarier the fright, with some activities only suitable for kids aged 12+. 

  9. Halloween Spook-fest, Down at the Farm, Tyne & Wear

    If you go down to the farm this half-term, you’re in for a spooky surprise, with lots of exciting activities for kids! From carving pumpkins and making scarecrows, to the haunted house, barrel rides and lots of outdoor play, your little monsters are set to have a ball. There’s no need to book either, just turn up at Down at the Farm on any day from 21st – 29th October and get stuck in!

  10. Spooky Science Week, Techniquest, Cardiff

    Let curiosity reign free this half-term, thanks to Spooky Science Week at Techniquest! With eerie events and some ghostly goings-on, highlights include seeing a pumpkin carve itself and finding out how science can be used to create potions and ghosts. With all the right ingredients for a truly hair-raising half-term and Halloween, book your tickets now. 

  11. Twinlakes Family Scream Park, Leicestershire

    Packed full of fang-tastic Halloween surprises, Twinlakes is a great day out for the whole family this half-term. From 14th October – 5th November (that’s over three weeks of fun!), you can carve pumpkins, make a magical wand, encounter creepy critters and loads more, the question is where to start!

    Halloween days out in Leicestershire at Twinlakes Family Theme Park

  12. Halloween at Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire

    Enter Halloween Land at Cotswold Farm Park for a whole cauldron of spooky fun this half-term! From 14th – 29th October, you can craft and decorate your own pumpkin, choose a fearsome face paint design, find your way through the woodland trail or try not to get lost in the scarecrow maize maze. With all the going on, don’t forget there are lots of adorable farm animals too – it’s a day out that ticks all the boxes!

  13. Halloween in the City, Manchester

    Following its success last year. Halloween in the City returns to Manchester with a whole host of activities to fright and delight the whole family! With the streets dressed in spooky decorations and pumpkin lanterns, the trick or treat hunt, haunted maze and face painting stations are perfect for kids. Be sure not to miss the spooky science party, a family friendly rave thrown by the renowned Big Fish Little Fish.

    Things to do with kids this Halloween

  14. Boo at the Zoo, Marwell Zoo, Hampshire

    The second Boo at the Zoo on our list is definitely worth a visit, with Marwell Zoo playing host to some fearsome fun from 21st – 29th October. New this year is the chance to make your own magical wand in Marwell Hall, whilst pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, face painting and broomstick flying all return. Don’t forget to say hello to all the zoo’s animals too – which one do you reckon is the scariest?

  15. Halloween at Frosts Garden Centres, various

    Make sure you check out your local garden centre for Halloween events this year, as there are often loads of activities for the kids to get stuck into whilst picking up some plants. Frosts, which has four locations in the south-east, has pumpkin carving activities this half-term, complete with a battery tea light ready to take home. There’s a Halloween circus at Woburn Sands, plus The House of Hocus Pocus at Millets Farm – promising lots of spooky fun for a small additional cost.

  16. Fright Night, Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

    Looking for something spooky to do in Scotland this Halloween? Head to Fright Night at Glasgow Science Centre if you dare, for lots of fun and fearsome activities for the whole family. Mould a monster, get messy with goo in the Goooo! Zone, help perform a Frankenstein autopsy or discover hidden elements in the Feariodic Table with some fun experiments. Taking place on Friday 27th October at 6pm, tickets are required so make sure you don’t miss out.

    Halloween at Glasgow Science Centre

  17. Spooky Halloween at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire

    Something spooky is happening at Folly Farm this Halloween, with lots of extra activities for the kids from 21st October – 5th November. The zoo team will be doing additional talks and craft activities to celebrate brilliant bats and super sloths, the resident magician has an extra special spooky show and a scary scarecrow prize trail. So gather your little monsters, and pay a visit to this fearsome farm!

  18. Halloween at Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset

    Named our best place to show off your Halloween fancy dress, grab your best costumes and visit Wookey Hole Caves from 21st October – 5th November! With over 20 spooky things included in your ticket, you can meet the Wookey Hole Witch in her new grotto, see the Halloween Circus Show or learn how to ride a broomstick – plus lots more too!

  19. Halloween Nights at St Fagan’s, Cardiff

    Enjoy a night at the museum this half-term, with the return of the spooktacular Halloween Nights at St Fagans. Look out for some spooky spirits and ghostly guests, make a lantern in the Creepy Craft workshop and create your own special spell – all before joining the lantern walk for a whole evening of frightfully good family fun! Taking place at 6pm from 29th – 31st October, you’ll need to book in advance.

  20. Lyme Slime, Dorset

    Named our best half-term event, prepare for Lyme Regis to be completely overrun by witches, ghosts, zombies and more as the Lyme Slime Halloween festival is in town from 21st – 29th October. Even bigger this year, there’s the whodunnit town trail, a themed fun-run, beastly baking, creepy crafts and lots more – we challenge you not to get completely immersed in all the action!

 

Will you be having a Spooktacular Halloween, or a horror-filled half-term? Let us know your favourite spots for fearsome fun near you in a comment below!

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Lisa O'Keeffe

12 October 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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