Frights & Fun: 20 spooktacular Halloween days out
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, here’s our guide to 20 things to do this October half term, including some spooktacular Halloween events for kids:
Happy Halloween at Paultons Park, Hampshire6th October - 5th November 2018
Step inside the friendliest, most frightful fun fest in the UK, as Paultons Park hosts Halloween! The home of Peppa Pig World is the perfect spot for family-friendly frights, with all activities included in your normal ticket price. There’s 4000 pumpkins, spooky meet and greets, a Freaky Fancy Dress competition and the fantastic Little Monsters Ball finale to finish each day, plus the brand new Big Boo Barn and The Legend of Paultons Manor.
Frightwater Valley, North Yorkshire27th - 31st October 2018
Lightwater Valley is getting a spooky makeover this Halloween, as Frightwater Valley delivers some family frights this half term. For younger visitors, don’t miss the spooky character meet & greets, scary magic shows and trick or treat doors, as well as a fancy dress competition for all ages. If you’ve got older kids in tow, or fancy a fright yourself, try the live scare maze or scare maze walkthrough - but beware, they’re not for the faint-hearted!
Monster Magic at Gulliver’s Theme Park resorts, various locationsFrom 13th October 2018, dates vary for each park
Experience Monster Magic this half term and Halloween at Gulliver’s Theme Parks, including Warrington, Milton Keynes and Matlock Bath! Packed full of activities and attractions, don’t miss Leonard’s Scare School or the Wicked Costume Party, plus there’s the chance to meet special characters from Hotel Transylvania 3 too! And just in case you need another treat, the whole event is in partnership with Swizzels - think Drumstick lollies, Refreshers and all your other favourites!
Half term fun at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire27th October - 4th November 2018
If you can be tempted by an array of terrible treats, evil entertainment and devilish delights then Chatsworth House is the place to be this half term! Follow the pumpkin trail, hunt for scarecrows and explore the creepy collecting trail, then hold reptiles, make some creepy crafts and take a trip on the fright flight - all included in your normal admission!
- Halloween Hocus Pocus at Milky Way Adventure Park, Devon
20th October - 1st November 2018, excluding 29th October
There's plenty of magic at Milky Way Adventure Park this Halloween, as families are invited to enrol in its School For Witches and Wizards! Your little ones will love the chance to take part in wand making, spell writing & casting, broomstick riding (for little ones) and potion making, and for family-friendly Halloween fun, there's a fancy dress competition, themed show and special spooky swamp dodgems sessions too! Plus, you can also enjoy all the usual activities and adventures, including rides, slides and more for the whole family. Please note, only the School for Witches and Wizards will be open from 30th October - 1st November.
- Get Spooked at Dreamland Margate, Kent
20th -21st October, then 24th - 28th October 2018
Experience seven days of fun at Dreamland Margate this half-term, giving the whole family the chance to Get Spooked with loads of Halloween activities! Join in with slippery slime workshops, creepy costume workshops and get lost in the puzzle hedge maze. Plus, on 24th October, you can even meet and pose for photos with some of your favourite PJ Masks characters! The best bit? All activities are FREE with your park admission.
- October half term at Beaulieu, Hampshire
20th - 28th October 2018
Discover the fantasy and folklore of Halloween at Beaulieu this half term, with spooky stories, face painting and more. Stroll down Mill Pond Walk and keep your eyes peeled for fairy doors and mythical creatures, see if you can find all the hidden spiders and head to the Victorian Kitchen to see soul cakes being made, a traditional autumn recipe! With loads more for the whole family, don’t miss the brand new exhibition too, celebrating 50 years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
- Halloween Ghost Trains at East Lancashire Railway, Lancashire
26th, 27th & 31st October 2018
All aboard for some steam powered screams this Halloween, as the Halloween Ghost Train departs from East Lancashire Railway! Take your seats for the journey from Bury to Rawtenstall and back, with a gaggle of ghosts expected to join you. There’s terrifying treats in the station buffet, plus a goody bag for every child. There are four trains each day, each with a different scare factor - the later the train, the scarier the experience!
- Halloween Nights at Black Country Living Museum, West Midlands
26th - 27th October 2018
Step back in time and into a world of thrilling family fun at The Black Country Living Museum's Halloween Nights! See spooktacular live entertainment, listen to tales by candlelight, take part in the haunted mine experience and get hands on with creepy crawlies! Plus, don’t miss the chance to go trick or treating with the kids around the Museum’s shops and houses - who knows who you'll meet!
- Halloween Festival at Old Macdonalds Farm, Essex
20th October - 4th November 2018
Head to Old Macdonalds Farm for Halloween Festival, with loads of family frights and fun! There’s loads going on, from a Haunted House that’s perfect for young children, a Scary Ghost Train, craft activities and animal encounters, including Creepy Crawly Meerkat Feeding! Plus, enrol your kids in Old Macdonalds Magic School, where they can learn to use a magic wand.
- Halloween Spooktacular at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol
20th October - 4th November 2018
Creep it real at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Halloween, where kids go free! Celebrate some of the zoo’s most ghoulish animals, from brilliant bats to creepy critters and take part in loads of extra activities, including Dracula Drive, Skull Spy and Witches Corner. The other animals are also getting in on the fun, see if you can spot pumpkin themed enrichment activities in each enclosure. Book online in advance using kid ‘FREECHILD’ to get one free kid for each paying adult.
- Trick or Treasure at Pirate’s Quest, Cornwall
13th October - 4th November 2018
Trick or treat gets a pirate-themed twist this Halloween, with Trick or Treasure at Pirate’s Quest. You’ll be transported back almost 300 years to the height of piracy, where a LIVE pirate guide will help guide your adventure. With plenty of villains, a spooky treasure map and loads more spooky fun from the sevens seas, if you’re feeling brave, head to The Locker of Davy Jones, an optional scare section that’s best saved for older kids and grown ups.
- The Halloween Monster Quest at Leeds Castle, Kent
22nd - 28th October 2018
Do you have a budding Monster Hunter on your hands? Let them show off their skills at Leeds Castle this Halloween, as they join Valerie Van Helsing on a quest to investigate ‘The Case of the Halloween Monster’. Taking you on a tour of the castle grounds, keep your eyes peeled for some creepy characters. Complete your trail card to claim your chocolate reward, then make sure you check out the Monster Mash Ball and fancy dress competition!
- Hell-Fire Caves, Buckinghamshire
22nd - 27th October 2018
Halloween is the ideal time to pay a visit to West Wycombe’s Hell-Fire Caves, a local gem for Buckinghamshire families. As well as getting to tour the terrifying tunnels to find out more about their history and secrets, Halloween Week brings loads of free activities including fancy dress, spooky games and more. Plus, there are Special Witches Workshops for £10 per child too - hour long classes where kids can learn potion making, werewolf banishing and more, all from a friendly wizard.
- HalloWild at Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling
13th - 28th October 2018
Are you as brave as a lion? We’ll soon see about that, thanks to HalloWild at Blair Drummond Safari Park. Set to be one of the biggest Halloween treats in Scotland, head to the Safari Spook Tent for creepy crawlies, spooky snails and scary slime making, or join Dangerous Dave to go on an outdoor monster hunt! Plus, don’t miss the self-guided Trick or Treat Trail, where you’ll tour the safari park finding out who has vampire fangs and loads more frightful facts!
- Spooky Science at Techniquest, Cardiff
27th October - 4th November 2018
Science is getting seriously spooky at Techniquest this half term, with a week of themed shows the whole family will love. Have you ever seen a pumpkin carve itself, or a coin scream? Can you make potions and ghosts using just science? Find all the answers to these, and more, and fancy dress is welcome too!
- Halloween at William’s Den, East Yorkshire
20th, 21st and 27th - 31st October 2018
Head to the den for Halloween this year, with plenty to keep you on your toes at William’s Den. Enter the Forbidden Field to step into the famous Grimm’s tales, where make-believe adventure might see you bump into some fairytale villains. Elsewhere, there’s a pumpkin patch, witches hat toss, monster potion brewing and loads more. Be sure to book your trip to The Forbidden Field before your visit to make sure you don’t miss out.
- Trick or Treat Walking Tours at York Dungeon, North Yorkshire
27th - 31st October 2018
You’d be forgiven for thinking Halloween at York Dungeon is much too scary for younger kids, and whilst there are loads of activities designed for older children and adults, they’ve cooked up just the right fear factor for kids under 10 in their Trick or Treat Walking Tours! Designed just for families, join a dungeon guide on a tour through the streets of York, with fun stories, facts and lots of silliness too. They book up quickly, so don’t miss the chance to experience Halloween in the hands of the pros!
- Halloween at the Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
27th October - 31st October 2018
There’s Halloween fun by day and by night at the Alnwick Garden this year, all designed to deliver just the right amount of spooks for the whole family! Each day, follow The Spooky Trail around the Garden, or be brave and head into The Spook Zone for some gruesome sights. As night falls, the spooks increase, with both the Garden and Scare Zone becoming somewhere only the bravest kids should visit - would you dare?
- London Ghost Bus Tours, London
Who you going to visit? Ghost Bus Tours - and if you didn’t sing that in the tune of Ghostbusters then you’re missing a trick. Either way, guarantee some scares this Halloween by booking onto London’s Ghost Bus Tours, a comedy-horror experience taking in some of the best city sights. Not one for really young kids, this might be better suited to those not prone to nightmares, but for older kids it’s the perfect blend of history and horror that they’ll be talking about for weeks.
We hope this has given you some great ideas for spooktacular Halloween days out and things to do this October half term! Looking for even more autumn and Halloween ideas? Explore our blog now:
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