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October Half Term 2018: Things to do, activities and ideas

Jo Dorey

01 October 2017

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Children dressed for trick or treating: a popular October half term activity

We’ve been reviewing things to do in October half term compared to the other school holidays and it’s official: this is truly the spookiest time of year with more ghouls, goblins and ghostly goings on than you could shake a broom at! Add to that pumpkin carving and stomping through muddy puddles, and half term in 2018 is shaping up rather nicely.

When is October half term?

The Autumn half term is a little awkward in that the dates change all over the UK. We’ve put together the following as an outline to when different schools across the country are having theirs but be sure to check with your specifically before booking any plans.


15th October - 2nd November


1st - 30th October


29th October - 2nd November

Northern Ireland

29th - 30th October

Top things to do in October half term

With the dates already under your belt, we can move on to our favourite bit: the activities, of course!

There’s loads to keep your little beasts busy but October half term is always going to be about one thing: Halloween. What will your kids dress up as this year? Of course there are all the classics like witches or cats, but maybe check out their favourite films for something special; are you thinking what we’re thinking? Minions!!

Child in field of pumpkins

As well as selecting a creepy costume, pumpkin carving is an essential part of Halloween, and these days farms all over the UK have plenty of grinning gourds for you to choose from. Check out our blog on the perfect pumpkin picking patches near you

Finally, make sure half term goes off with a bang by attending at least one fireworks display near you. With crazy colours lighting up the night sky and lots of oohing and ahhing from the crowd, it’s a certified spectacle. Plus they usually come served with toffee apples - YUM.

Best places to go in October half term

Still wondering what to do and stuck for ideas? Take a look at a few of our top places to go during spooky season:

Willows Activity Farm - We promised pumpkins and this is our top pick. You choose your pumpkin, carve it to perfection, doll it up with arts and crafts and then enter it for the orange Olympics. Good luck!

Science Museum - The stops were well and truly pulled out last year with a series of Science Night sleepovers. Instead of telling scary stories, kids can spend their half term nights experimenting and snoozing amongst the exhibits.

Groombridge Enchanted Forest - The team are renowned for their madcap events throughout the year, and Halloween is no different; costumed characters and family events  are sure to thrill and freak everyone out! Then throw in muddy walks and a bird of prey or two for the whole package.

​ Bald eagle in falconry display

Battle Abbey - If you fancy getting seriously spooked, Battle Abbey holds a historic tour on the ground where the Battle of Hastings took place way back when in 1066. Keep an eye out for ghouls and don’t - we repeat, DO NOT - walk alone as the light goes down…

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - While this iconic spot is already lit up all year round, it’s Bonfire Night that sees it really sparkle with a stunning display of fireworks. Team those with a day of looping and swooping on the rides. 

Crowd enjoying fireworks display


We hope that’s got your October half term all wrapped up in a bow but if you’re looking for any extra inspiration, take a peek at our list of the top 50 Autumn activities.

Want even more ideas of what to do during October half term?

To browse through all your options of things to do during this October half term, jump over to the homepage. Once there, search for the best attractions nearby using your town or postcode and find loads of spooky and special days out this half term.



Jo Dorey

01 October 2017

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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