Free Things To Do In October Half Term

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October half term is a great time of year to take a break and enjoy some quality family time. Whether you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, or just some fun things for all the family to do together – there are plenty of free activities that can help you make the most of this special holiday period. From pumpkin carving to outdoor adventures, here are some ideas for free things to do in October half term.

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Harry Potter themed activities

everyone dressed up as harry potter with capes and wands

It’s spooky season! The perfect time to indulge in the tales of magic and wizards in the famous Harry Potter books and films.

Harry Potter Movie Marathon

Gather your family or friends, grab some popcorn, and get ready for a magical movie night. Set the mood by transforming your living room into Hogwarts with homemade decorations and snacks inspired by the wizarding world. Let each person choose their favorite Harry Potter film and enjoy a night of adventure, laughter, and spellbinding moments.

Make your own free Harry Potter trail

Organise a Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt or trail in your local park or neighbourhood? Create clues and riddles based on the beloved books and movies. This will keep the kids entertained for hours. The prize for completion could also be something free. Kids could get to choose what activity they do next. The little ones will love to be in charge!

Visit a free museum near you

whale skeleton at natural history museum

The United Kingdom is a treasure trove of history, art, and culture, and you don’t need a hefty wallet to explore it. The UK boasts a wealth of free museums that cater to all interests. These institutions offer a glimpse into the past, a celebration of art, and a deeper understanding of science without costing a penny.

Day Out With The Kids has some useful blogs with information on free museums across the country. For ideas on where to visit check out Free Museums In London and 20 Free Museums For Families.

Halloween Creative Crafts

homemade halloween decorations of toilet tubes characters

Free Halloween crafts offer a delightful and budget-friendly way to infuse the spooky spirit of the season into your home or festivities. Whether you’re looking to decorate your space, entertain little ghouls and goblins, or get creative with your costume, there are endless possibilities for DIY Halloween projects that won’t break the bank.

For indoor decor, consider crafting paper bats, ghosts, and spiders to hang from the ceiling. You can also fashion spooky candle holders out of mason jars, old wine bottles, or tin cans, adding an eerie glow to your surroundings.

Engage the kids with free Halloween crafts like making their own costumes. Paper plate masks, cardboard swords, or even simple fabric capes can turn them into little witches, superheroes, or monsters.

Check out the Day Out With The Kids guide ‘Halloween Crafts for Kids‘ for brilliant ideas using things you would easily find around your home. You can make a cotton wool ghost or cardboard roll monster? Which one will you try?

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

Autumn is a time when you are likely to have lots of pumpkins around your home for seasonal decorations or baking up a delicious pumpkin pie.

A wonderful free activity for October half term is to get creative carving a pumpkin. Have fun transforming an ordinary orange gourd into a grinning jack-o’-lantern, a whimsical character, or a haunting masterpiece!

Check out this ‘Pumpkin Carving’ guide for lots of ideas to try with your kids during October half term.

Go On an Autumn Walk

family skipping in autumn leaves

Nature walks and trails offer the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors.

During Autumn the countryside scenery of the UK is full of seasonal colour and children will love to get out and about in the fresh air. Why not create a list of different things for little one to spot on your October half term walk? From conkers and acorns to squirrels, there’s many exciting things to appear at this time of year.

Whether you’re up for the adventure of a mountain climb or just looking for a leisurely stroll, there are plenty of free options to enjoy during October half term. Check out these blogs for inspiration and ideas, Woodland Walks Near Me and Nature Scavenger Hunt.

Kids laughing and throwing leaves in the ai

So, as you can see there’s loads of family fun to have in October half term without breaking the bank.  We hope you have found lots of ideas with our guide Free Things To Do In October Half Term.

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