What an amazing range of Halloween events to choose from this half term.
Here are 20 of our favourites… have a read and decide where you would like to go 🙂
Wherever you choose, have a fun, spooky time!
The Big Sheep, Bideford, Devon
We love the look of The Big Sheep, with something for everyone. The annual Spooktacular Halloween Festival which takes place at the award winning family attraction from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November is set to be the most sensational to date.
Themed ‘Fun by Day’ and ‘Seriously Sinister, Scary and Spooky by Night.’ There will be lots of family fun to enjoy throughout the day time. Jam packed with so much to do including haunted hayrides, lakeside ghost trains, singing pumpkins, a Halloween panto and daily fancy dress parades with free face painting.
If you are fearless (for children 14 and over) and full of courage the Fright Fest attractions on the evenings of Thursday 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st will be perfect for you!
Wookey Hole – Nr Wells, Somerset
Wookey Hole’s Halloween events run from 24th October to 1st November and promise to be fantastic.
The ultimate venue celebrates Halloween with many surprises in store. With over 20 fantastic attractions included in your ticket, you’re sure to have a Spooktacular time!
As well as exploring the spectacular caves and all of the other fantastic attractions, there is a 4D cinema with a spooky Halloween movie showing daily from 10.30am, A Halloween Circus show with high-energy performers on trapeze, unicycles, skills and more! (If you’ve never seen in The Wookey Hole circus – a must see, you are in for a treat!) Plus every child gets a free gift from the new Witches Grotto. Are you brave enough to visit her?
Join in with Fancy Dress and you could win yourself a prize in the last circus show at 3.00pm daily.
For tickets and more information call 01749 672243 or visit www.wookey.co.uk
Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton
Double bubble, it’s a trail of trouble, as Hestercombe gets ghoulish for Halloween.
Watch out for wicked witches, gasp at the ghastly goings on, and leap from what lurks in the lake as you wind your way through the Hestercombe Pumpkins and Potions Halloween Trail.This truly terrifying trail will keep you on your toes as you try and avoid all manner of creepy creatures on petrifying pathways, through whispering woods and into the ghoulish grotto. What’s being cooked up in the cauldron at the Witches’ Hut, and what lies beneath the lake’s surface? Are you brave enough to find out?
The trail runs every day during half-term, from October 24 until November 1, 10am – 4pm. The trail is included in garden admission and free to Hestercombe members.
Find out more by visiting www.hestercombe.com
Country Mummy will be teaming up with Hestercombe again this half term to bring you a fantastic offer saving you and your family 20% on admission. Keep an eye out on our offers page 🙂
Eden Project, Cornwall
Celebrate Halloween in Cornwall this October half-term: get involved in magical craft activities and dare to be scared. The Halloweden event runs from Saturday 24th to Sunday 1st November and the price is included in the price of admission to The Eden Project (except for Little Monsters’ Ball)
Little Monsters’ Ball Halloween disco 2015 – 31st October 2015, 6-9pm
•Price: £7 per person (tickets do not include ice skating)
Get your fancy dress on and join in for a spooky evening of fang-tastic fun for all the family. There’ll be plenty of creepy activities, tasty treats in our cafes and a good boneshaking disco in the Olive Grooveyard. The ice rink will be open and is sure to chill you to the bone!
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens will set the nights alight with the switch-on of the annual Enchanted Illuminations next month.
Visitors will have the chance to see the gardens ablaze with colour and light as they spend autumn evenings strolling the candle-lit pathways. Floodlights will illuminate the garden paths on a 45 minute route around the ‘Long Walk’, the lily ponds and the Pavilion where the old wall looks breathtaking, as candles blaze in its nooks and crannies
For youngsters there will be extra Halloween fun as the three Family Fright Nights are bigger, better and scarier than ever before. Children are urged to don weird and wonderful fancy dress for the family Halloween Fun Evenings from Thursday 29 October to Saturday 31st.
This year, for the first time, those who dare can enter the Maze of Terror, when a huge haunted house arrives in the gardens. There will also be a return of the laser rave, a creepy-crawlies tent, the scary scars workshop, spooky face-painting and ghastly entertainers.
The walk around the garden has a shorter route, which is suitable for wheelchairs. It is advisable to wear sensible footwear and bring a torch. The gardens are sheltered and have their own microclimate, meaning it’s often dry even when rain falls elsewhere in Dorset.
The illuminations run from dusk to 8.30pm every day from Thursday 15 October to Sunday 1 November.
For further information and to buy tickets please ring the Abbotsbury Tourism office on (01305) 871130 or visit www.abbotsburygardens.co.uk to make an online booking saving 20%. Or just turn up the night of your choice.
Pecorama – Beer, Devon.
Pecorama has a heap of horrible happenings in store this autumn with brand new Halloween activities and special evening events.
New activities will include spooky story- telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween games, children’s show, fancy dress competitions, children’s disco (Saturday only) and if you dare, in the evening a frightful trip on the Beer Heights Frights Light Railway to visit the ‘Wildway Witch’.
In the evenings, gruesome games will be taking place in the Peco Marquee, whilst Hot Chocolate and Cake will be on offer in the Garden Room Restaurant, PLUS the Play Station will be stay open until 9pm. To Book for the evening event call on 01297 21542 as places are limited.
Bristol Zoo – Spooktacular discount for children to Wild Place Project’s Halloween Festival
Wild Place Project’s Halloween Festival is back and offering children entry for £5 this October half term. Between 22nd October and 1st November Wild Place Project will be cast under a spell of Halloween filled fun, with face-painting, story-telling, pumpkin carving, craft making, game playing and much more.
For those who are not afraid of heights, Leap of Faith – Wild Place Project’s 12 metre adventure course – will be open.
With a new Maize Maze, guests can take a stroll among the scarecrows as well as wander around the witchy woodland trail and tickle their toes on the Barefoot Trail. With spooktacular crafts, games and entertainment around every corner, there is lots of fun to be had at Wild Place Project this Halloween.
To take advantage of the children’s entry discount, visit: www.wildplace.org.uk to book online or download your voucher.
Wild Place Project is home to some of the world’s most exciting species, such as cheetahs, wolves, lemurs and many more.
For more information about visiting Wild Place Project, visit the website at www.wildplace.org.uk or phone 0117 980 7173.
Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Bristol
This looks fantastic for those of you with children age 8 year and over.
Climb aboard The Spooky Ship this Halloween, Brunel’s ss Great Britain and Bristol Old Vic collaborate again to create a voyage of fear. After the huge success of the event in 2014 two of Bristol’s oldest and most iconic landmarks are once again collaborating to create a Victorian fright-fest. Visitors are invited to step aboard the Victorian ss Great Britain and spend a spine-chilling evening exploring the shadowy corridors and creepy cabins at night.
Last year the Spooky Ship was a sell-out success so the booking of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Brunel’s ss Great Britain and Bristol Old Vic have also increased the event to two performances. For those aged 8+ there is a performace at 6.30pm, but for those feeling extra brave there is an additional performance for ages 12+ at 8.30pm.
Also, on the night (5-9pm), the Dockyard Cafe Bar will be given a spooky, Halloween make-over; serving a selection of themed food and drinks. Entry to the cafe is free and makes for a perfect pre-show meal – or somewhere to settle the nerves with a stiff drink afterwards!
Tickets can be purchased from Bristol Old Vic Box Office on 0117 987 7877, or online at bristololdvic.org.uk/spookyship
National Trust – Lots of the local National Trust properties are running some exciting Halloween activites. Here are some of our favourites..
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Hallowe’en spooktacular, 24 October – 01 November, 10.30am – 6pm
Experience the spooktacular at Kingston Lacy this Hallowe’en in a week of scary fun and spooky games. Wear your most frightening fancy dress to see who can be the scariest, and why not test your bravery and track wild animals in the woodland, or explore inside a creepy tree to tick of some of your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01202 883402
Montacute House, Nr Yeovil, Somerset
Enjoy Hallowe’en this October and follow the spooky trail, to find the hidden pumpkins in the gardens. Why not go dressed as your favourite wizard or witch. Normal admission applies, £1 per trail
Dunster Castle, Somerset
Dunster castle have lots spooky delights going on.
Pumpkin Trail – Join them for a spooky time in the gardens. Complete the pumpkin trail if you dare! £2 per trail (includes prize)
Big Bugs & Creepy Crawlies – Get up close to big bugs and exotic creepy crawlies.How close dare you get to these big bugs and creepy crawlies? A free event running 26th – 29th of October from 11am – 3pm, no need to book (normal addmissions to Dunster Castle apply)
Our real favourite, if you really dare is the following events: –
After Dark – Scare yourself silly on our self-led ghostly gardens walk. Who knows what could be waiting around the corner…..26 & 27 Oct, 6pm – 8pmAdult £4, child £2, National Trust members free. Route not suitable for pushchairs. Assistance dogs only.
Barrington Court, Somerset
A family fun activity – paint your own wooden pumpkin decoration.
Go along and paint a fabulous hand made wooden pumpkin decoration to take home, at the wood carving workshop. You can make it as scary as you like ! Take a warm layer in case it’s chilly and wear clothes that you don’t mind possibly getting a little bit of paint on.
Booking is not needed and normal admission to Barrington Court applies.
Knighthayes, Tiverton, Devon
Choose from – Halloween Half Term fun Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov, 10am – 5pm
With a spooky house to discover, a haunted garden trail to explore and crafts to keep the kids occupied – keep the bogeyman of boredom away! £2.50 per child. Normal admission applies.
Hallowe’en Museums at Night – help celebrate Museums at Night. Dare you go up and see them after dark this Hallowe’en? With a spooky twilight trail around the house, spooky illuminations and ghoulish crafts, there will be no excuse for being bored! £3.50 per child. Normal admission applies.
Bailey Ridge Garden Centre, Sherborne, Dorset
Bailey Ridge always has a lovely range of activities running through the half term. Take children to get involved in Halloween arts and crafts and face painting. You can also pick your very own pumpkin from the fantastic pumpkin patch. A magical treat, as children get to decide which pumpkin they will take home.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm – Wraxall, Bristol
Country Pumpkin Day – Saturday 31st October
Join Noah’s Ark Zoo farm for their special Halloween event – a country bumpkin and pumpkin themed day. Enjoy lots of pumpkin related activities including carving, decorating, games and special animal enrichment talks.
For more information visit www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk or call 01275 852 606
Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset
Wednesday 28th October 11.am – 4pm Bedlam & Broomsticks
Enjoy Halloween Activities at The Nothe fort Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts………..
There are plenty at the Nothe Fort, as many people will testify, and that
There will be lots of wonderful creepy crafts for the children to make and a prize for the most imaginative and original fancy dress costume. The Mad Magician will be visiting with some very interesting tricks and allusions.
Yeovil Country Park – Somerset
Saturday 31st October 10am – 2pm
Drop in any time to complete the spooky Halloween trail around the woods. Can you find the witches cat? Can you solve the spell? Follow the pumpkins and follow the letter clues around the wood to solve the spell and win a prize.
The trail takes approximately 1 hour to complete and starts from the Ninesprings Café, BA20 1QZ. Start the trail anytime from 10am – 2.00pm. Have a go if you dare ……….Wheelchair and pushchair route available.Cost £1 per child. (under 3’s free) No need to book just turn up!
Ham Hill Country Park, Somerset
Friday, October 30, 2015 5:00 PM
Wahhaha….. join them and carve a pumpkin if you dare. Wear your scary fancy dress costume. Prizes for best costume and best pumpkin. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult – accompanying adults free
Booking essential. Children £4 each.
To book call 01935 462282
Longleat – Halloween Spooktacular
Longleat’s Halloween festival runs from 23rd October til 1st November.
Enjoy a fantastic day out for the whole family, with so many treats in store. Run from scary skeletons in the brand new Skeleton Maze, jump aboard the ghoulish Ghost Train, discover the scary secrets of Longleat House and learn fascinating facts whilst getting up close and personal with creepy crawlies in the Nasty but Nice Shows.
Dress up in your scariest Halloween costume and join them for a host of spellbinding activities … if you dare! Additional charges apply for Ghost Tours, Spooky Face Painting from £2.00.
Spooky Ghost Tours – Back after an incredible run in 2014! Are you brave enough to join the spine tingling Ghost Tours of Longleat House? Keep your friends and family close and prepare yourself for some creepy encounters.
Dates: 23rd October – 1st November
For tickets and more information visit www.longleat.co.uk/halloween
Trick or Treat with the Treehouse Trolls at Devon’s Crealy this October Half Term. Guests brave enough to take a trek into the spooky Wilderness will come face to face with the mischievous Treehouse Trolls. A trick or treat is in store for guest of all ages, but the question is, “do you dare to enter the creepy treehouse to see what fate waits?”
The legendary Witch’s Cavern returns to Devon’s Crealy with ghastly surprises at every turn. The Crealy witch awakes from her summer time slumber ready to spook and scare from the deepest darkest shadows.
Each child visiting the Park from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November will receive a free pumpkin picked fresh from the Crealy fields. The Crealy team will be ready and waiting to help make creative jack-o’-lanterns in the Animal Kingdom.
Bounding into the park on Halloween itself is everyone’s favourite canine Scooby-Doo. The loveable Great Dane will be meeting and greeting guests throughout the day. Scooby-Doo is sure to be a hit for all ages.
Crealy are going to see October Half Term out with a bang on Sunday 1st November with the fantastic Firework Spectacular taking place at 5.00pm. Guests are invited to spend the day at the park and marvel at the explosive spectacular in the skies above the park at the end of the day. In addition, there will be live bands and entertainment and the park will be open until 8:00pm
Have a fantastic time, wherever you choose. Do let Country Mummy know which are your favourites!