There’s lots of fun, family-friendly Halloween Half Term events taking place this October.
From spooky days at the zoo, historic houses, fancy dress, treasure hunts and more. Find your nearest event with our pick of the best Halloween events for children.
Halloween Half Term Spooky Zoo at Banham, 19-27 October
Kenninghall Rd, Banham NR16 2HE
Price: Adult £18.10, child aged 3-15 £12.65. Additional fee for some activities
Enjoy all the fun of Halloween; pumpkin carving, face painting, scary stories and crafts, alongside zoo animals. A fun day out for all ages! www.banhamzoo.co.uk/event/spooky-zoo/#
ZOOpernatural Half Term at Africa Alive, 19-29 October
White’s Lane, NR337 Kessingland
Price: Adult £18.10, child aged 3-15 £12.65. Additional fee for some activities
Things are taking a magical twist at Africa Alive this October half term with spooky storytelling and a wizarding school! There’s also traditional Halloween activities such as face painting, pumpkin craving, crafts and more.
Boo at the Zoo, 19-31 October
ZSL Whipsnade, Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF
Price: Adult £22.91, child 3-15 years £14.68
There’s a huge programme of scary fun this half term, all designed to educate and entertain children. Themed animal talks, ghoul school, creepy crafts, wrap the mummy activity and foul creations in the fun-filled game of ‘Poo at the Zoo’, are just a few highlights. www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/whats-on/boo-at-the-zoo
Treasure Hunt at Peterborough Museum, Mon 21 – Fri 25 October, 10am-3pm
Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF
Price: £3 child, £4 adult, £12 family, under 5’s free
Go on a Treasure hunt with this October half term, to celebrate the special Hoards exhibition, on loan from The British Museum. Uncover clues, crack codes – and discover the priceless treasure all around you! Perfect for all the family. www.vivacity.org/heritage/visiting-the-museum
Ghost Tales and Spooky Trails at Flag Fen Archaeology Park, Sunday 20 October 4pm – 6.30pm
The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough PE6 7QJ
Price: £5 per person
Follow the pumpkin trail around the site, with spooky stories of the fens, natural crafts and lantern making. Then gather around the fire-pit for music and food. www.vivacity.org/vivacity-venues/flag-fen
Fright Night Fireworks at Springfields Outlet, 31 October
Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU
Price: Early bird tickets, adult £6, children £4. After 25 October adult tickets will be £8 and £5 for kids.
Springfields will host their annual Fireworks and Music extravaganza in Festival Gardens and this year for the first time ever with a Halloween twist. The Fright Night Fireworks event will be an evening of spooky family entertainment, including a special ‘Scream Factor’ show and a fancy dress competition for everyone, hosted by Dermot O’Scary. The winner of the adult fancy-dress competition will receive a £500 Springfields Gift Card and the best kids’ fancy-dress will win a Nintendo Switch. Gates open at 6pm with fireworks at 8pm. All stores will be open until 9pm. www.springfieldsoutlet.co.uk/events
Get the whole family together for some fang-tastic events this October Half Term at Woburn Safari Park. From spooky stories, to a pumpkin trail and a fancy dress competition, there’s plenty of additional Halloween fun for fearless families to look forward to on the 26th and 27th October.
Spooktacular Events at Woburn Safari, 26-27 October
Crawley Rd, Woburn, Bedford MK17 9QN
Price: Standard admission fees apply
It wouldn’t be Halloween without both tricks and treats. Follow the trail sheet to spot pumpkins dotted around the park to be in with a chance of winning a prize. On both the 26 and 27 October families should grab their tickets from the shop before entering the Creepy Caves in the Mammoth Play Ark to listen to an animal-themed spooky story. Running on the hour from 1pm until 4pm, for just £2 per child visitors get both tricks and treats as they tuck into some delicious treats and listen to the terrifying tales. There’s also a fancy dress competition at 2.30pm on 27 October!
Keep an eye out for the cute animals tucking into their own pumpkin treats! www.woburnsafari.co.uk
All Aboard the Halloween Express, 25 October – 3 November
Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Price: From £12
You and your little devils will journey deep into the woods of the Audley End Miniature Railway to visit the coven of witches together with their pumpkin friends. The wicked witches and playful pumpkins will entertain you as you arrive at their house in the woods, cackling and chanting spells around their cauldron before giving everyone a special treat.
The Halloween entertainment continues at the activity area where children can create a creepy craft, test out their thriller dance moves before listening to a spooky tale. Face painters will also be on hand to give Halloween makeovers.
The Audley End witches do love seeing you kitted out in your spooky finery – so make sure you dress to scare! The trains run from 10am to 4.40pm. Booking is required. www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Trick, Treat and Terrifying Tales at Cressing Temple Barns, 26 October – 2 November
Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, CM77 8PD
Price: Online £14 per child. Under 3’s and adults free of charge. One the day £15 per child. Under 3’s and adults free of charge.
A ghostly crew are taking over Cressing Temple Barns with daily ‘spooky fun’. Throughout half term children can take part in a range of activities such as pumpkin picking, slime making, creepy crafts and Halloween games. There’s entertainment from fire eaters, stilt walkers, magicians and more.
This year in a twist on the ‘Trick or Treat’ theme there will also be special treats hidden around the site all week to be found. Treats include a £50 Braintree Village voucher, an Essex Country Parks Explorer Pass worth £75 and a Magical Christmas at Cressing voucher worth £54. Visitors will need to look out for golden envelopes.
For older children and adults there are evening events on site including ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ drive-in movie on 26 October, and ‘Terrifying Tales’ in the historic, and possibly haunted, 13th century barns. On Wednesday 30 October local theatre company, the Packing Shed, presents two ghost stories performed live especially for Halloween, suitable for ages 12 and over in the grade 1 listed barns. Wrap up warm. There is likely to be a chill in the air. Book at www.visitparks.co.uk/events/spooky-fun
Spooky Fun at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, 19-27 October
Price: £14.95. Children under 90cm free.
Children and families can enjoy spooky fun throughout half term with entertainment and activities such as arts and crafts, Dippy’s spooky maze and special surprises along the way. This year there’s a new live interactive show for younger children. www.roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk/events/.
Spooktacular Afternoon Tea at Down Hall, 11 October – 4 November
Matching Rd, Hatfield Heath, Bishop’s Stortford CM22 7AS
Price: £30 per adult and £15 per child
Trick and treats galore, Down Hall will be serving up a spellbinding feast complete with finger sandwiches, crumbly scones and pretty pastries with a twist. Tuck into yummy pumpkin and white chocolate muffins, blood orange curd tart, and apple cake with toffee apple icing! www.downhall.co.uk
Spooky Halloween Half Term at Wrest Park, 19 Oct – Sun 3 Nov, 11am-4pm
Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR
Price: Adults £12.60; children £7.60; concessions £11.50; family £33.00. English Heritage members free. Additional charge of £4 applies for pumpkin carving – sessions at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on a first come first served basis.
Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween half term. Mysterious goings-on await you at petrifying Wrest Park as gruesome guides take you on a journey into the puzzling past – use all your wits to solve the riddles and claim a terrifying treat. Have a go at carving your very own petrifying pumpkin to take away. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wrest-park
Spooky Audley End With Creepy Critters, 19 Oct – Sun 3 Nov, 11am-4pm
Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF
Price: Adults £18.50; children (5-17) £11.50; concessions £16.70; family £48.10. English Heritage members free. Price includes entry to the event, plus house and grounds.
Children are invited to grab their broomsticks for a bewitchingly brilliant day out at Audley End House and Gardens this Halloween half term. Get hands-on with creepy crafts and a wicked witch-themed quest. There’s a fancy dress competition every day – come in your best witch and wizard outfits to be in with a chance of winning. Plus, meet some amazing animals – including snakes, spiders and more – and learn all about these creepy crawly creatures. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-end-house-and-gardens
More ideas for family days out this October Half Term and Halloween.