Things to do this October half term - Halloween edition!
Spooky season has arrived!
Are you in need of things to do this October half term?
If you’re looking for some spooky fun that’s not TOO terrifying, we have put together a little guide for you to celebrate Halloween in the best way possible.
In comparison to last year, there are a lot of Halloween themed events taking place this year across the country.
If you’d prefer to stay in for Halloween, there are still plenty of activities to do from the comfort of your own home to celebrate the spooky season. Here are just some of our suggestions:
Make your own Halloween costumes
It’s time to get creative! Be whoever you want to be this Halloween. Whether you want to be a scary clown or your favourite avenger, it's entirely up to you!
Halloween movie marathon
Now I don’t know about you but we started our Halloween movie marathon on October 1st. Along with planning our Halloween costumes and stocking up on all of our favourite Halloween treats, we really love getting into the spooky spirit with multiple movie marathons!
If scaring yourself silly or hiding behind a pillow just isn’t your thing, classics like Casper ,Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas are great alternatives.
Throw your own Halloween party
From creepy cocktails and spooky snacks to entertainment and decorations, if you’re a big fan of the spookiest day of the year, there’s arguably no better way to celebrate than to throw your very own Halloween party! You can create your own spooky decorations or give your party a spooky theme. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild and get them involved in the decorating process too. Oh and don’t forget to include apple bobbing! It’s a must!
Pumpkin carving competition
Everybody loves a competition right? It’s time to put your creativity to the test! One thing we love doing every year is pumpkin carving! It’s such a fun activity and something for everybody to enjoy no matter how old you are. The sky's the limit when it comes to pumpkin designs too so you can be adventurous as you like.
Turn your home into a haunted house
From blocking out light from the windows to spooky ambiance music, turning your home into a haunted house is another great activity to do to really get into the spooky season this year. Another excuse to buy ridiculous decorations that are not a need but a must.
With every seasonal event comes yummy themed treats! Spook your friends and family this Halloween with some festive treats. From monster cupcakes to eyeball cake pops, there are so many ghoulishly good recipes to choose from!
Pumpkin farm/ pumpkin patch
What better way to celebrate the October half term than to go pumpkin picking? It’s the perfect Halloween activity for everyone to enjoy! Whether you’re planning on taking your little ones or want to capture a cute autumnal pic, pumpkin picking is the go-to activity this Halloween.
Here are some of the events that are taking place throughout October half term in the UK:
More Treat than Trick at Drayton Manor
If you’re looking for a spooky day out that’s more than suitable for the faint hearted, head down to Drayton Manor Theme Park as it brings back their “More Treat than Trick” event.
There will be hay bales, pumpkins and over 100 rides and attractions to enjoy.
The “More Treat than Trick” event runs from October 16th to October 31st.
Pumpkin Spooktacular at Hatton Adventure World
Take a bewitching ride on a trailer with some fun surprises along the way. You can pick your own free pumpkin (one per child) from the pumpkin patch or brave the Haunted House and be entertained at the Magic & Mayhem Illusion show.
With Hatton Country Farm also being the home to 300 farm animals, your little ones can also enjoy visiting the animals too!
The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle
The event is packed with ghosts, ghouls, wizards and witches telling their spooky stories and sharing some family-friendly frights in themed shows and activities!
Runs from October 23rd to October 31st.
Torchlit Ghost Tour at Aston Hall
With being named one of Britain’s most haunted buildings, you can encounter on a Torchlit Ghost Tour to learn all about the hall’s intriguing past this weekend plus daytime family friendly ghost tours on October 28th and 29th.
On October 30th, the museum will be transformed into Aston Halloween - a haunted mansion complete with a witch hunter, wise woman and an executioner. This event might be better suited to adults and teens rather than little ones though!
Lantern Festival at West Midland Safari Park
A thousand lanterns are coming to West Midland Safari Park in a new Lantern Festival.
Families will get to walk through three kilometres of after-dark illuminations, including light tunnels, interactive lighting displays and glowing parades, eagles, dinosaurs and dragons.
There will be 40+ light groupings, with something for all ages, including beautiful flower arches, orchid lanterns and pretty flamingos plus a giant interactive piano keyboard!
Yes, this festival isn’t Halloween themed BUT is still a great activity for everybody to enjoy this October half term. The Lantern Festival runs on selected dates from October 22nd to December 5th.
Scarefest at Alton Towers
From taking part in Halloween themed activities during the day to riding your favourite rides after dark in the Scare Zones, Alton Towers Scarefest is a must for those who especially love the spooky season. Book ahead if you want to take the family.
Fright Nights at Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park always offers awesome Halloween UK events throughout October. The fright night attractions are that intense they are not recommended for anyone under the age of 13.
What are your plans this Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!