Halloween events: 15 spooky things to do with your kids

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  • So it's that time of year again, October half term approaches and you're looking for anything and everything to keep your little ones entertained while school's out, including the spookiest Halloween events you can find.

    Well now that the scariest time of year is fast approaching, we’ve been busy coming up with Halloween ideas and Halloween events to keep you and the kids busy, which can be difficult when it’s cold and windy outside and the days are getting shorter and shorter.

    Thankfully we’ve manage to find some of the best and creepiest Halloween events that are on this October that will keep your little monsters busy (for a day or two at least).

    We’ve looked for Halloween events all over the UK, and rounded up some of our favourites for Halloween 2019.


    1. Royal cruelty and a headless Lady at Corfe Castle, Dorset

    When? October 26 to November 3, 2019

    This spooky ruined castle on the Jurassic Coast is over 5,000 years old – and a strong reminder of Britain’s gruesome past. Its stories of imprisonment, torture, treachery and murder will give you goose-bumps. But if that doesn’t do it, people have heard the sound of a child crying nearby (a family that got overrun by the civil war) and reportedly seen the headless body of a woman in white roaming around the battlements.
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    2. Tulley’s Farm Shocktober Fest, West Sussex

    When? 4 October – 2 November 2018

    One of the creepiest Halloween events around, this family friendly attraction will give you the heebeegeebeez! With loads of haunted experiences to enjoy, street attractions and live actors, there’s something for everyone – including The Creepy Cottage and Coven of 13.
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    3. Tudor Hallowtide at Speke Hall, Liverpool

    The story goes that Lady Mary, the heiress of the black and white Tudor manor, threw her baby son out of the window and into the moat whilst maddened with grief and anger. Her husband had gambled away the family fortune to live the high life – yes, it happened back then too! Lady Mary then went down to the great hall and committed suicide. Although facts suggest this spooky tale isn’t true, reports of a ghost in the haunted chamber have been going for 100 years! Crikey – what a grim tale!
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    4. Halloween at Wookey Hole, Somerset

    When? 26 October – 3 November 2018

    Warning! Underground Halloween events below. Take a plunge into these dark and terrible caves, where the legendary Wookey witch lived, cackled, and cast her spells years and years ago. This year you can explore the new lair, Chamber 20, buried hundreds of feet beneath the Mendip Hills! Along with a fancy dress competition and circus show, we think there will be enough to keep your little monsters entertained.
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    5. October Half Term at Ham House, Surrey

    Known as The National Trust’s most haunted house, the story goes that the Duchess of Lauderdale (the lady who owned the house) haunts the place to this day. Sounds of footsteps and the smell of her favourite rose perfume are heard and smelt in the Duchess’s bed chamber. Jeepers! If you’re brave enough to visit, there are spooky storytelling sessions every day between 26 October and 3 November, as well as ghost tours – ooerr.
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    6. Spot the Spooks at Treasurer’s House, York

    This huge mansion in York is where the country’s old treasurer used to live, but bizarrely, the spooky tale here has nothing to do with the treasurer. An engineer was installing the central heating in the mansion’s cellars when he heard a trumpet and saw a soldier’s helmet appear through the wall. Behind the trumpet player was a horse and 20 Roman soldiers carrying swords and shields. Needless to say, the poor bloke fell off his ladder. Follow the Spot the Spooks trail or go on a ghost tour – if you’re brave enough…
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    7. West Midlands Safari Park Spooky Spectacular

    When? 19 October – 3 November 2018

    Get dressed up and prepare for some Halloween family fun. The safari park is hosting a Spooky Spectacular event which will involve a whole host of creepy characters, terrifying tales, late night rides and all sorts of spooky things to see and discover. Animals and Halloween events come together in this Spooky Spectacular.
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    8. The Beastly Bat Trail at Chartwell, Kent

    Take a trip to the previous home of Sir Winston Churchill where, in an article he called ‘The Dream’, Winston says his dad appeared in his red leather armchair right in front of him. They have a conversation, he says, about what has happened since his dad passed away; two World Wars, family gossip, the usual. Randolph is disappointed his son ‘didn’t go into politics’ or ‘make a name’ for himself – both of which Churchill did. He then lit a cigarette and vanished. And even if you don’t see any ghosts, Halloween is the perfect time to follow the Beastly Bat Trail…
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    9. Halloween Spooooktacular at Audley End Miniature Railway, Essex

    When? 26 October – 3 November

    This event is sure to get you in the All Hallow’s Eve mood. Ride the Halloween train into the woods to meet a coven of witches and watch them perform their spooky ritual dance or visit the activity area for some creepy arts and crafts, listen to a spooky story and get your face painted like a classic Halloween character. One of the best Halloween events for creative kids!

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    10. The phantom bookworm at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

    They say this magnificent library and grand hall in rural Norfolk is haunted by a phantom bookworm who returns to the library to read all the books he didn’t have time to when alive. About 200 years ago, a fire broke out in the library and William Windham III risked his life trying to protect the books – he died as a result of injuries from the fire. Ever since, he’s been seen sitting at the library table reading or relaxing in the library chair. According to legend, the ghost only appears when an exact combination of books is put on the chair – that’s one hobby we never thought would terrify us!
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    11. Newton House after dark at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

    This 2,000-year-old castle is set in an enchanted Welsh national park and rumoured to be haunted by a woman called Lady Elinor Cavendish. She ran away from a man she didn’t love to her family home in Wales – but the man, consumed by anger, followed her and strangled her to death. Nasty! In the 1980s, a cameraman tried to film her ghost but got nothing. Eerily, he said that while asleep he felt invisible hands squeezing his neck. Staff say lights switch themselves on and off, muffled voices are heard in empty rooms and cigar smoke is smelt. Err, don’t think we’ll be staying overnight – ever – thanks!
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    12. Halloween at the Castle at Dunster Castle, Somerset

    The history buffs say this castle deep in the heart of Somerset is a popular ‘haunting ground’ for ghosts. Staff say they’ve seen a mysterious man in green wandering through the old stable block and that stock strangely falls from shelves. Weirdest of all, the remains of a seven-foot tall prisoner, chained by the wrists, were found with 3 or 4 other skeletons. Take the ghost tour to see for yourself, or channel your inner Harry Potter and enrol in magic school.
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    13. Haunted Half Term at Nunnington Hall, York

    Thiseerie stone-house on the River Rye in York has a reputation for being haunted by the Lady of Nunnington – not another one! She locked her step-son away wanting her own little boy to inherit the estate. But when the young boy escaped, her son was so upset he watched for his return intently and one day leaned too far out the window and fell to his death. His mother, utterly saddened, now roams the house – you can sometimes hear the rustling of her silk dress. Listen carefully and you might just hear it too! Go on a family-friendly or adults-only tour, or get involved in some creepy crafting!
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    14. October Half Term at Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

    This old estate in Warwickshire filled with ghost stories! Visitors have reported hearing footsteps along corridors and seen door handles turn without anybody touching them! There’s a bloodstain on the library floor which is said to belong to the murdered priest of Baddesley church, who was strangling his wife when he was killed. Scientists have since proven it’s actually pigs blood – but it’s still gory! Go along for a week of fiendish fun and frights at this spooky estate!
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    15. Create & Grow Spooky Half Term at Squire’s Garden Centres, multiple branches

    When? 28 October – 1 November

    It’s getting spooky at garden centres around the country this October half term. Take the kids in to get creative and paint a ceramic bat tealight holder complete with a complimentary LED tealight – or if you want to get even more ghoulish you can decorate a spooky scratch art mask for trick or treating. There’s even a ghost pursuit around the centre!

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    Know of any great spooky things to do with the family? Let us know in a comment below and we might even feature them in our round-up!