Halloween Family Fun this October Half Term

It’s nearly October half term, so it’s time to get planning some spook-tacular activities for your little ghouls this Halloween. Here are our top picks for some hair-raising halloween fun in Kent:

Halloween Trail at Betteshanger Country Park, Deal

Breaking news: Vampires are real, and they’ve escaped from a top-secret underground laboratory deep in the heart of Betteshanger Park. Do you have what it takes to help Dr. Trudy Helsing track them down and cure the vampires of their thirst? - solve the riddles, complete the activities and earn your place in the Vampire Welfare Society. The Halloween trail will run from Saturday, 20th October to Sunday, 28th October, between 10am and 3pm each day. The trail is suitable for three to eight-year-olds and costs £1.50, per trail pack. 

‘Broadwitch Hauntfest’, Gravesend

There will be seven days of hauntingly good fun from Saturday, 20th October to Sunday, 28th October at the Broadditch Farm Shop in New Barn Road, Southfleet. There's the Bone Yard outdoor maze, Freaky Forest trailer ride, the Boo Bungalow, Monster Madness and pumpkin carving workshops. If you consider yourself a bit of a thrill-seeker and want to leave the kids at home, visit 'Broadwitch Hauntfest' in the evening for a terrifyingly immersive experience.

‘Spook Quest’ at Canterbury Tales, Canterbury

This October half term, ghosts and ghouls are hidden throughout The Canterbury Tales in Margaret Street at its Spook Quest from Saturday, 20th October to Sunday, 28th October. Young visitors can enjoy a spooky trail through the attraction, armed with their trail sheet, kids can hunt down ghosts, and when they complete the trail, they can claim a spook-tacular prize. 

Enchanted Garden, Chatham Dockyard

Enter the Enchanted Garden this half term to find out what the fairies have been up to since last year. It’s a week packed full of enchantment, magic and storytelling for all ages. There will be wand making, craft activities and pumpkin carving, plus to ensure all your dreams are enchanted, there will also be a chance to create a dreamcatcher. Lookout for the dragon’s lair, spider in the ice house and the pumpkin express. A visit to the Enchanted Garden is included in the dockyard entry ticket, though there may be charges for some activities.

Dover Castle, Dover

Are you feeling brave enough to take on Kent’s most haunted castle? The castle will become a Haunted Castle from Saturday, 20th October to Sunday, 28th October, between 10am and 4pm every day. Prepare to be scared as a frighteningly fun day awaits you, Enter the tunnel of terror or say boo to a ghost or two. There will also be creepy crafts, and prizes for the best children's Halloween costume. 

'Get Spooked' and 'Screamland', Dreamland, Margate

Get ready to ‘Get Spooked’ at Dreamland this half term, with over 7 days of spooky fun. You can get slippery in a slime factory, put your craft skills to use in a costume workshop, get jumpy in a spooky games arena or get lost in a puzzle hedge maze. There will also be a character appearance from children’s TV favourites, PJ Masks on the 24th. ‘Get Spooked’ will run from 12-4pm on 20th and 21st October and 24-28th October. There is also the after-dark scare festival for adults, ‘Screamland’ - for those who dare! 

The Addams Family at Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells

Meet the Addams Family at Groombridge Place this October half term between Saturday, 20th October and Sunday, 28th October. All the spooky fun begins when the doors open at 10am and visitors are greeted by the fascinating Addams family characters, including Gomez and Morticia and their children Wednesday and Pugsley. The Addams family band together to take visitors on a musical journey to solve the mystery of who sent them on a perilous trip through the Enchanted Forest, encountering creepy ghouls, ghosts, demons, and witches along the way. The Addams Family event is included in the Groombridge Place admission prices.

Treat the kids to a spook-tastic feast of fun for the half term holidays! Dress up in your best Halloween fancy dress and join in a host of hair-raising activities including, pumpkin carving, ghoulish face painting, creepy storytelling, magic shows and much more. Plus, on Wednesday 24th October, everyone's favourite TV firefighter, Fireman Sam, will be popping by to save the day. Look out for some extra special treats that you'll find on arrival! Running from Saturday, 20th October to Sunday, 28th October from 10am-4pm.

Halloween Spooktacular at Kent-Life, Maidstone

Come along and join in with the family friendly Halloween events as Kent Life is transformed for the spooky season from Saturday, 20th October to Sunday, 28th October. There’s pumpkin carving, a creepy cuddle corner, spooky farm rides and daily fancy dress competitions. Are you brave enough to come along and trick or treat in the historic houses? You never know who’s lurking behind the doors! You can also head to the Big Top to see Borris & Norris and see what chaos occurs as they attempt to create magical fun and frolics in their magic laboratory.

Halloween Monster Quest at Leeds Castle, Maidstone

This October half Term help Monster Hunter Valerie Van Helsing on a quest through the Castle grounds to investigate ‘The Case of the Halloween Monster’ but watch out for Halloween bandits along the way! Characters will be hiding across the estate from 11am to 1pm and again from 2pm to 4pm, including Vinnie the Vampire and Frank Frankenstein. Complete the trail card to claim a chocolate reward. At 12pm and 3pm, dance in the outdoor children's 'Monster Mash Ball' and take part in the daily fancy dress competition at 2.30pm with prizes for the best costume. There will be lots of ghoulish games and frightening fun to be had at Leeds Castle this half term.

Millbrook Garden Centre, Crowborough

There will be a whole host of creepy activities for you to take part in at Millbrook Garden Centre this half term. With a different activity each day, you could spend the whole week here! On Monday, you could create a magic potion or make a wizard wand from clay, or if that’s not your thing, why not meet some real-life owls on Tuesday? Wednesday is a great day to learn all about the weird and wonderful facts about rescued animals, with Thursday being a great day for some sweet making with your little ghouls. Friday, you could learn a spell or two at Marli the Magicians Magic Show, with the weekend bringing Pumpkin painting on Saturday and Pumpkin carving on Sunday. What isn’t there to love about this fun packed week?

Penshurst Place, nr Tonbridge

There is going to be a whole host of spook-tacular activities going on at the house and gardens from Saturday 20th October to Sunday 28th October. Unravel ridiculous riddles and rambunctious rhymes during the Halloween Garden Trail between 10.30-6pm every day. There will be wicked witch storytelling between Monday, 22nd October and Friday, 26th October at her dwelling in the woods, guess the weight of the pumpkin competitions and creepy crafts every day throughout the week.

For more information on all of the Halloween happenings above visit the above websites. Keeping the family busy this half term can be a challenging job but with all of these suggestions under your belt, you will never be stuck for something spook-tacular to do! 

Halloween is a fun time of the year, but it's important to stay safe when children are out trick-or-treating. Have a look at our infographic on How to have a fun and safe Halloween.



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