Halloween events and things to do with the kids for half term 2021

Halloween events and activities for October half term 2021 that you’ll want on your radar for a fun list of things to do with the kids this spooky season

Halloween is fast approaching and this half term there are heaps of fun activities and things to do for families who want to enjoy the spooky season.

Theme parks’ Halloween events are back, there are plenty of fun trails, and a wide array of events and days out tailored to families with little ones who aren’t quite ready for the bigger thrills just quite yet.

From picking out the perfect pumpkin for pumpkin carving, to fancy dress competitions and ghostly trails, you’ll be spoiled for choice whether you’re after tricks or treats.

Check out our top pick of fun things to do with the kids this spooky season…

Theme parks
Alton Towers, Legoland Windsor, Thorpe Park and Chessington are just some of the theme parks hosting Halloween events this October. Alton Towers and Thorpe Park’s terrifying scare mazes and rides after dark will be on offer, while Legoland and Paulton’s Park will be a hit with little terrors who want to show off their best fancy dress. We’ve rounded up the best Halloween theme park events to give you a helping hand.

Pumpkin patches and Halloween trails
Choosing the right pumpkin to carve is no joke – and luckily, there are some brilliant UK pumpkin patches where you can pick your own, and enjoy fun Halloween trails and other surprises too!

Speaking of trails, you can find heaps of ghoulish walks throughout the UK with special events and decorations to get you in the Halloween spirit. RHS Gardens are hosting trails and events, Visit Herefordshire has created Hideous Histories self-guided trails, and SEA LIFE centres across the UK and Ireland are offering in-tank trails celebrating the creepiest creatures of the deep.

Visit a haunted location
The UK is filled with haunted and spine-chilling locations you can visit if you’re looking for a Halloween twist for a day out. There are also some great ghost tours if you want to enjoy a dose of history and see some sights along the way. Oh, and for the really brave souls, you could always book a stay at one of the UK’s haunted hotels and B&Bs.

The National Trust and English Heritage also have Halloween events where you can learn some spine-tingling tales that took place on the site you’re visiting.

For families with little monsters

Some children may not be quite ready for the scares that Halloween brings, but that doesn’t mean they need to miss out on all of the fun. There are plenty of attractions which tailor to families with toddlers and young children this spooky season. Some of our top picks include:

The Addams Family 2 is out in UK cinemas. In this animated sequel, Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up, so they decide to cram the whole family into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last holiday. Cineworld has screenings including deals for families.
National Trust properties are hosting everything from arts and crafts sessions to spooky shows and trails. Find an event near you on nationaltrust.org.uk.
Legoland Windsor’s Brick or Treat event includes a a new show, Lord Vampyre’s Creepy Crypt trail, fancy dress competitions for kids, and other fun decorations. Halloween fun is included in day tickets with prices from £39pp when booked online. Find out more at legoland.co.uk.

Cadbury World is inviting guests to Freddo’s Ghoulish Gameshow which includes fun games such as beating the clock in ‘Count Dracula’s Conundrum’, or spotting mystery characters in ‘Spook Am I’?’. Kids will be encouraged to don their best fancy dress – and they may even win a prize for their efforts! Halloween fun is included in standard ticket prices from £18.05 per adult and £13.30 per child. Pre-booking is essential. Find out more on cadburyworld.co.uk.
Shrek’s Adventure in London needs families to help find a witch’s belongings after she crashed in the capital. Guests can pick up a trail card as they make their way through the attraction – and at the end, just hand your list to the witch who will delve into her cauldron to dig out some treats. The trail is included in standard tickets from £30 when booked online. Find out more at shreksadventure.com.

Paulton’s Park’s Peppa Pig World will be transformed with Halloween decorations – keep an eye out for Grandpa Pig’s ‘World’s Biggest Pumpkin’ growing in its greenhouse and Mr Skinny Legs the spider. Tickets are included in normal admission prices from £37.75pp when booked online (children under 1m in height go free). Find out more at paultonspark.co.uk.
Legoland Discovery Centres in Manchester and Birmingham are hosting heaps of activities including LEGO pumpkin building, scavenger hunts, character meet and greets including Lord Vampyre, alongside the usual activities such as soft play and a 4D cinema. Brick or Treat is included with admission, prices from £17.50pp when booked online – find out more on legolanddiscoverycentre.com.