Halloween and October Half Term is eerily close, which means it’s time to get planning where you are going to go this Halloween.
For those who dare, we’ve spotted plenty of spooky-themed days out across the UK, including Cadbury World, Drayton Manor and Warwick Castle with freaky face painting, bewitching creatures and spooky storytelling.
Take a look at our top 20 favourite Halloween inspired days out across the UK. Many of the attractions listed below are subject to availability so the earlier you book the better, plus many have early booking discounts. Alternatively another great value option is to convert your Tesco Clubcard points into attraction tickets.
1. Cadbury World Halloween Spooktacular – 20th October until 4th November 2018
At Cadbury World the Scream Factor returns where you can join Dermot O Scary for this spooktacular showing, as Frankie Frankenstein, Witchy Woo Woo and Wolfy the Wolfman!
With plenty of Halloween themed family entertainment and prizes for Halloween fancy dress and plenty of opportunity to dance, scream and sing along. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £48.44, by booking online in advance you can save 5%. Time slots are already starting to sell out so booking in advance is advisable.
Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham. B30 1JR.
2. Halloween magic school, Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh -20th October
It’s the time of year when there are more witches and wizards about than at any other. and this looks such a fab event at Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh for children aged 7 – 11. No prior magic experience is needed! for this workshop which is in conjunction with the International Magic Festival. Children can come dressed as their favourite witch, wizard or magician where they learn how to create and perform their own magic tricks,
£7.06 per child
3. Warwick Castle – The Haunted Castle from 21st October to 31st October.
Warwick castle is a great day out for children of all ages and during the Halloween event you can expect the witch’s tower to write spells and dress up as a witch, spooky storytelling, Horrible Histories, the haunted hallows trial, flight of the Eagle, the spectacular trebuchet fire ball and the fantastic knights on horses performing a fire Joust. Day tickets booked in advance cost £25.00 per person compared to the on the day price of £30.00
You can also exchange your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for entry tickets which is excellent value. You can explore in the dark with the castle remaining open until 9pm.
Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH
4. Alton Towers Scarefest is on the 6th – 7th, 13th – 14th, 19th October – 2nd November 2018
There is fun for all the family during Scarefest with the addition of rides in the dark until 9pm including their brand new rollercoaster and its six-storey high Wicker Man effigy as it spectacularly bursts into flames. For spooky young visitors, there are live shows, the famous freaky four to meet, plus their brand new character Gretyl the witch in their colourful Halloween playland! whilst older families will enjoy our House of Monsters maze and Freak Show scare zone. For the bravest you have to try their terrifying scare maze
Entry costs are £121.00 for 2 adults and 2 children booking in advance. If you would like to upgrade to a 2 day ticket there is the option of paying an additional £7.50 more per person. You can also exchange your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for entry tickets which is good value for money.
Farley Ln, Alton ST10 4DB
5. BeWilderwood – The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade 13th October to 31st October 2018.
Have the best day exploring the magical woodland, meeting the BeWILDerbats and seeing the spooky decorations in the park. But make sure you stay for dusk, that’s when the real fun begins! Take your beautifully crafted lantern and see BeWILDerwood in a magical light extravaganza!
Get creative in our Big Hat and craft a beautiful lantern for a Slitherigrub to live in, which will guide your way through the dusty gloam. Wear your best spooky costumes and visit our Face Painting Pavilion (all inclooosive of course!) to make sure you look truly spooktacular!
The best time to arrive is Midday to ensure you still have enough energy left for the Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade. The cost for a family of 4 is £58.00, (children under 92cm are free, children between 92cm to 105cm are £13.50 and children and adults over 105cm are charged at £15.50 entry fee.)
BeWILDerwood Norfolk Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW
6. Brick or Treat at Legoland is 18th October – 2nd November.
For a short period of time the park is spookily decorated and Halloween themed. This October half term bring your little monsters to the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort and get into the Halloween spirit with our Brick or Treat event.
With many fun Halloween activities including our NEW for 2018 Brick or Treat trail, Frankie’s Monster Disco, costume competition and more – plus all of our rides, live shows and attractions, it’s an awesome day out for all the family.
Fireworks are held on 20, 21, 26, 27 October and 2 November
Entry will cost children and adults over age 3 from £25 (date dependent) per person booked in advance. You can also take advantage of exchanging Tesco Clubcard vouchers for entry. You can read our review of Legoland here.
7. Warner Brothers Studio Tour London
With Harry Potter being a wizard what better place to visit this Halloween. You are able to relive the magic and witness the making of the Harry Potter films, view the original Hogwarts Express and look at many of the props and memorabilia used in the films.
Discover the secrets behind enchanted floating pumpkins and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool.
From the 28th September – 10th November, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts are invited to delve deeper than ever before into the Dark Arts as we host a special feature dedicated to the darker side of the Harry Potter film series.
Returning for 2018, the iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Studio Tour Drive Leavesden WD25 7LR
8. Twinlakes at Melton Mowbray Family Scream Park runs from the 13th October to 4th November
It has been voted the UK’s Best Halloween Daytime Attraction for families. Each child will receive a free pumpkin to carve or paint.
New for 2018 is Fruity the Witches Not-So-Scary trick or treat Witch Wagon! – The happiest haunted place on Earth. Step inside Fruity the Forgetful Witch’s Wagon, with Halloween inspired prizes, potions bubbling, cauldrons churning for an interactive and imagination filled experience. Don’t miss out on all the chills, thrills and fun, it’s a real spook-tacular experience to be had.
Entry to the park is cheaper if booked online in advance and is £50.00 for 2 adults and 2 children over 108cm. There is also great hotel and ticket deals through Stay Play and Explore
Melton Spinney Rd,
Tel: 01664 567 777
9. Drayton Manor – More Trick than Treat is a Halloween event running from 20th October to 2nd November.
You will find creepy arts and crafts, spooky sweet treats, pumpkin donuts and special Halloween activities during your visit. Thomas Land™ will be transformed into the spook-tacular Island of Sodor which is perfect for the little ones.
Enjoy many Thomas and Friends™ rides like Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Toby’s Tram Express, Captain’s Sea Adventure and lots more. For children and adults with a sweet tooth, remember there are free treats at the park. A 4 person for £80 ticket can be booked in advance which is £10 cheaper than the normal price which is £90.00.
Drayton Manor Drive
10. National Forest Adventure Farm Spooktacular 26 October – 4th November.
With a Halloween theme, pick your own pumpkin for free from the field and carve it there or take it home. Kids will love the Halloween organised activities like Scare school, Broomstick Training, spooky story telling, Mummy Maze and Haunted House. Entry booked online in advance is £45.00 for 2 adults and 2 children over the age of two. Under 2’s are free.
Postern House Farm, Tatenhill, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9SJ.
Tel: 01283 533933
11. Howl ’o’ ween, Chessington World of Adventures – 13th – 31st October
As the sun goes down, the eerie, the spooky and the creepy come out to play this Halloween at Chessington.
At Trick or Treat wood you will encounter enchanted fairies and ghostly goblins who will guide little explorers on their way, with plenty of tricks and treats suitable for families of all ages.
New for 2018 is the Haunted Howl’o’ween live show where you can join in the monster boogie, dance with werewolves, jive with ghouls and waltz with witches in this toe tapping family
Children will also love the spooky storytelling with characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much loved story “Room on the Broom”
You can also enjoy the rides in the dark from taking a flight of fright on Vampire soaring through the trees of Wild Woods or enjoy Dragon’s Fury’s spectacular spin underneath the stars.
Tickets from £29.00
12. Halloween at Paulton’s Park – 6th October – 5th November
Happy Halloween at Paultons is the friendliest, most frightful fun fest in the UK; with over 2000 pumpkins, ghostly scenes, spooky meet and greets, Freaky Fancy Dress competition, the thrilling Little Monsters Ball finale to finish each day and Paultons fun rides and attractions all included in the price!
New for 2018 is The Legend of Paultons Manor. This theatrical show will follow the exploits of the intrepid Spirit Squad as they try to help Pickles the Pumpkin solve the mystery of the fabled Paultons Manor house. There will be plenty of laughter and fun along the way as the elite team of Ghost-hunters track down the Creepy Gatekeeper so Pickles can throw the best Halloween party ever!
Also new for 2018 is The Big BOO Barn! Families of all ages will love the fun scenes and mysterious happenings as they make their way around the ghoulishly delightful farmyard barn
Tickets for a family of 4 £113.00
13. Witch and Wizard School at Avon Valley Adventure Park 27th October – 4th November
Enrol your child into Avon Valley’s Witch & Wizard School this October half term with sessions running throughout the day.
Headmistress Broomhilda will be waiting to greet them into the 2018 term.
Pupils will be put into their school house, given their very own witch or wizard hat and then led to their various classes.
Following this approx. 1 hour 15mins experience each and every pupil will receive their Witch & Wizard certificates at their graduation ceremony.
Each pupil will take home:
A Witch/Wizard hat
A Completed Workbook with Stickers
This ticket also includes FREE PUMPKIN CARVING and other Spooky Fun activities across the park plus all usual Adventurers Pass activities.
14. West Midland Safari Park’s Spooky Spectacular – 29th September – 4th November
Visit West Midland Safari Park from 30th September until 29th October 2017 for witches, ghosts and eerie tales in the Spooky Spectacular event!
Full of family fun, spooky shows and a trick or treat trail, it is the perfect way to celebrate October and brighten up the spookiest of seasons.
New for 2018 is the Wizarding Workshop – meet Walter the Wizard, make your own wizard’s wand and help him cast an invisibility spell so he can escape!
Also new for 2018 is the Ice Age: Legend of the Dire Wolf – Strange things are happening and there have been reports of howling coming from the new Ice Age exhibit!
Tickets for a family of four are £73.10 (children under 3 years old are free)
West Midland Safari Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, DY12 1LF
15. Halloween at Marwell Zoo – 20th – 28th October 2018
Our resident wizard is putting trainee flyers through their paces to earn their Level 3 broomstick license. Sessions last 20 minutes and take place each day in the ‘flying arena’ on the front lawn of Marwell hall on a first come first served basis.
Join, Esme, the scary witch at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for some creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall.
Marwell Wildlife, Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hants SO21 1JH
16. Wookey Hole – 20th October – 4th November
This Halloween the famous caves of Wookey Hole are packed full of super scary characters! Come dressed as your favourite Halloween character and you could win a prize at the end of our 3pm Halloween Circus Show and visit the Wookey Hole Witch in her new Grotto, where each child will receive a Halloween treat!
A spooky cave tour is included in your visit and at the end the Halloween grotto awaits – enter if you dare
Adults: £16.15 Child: £12.75, Child under 3: Free. when you book online
Wookey Hole Ltd, Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1BB
17. Fright Night at Glasgow Science Centre – 26th October
At Glasgow Science Centre is Scotland’s biggest and best Halloween Party! Tricks, treats, friendly fun and scary science guaranteed!
With an all new Planetarium show, escape mission in the tower base, monster mash disco and dissections galore, there’s something for the whole family. So, don your best freakishly fancy dress, block out your diary and visit us at Glasgow Science Centre for a night to remember.
Tickets £6.50 – limited availability
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G51 1EA
18. Halloween Ghost Train at East Lancashire Railway – 26th, 27th and 31st October
Are you brave enough to board the Halloween Ghost Train? Take a ride to Rawtenstall and back alongside a host of hideous haunters and giggling ghouls.
Every child receives a goody bag full of tricks and treats
Adult ticket: £15.50 and child ticket: £9.50
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0EY
19. Ghostly Gaslights at Blists Hill Victorian Town – 27th October
This Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town you can join them for their annual Halloween fright night.
Wander the streets, shops and houses which will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. We love seeing you all dressed up in your spooky costumes so feel free to hit the fancy dress shop before you visit!
The buildings will be illuminated in spectacular style and fireworks and pyrotechnic effects will light the night sky. What spooky encounter will you meet next – the wicked wizard casting spells, the local carpenter seeking victims to nail in his coffin, ghostly apparitions in the cottages’ windows or zombies looking for brains. A family firework show in front of the old Brick and Tile works and pyrotechnic displays around the Town will also create dramatic scenes.
Family of 4 £40.00
20. National Trust Spooky Hallowe’en adventures (various locations across the UK)
The National Trust are running some great Halloween events at some of their properties across the UK for Halloween, where you’ll find all the ingredients for a scary Hallowe’en adventure. Discover creaking staircases and secret doorways, go in search of ghoulish gargoyles and historical legends, or explore mystifying mazes and magical woods. Here’s some of their top events for little monsters.
Attingham Park, Shropshire Pumpkin Carving 29 & 30 October 2018
Calling all little ghouls – are you ready to get crafty this Halloween? Pumpkin carving is the perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity – will you create a face, a shape, or something even more spooky? All of the pumpkins for carving are sourced from a local farm and come complete with an LED tea light candle, so you can see your handiwork glow by night.
Bodiam Castle Black cat trail 20–28 October 2018
Ever since the medieval era, people have been superstitious about black cats. This Halloween, take on the challenge of finding cats hidden around Bodiam Castle to uncover the reason behind the myth, and claim your prize at the end.
Castle Ward, County Down Autumn Pumpkinfest 20–21 October 2018
With over 2,000 pumpkins picked ready for you to scoop out and for us to carve, this is an autumn festival with a spooky twist. Solve the Pumpkin People’s clues on the trail, enjoy artisan food in the Stableyard and bring along your very own scarecrow creation to enter into the scarecrow competition.
The Dunster Castle School of Magic 20 October & 4 November 2018
Ever thought you might have magical powers? Why not put them to the test at Dunster Castle this Halloween by trying the fiendish trail around the grounds. Can you solve all of the challenges to earn admittance to the Dunster Castle School of Magic, and claim your prize?
Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland Halloween Fun 29 October–5 November 2018
In need of a spooky adventure this half term? Why not head to Seaton Delaval Hall for some ghastly family fun, fiendish decorations and the chance to test your nerve against the Halloween trail. If you come on Halloween itself, don’t forget to dress up in your scariest costume and bring your pumpkin to enter into the pumpkin parade. There’ll also be spooky storytelling to send shivers down your spine, as well as face-painting and other creepy crafts to try.