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 – 21st October until 29th October 2017.
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 £47.44, 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 – 16th 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,
£10 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 £15.00 per person compared to the on the day price of £27.00
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 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th – 16th, 20th and 31st October.
There is fun for all the family during Scarefest with the addition of rides in the dark until 9pm, For spooky young visitors, there are live shows and our famous freaky four to meet, 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 £119.00 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 14th October to 29th October 2017.
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!
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 14th – 30th October and 5th 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 spooktacular activities plus over 55 rides, live shows and attractions, the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is an awesome day out for all the family.
Fireworks are held on 21, 22, 27 & 28 October.
Entry will cost children and adults over age 3 £30 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 Sunday 1st October – Sunday 12th 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.
New for 2017, 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 14th October to 5th 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. There are lots of Halloween workshopsincluding childrens magical wand making and Halloween broomstick flying masterclass, mak e your own spell classes, all part of our new halloween spooktacular show! Meet and greet Marty the friendly Monster! !
Children’s fancy-dress is optional but we love it when they do! – This Halloween Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandad can join the kids and meet a real Owl at our friendly Falconry centre!
Entry to the park is cheaper if booked online in advance and is £60.00 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 14th October to 29th October.
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 family of 4 ticket booked more than 7 days in advance is £90.00.
Drayton Manor Drive
10. National Forest Adventure Farm Spooktacular 20th to 29th October 2017.
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 £43.04 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 – 20th – 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.
Children will also love the spooky storytelling with characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much loved story “Room on the Broom”
For older children and new for 2017 and with a ‘three bat rating’ are the Creepy Caves . 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 £26.00
12. Halloween at Paulton’s Park – 7th – 30th October
Paulton’s Park has lots of spooky fun for all the family during October half term. Paultons transforms into a world of pumpkins, Little Monsters and spooky tunes! Don’t miss the Little Monsters Ball, Freaky Fancy Dress competition and character meet and greets.
Tickets for a family of 4 £105.00
13. Pumpkin Carvings at Fortnum’ & Mason – Children’s Workshops – 25th, 26th & 27th October
This Halloween, join Fortnum’s for a half-term Pumpkin Carving event for all ages at their Piccadilly store.
Create your own spooky-faced jack-o-lantern under the watchful eye of our devilishly-good carving experts, and stake a claim for one of the Best Pumpkin prizes at each session.
Places are limited to 20 per class, and tickets cost £20 plus booking fee. Book early to avoid disappointment
14. West Midland Safari Park’s Spooky Spectacular – 30th September – 29th October
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 2017 is the Trick or Treat Trail – Follow a trail of tricky clues around the Park to find the gingerbread house and its owner – the trick or treat witch! On completing the trail, the witch will give you a prize, but beware – will this be a lovely treat or a sneaky trick!?
Tickets for a family of four are £69.70 (children under 3 years old are free)
West Midland Safari Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, DY12 1LF
15. Hallowe’en Happenings at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff – 28 Oct 2017 – 05 Nov 2017
Visit Cardiff Castle this Halloween for different Halloween themed activities run across the October half term including Ghostly Knights, Halloween Happenings and Creepy Crawlies.
£43.00 for a family of 4
Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff, Glamorgan, CF10 3RB
16. Wookey Hole – 21 Oct 2017 – 29 Oct 2017
This Halloween the famous caves of Wookey Hole are packed full of super scary characters! New for 2017 you get the chance to learn how to ride on a broomstick and visit the Wookey Hole Witch in her new Grotto, where each child will receive a Halloween treat! Finally be dazzled and bewitched by star performers this Halloween in their Halloween Circus.
Adults: £19, Child: £15, Child under 3: Free. If you book online you can save up to 20%
Wookey Hole Ltd, Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1BB
17. Fright Night at Glasgow Science Centre
At Glasgow Science Centre is Scotland’s biggest and best Halloween Party! Tricks, treats, friendly fun and scary science guaranteed!
There’s no pass the parcel at this party but there will be plenty of tricks (and some treats) in store. Polish your fangs, dust off your cobweb coat and dress to impress as there are fang-tastic prizes to be won!
Tickets £6.50 – limited availability
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G51 1EA
18. Halloween Ghost Train at East Lancashire Railway
A family event where we challenge you to not get scared! Roll up, roll up for the ride of your life on the East Lancashire Railway’s Halloween Ghost Trains! The spooky circus is steaming into town with a host of hilarious haunters and giggling ghouls. You will want to get ringside seats for this!
Every child receives a goody bag full of tricks and treats
Adult ticket: £14.50 and child ticket: £7.50
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0EY
19. Ghostly Gaslights at Blists Hill Victorian Town – 28th 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 £32.00
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.
Autumn Pumpkinfest – Castle Ward, County Down 21 & 22 October, , 12pm-5pm
With over 2,000 pumpkins picked ready for you to scoop out and for us to carve, this is an autumn festival with a difference. Solve the Pumpkin People’s clues on the trail, browse stalls of local crafts and artisan food in the Stableyard and bring along your very own scarecrow creation to enter the scarecrow competition.
History and Hauntings – Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire 21, 26 & 27 Oct, , 7pm-8pm
Dress up in your Hallowe’en finest and join in with a family-friendly evening at our most-haunted property in Wales. You’ll be able to explore the old rooms and winding corridors in the company of a storyteller, who will share hair-raising stories and secrets about the house. Be warned: there may be a few tricks up his sleeve. There’ll also be plenty of spooky activity during the day including pumpkin carving and Hallowe’en crafts.
Hallowe’en fun – Ham House, London – 21-29 Oct, 10am-5pm
Head to Ham House this Hallowe’en to find out about how superstitions and folklore impacted the lives of the house’s inhabitants in the seventeenth century. Follow the family trail around the gardens, explore the house in the dark, or hear spooky stories in the Back Parlour.
Dunster After Dark – Dunster Castle, Somerset 24 & 26 Oct, 6.30-9pm
Whether you’re 5 or 50, you can scare yourself silly by exploring Dunster’s ghostly grounds after dark. Follow the trail through the eerily-lit River gardens, where you might find a creeping fog swirling around you. Who knows what could be lurking around the next corner? If it all gets a bit too much you can always stop off at the tea-room to warm up away from the monsters, or follow the daytime pumpkin trail instead.