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 Legoland, 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 2019
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 £49.59, by booking online in advance. Time slots are already starting to sell out so booking in advance is advisable.
Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham. B30 1JR.
2. Halloween Wand Making Workshop, 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. Design and then build your very own magic wand with expert wand makers, using a huge assortment of spooky, sparkly and glittery materials! Then swish, swoosh and cast your spells to collect bags of sweets this Halloween! Wizarding fancy dress recommended!
£6 per child
3. Warwick Castle – The Haunted Castle from 19th October to 3rd November.
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. For 2019 there is also the new family spooky scare. You can explore in the dark with the castle remaining open until 9pm.
Day tickets booked in advance cost £20.00 per person compared to the on the day price . If possible its well worth booking a package and staying onsite at the fabulous Knights Village
You can also exchange your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for entry tickets which is excellent value.
Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH
4. Alton Towers Scarefest is on the 5th – 6th, 12th – 13th, 18th October – 3rd November 2019
There is fun for all the family during Scarefest with the addition of new scare mazes and rides in the dark until 9pm including their amazing 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 including Gretyl the witch and the CBeebies Monster Ball
Entry costs are £125.00 for 2 adults and 2 children booking in advance. 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 19th October to 31st October 2019.
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 their 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 £63.80, (children under 92cm are free, children between 92cm to 105cm are £14.95 and children and adults over 105cm are charged at £16.95 entry fee.)
BeWILDerwood Norfolk Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW
6. Brick or Treat at Legoland is 17th October – 2nd November.
We think this is one of the best Halloween events for kids in the UK. 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 their Brick or Treat event.
With many fun Halloween activities including our NEW for 2019 the Creepy Cobweb Castle, Monster Rocker’s Dance Party, the return of the Brick or Treat trail, costume competition and so much more including my NEW Haunted House Monster Party Ride!
Fireworks are held on 19, 20, 25, 26 October and the 1, 2 November
Entry will cost children and adults over age 3 from £36 (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 Brick or Treat at 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 27th 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 2019, this year’s feature focusses on the loyal followers of the Dark Lord, the Death Eaters You can read our review of Halloween at Warner Brothers Studio Tour London here.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Studio Tour Drive Leavesden WD25 7LR
8. Twinlakes at Melton Mowbray Family Scream Park runs from the 18th – 31st October
It has been voted the UK’s Best Halloween Daytime Attraction for families. Each child will receive a free pumpkin to carve or paint.
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 £60.00 for 2 adults and 2 children over 108cm. There are 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 19th – 31st 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 4 person for £88 ticket can be booked in advance which is £68 cheaper than the normal gate price.
Drayton Manor Drive
10. National Forest Adventure Farm Spooktacular 9, 20, 25 – 31 Oct & 1 Nov
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 and a new Wizard academy along with favourites such as the telling, Mummy Maze and Haunted House. Entry booked online in advance is £44.96 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 – 12th October – 3rd November
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 2019 at Howl’o’ween is the launch of the brand new attraction Spyders. ou and your family must work with the S.A.S (Secret Arachnid Service) to help infiltrate the infestation of ‘gigantula’ spiders who are causing mayhem at the Theme Park. Also new for 2019 is the Haunted Howl’o’ween Live Show. Dance with werewolves, jive with ghouls and waltz with witches in this toe tapping spooktacular
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 £29.50
12. Halloween at Paulton’s Park – 5th October – 4th November
Happy Halloween at Paultons is the friendliest, most frightful fun fest in the UK; with over 10,000 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 2019 and for the very first time, Peppa Pig World will be transformed for this year’s fang-tastic festivities! Meet Peppa and George in their spooky outfits and enjoy lots of fun Peppa themed Halloween decorations
Tickets for a family of 4 £113.00
13. West Midland Safari Park’s Spooky Spectacular – 19th October – 3rd November
Visit West Midland Safari Park from 19th October until 3rd November for witches, ghosts and eerie tales in the Spooky Spectacular event!
West Midland Safari Park will be brimming with Halloween decorations with illuminated, themed scarecrows and hundreds of pumpkins.
Full of Halloween fun for the whole family, it’s the perfect way to brighten up the spookiest of seasons
West Midland Safari Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, DY12 1LF
14. Screamland – October 18th – 1st November (selected dates)
Screamland returns to Margate’s dreamland for 2019 – at their annual Halloween event you will find creepy mazes as well as live action experiences such as a sinking ship and the locked-down test facility.
Tickets from £20
15. Halloween at Marwell Zoo – 26th October – 3rd November
Bring your little monsters to the zoo this October half term for lots of ‘Monster’ fun! Take part in the monster trail and track down 12 hidden monsters around the zoo. Decorate a wand and make your very own monster to take home*. Enjoy some treats from our trick or treat tuckshop. Back by popular demand is our resident wizard Lowedolf who will be teaching broomstick flying lessons Level 4. Plus, catch one of our spooky story telling sessions and join Esme the witch to help conjure up a spell in the giant magical cauldron!
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 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. You can read our review here
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 – 25th October
At Glasgow Science Centre is Scotland’s biggest and best Halloween Party! Tricks, treats, friendly fun and scary science guaranteed!
The biggest, best family Halloween Spooktacular is back for 2019 and bigger than ever! With a petrifying 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. Their Spooktacular family party sells out every year so get those terrifying tickets bought soon and we’ll see you in Spooksville.
Tickets £6.50 – limited availability
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G51 1EA
18. Spooky Halloween at Folly Farm – 19th October – 3rd November
Something spooky will be happening at Folly Farm, one of the best days out for families in Wales. Hunt for our scarecrows on our scarecrow trail to get clues to complete the prize trail. There will be spooky craft activities in their Halloween Hideout and Jugglestruck, the resident magician, who will be putting on a spooky show.
Family of 4 tickets from £52.72
Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0XA
19. Candy and Cobwebs at Blists Hill Victorian Town – 31st October & 1st November
Visit this Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town on the evenings of Thursday 31 October & Friday 1 November, 5pm-7pm, for a Halloween trick or treat event, especially for under 8s and their grownups.
During the evening you will happen across Victorians in spooky costumes at the Grocers, Chemist, Post Office, Terrace, Plasterers, Printers, Candle Factory & Doctors. Do you dare knock on their doors and trick or treat?
There will be cobwebs, pumpkins and lanterns in the Townsfolk’s shops & homes but nothing too scary – this event is perfect for families looking for a less-scary hallowe’en night out.
Family of 4 £20.00
20. Halloween at The Blackpool Tower Dungeons
At the Blackpool Tower Dungeons for Halloween you will find the Pendle Witches show, a 90-minute scarily fun, educational and fully immersive experience suitable for older kids (8 years +) and big kids alike. After the show, enjoy a complimentary drink in the new Fifth Floor space that’s recently opened at the tower. There’s also free children’s entertainment and a Blackpool Tower VR experience that you can try out (only on weekends)
There is no age restriction for The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, some kids might find it scary and it’s recommended for children eight and older
Tickets start from £11.50 per person.
Bonus Entry – Halloween Shriek Week, Drusillas Park – Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November
Drusillas Park in East Sussex are running a Halloween Shriek Week which looks great fun especially for children. There are ghosts, mummies, witches and you can get nose-to-nose with creepy crawlies. There is also an appearance from the Gruffalo.
Bonus Entry – 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 26 – 31 0ctober 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 (£5 per pumpkin) 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.
Castle Ward, County Down Autumn Pumpkinfest 26–27 October 2019
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. Head over to the scooping station to make sure your gourd is ready for carving so you have a special pumpkin to take home.
The Dunster Castle School of Magic 19 October – 3rd November 2019
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?