Halloween activities for half-term

It's October, and Halloween is just around the corner! Here's our pick of some brilliant half-term activities near you. 

There's Halloween pumpkin carving, nights at the museum - even a family rave (lawks!). Our Local editors have sourced plenty of great things to do over half-term in your area, so scroll down to find recommendations from your Mumsnet Local site.

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South West

Children's Halloween Evening Ferndown

A spooktastic evening packed with Halloween-themed games and activities - dress your DC in their spookiest costume and they may win a prize in the fancy dress competition! Tickets are £2 per person, and all proceeds go to the Forest Holme Hospice Charity.

Monster Bash Christchurch

A gentler alternative event where younger children can dress up and enjoy the scary fun of Halloween with their parents. The evening includes some night-time fun in Merritown Manor maze, games and competitions, a Halloween show, a child's meal, and more.

Sticker mug workshops Winton

First use a variety of stickers to create a pattern - then learn how to turn it into a work of art. Includes: medium mug, studio fee and squash. A small deposit is required to book your space.

Holiday arts club Bournemouth

A week of arts activities which aim to bringing local artists and children together - helping kids explore their creativity and achieve an arts qualification - it's great fun too!

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South East

Shriek Week at Drusillas Park Sussex

Stake out the fun at Drusillas Park this Halloween, with oodles of eery Halloween events and seasonal surprises to keep your little horrors happy at half-term. Venture through the creepy cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights, take your chances in Eden's Eye, or experience a creepy crawly encounter in the Discovery Centre.

Kent Life Spook Fest Maidstone

Brave the snakes, spiders and scorpions in Creepy Cuddle Corner, take the plunge with slimy zorbing, climb on board for a terrifying tractor ride and join us for a ghost story. Kent Life is also a fun and safe place to go trick or treating - so come and knock on the doors of its frightening farmhouses and find out who's lurking behind them!

Team Tim Canterbury

Ever wondered what it would be like to visit space? This show asks the audience to help Tim Peake pass his astronaut training and blast off in his rocket! Help Tim keep fit, do quick calculations, conduct science experiments, grow space plants, launch small satellites and perform a thrilling space walk - an unforgettable interactive experience for the whole family!

Wizards and Witches Week Leatherhead

Come and meet awesome reptiles and creepy crawlies at the Reptile Roadshow, or grab a sweet treat on the Spooky Wizards and Witches Trail. With hundreds of pumpkins and a jam-packed programme of activities, you certainly won't be short of something to do.

Roald Dahl Character Costumes Woking

Make giant ears, masks, hats or noses and turn yourself into your favourite Roald Dahl character! Choose from The Witches, BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Enormous Crocodile or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a crafty Halloween treat.

Fright Nights Chertsey

Grab your ticket to the greatest scare on Earth - the circus comes to town this October at the UK's most thrilling Halloween event, Fright Nights at Thorpe Park Resort. (The attractions are an intense experience, so aren't recommended for anyone under the age of 13.)

Big Fish Little Fish Halloween Family Rave Farnham

The Big Fish Little Fish crew bring their award-winning, critically acclaimed family rave to Farnham. Live DJ Little Chief will be playing rave classics with club visuals, a glitter cannon and bubbles - all topped off with the famous parachute dance.

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Greater London

Halloween Spooktacular! Morden

Dress up in your spookiest outfit to hunt for creepy crawlies - bring along a pumpkin to carve too! Get creative making creepy crafts and search for hidden objects on a spooky trail through the park.

Spooky Tales, Drama & Puppetry at New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon

Create your own Halloween monster to take home at this half-term workshop which explores the magical world of drama and puppetry.

Dracula: the Panto at Colour House Theatre Colliers Wood

Spend a spooky night out at a fun-packed show which melds gothic with slapstick. Dracula: the Panto has become a true family favourite all over the country, full of all kinds of irresistibly scary fun in true panto style.

Half-term Stay and Play Kennington

An informal and friendly play session for parents and children up to six years. Activities include sand and water play, painting, slides and climbing frames, cycling, dressing up, reading, games and storytelling.

Halloween Crafts at Wigwam Toy Shop West Dulwich

Bring the children along to enjoy making Halloween-themed crafts at Wigwam toy shop.

BP Family Festival Westminster

Don't miss this exciting day full of spectacular performances and activities by children, locals, artists, musicians and more. You'll be able to take part, create with others, join the artists and enjoy the show.

Discovery Day - Hair-raising Halloween Hyde Park

Drop in to the Isis Education Centre in the heart of Hyde Park for a day of Halloween-themed activities. Dare to explore the 'feely boxes,' have a go at arts and crafts (and potion-making!), learn about hibernating hedgehogs and how to track their behaviour and explore the nature trail. Dressing up is definitely encouraged!

Forest School Fun Muswell Hill

In this three-day Forest School camp children are given the opportunity to pursue their own interests, explore the world around them through child-led play, and spend invaluable time in the wild reconnecting with their inner self, and the natural world.

Halloween Spooky Trail Highgate

Calling all ghosts, ghouls, witches, werewolves, skeletons and sprites! Enjoy a fabulous family-friendly performance trail, where you'll encounter all kinds of spooky characters - it's a great alternative to trick or treating!

Walking Stories Highgate

Come and explore Waterlow Park in a completely new way with Dance Umbrella's Walking Stories. Simply follow the instructions on your headset and wander around, creating patterns as you go. It's exhilarating, inspiring and soothing - and gives you an hour to zone out of daily life.

Boo at the Zoo Regents Park

Guests of all ages will be amazed by arachnids at the Spiders exhibit in the Zoo's Inn. Learn all about how spiders use their venom to snare their prey and unravel the mysteries of their web-spinning talents. Then come face-to-face with breathtaking golden orb spiders in Europe's only walk-through spider forest - and the fun doesn't stop there!

London's Night Owls Sleepover Barbican

What happens in the museum once the doors close for the night? Walk in the shoes of past Londoners and haunt the galleries by torchlight in this special after hours' event for children. Enjoy three immersive and hands-on activities throughout the night, exploring London's history from the Romans to the Victorians.

Free Monsters Inc. Halloween film screening Angel

Join Hoop for a special Halloween screening of Monsters Inc. at the Screen on the Green in Islington. Don't forget to dress up - prizes and goodies go to the spookiest outfits!

Halloween Spooktacular in the Green Barn Pinner

Enter the barn to find a fabulous marketplace featuring food, crafts and gifts. Then enjoy Harrow Museum's make-and-take activities, including potions making, spooky biscuit decorating and leaf and conker painting. You can also visit the witch in the Small Barn for some tricks and treats!

Halloween Train Ride Rayners Lane

There's a special ghost and ghouls theme at the railway this year, and you're more than welcome to come in fancy dress and ride on the trains.

Spooky half-term fun at Squires Stanmore Stanmore

Paint a glow-in-the-dark wooden skeleton or a terracotta pumpkin tealight-holder - plus more activities!

Trick or treat at Ealing Broadway Ealing

Dress up your little monsters and join in the free trick or treat event on 30 October. Visit the ghoulish team at the Registration Desk, grab a map and collect your sweet treats. Just remember to say the spooky magic words found on your map to release the treats...

Lion King workshop at Innovation Dance Pitshanger

Have a fun day of Lion King-themed singing, dancing and acting.

Halloween Night Market Kingston-upon-Thames

Your last chance this year to grab yourself a slice of the award-winning Night Market action at this spooktacular special - celebrating the best of the capital's arts and crafts, music, drinks and street food scenes.

Akram Khan Company: Chotto Desh North & West Finchley

Chotto Desh, meaning 'small homeland', draws on Khan's unique quality of cross-cultural storytelling to create a compelling tale of a young man's dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. A magical, thrilling and poignant dance theatre experience for families.

Drop-in family fun: swinging sixties Enfield

The London Borough of Enfield is 50-years-old! Celebrate by making 1960s-themed crafts.

Halloween Festival at Creepy Manor Enfield

Come to Creepy Manor Gardens for this Halloween festival! Experience a range of fun, spooktacular (and weatherproof!) daily activities to keep you and your little monsters busy.

Bach to Baby half-term Concert Bromley

Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers. Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment to hear top-notch performances by outstanding musicians. No concert is complete without feeding, crying and nappy changing!

The Storyteller Hayes

Let your DC enjoy a story before they go trick or treating with the Halloween Storyteller - ideal for kids under 10 years' old.

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The Midlands

Discover in a day marathon Nottingham town centre

Experience and explore the arts in a safe and creative environment. Led by internationally experienced practitioners, young people gain first-hand experience in interpreting art by creating their own marvellous creations, whilst gaining their Arts Award Discover Certificate.

Mrs Pockets Lenton

Mrs. Pockets sits and sews, making pockets, telling stories and dancing. Mrs. Pockets always has something in her pocket - visit her in her sewing room, so she can find out what's in your pocket, and make some special stories.

Win a Family Skating Pass to the Halloween Disco at the National Ice Centre

We're delighted that the National Ice Centre is offering Nottingham Mumsnetters the chance to win a Family Skating Pass to their Halloween Disco. Enter the competition now!

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East of England

Norfolk Walking Festival Norfolk

This October sees the first Norfolk Walking Festival along the north east Norfolk coast. The festival will showcase the fantastic walking opportunities in this under-explored part of Norfolk and celebrate the opening of Norfolk's first stretch of England Coast Path, which runs between Weybourne and Sea Palling.

The Real Halloween (Fairyland Trust) Holt

The Real Halloween brings you a bumper collection of ways for children to connect with nature in the autumn. There are stories to fire the imagination, opportunities to play and discover things in the woods, magical things to make and enchanted characters to meet.

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Yorkshire and Humberside

Halloween Spooktacular Anston

Don't miss the Tropical Butterfly House's biggest and best event of the year - every weekend in October! Take a haunted hayride through the freaky forest and come face-to-face with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. Visit the creepy cottage and play trick or treat on the witch - plus so much more! Visit if you dare...

Halloween Disco Party Dinnington

Tickets are now on sale for the Halloween Disco Party which takes place on Friday 30 October. There will be all kinds of games and prizes for best fancy dress, and free laser tag too!

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North East

Spooky night at the museum Newcastle

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble - the Halloween funfair is rolling into Discovery Museum this summer, bringing a host of spooktacular surprises. Do the Time Warp at the Monsters Ball, decorate a gingerdead man, make a Halloween lantern and take it on a spooky tour of Newcastle Story before taking part in all the ghoulish games on offer.

Halloween at Hogwarts Northumberland

All aboard the Hogwarts Express, en route to Kirkley Hall this Halloween for a spooky Hogwarts celebration. Enjoy a light lunch served with a glass of butter beer, a wand lesson, a broom stick race and party games. Cast your magic on a pumpkin and bring it along to enter the competition.

Day of the Dead: Family celebration Newcastle

A traditional Latin American celebration of the annual Day of the Dead, complete with live music, circus performances, food stalls and workshops. Look forward to piñata-making, face-painting and other arts activities.

Autumn adventures Morpeth

Enjoy autumn fun at Wallington this half-term with pumpkin carving, spooky stories and hands-on gardening. Whatever it is, it's bound to be fun!

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North West

Manchester Science Festival Manchester

Play, create and experiment with your scientific side, as Manchester Science Festival brings together a unique blend of art, make-it workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages.

Pumpkin competition for Macmillan Chorlton cum Hardy

Get creative this Halloween and help raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support while you do it. Create your pumpkin masterpiece and bring it down to The PostBox Pumpkin Patch, then keep your fingers crossed as it all comes down to the public vote. 100% of money raised from entries and votes will go to help this incredible charity to continue its life-changing work.

Ancient mummy masks and Halloween treats Wigan

Make your own mask and Halloween treat box, and find out all about the petrifying mummies! Don't forget to dress up - there'll be a prize for the best. Be there or be very afraid!

The Elves and the Shoemaker Sale

Following their sell-out shows, the inescapably eccentric Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return with an up-to-date, size 13½ re-telling of everyone's favourite story of elves and shoes. There are stunning puppets, music and surprises aplenty in a show for everyone aged three and above.

Foodie Friday Halloween party Stockport

The family friendly, food-centred event will host a Halloween party on Friday 30 October. Traders and customers are invited to wear fancy dress, the Market Place will be decorated, and there will be a pumpkin carving competition!

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