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Halloween 2016 - family activities around the UK

Spooky season is just around the corner! Find frighteningly good Halloween activities for kids this October, with our local editors' top picks of what's on round your way

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South West

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Halloween Fun Run St Thomas & Exwick

27 October

Children of all ages (and adults too!) can enter 1k or 3k Spooktastic Fun Runs. Each entrant gets a race bib, refreshment, medal and treats. Don't forget to dress up for the occasion.

Halloween party at Ocean Soft Play Exmouth

28 & 29 October

Ocean Soft Play is hosting Halloween parties for little ones, including a disco, fancy dress competitions, treats and a ghoulish finger buffet for kids, all included in the ticket price.

Museums at Night: Don't be afraid of the dark! Exeter

28 October

Come and see RAMM glow in the dark! With the lights down, you can see sparkly rocks, iridescent butterflies and shadow puppets, and enjoy fluorescent face painting and silhouette making. Suitable for ages five to 11 but everyone welcome.

Halloween Holiday Club Kennford

24-26 October

Woodland Adventure Club turns super scary this October half-term - serving up a witches' brew, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, playing trick or treat games and loads more.

Brewery Square Ghost Hunt Dorchester

29-30 October

Brewery Square will be welcoming families to the Dorchester development to take part in a free ghost hunt. Search for ghosts and ghouls hidden throughout the Square - brave hunters who find them will be rewarded with a prize.

Halloween Tram of Terror Seaton

24-31 October

Travel on the Tram of Terror with gruesome tram drivers to Colyton Station where there will be spooky entertainment. Fancy dress optional, all children will receive a 'Baddie Bag'.

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South East

Genie Lab slime fest

Genie Lab Slimefest Halloween party Guildford

30 October

Head on down to the Boileroom for a special live demonstration and the chance for mad little scientists to get hands-on making gooey slime and throw some shapes in a ghoulish disco.

Spooktacular Halloween celebration Woking

29 & 30 October

You are summoned to attend this year's Spooktacular celebration where Market Walk will be transformed with spooky surprises and spine-tingling treats!

Shoctober Fest Crawley

Throughout October

The scream park returns for 2016 with eight haunted attractions, live music and great food.

Spooky half-term fun Hassocks

22-31 October

Visit Washbrooks Family Farm this spooky half-term for fancy dress, Halloween food and much, much more.

Spooky Halloween Sleepover Chichester

28 & 29 October

Are you afraid of the dark? Scared of ghostly encounters? See if you can brave this spooky kids' sleepover at the Novium Museum with fun and frights as things go bump in the night.

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Greater London

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Howloween Chessington

21-31 October

Fun for all ages at Chessington World of Adventures this Halloween. Take a flight of fright on rides in the dark, meet scary special guests on Scream Street, go trick-or-treating in the woods or explore the Lost Tomb maze. 

Dantastic Kids Halloween party Streatham

27 October

Join the Dantastic team for a fun packed Halloween party adventure with spooktastic interactive shows, face painting, a fancy dress competition, treats and much more.

Children's Halloween craft morning West Dulwich

29 October

Wigwam Toy Shop is having a creepy crawly Halloween craft morning where children can dress up in their favourite costume and enjoy cupcakes from the Dulwich Bakery.

Spooky make-up special effects masterclass Wimbledon

27 October

Learn to create gory special effects with a professional stage and screen make-up artist.

Halloween Mini Monster Mash Sutton Central

24-31 October

Come to Little Lambs Softplay for a Halloween party and crafts - make clay witches' hats, ghosts or spiders and a ghoulish lunch bag.

The Cheam Scream Cheam

28 October

A fun, family trail around Cheam Village looking for clues. There will be prizes (family hampers with gifts donated from local shops, businesses and restaurants) for best dressed in different age groups, and the best shop window, too.

TUIT at Eden Walk Kingston Upon Thames

27 October

Free activities at Eden Walk Shopping Centre: transform yourself into a Halloween character with face painting, take a photo with Mr Pumpkin, make your own Halloween mask and enjoy a free Spooky Cookie with every drink purchased at Mum's Kitchen.

Addington Halloween fireworks & funfair Addington

29 October

Come to watch the giant fireworks display and enjoy the family funfair at Addington Park.

Kidspace Spooky Spooktacular Croydon

31 October

Enjoy games, party dances, a fancy dress competition and a pizza buffet at Kidspace - plus, enter the new House of Scares!


Muswell Hill Geisterfest Muswell Hill

31 October

Calling all ghosts, witches, werewolves and skeletons! Dress up and join a superb street party celebrating everything spooky. There will be competitions, dancing, entertainment and incentives to be the best at trick-or-treating.

Spooky science workshops Crouch End

26-28 October

Kids with Brains returns to Pickled Pepper Books for more experiments, this time with a Halloween twist. There will be potions, creppy crawlies, cauldrons and the magic of science.

Spooky train rides Barking

28 October

Join the rangers for a ghoulish afternoon of spooky fun on the Halloween ghost train at Barking Park.

Dantastic Kids Halloween party Wimbledon

29 October

Join the Dantastic team for a fun packed Halloween party adventure with spooktastic interactive shows, face painting, a fancy dress competition, and much more.

The Detective Project Hornchurch

25 October

Join a trained detective to investigate a spooky Halloween crime. In this practical workshop, children will wear a real forensic suit to examine a crime scene.

Halloween Glow in the Dark party Harold Hill

29 October

Meet and greet Star Wars characters, get your face painted, join in with the disco and party games, enjoy a light show by Mr Custard, and take home a party bag.

Ghostly Goings On Tottenham

30 October

Free family art and craft activities - explore the story of the ghost of Bruce Castle and make a ghostly puppet.

All Dogs Matter: Halloween Walk 2016 Hampstead

30 October

Bring your dog to Hampstead Heath and join the walk to raise money for charity. There will also be a fancy dress competition at the Spaniards Inn - for dogs and their owners! Plus, ghoulish goodies up for grabs.

London Zoo Halloween

Boo at the Zoo Camden

22-30 October

Get set for a host of spooky goings on at ZSL London Zoo this half-term. Enjoy a spook-tacular range of activities, animal demonstrations and hands-on crafts. Visitors can also enjoy special Halloween versions of the zoo's popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations.

Attack of the Beasts film making workshop Hampstead

24-26 October

Shoot a monster movie this October half-term. Learn special effect techniques to create some impressive beasts and terrifying sequences. 

Halloween holiday fundays Islington

24-27 October

Spend the day making spooky puppets, then scare your friends and family with your Halloween-themed creations.

Halloween Experience 2016 Kings Cross

29 & 30 October

A unique trip through Islington Tunnel on board one of London's community narrowboats specially decorated for the occasion with a friendly witch amongst the crew. Be prepared for some surprise sights in the darkness of the 193-year-old tunnel!

London's Night Owls Halloween sleepover Barbican

28 & 29 October

Join the Halloween-themed sleepover at the Museum of London. Don your scariest fancy dress and head down to the museum after hours, with exclusive access to the Fire! Fire! exhibition.

Discovery Day: Hair-raising Halloween Hyde Park

26 & 27 October

Take part in a host of free and exciting Halloween-themed activities including a hair-raising nature trail, creating a magical potion or building a bat box to take home. Dressing up is definitely encouraged to get in the spirit of things!

Haunted! Tower Hill

26-30 October

Join Henry VIII and his court of knights, troubadours, contortionists, magicians, jugglers, minstrels and medieval tumblers at this most royal of banquets. There's also a range of medieval costumes for hire to help you really look the part.

Pumpkin Carvings at Fortnum's Central London

25-27 October

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.

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The Midlands

Goosebumps movie

Goosebumps film party Irchester

30 October

Luna Flix presents a family Halloween movie special - the classic Goosebumps (PG). Enjoy the film and dress for the occasion!

Spooky campfire tales Lenton

28 October

Join in a feast of fearsome fairytales with gruesome snacks – griddled fly raisins, giants' frozen bogey lollies, goblin blood sandwiches, and other things that go bump in the night.

Halloween tennis spooktacular Lenton

28 October

Join in tennis, table tennis and multi sports where the lights will dimmed, glow sticks will be out, and music with be playing.  Prizes for the best fancy dress as well as a spooky treat for all participants.

Steaming Spooktacular Wollaton

30 October

Family-friendly activities include spooky face painting and Halloween-themed competitions and museum trails. Families are encouraged to bring their own torches to explore the exhibits. The star attraction will be the steaming of the impressive Basford Beam Engine.

Little Monsters' Ball Kettering

29 October

Wicky Bear is holding his annual Little Monsters Ball, and his crew will be performing some spooktacular dances as well as hosting party games and a disco. Come in fancy dress.

Planet Tot's Halloween Special Corby

30 October

Celebrate Halloween in style with some spooktacular music, haunting games and chilling competitions at Planet Bounce with access to the entire trampoline planet and soft play. Come in your best fancy dress and you might just win yourself a prize.

Orienteering Halloween walk Kings Norton and Cotteridge

30 October

Dress up in your scariest outfit, bring a torch and wear wellies, ready for your quest. Bring a parent with you – they'll be scared if you leave them at home on their own!

Spooky Night at ThinkTank Birmingham centre

29 October

See the museum turn into a spooky party for all mad scientists, witches and wizards with a spectacular Science of Fright show, optical illusions in the planetarium and lots of tricks and treats to enjoy.

East of England

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Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival St Albans

22-30 October

Pick your FREE pumpkin from Willows Pumpkin Patch and enjoy a programme of pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, Pumpkin Olympics and a Pumpkin Show with Sam-Tastic.

Hillbilly Halloween party Norwich

31 October

Are you brave enough to enter the creepy woodland trail, delve down into the haunted hollow - and live to tell the tale? Enjoy electrifying live music, devilishly good food and a frighteningly fabulous firework finale.

Halloween-themed holiday activities St Albans

26-28 October

Enjoy holiday activities at the Verulamium Museum, including making your own haunted house, spooky stories, a ghost walk and Halloween crafts.

Little Witches & Wizards Hertford

26 October

Come along to Panshanger Park for some spooky half-term Halloween fun in the woods. Make a wand or mix a magic potion with magic storytime.

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Two-day horror film camp Colchester

25 & 26 October

Enjoy two days of filmmaking fun. Work in crews to make a short film with a horror theme and get the chance to use make-up and special effects.

Kiddie's Halloween disco, games & messy play Hadleigh

31 October

A Halloween party designed especially for little ones to be a not-so-scary and super fun. Dress up and join the disco with traditional party games, messy play, spooky sensory bins, face painting, glitter tattoos and more.

Cambridge Pumpkin Festival Cambridge

21-30 October

From pop-up cafes and kids' discos, to cookery workshops and fine dining, join in with a smorgasbord of delicious ways to use up Halloween pumpkins and squash food waste in Cambridge this autumn.

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Yorkshire and Humberside

Pumpkin carving Garden Room

Pumpkin carving at the Garden Room Roundhay

29 October

Celebrate All Hallows Eve with pumpkin carving in the company of Leeds Rhinos mascot Ronnie the Rhino in aid of hospice and neurological care charity Sue Ryder. 

Halloween @ Eureka! Halifax

22-31 October

If you ain't ‘fraid of no ghost, strap your proton pack on and join the Eureka! GhostBuster on a ghastly tour of the museum to track down (and hopefully capture) some ghouls. 

Halloween fancy dress competition Thornton

31 October

Get into the spellbinding spirit at Keelham Farm Shop - join the terrifying team in fancy dress to receive a lolly pop and enter the best dressed competition to win a ghoulish goodie bag.

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The North

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Pumpkin Festival Southport

22-31 October

Create your own spooky face in a pumpkin to take home, search for hidden pumpkins to win prizes, and enjoy other events and activities taking place around the grounds.

Oldham Spooktacular Oldham

29 October

Get ready for Halloween in Oldham town centre with free activities throughout the day including a life-sized version of the game Hangman, eerie arts and crafts, and frightening face painting and balloon modelling in Tommyfield Market Hall.

Spooktacular stories & ghoulish crafts Houghton-le-Spring

27 October

Listen to haunting stories, make scary crafts and design ghoulish masks. Come along and join in - if you're brave enough! And dress to impress as prizes will be awarded for the best dressed child and adult.

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