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
Halloween Fun Run St Thomas & Exwick
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.
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.
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
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
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
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'.
Genie Lab Slimefest Halloween party Guildford
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.
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
The scream park returns for 2016 with eight haunted attractions, live music and great food.
Spooky half-term fun Hassocks
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.
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
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
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.
Learn to create gory special effects with a professional stage and screen make-up artist.
Halloween Mini Monster Mash Sutton Central
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
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
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
Come to watch the giant fireworks display and enjoy the family funfair at Addington Park.
Kidspace Spooky Spooktacular Croydon
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
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
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
Join the rangers for a ghoulish afternoon of spooky fun on the Halloween ghost train at Barking Park.
Dantastic Kids Halloween party Wimbledon
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
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
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
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
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.
Boo at the Zoo Camden
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.
Shoot a monster movie this October half-term. Learn special effect techniques to create some impressive beasts and terrifying sequences.
Halloween holiday fundays Islington
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!
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
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
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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Goosebumps film party Irchester
Luna Flix presents a family Halloween movie special - the classic Goosebumps (PG). Enjoy the film and dress for the occasion!
Spooky campfire tales Lenton
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival St Albans
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 at the Garden Room Roundhay
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
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
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.
Pumpkin Festival Southport
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
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
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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