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Top 5: Halloween Half Term Activities

16 October 2017 | Kate Plummer

Can you feel it? There’s a chill in the air and the darkness is creeping in earlier each day. Dread washes over you as you realise it’s nearly here, the time of year that can strike fear into the hearts of all – half term! Or, more accurately, the dread that can come from how to keep the whole family entertained during half term. Luckily, we’re not into tricks, so here are five spooktacular Halloween-themed treats in the shape of our UK picks of where to entertain your favourite boys and ghouls.

Samlesbury Hall – Half Term Halloween Fun and Janey’s Witchy Walkthrough

Image credit: Samlesbury Hall/ via Facebook
Renowned as one of the most haunted houses in the UK, Samlesbury Hall also has a history entwined with witchcraft so it makes perfect séance, sorry sense, that you’ll find a whole host of fantastic half term fun here. Resident funny witch Janey Southworth will be on hand with gruesome stories, mask masterclasses, as well as spreading the magic to make your own spells. On the big night itself, join Janey for a tour of the hall filled with fun and who knows, maybe even a ghost or two.
Half term activities take place 30 October – 3 November 10:30am-4pm. Janey’s Witchy Walkthrough is on 31 October 5:30-9pm. For tickets and more information see here.
Audley End House & Gardens – Gruesome Goings On

Image credit: Marc Pether-Longman
The team at English Heritage are calling on all their magic powers to bring a whole host of Halloween fun to their sites around the UK this year, but for a taste of the gruesome side of the history books, Audley End House & Gardens is the place to be. Children young and old can learn all about the haunting tales of torture and the horror of the hangman at this historic site. With the stables onsite with horses that would make the even the headless horseman happy to see, it’s a great day out for some eerie entertainment. 
Gruesome Goings on at Audley End takes place 23-29 October 11am-4pm. For tickets and more information see here.

RHS Wisley – Pumpkin Carving

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The glorious grounds at RHS Wisley are celebrating the witching hour and taking a ghoulish turn for the school break with the opportunities for the little Pumpkin Kings and Queens in your life to carve their very own jack-o’-lantern. From traditional scary faces to Minions or even Darth Vader, working on their own pumpkin design is the perfect creative activity with the kids to get them in the spooky spirit and will make a great decoration to pop in a candle in to ward off any wicked wights!
Pumpkin Carving at RHS Wisley takes place 25-27 October. For tickets and more information, please see here.

Claremont Landscape Garden - Halloween Storytelling and Spooky Walk

Image credit: Derek Winterburn
One of the best parts of Halloween is the costume. From witches and vampires to Iron Man and Hello Kitty, all your dressed-up dinky demons are invited to enter Claremont Landscape Garden for a very special storytime after the sun goes down. With a professional storyteller on hand for a host of spine-chilling tales, bring your torches to navigate the creepy Claremont gardens – we’re sure you’re brave enough for the adventure.
Claremont Landscape Garden’s Halloween celebration is on 27 October 4- 5:30pm. For tickets and more information, please see here
Alton Towers – Scarefest

Image credit: Alton Towers/ via Facebook
Back again and more bone-chilling than ever, Scarefest at Alton Towers is always a Halloween highlight for the whole family. For your little horrors, there are four spooky shows throughout the day to enjoy where fancy dress is encouraged. Cbeebies Land gets a whole lot creepier after the sun sets, plus the Alton ancestors are back from the grave for a freakishly fun flashmob to pull your best monstrous moves along to. For your teen wolves, with over 20 top rides open until dark and four scream-inducing scare mazes for the older ones (and yourselves if you’re brave enough), there are thrills and chills to beat any sign of dreaded boredom.            
Scarefest at Alton Towers is open 7-8, 14-15, 20-31 October until 9pm. For tickets and more information, please see here.

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