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Spooky Halloween family fun

Posted on 22 October 2018

From the ghastly and ghoulish to the frightfully fun, there are several ways to get involved with Halloween activities this month. Museums, parks and town centres are getting into the spooky spirit, hosting parades, arts and crafts markets and even pumpkin carving events. Here’s our guide to some favourites around the UK.

From London to Edinburgh, there are plenty of choices to get you and your little monsters out for a bit of a spooktacular day out. If you prefer to experience a Halloween at home, we’ve covered that too.

Ghostly Tours – If you fancy taking a journey through a haunted town, here are our top 3:

  • If you prefer to go on a train to be scared out of your wits, try the Devil’s Ghost Train at the Vale of Rheidol Railway.
  • Near Belfast for Halloween? The Halloween fireworks in Belfast are something of a legend and would be worth a visit for a wholesome evening out.
  • The afterhours tour, Carlisle by torchlight is a great way to spend an evening if you have teenagers, as the content is suitable for those aged 14 and over.

Outdoor Halloween activities – October is a beautiful month to get out and explore, especially with a haunted twist.

  • The National Trust and English Heritage do an amazing job with their events lists for highlighting all the Halloween activities around this time of year. Just by typing in your postcode, you’ll find a load events near you. Quite a few are free if you are members as well.
  • If your children are keen runners, you could always sign up for a family fun run in October. The London Halloween 5k  and the Halloween 5k in Blackpool are both kid-friendly events with options to run in fancy dress – if you dare.

Castles and Dungeons – Not for the faint-hearted with a great thrill factor for the kids!

  • Warwick castle has so many options of activities for all ages, with wondrous witch tower and a Horrible History maze. Book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Castle Howard is hosting half-term activities with a pirate versus zombie theme this year. Participants at any age are encouraged to dress up, join Team Pirate or Team Zombie, and help solve mysteries and clues on various indoor and outdoor trails around the castle grounds.
  • Cardiff Castle has done the haunted Halloween theme justice this year by running a line-up of freaky film choices in its underground theatre. Depending on the day, the films range from friendly for all ages to scarier films for older children and adults.

Halloween fun at home - have a haunted day at any time this month with these ideas:

  • If you have crafty kids, you can make easy pumpkin prints with an apple and some orange paint. A lovely, simple craft that your kids will love.
  • Have you got a budding chef at home? Try these Halloween recipes and create a ghoulishly gourmet meal for their friends.
  • Haunted Halloween crafts are a great way to keep your children occupied and decorate your house at the same time. Foraging in the woods on a woodland walk provides the perfect supplies as these jack-o-lantern conkers prove!

Trick or treating tips

  • At the end of the day, your children may just want to go trick or treating in your local town. Use these tips on trick or treating etiquette to make sure you get it right this year.
  • Always remind your children to be respectful and polite to avoid any issues and unwanted behaviour, especially towards fragile or elderly homeowners.
  • Halloween can be enjoyed by everyone but respect for your town is the way to continue this trend in a positive way.

 Happy Halloween!