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15 Halloween activities you won’t want to miss!

Scary season is almost upon us! This year it falls within the October Half Term break, so it’s fair to say that the whole week will have a distinctly spooky feel.

At Lovat, we love to see the children enjoying Halloween. Carving pumpkins, dressing up and careering around the parks. Perhaps after a few too many trick or treat sweets. It’s always a favourite celebration for them, so let’s make this year a really memorable one.

If you’re coming to see us over Half Term, to stay in your own holiday home or if you’re coming to us for a holiday, make sure you enter into the spirit of the season. We’ve asked around at all of our parks for the very best Halloween activities for kids. And there’s a LOT of fun to be had!

If you’re going to be in Kent this Halloween...

Kent Life Halloween Spooktacular

23rd - 31st October

There’s a whole week of crafting, shows and dressing up planned at Kent Life this Halloween. We love the sound of the owl flying demonstration, but there’s so much on, the children will be spoilt for choice. Have a look at the programme of events before you go, and plan your visit around the things that take their fancy.

Pick your own at Pumpkin Moon

With over 100 varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd, I think we can safely say that you’ll find one you like the look of at Pumpkin Moon! All three locations at Maidstone, Rainham and Bapchild offer the ultimate pumpkin picking experience. They actively encourage children (and adults, if you’re so inclined) to dress up, as you scour the patch for the perfect specimen.

Get scared silly at Halloween Horrors

Halloween Horrors at Fort Amhurst is seriously scary. With live actors and elaborate sets, it’s been praised for ‘the most realistic scares at a UK attraction’, so not for the faint of heart! Luckily, there are separate events for children aged 4-12, teens aged 12-17 and a no-holds-barred adult version for over 16s. So you can confidently choose an appropriate level of terror for your family.

If you’re spending Halloween in Cornwall...

Scaryland at Dairyland

23rd – 31st October

This small traditional theme park is always an awesome day out, and nevermore than at Halloween. This year there’s pumpkin picking and a creepy craft workshop. But the best thing? Children get to design their pumpkin then get it carved by an expert! Perfect for little ones who might not be old enough to safely do their own.

Halloweden at the Eden Project

23rd - 31st October

Of all the events that the creative bunch at Eden put on during the year, Halloween at The Eden Project is a highlight. This October join in with creepy trails, potion making workshops, a special show and get a chance to meet some rare and very beautiful owls.

Halloween at Bodmin Jail

Various dates in October

Built in 1779 for King George 3rd, Bodmin Jail is a spooky place even at midday in the height of summer. So it makes a perfect backdrop for some theatrical Halloween fun. Join a ‘Dark Walk’ in the daytime, where dressing up is encouraged for children. Or come after dark for the scary cinema, ghost walks or paranormal tours

If you’re off to The New Forest this Halloween

Board the Ghost Train at Exbury

25th – 31st October

All aboard for some Halloween fun! The Halloween Ghost Train is scary, but in a silly way, so it’s perfect for all ages. The beautiful steam train makes its way through decorated woodland with spooky characters aboard. There’s singing and dancing... and that’s before you’ve even entered the haunted tunnel!

See Peppa Pig in her Halloween Costume!

14th October – 1st November

Peppa Pig world at Paulton’s Park is one of our favourite days out for little ones anyway, so this sounds brilliant. Head there this October to see Peppa and George dressed up in their trick or treating costumes, and the whole place decorated for Halloween. For older kids and teenagers, the more grown-up up part of Paulton’s Park is open until late on the 26th and 28th October.

Shoot a zombie with an arrow

This is archery with a spooky twist. Book an archery session with outdoor experts New Forest Activities

any time in October and you’ll get taught how to use a bow and arrow. And then get to test out your newfound shooting skills on ghosts, ghouls, zombies and werewolves. Afterwards, decorate a pumpkin before using it for target practice!

Having Halloween in Suffolk?

A spooky trip to East Anglia Transport Museum

The trams, trolley buses and train at this great museum will be running late into the evening on October 30th. And the surrounding woods will come alive with the spirits of all Hallows Eve! There’s a witch-hunt with prizes, and extra treats for any children that come in fancy dress.

Pick your own pumpkin at Wrentham

From 23rd October

There are two huge fields at Wrentham full of pumpkins for you to select your perfect specimen. Apparently there are over 11,000 to choose from – so there should one you like the look of. A trail and Halloween games are planned, too.

Shaft 13 at Pleasurewood Hills Park

Halloween or not, you’re guaranteed a good day at Pleasurewood Hills... but this October there’s an extra reason to go along. Definitely one for those hard to please teenagers, Shaft 13 is a ‘live action scare maze’ designed to startle and scare. Apparently it features total darkness, strobing lights, and latex! Who’s in?

In Norfolk for Halloween?

Join the Halloween Hoot at Hirsty’s

23rd – 31st October

Hirsty’s Family Fun Park is brilliant for some wholesome farm-based fun. This place is well known for being outdoorsy and great value. For Halloween they’re planning pumpkin picking alongside their maize maze, and lots more spooky shenanigans. Top tip – you’re allowed to bring your own picnic, if you’d like.

Get a fright at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

27th – 31st October

Absolute heaven for the teenagers! Fairground Frights is four special evenings where the rides at the Pleasure Beach and all the other attractions will be open from 5-8pm. Spooky characters will be roaming about, and everything will have a spooky twist. With a horrifying projections and a live DJ... prepare to be scared!

Dippy’s Halloween Days

23rd – 31st October

Things take a turn for the spooky at the Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure this Halloween. Try some Witch Crafts with Bobble-de-Boop the witch, enjoy storytelling and indulge in spooky disco dancing. Then explore the ruins of the Crypt before you carve your pumpkin.

Pack your holiday with spooky fun!

Make Halloween extra fun this October. At Lovat, we love how the areas around our parks each have a character that’s unique to them. Exploring these special places, and doing some fun activities with the children are the things that family holiday memories are made of.

If you’ve been thinking how lovely it would be to own your own holiday home, let us know! We have parks in Cornwall, New Forest, Suffolk, Norfolk and Kent. With different options in each park, get in touch to explore what’s available. It could be the start of an exciting new adventure for your family.

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