Are you ready for October half term from the 26th October – 3rd November! And do you know the best bit? Halloween lands right in the middle, meaning the spooky fun runs throughout the week! From haunted trails to magical treats, we’ve found you 25 fantasmagorical things things to do in Hampshire this October half term…
See Incredible Inventions at Winchester Science Centre daily from the 25th October – 4th November. Discover super machines and glorious gadgets at the live science show, have fun in the Invention Studio, explore hands-on science exhibits and fly through the universe!
- Discover haunted histories and spooky stories from the incredible view at Emirates Spinnaker Tower. For added fun and fear factor, families can venture across the thrilling glass floor or try Altitude, the virtual reality experience! Reward yourself afterwards with tasty treats are available at the Waterfront Café.
- The Watercress Line has a spooky day of magic and mischief (26th – 27th October). Sit in the train carriage and visit the Kings Cross footbridge both used in the Harry Potter films. Be whisked away on the Wizard Express, encounter hooting owls and creepy crawlies. Ride the spooky miniature railway and marvel at magic performances!
- Paultons Park will be festooned in pumpkins this October half term! Happy Halloween is the most frightful family fun fest in the UK and this year, Peppa Pig World will also be transformed for the first time! The creepy themed fun continues with extra special late night opening until 7.30pm on 29th and 31st October 2019.
- Jane Austen’s House Museum provides the perfect half term day out for families of all ages. Visitors can try their hand at writing with a quill, dress up in Regency style clothes and enjoy activity trail. They can even bring their own lunch and enjoy an autumnal picnic in the garden – complete with outdoor games.
- Mottisfont celebrates the season with Harvest Time activities from 21st September–3rd November. Spot scarecrows dressed as famous guests, take part in the ‘Veg Olympics’, and plant a seed to take home. You can learn about how they look after the gardens and gather up crunchy leaves for compost, too.
- There will be fantasmagorical Chitty-themed fun this October half-term at Beaulieu with activities to celebrate the much-loved film and a last chance to see the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition. From 27th October – 3rd November, follow the Chitty trail around the attraction, listen to storytelling and join in with Chitty-themed crafts.
This October half term at Butser Ancient Farm there are many ways to mark this special time of year and discover more about the ancient traditions of Samhain – an ancient Celtic Festival when, it is believed, the veil between the worlds is very thin; a time for communication with the ancestors and the spirits of the dead.. The farm is open from Monday to Friday with a themed trail, spooky storytelling, handling sessions, craft activities and more.
- Become a Shipwreck Explorer at the Mary Rose in Portsmouth this October half term and help the ship’s dog track down the Rotten Rats scattered around the museum! Kids can even get an exclusive pop badge for finding them all!
- Exbury’s creepy characters have risen from their coffins to make this year’s Halloween Ghost Train as spooktacular as 2018’s sell-out season! Vampire Batty and skeleton Boney will be entertaining visitors with their panto-esc comedy. Families will encounter zombie brides, clowns and all manner of gruesome characters on their journey!
- This October half term, Marwell Zoo invites you to join in some ‘monster fun’ around its 140-acre park. Earn your level four broomstick license with resident wizard Lowedolf and enjoy spooky story telling with Esme the witch. Even track down hidden monsters, such as the scary scornbill, around the zoo!
- Visit the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst on Tuesday or Thursday in half term. Learn more about the New Forest and its heritage by making simple take home crafts at the Family Discovery Days. Fun for all ages!
- Inspired by the art exhibition at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, Pond: Mere, Rune, Flint, follow two half term trails one to discover the wildlife below the ponds surface and one to explore nature in art.
The Isle of Wight is filled with special events and family activities this half-term, including Spooky Farm Fun & Pumpkin Patch at Tapnell Farm Park, Ahoy me Hearties at the Needles Old Battery, Tree Stories at Newtown Nature Reserve and Wizard Week at the IW Steam Railway.
- Itchen Valley Country Park will be treating visiting families to a spooktacular time in the woods in the lead up to Halloween over the autumn half-term. If you’d like to swap the sugar overload of trick or treating for a real Halloween adventure.
- Meet Fort Nelson’s mad-cap professor and explore the weird and wonderful world of Victorian science, with lots of fun, interactive experiments. Have a go at the junior navvy challenge or decorate a brick and help build a fort. Come and explore the Fort’s spooky tunnels and discover ferocious beasts in the museum galleries.
- Calling all mini witches and Wizards! Become a pupil at Manor Farm’s Flying Broom Academy this October half-term from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November, 10am to 5pm, and learn the magical arts of wand making, spellcasting, potions, and broomstick flying! Normal Farm Admission Charges apply.
- Feel your hair stand on end and a shiver down your spine as you walk through the creepy corridors of Birdworld’s unique Halloween Grotto. As well as a wacky wizard show and a chilling train ride you can also take part in the spooky Halloween activity trail around the park.
- With so much history and stories of resident ghosts, are you brave enough to paddle the Beaulieu River’s dark waters by moonlight? Head over to New Forest Activities in your best fancy dress and paddle out on the water in illuminated canoes, stopping along the way to hear ghoulish ghost stories from your nighttime guide. Plus, there’ll be hot chocolate and Halloween candy for everyone taking part! Great for all ages, all equipment provided. See their website for available dates throughout October.
- There’s loads to see and do at Royal Victoria Country Park whatever the weather: self-guided spooky trails, daytime story-telling (Chapel) and the ever-popular ‘Room on a Broom’ in the Park plus a spooky evening of ghost stories around the bonfire. Come and join a beach-clean, our orchard conservation day or join in the fun on Apple day.
- Join the magic and excitement this Halloween half term at Magical Mayhem at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Monday 28th October– Friday 1st November. Get crafty with the grand high witch, make some magic with Robbie the Wizard and go on a quest on the spooky tractor trailer ride to find the witch’s magic cauldron. Suitable for 2 ½ years and up. Priced at £12 per child.
The popular Halloween Steam Up this year will be on Sunday 27th October, 11.00 – 4.00 at Bursledon Brickworks. Lots of steam on display and in action both inside and out. There will also be trailer rides, miniature train rides and free activities for children. Don’t miss our half term Wonderful Wednesday Workshop for children on 30th October, 12.00 – 2.00. Definitely Halloween activities will be included!
- This Halloween experience Halloween After Dark, 31 October, 5.30pm–7.30pm and see Whitchurch Silk Mill as you never have before … after dark! Are you brave enough?! The evening will begin with some creepy crafts and gruesome games. A terrifying tour of the Mill will follow – listen to the spooky stories and watch out for the wicked weavers as they play their tricks. And finish with a tasty treat as you enjoy a scary supper – if you can! (Part of the Museums at Night Festival 2019.)
- A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood… straight to Nuffield Southampton Theatres! The Gruffalo is coming to NST Campus venue this October half-term, 29 Oct – 3 Nov. Come along to the perfect Halloween treat for everyone from 3 to 103. Book early for the best seats.
- Fang-tastic glow in the dark golf – Enter if you dare! Riverside Bowl’s Glow in the dark golf has been spookily decorated this October Half Term. You will have a frighteningly good time!
Still want more inspiring ideas for October half term? It’s ok we found more great things to do in Hampshire…
- Dress to distress in your scariest costume on the streets of Milestones Museum this October half term and claim a sweet treat!* Activities include a “Trick or treat” trail, make-and-take craft, face painting and a funky Halloween disco. Included in normal admission, under 5s free. See website for more details.
- Discover the remarkable legacy of William Walker, the diver who saved Winchester Cathedral with his own hands! Pick up a free trail around the Cathedral on 30 October from 10am – 3pm followed by crafts and colouring. Free on entry to the Cathedral.
- The Hampshire based Go Ape Sites are set to host the ultimate trick or treat on daredevil customers this Halloween, as they invite fearless families on a spook-tacular twilight adventure in the trees.