Eerie events this October Half-Term!

October 8, 2018

Hampshire and The Isle of Wight have some of the best spooky events taking place this October Half-Term. Step inside a terrifying Cursed Mill, discover some gory history, go on a Pirate trail and take part in chilling activities with Halloween events and scary attractions!

Are you ready to scare yourself silly?

Dare to be scared on the Isle of Wight this October half-term – From Pirate Adventures at the Needles and terrifying Hallowe’en crafts at Carisbrooke, to Bugs & Beasties Encounters at Tapnell Farm and wonderful wizardry fun at the Steam Railway, there’s a host of treats for your little monsters this October half-term.

This October half term at Butser Ancient Farm be transported back in time with spooky storytelling in the round house. On Wednesday afternoon Fayes Fables will be telling tales around the fire (normal admission applies, no need to book) whilst on Friday 26th October see the farm after dark with the Museums at Night guided tour experience (booking essential).

A BRAND-NEW horror event is coming to the Isle of Wight, making it’s home at Blackgang Chine…the land of TWISTED imagination. Are you feeling courageous enough to brave The Cursed Mill? Or how about a ride on the Coaster of Doom or Slaughter Slide? Perhaps you’ll meet your match in the Hall of Horrors? Taking place every evening from 20th October – 3rd November, be prepared for frights and scares galore…if you’re brave enough!

Visit Marwell Zoo for ‘Boo at the Zoo’ and earn your ‘broomstick flying’ license with their resident wizard. Plus, join, Esme, the scary witch for some creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall and create your very own spellbinding wand (£1 fee applies).

Marwell Zoo

Enjoy the most frightful fun fest in the UK this October half-term and head to Paultons Park for their Happy Halloween event. There is now even more spooky fun with two terrific new attractions for 2018!

This October half term discover The Mary Rose’s Men of War – a week exploring warfare, combat and injuries in the Tudor Navy! Kids can get crafty making wrist guards, while there are plenty of talks and demonstrations for the grown-ups!

Different scarecrows are hiding all around the grounds at Mottisfont this October half term as part of the National Trust property’s harvest celebrations. Follow the trail to find them all, and make your own miniature one to take home.

This Halloween, experience Chawton House after dark for a candlelit tour of their Gothic exhibition, ‘The Art of Freezing the Blood’. Learn about the women writers who produced some of the eighteenth century’s most terrifying novels, and hear extracts from Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, and their contemporaries that will curdle your blood and quicken the beatings of your heart.

Commemorate Nelson’s famous victory on board HMS Warrior. Watch the parading of the beef with traditional drummers and raise a toast to Nelson. Performances with dinner and end the night with a live band.

Discover Winchester Cathedral’s beautiful shimmering stained glass with a special family trail and create your own ‘faux’ stained glass window to take home! Children under 16 go free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Shiver me timbers! This October half term, Emirates Spinnaker Tower will be awash with Pirates. Grab yourself a treasure map and follow the trail to find the riches hidden somewhere in the Tower! The pirate theme continues across to the Tower’s popular ‘Altitude’ virtual reality experience. Test your head for heights by collecting coins from a virtual treasure chest perched 90 metres in the air! (Additional £4 per person, for ages 9 and up).

With so much history and stories of resident ghosts, are you brave enough to venture out onto the Beaulieu River at dusk? Head over in fancy dress and see what lurks in and around the estuary after nightfall on this 90 minute canoeing tour with New Forest Activities. After your paddle, you’ll then enjoy a spooky riverside walk back to base. Spook-tacular family fun for the whole family!

Enjoy a theatre experience like no other in the atmospheric Grand Magazine at Explosion Museum, Gosport; low lights, shadows creeping, and spooky stories to make blood run cold….

This autumn, step into the vibrant world of Diwali at Robin Hill’s award-winning electric woods, open daily between 6-10pm from 29th September – 4th November.  As dusk settles, immerse yourself in the nocturnal awakening of the park’s ancient woodland. Discover the lush colours, flavours and sounds of the Asian sub-continent as you venture on a spirited journey of wonder through Indian-inspired experiences.

Thruxton is the place to be this October half term. Buddy drivers can learn to drive at Thruxton and drive a Porsche and a Jaguar. Adults and Juniors can race wheel to wheel at the Kart Centre. Arrive and drive session available throughout the week.

Step into the enchanted mansion at Stansted House this October half-term and become part of the magical legend of Beauty and The Beast. On Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 29th October the house will be transformed into a fairy-tale. But beware of angry villagers with pitchforks – they’ll stop at nothing to find the beast!

Prepare yourself and your little ones for a wickedly spook-tacular family evening this Halloween and join the Hawk Conservancy Trust for spooky crafts, ghostly story-telling and a mystical owl flying display.

Step back in time to 1915 and experience the daily life of trainee soldiers at Fort Nelson, as costumed characters bring history to life. Kids can join in and learn marching drills, plus there’ll be plenty of creepy craft activities.

Dress up as a Halloween spook and take unlimited rides on the Wizard Express steam train in the Harry Potter style coaches, one of which featured in the films. Meet Harry Potter characters, creepy crawlies and lots more at The Watercress Line.

The Watercress Line

Bring your little monsters to Tudor House this Halloween and meet some friendly spirits. There’s also face painting, creepy craft, spooky ghost tours and more.

Tidy Up at Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus 25-27 October is an unforgettable party for the half term! Celebrating the chaos and mess, this dance theatre show is a journey of discovery through mischievous muddles. Book now!

Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake is coming to the Theatre Royal Winchester this October! This all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales.

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. Make specially themed arts and crafts, take part in face painting, follow a spooky activity trail and take a ride on the park’s Halloween Train Ride to learn about some of the gruesome habits of their larger birds!

Have fun making and painting your own genuine Airfix model to take home at The D-Day Story this October. Explore the Surface Warships Association’s impressive collection of handmade ships that may just inspire you to build something bigger! No need to book, drop in any time on the day.

Enjoy ‘Room on a Broom’ at Royal Victoria Country Park this half term.  Enjoy the retelling of this lovely story on a walkabout the park. Includes a free broomstick!  Daytime session for up to 5yrs and evening session for 5 – 8 yrs.

Take part in the spooky Halloween Trail at Itchen Valley Country Park between Saturday 20th and Sunday 28th October and see if you can win a prize then have a hot chocolate with marshmallows to calm your nerves in the new restaurant.

Oxygen Freemjuping are the UK’s leading trampoline parks known for their wall to wall trampolines and bouncing fun. This October half term they are offering a Super Early Bird discount on their Freejump sessions. You know what they say, the early bird catches the worm!

Explore Basing House ruins and gardens this October before winter closing. Simply enjoy the surroundings or maybe book a craft workshop. Come along on 24 October for family Halloween activities. See website for details.

Hurst Castle is calling all witches and wizards this October half term for a week of Halloween spooky madness. Visitors will be faced with a ‘Trick or Treat’ Activity Trail, where bravery will be tested as hands delve into the unknown to discover a trick or treat. Arts and crafts will also take place in the Tudor Keep and on Friday 26th October, visitors can get hands-on with a variety of creepy creatures that feature in our special Halloween themed show. Shows will take place throughout the day on Friday 26th October from 10.30am until 3pm. All activities are included in castle admission fee and ferries will operate daily from 10.15am at Keyhaven.