Spookylicious! Top 10 Halloween Events For Families At Half Term 2013

Forget about summer – Halloween is fast approaching. We present our top 10 Halloween events for families in 2013.

Whilst looking up costume and decoration ideas is fun,  you’ll want to get out there and enjoy the festivities. This year, Halloween will fall on a Thursday, and of course it’s that one day you’ll spend either trick or treating with the kids or at a costume party event. We found some great days out ideas (and with super discounts), which don’t only happen for one day, you can do your traditional Halloween activities on the day, and get out to one or more of these places to keep the celebration going!

1. Chessington Holiday: Limited Sale — Kids Go FREE to Halloween Hocus Pocus!

19th October — 3rd November


Why We Love It: With family fun activities which include “The Mystery of Hocus Pocus” in which you try to uncover Sir Arthur’s disappearance, and “Vampire: The Haunting Hollows”, where you take a spooky walk through Black Hollow, sounds fun already! To overload the fun, they have roller coaster rides after dark!

Their packages include Kids Go FREE, plus an overnight stay at the Chessington Resort Hotel or local hotel with breakfast. Prices start from £31 per person for a limited time.

Hurry, Offer Ends October 10th!

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2. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park — Halloween Safari

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th October

5pm to 7pm or 7pm to 9pm

Hallloween Safari at Port Lympne

Why We Love It: Halloween in a Wild Animal Park is spooky in itself, but this Spooky Howl-O-Ween Night Safari brings together a great evening out for a family, including food and two times to choose from! Activities included are terrifying safari, monstrous activities in the Mansion & Gardens, a horrifying bouncy castle and much more!

Prices are:

  • £19 (regular price £39) for admission for one child to the Spooky Howl-O-Ween Night Safari on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th October
  • £24 (regular price £49) for admission for one adult to the Spooky Howl-O-Ween Night Safari on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th October
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3. Alexanda Palace — Shriek Week

26th October — 2nd November

Alexandra Palace Shriek Week

Why We Love It: It’s an eventful place with many options. Kids can enjoy spooky stories, pumpkin carving, jungle themed inflatable soft play area, dance macabre, gory games, and face painting. It’s the perfect day out for the little ones!

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4. Tutbury Castle — Halloween Family Event: Two (£4.95) or Four (£9.95) Tickets

30th or 31st October — 4pm to 9pm

Tutbury Castle at night
Image by Gonkbot

Why We Love It: Spending Halloween wandering the ruins of an 11th century castle will be an ultimate spooktacular experience! Activities include: Chamber of Horrors (Overs 16’s Only), Circus fire performers, fairground rides, mask making and crafts, Ghoulish optical illusions and actors providing spooks, Mini Halloween zoo, with snakes and spiders on display.

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5.THORPE PARK — Fright Nights 2013

11 — 13, 18 — 20, 25 October — 3rd November


Why We Love It: This event looks like the perfect Halloween experience for a group of friends. You can scream together through the very scary sounding entertainment scare attractions, and the park collaborated with Lionsgate. We’ve all heard of The Blair Witch Project, Saw, and Cabin in the Woods, yes? Now imagine being in the film scenario? We’re getting goosebumps! 

The breakdown of the hours is as follows:

Attraction Opening Times

My Bloody Valentine3pm to 10pm
Cabin in the Woods3pm to 10pm
The Asylum3pm to 10pm
SAW Alive3pm to 10pm
Blair Witch scare zone6pm to 10pm
Blair Witch Camping / overnight experience11pm to early hours of the morning

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6. Horizon Paintball — Zombie Paintballing for Two (£5), Five (£10), Ten (£15)

8th January 2014 (though we’re not sure there will be zombies then!)

Horizon Paintballing

Why We Love It: Ever wonder what a zombie apocalypse would be like? Though some still hope for a real one, you and your friends can run around and shoot “zombies”. Each attending player will receive 50 paintballs to start, and body armor is additional £2 pp. Check out the deal for all the fine print, but the saving are up to 89%! Also, the deal is valid across their UK locations, and valid until February of 2014!

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7. Fairytale Farm — Two Spooktacular Halloween Events For Children

31st October — 2nd November


Why We Love It: Though the picture above is of cute, furry alpacas, this place is aiming to give a fun Halloween experience for the young. The younger generations can enjoy a spooky, fun filled day, while the parents can enjoy some tea or hot chocolate. Check out the whole deal for all the goodies and savings!

Hurry, Offer Ends in 6 Days!

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8. Pleasurewood Hills — Pleasurewood Chills East Anglia’s Premiere Halloween Event

26th October — 3rd November


Why We Love It: There’s so many activities for the whole family, 7 whole attractions dedicated to Halloween, the spookiest time of the year! With roaming spooky characters, their new scare Maze, and much more, for all levels of fright. Also, they hold a huge firework display on 30th of November, said to be the regions biggest. Early Booking is recommended!

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9. Wookey Hole Halloween

26th October — 3rd  November

wookey hole

Why We Love It: There’s lot’s going on in Wookey Hole, the festivities start from the 26th of October, and last until 3rd of November! If you’re interested, they’re also holding witch auditions on the 22nd! On Halloween night, there’s a huge party, £25.00 per Adult, £20.00 per Child, £5.00 per Infant, which includes party entrance and a hog roast!  Check out the site for other days to enjoy the holiday!

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10. Bristol Zoo — Halloween Festival: £5 per child in costume with every one adult ticket purchase

26th October — 3rd  November

Bristol Zoo Halloween

Why We Love It: The days this event takes place will have some fun, spooky trails for families to enjoy as well as lantern making from the 26th of October to the 1st of October, following a cool lantern parade. After, there is spooky story telling, all in the comfort of the zoo! Check out the site for their sponsor’s (Yankee Candle) competition to win some prizes!

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