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The best places to visit around our parks this Halloween
Halloween takes place on Thursday the 31st of October this year, and there are plenty of Halloween and autumnal events to take part in all over the South Coast, both in and around the school half term.
Whether you enjoy the dress up atmosphere of the season, want to treat (or trick?) the kids or are looking to enjoy a fright night out with friends, there’s inspired Halloween themed things to do all over the counties. We’ve compiled a list of highlights to give you some inspiration – the only thing left to do is make your costume!
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Happy Halloween @ Paultons Park (5th October – 4th November 2019)
Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park will be transformed this year for some fang-tastic festivities – meet Peppa and George in their Halloween costumes, enjoy the Peppa themed decorations, and visit The Big Boo Barn for some ghoulishly delightful farmyard fun. All the Paultons Park fun rides and attractions are included in the ticket price, trick or treaters of all ages will love the fun scenes and mysterious happenings at every turn – from over 10,000 pumpkins, spooky meet and greets, the ‘Freaky Fancy Dress’ competition and a Little Monsters Ball to round off each day, this event is the one-stop-shop for everything spooky this Halloween.
Where: Ower, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6A
Shriek Week @ Drusillas Park – 26th October – 3rd November
“Shriek Week” at Drusillas Park is the perfect place to bring the kids for a fun filled and spooky Halloween treat – hosting oodles of eerie activities, prepare to be lead through the derelict castle “Haunted Heights” to discover its ghostly secrets, run into the missing Mummy from the tomb of Mungo in the terror maze and receive a spook-tacular tattoo and face paint from the Parlour before you meet special guest - the Gruffalo! (Don’t you know? There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo?)
Where: Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS
Screamland @ Dreamland – (18th October – 1st November)
Experience the darker side of Dreamland as the park is turned into a ghoulish world of terrifying scare mazes and macabre characters. Taking place on selected dates from the 18th of October to the 1st of November – with new maze locations and new terrors in store for 2019. The "Woman in Black" can be spotted walking around the park (not for the fainthearted!) as well as a host of other terrifying characters. For those who don’t want to brave the mazes, there’s ‘ride only’ tickets, as well as a ‘Get Spooked’ daylight event for smaller children (under 12) that will feature Halloween themed activities, without the screams!
Where: Dreamland, Margate, Kent
Owl-a-Ween @ Hawk Conservancy Trust (29th – 31st October)
Prepare yourself and your little ones for a wickedly spook-tacular family evening this Halloween. Create your own spooky crafts to take home, listen to ghost stories and marvel at our owls as they put on a beautiful flying display against the backdrop of the moonlit grounds. Dress to impress – Halloween costumes (and suitable footwear) are encouraged!
Where: Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8DY
Spooktober Fest @ Tulleys Farm – (October 19th – November 2nd 2019)
Halloween costumes encouraged and appealing to children of all ages, this daytime Halloween festival will be the biggest and best to date with exciting haunted house attractions aimed at the 6-13 year age group. These include the brand new 'Terror Trail' and the 'Twisted Fun House' in addition to classic favourites such as 'The Horrid Hayride' and 'The Creepy Cottage' – more family friendly than the famous 'Shocktoberfest' held in the evening in the same location. Featuring a jaw dropping pick-your-own pumpkin patch (clear space in the car boot!), this event ensures you’ll get your fill of frights for the year.
Where: Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex
Kentwell’s School of Sorcery @ Kentwell Estate – 19th – 27th October
Kentwell’s School of Sorcery is opening its doors again for the 7th year running – explore 7 zones around the Kentwell estate for some truly immersive Halloween fun, challenges and activities aimed at children from 3-11 years old and families. Ran daily in the same location as the adult frightfest Scaresville, the family can learn magic and make their own wands in the School of Sorcery, receive a terrifying facepaint, take part in the fancy dress competition and brave your way down Witches Walk to help the witches complete their spooky spells. Wellies are encouraged in this fantastic haunted village – as well as scary costumes!
Where: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9BA
Riverford Pumpkin Day @ Wash Farm – 26th October 2019
Riverfords legendary ‘festival of autumnal cheer’ is back for one day – Pumpkin Day allows you to get your fill (literally) of all things pumpkin – from pumpkin decorating and picking your own to taking in the famous (and huge) display of pumpkins on-site. The perfect event for those who revel in the idea of having a colourful autumnal walk, get your wellies on – the farm will also be hosting a live music event as well as an array of food and drink tasting for Christmas to keep you warm as you stroll around this picturesque setting.
Where: Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 OJU
On park this Halloween:
As well as these events, our parks across the Southern counties are also hosting an array of Halloween activities that will immerse you and the family in the fun (and frights!) on your holiday or short break this October half term. From creepy competitions and ghostly games - a best dressed ‘terrifying table’ and fancy dress competition for young and old, it’s a chance to show off your impressive pumpkin carving and spooky cake making skills.
October Half Term Breaks
Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to whisk the family away to one of our fantastic Holiday Parks this Halloween season, with 3, 4 and 7 night breaks available.
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