Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Embrace the cooler weather and book an October half term break, it’s the perfect time to visit some of the UK’s top spooky Halloween attractions. If you’re feeling brave, why not take on a scare maze, or delve underground and explore hidden caves? If you’re looking for family favourites, you’ll find all the classics - from pumpkin carving to crafting – there’s something for everyone in our top autumn activity picks.
Halloween at National Showcaves Centre, Wales
Every Halloween season, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales decorates the already novel setting accordingly. See witches, skeletons and ‘undead’ characters throughout the caves during the autumn season. You can even hear the eerie ‘moans’ of the ghostly characters leading up to the event, making this already spooky attraction even more spine-tingling!
The caves are less than an hour away from Trecco Bay Holiday Park, making for the ideal day out. There’s also a Dinosaur Park, museum and more to enjoy all year around. Dan Yr Ogof Caves warns that the Halloween attractions may be frightening for small children or those of a nervous disposition.
Freak Week at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall
You'll want to pay a visit to Cotehele Mill in Cornwall during its annual ‘freak week', as this historical heritage site takes a turn for the hysterical! With ghostly decorations and freaky fancy dress taking over, the mill is transformed into a spooky sanctuary, with activities your whole family will love. Children up to 12 are welcome to attend in fancy dress, and are sure to love the spooky trail and treats on offer.
The event itself is included in general admission, and even dogs are welcome to join in the fun as long as they’re kept on a lead. If you’re booking an autumn break at Looe Bay Holiday Park, Cotehele Mill is just over 30 minutes away
Every year during the Halloween season, Dreamland fun park in Margate mutates into a spooky Screamland experience when the sun goes down. Enjoy ‘all the fun of the scare’ exploring the 6 scare mazes as well as all the rides at the park. From exploring a twisted circus freak show to joining a live séance with a real medium, a visit to Screamland is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck! Parents should be aware that Screamland may frighten smaller children and the recommended minimum age is 12. That doesn’t mean younger families have to miss out though, with plenty of tamer Halloween activities on offer during the day.
If you’re staying at St Margaret’s Bay Holiday Park, Screamland is just 45 minutes away, why not make a day of it and spend your afternoon exploring the lively resort of Margate before getting your scare fix?
Halloweden at The Eden Project, Cornwall
No visit to Cornwall is complete without seeing the spectacular biomes of the Eden Project. And if you’re visiting around the Halloween season, you’re in for an extra special treat. Running throughout the October half term, the Eden Project will be hosting Roald Dahl’s ‘Halloweden’ featuring all your favourite villains from the celebrated author’s books. To top off the week, there’s even a Little Monsters’ Ball Halloween disco taking place on Saturday 28th October.
Why not book a break at peaceful White Acres Holiday Park, just 25 minutes from the Eden Project, and within easy reach of Cornwall’s beautiful north and south coastlines.
Halloween Festival at The BIG Sheep, Devon
The BIG Sheep is one of Devon’s top fun parks, and with plenty of Halloween activities on offer throughout October half term, it’s the perfect way to spend a spooky afternoon. Their ‘Fun by Day’ Halloween festival offers a tamer version of their scary evening activities, making it perfect for families with younger kids. Running throughout half term from 10am until 5pm, you’ll get to meet The BIG Sheep’s spooky Halloween characters, try your hand at pumpkin carving and even explore a haunted house!
The Big Sheep is just minutes from Bideford Bay Holiday Park on Devon’s beautiful north coast – making it the ideal place to stay for a relaxing autumn break.
Terror Mountain, Wales
In the mountains of the scenic town of Aberystwyth, something scary stirs; the new annual festival that celebrates a terrifying horror experience. Terror Mountain has not just one, but five horror experiences, including; ‘The Unknown’ a scary sci-fi conspiracy, the ‘Virus’ zombie run, ‘Cursed’ a nightmarish ghost story, ‘Night Stalker’ the Victorian murder mystery and ‘Face it Alone’, a terrifying zombie blackout! Be warned, this is a truly scary experience and only suitable for children aged 12 and over. Under 15s also require an adult within their group.
Terror Mountain is open on select dates throughout October. Visit their website and book your tickets online today. Based at the Silver Mountain Experience, Terror Mountain is just over 20 minutes from Brynowen Holiday Park, where you can enjoy relaxing strolls along the beach overlooking Cardigan Bay – you’ll need it after this experience!
Video sourced from Terror Mountain
Farm Of Terror, Lancashire
Running from the 20th to the 31st of October, Farm of Terror is an interactive horror experience which takes place on Animal Quackers Petting Farm in Bacup. If you’re feeling brave, navigate your way through terrifying scenes and a network of corridors filled with monsters that are sure to make you jump! From the Black Death to the Morgue, there are plenty of spooky scenes to explore.
This isn’t an experience for younger kids, however, older teens and adults are sure to get a laugh and a fright! Just 40 minutes from Todber Valley Holiday Park, it’s a must if you’re visiting Lancashire this half term.
Video sourced from Jamie Bork
The Scare Zone at Alnwick Gardens, Northumberland
The Alnwick Garden is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but a visit in October is sure to bring about the autumn spirit with a vibrant wash of gold and red leaves. And if you’re looking for Halloween activities this half term, you’ll find something for the whole family. If you’re visiting at night, you’ll be able to explore the ‘Scare Zone’ and dodge zombies as you navigate your way around the eerie bamboo labyrinth – parental discretion is advised. During the day, there are plenty of activities for kids too, with spooktacular wand and potion making in the Crafty Cabin.
The Alnwick Garden is an absolute must if you’re stay at Cresswell Towers Holiday Park, just 30 minutes away. As well as the garden’s spooky Halloween activities, you’ll also be able to explore Alnwick Castle, the official home of Hogwarts.
Image courtesy of The Alnwick Garden
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