Carved pumpkins picture by Flickr User khrawlings

Carved pumpkins picture by Flickr User khrawlings


So, it’s half term for many, the clocks have gone back, the nights are getting darker, and this Wednesday is Halloween! If you haven’t planned anything just yet, then never fear! Here are a few activity ideas for at home:

1. Pumpkin carving – an oldie but a goody. Gather together some pumpkins of different sizes, hollow them out and carve in some scary faces. Don’t forget to put a tea light inside for added effect and to chase off those spooks and ghouls!

2. Trick or treat Рdress up the children as a ghost in a sheet, a witch with a wart-ridden nose, or a zombie and take them to play trick or treat with the neighbours!

3. Apple bobbing – prizes for each apple caught. No cheating, hands must stay behind backs at all times!

4. Mask making – gather together lots of paper, crayons, cotton wool and thread to make your own spooky Halloween masks.

5. Eye-popping food – make scary eyeballs out of peeled grapes with a dot of food colouring for the pupils are sure to scare and delight children!


Now here are some activities happening around the UK:

1. Fright Fantastic Half Term Horror at Adventure Island, Southend-on-sea. Special scare zones and a new fright attraction all take place this week!

2. Halloween Trails at Croft Castle and Parkland Herefordshire 10am-4.30pm Normal admission charges plus £2 per trail. Follow the clues to hunt down the ghosts and get your goody bag!

3. Lanhydrock Spooky Trail, Cornwall

4. Snaglefang’s Spooky Spectacular, Bewilderwood, Hoveton, Norfolk. Lantern and mask-making together with a parade at 5.45pm all this week.

5. Halloween Festival at Marwell, Owslebury, Winchester. Carve pumpkins at the Pumpkin Emporium and hear stories from Marwell’s resident witch!



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