Halloween falls in half term this year in Surrey, which means costumes are encouraged! So dress your little ones up as cute pumpkins, spooky ghosts, scary spiders or magical wizards and witches before you set off for these eerie activities.
You can find lots of half term/Halloween activities in our what's on calendar but we have picked out the main ones below to help you plan your week.
A lot of the popular family attractions and venues have events running all week so we have including these first, followed by single events that run on each day.
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 the larger birds!
Hobbleween at Hobbledown is a week of spooky fun including creepy crawlies, reptiles and invertebrates in the Gruesome Granary; puppet shows; ghostly tales; pumpkin bowling and scary arts and crafts.
RHS Wisley is definitely getting into the Halloween spirit. Inspired by the Mexican festival Day of the Dead, vibrant tropical plants meet skeletons in a colourful display in The Glasshouse. There will also be lots of Awesome Autumn half term fun taking place including trails, walks, crafts, puppet shows and gardening workshops, face-painting and pumpkin carving.
Happy Halloween Hauntings at Fishers Farm Park includes black cats and witches hats, broomstick riders, rats and bats! This week of treats, tricks and ‘FANGTASTIC’ fun!! will also feature a Spectacular Spook Show, Scavenger Hunt, family friendly films and a Spooky Disco!
At Godstone Farm it's time for Wiglet's Great Spook-er-ree - a week of Halloween-themed activities including pumpkin carving, trick or treat games, the new Light Illusion Tunnel, crafts, a spooky quiz, face painting and spooky tales and of course lots of animals.
It's Wizards and Witches Week at Bocketts Farm. This means as well as all the cute animals, visitors can enjoy a packed programme of fun and freaky activities including a Spooky Trail, Creepy Craft Corner, Reptile Roadshow, science and slime shows, owl meet and greet sessions and more.
Celebrate the daring pioneers of aviation at Brooklands Museum. Get transported back in time to discover the stories of the heroes of transatlantic flight in storytelling sessions and an activity trail. Get dressed up as a Concorde pilot, make your own supersonic badges and explore the Concorde mini-exhibition to discover the story behind this incredible aircraft.
Things are getting a bit spooky at Squire’s Garden Centres. Children can paint a bat tealight holder, create a scratch art mask or take part in a ghost pursuit around the garden centre! Just turn up on the day.
Half term activities at Surrey History Centre start on Tuesday and include a 'spooktacular' look at Surrey's history through free drop-in family activities like creating a mummy, making a spider web and a spooky spinner.
Woven Wall Hangings takes place at Watts Gallery from Tuesday through to Sunday. Children can weave colourful fabrics, yarns and ribbons to create a decorative wall-hanging inspired by textiles from the Middle East. Young visitors can also try making and decorating a colourful clay pot.
National Trust venues:
Box Hill - half term trail; share the magic of nature with the kids and help them tick off some of the 50 things activities.
Claremont Landscape Garden - potion making trail; search the ghoulish garden for mysterious ingredients and create some natural magic.
Hatchlands Park - half term trail; follow a trail through the parkland and claim your pumpkin-themed prize at the end.
Winkworth Arboretum - Peculiar Pumpkins have begun to pop up across the arboretum with creepy carved faces – can you solve the mystery?
Dapdune Wharf - Halloween half term terrors with natural night life. Is it a badger? A hedgehog? A bat or a ….???
Morden Hall Park - take part in the Halloween Adventure Game, a thrilling adventure with survival resources to collect and craft tools to make. Work together with your team, you'll only have two hours to overcome all the challenges!
Weekend 26 and 27
It's Wizard Weekend on the Watercress Line. This annual event is very popular and includes unlimited rides on the Wizard Express steam train in the Harry Potter style coaches, a chance to walk in Harry Potter's footsteps on the real Kings Cross footbridge and explore one of the real Hogwarts Express carriages used in one of the films, creepy creatures to meet, haunting magic performances, face painting and much more. This event screams for some dressing up!
Saturday night is Halloween evening at the Great Cockrow Railway. Riding round in the dark is a totally different experience and can be quite scary, even for regular travellers! Don't forget your spooky outfits.
Take part in a Hallowe'en spooky run at Dapdune Wharf on Saturday evening. As darkness falls, test your fitness and your fears in the 2k night run around the haunted Wharf and island. Look out for a string of spooky surprises on the way! Dressing up encouraged.
Monday, October 28
Enjoy a spooky train ride and some storytelling at Denbies today - in your best spooky costume of course!
Tuesday, October 29
Upcycle an old t-shirt from your wardrobe in a workshop at the Living Planet Centre in Woking. Felt tip pens, bits of fabric and felt, buttons and ribbons will be provided in this workshop aimed at four to eight-year-olds (sessions for older children take place on Thursday). This is free but should be booked in advance.
Optical Illusions at Haslemere Museum is a workshop for five to 11-year-olds introducing Op Art, also known as optical art, a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. This should be booked in advance.
Children can take part in a Halloween cupcake decorating session at Farnham Maltings today. This is aimed at five to 12-year-olds.
Wednesday, October 30
There is another opportunity to enjoy a spooky train ride and some storytelling at Denbies today. Or you can head to The Lightbox Museum for a workshop - Acrobalance is a family circus workshop where children and their adults will learn new tricks and Spooky Spiders inspires youngsters to make some spooky hanging insects out of new and recycled materials.
Thursday, October 31
It's Activity Thursday at the Rural Life Centre, when visitors can learn about old-fashion clothes washing with a mangle, play with period toys and launch a rocket. The giant dolls’ house is popular with the younger children, while others tackle the pole lathe and ‘milk the cow’.
Upcycle an old t-shirt from your wardrobe in a workshop at The Living Planet Centre in Woking. Felt tip pens, bits of fabric and felt, buttons and ribbons will be provided in this workshop aimed at eight to 14-year-olds. This is free but should be booked in advance.
If you like the Night at the Museum films, you'll love these next events. Two museums are opening their doors after dark tonight. Weald and Downland is offering a family trail by lamplight and Haslemere Museum will be open until 9pm for visitors to explore by torchlight before watching a film in the lecture hall (book in advance). RHS Wisley is also offering a spine-tingling, hair raising evening with a spooky trail through the garden and Glasshouse.
Friday, November 1
The creepy crawly roadshow will be at Denbies today, offering a chance to meet snakes, lizards, mini-beasts and frogs. Or, children can take part in a scientific workshop at The Lightbox Museum to make and launch a fizzy rocket. This is free, drop-in event.
Please don't forget to check the what's on calendar for more events, plus times, prices and details of how to find the venues. We hope you have a great week!