It still doesn’t feel that the kids have been back at school for 5 minutes, but we are already winding down to half term. The October half term is one of my favourites as it means we are on countdown to Halloween. My kids love nothing more than heading out to pick their perfect pumpkin and organising their costumes well in advance of the big day.
Then there are all the “spooky” events that are held up and down the country to attend.
Little Miss Eden Rose recommends the Halloween Train at Audley End for some child friendly fun as the train rides through the forest spotting Teddies with an enchanted fairy walk and fairy & elf festival!
Scrapbook Blog has been visiting Shriek Week at Drusilla’s Park and found that the park had been transformed into a ghoulishly creepy place, full of adventure, creepy crawlies and ghouls and the Sealife Centres all put on their own events, we loved meeting Zelda at Spooky Seas at Weymouth and The Mum Diaries enjoyed meeting the penguins at Scarborough Sea Life.
Theme parks always go all out at Halloween and this year is no exception. Chessington has their annual Howl-O-Ween event with their scariest new attraction to date – the Spooky Caves, Legoland hosts Brick or Treat, Warwick Castle hosts Horrible Histories and their haunted castle which My Boys Club loved.
If you have older kids and teens then Actually Mummy has been visiting Fright Night at Thorpe Park ,Kip Hakes tested his nerve at Scarefest at Alton Towers and Boo Roo and Tigger Too tried an Alien Escape at Madam Tussauds.
Pumpkin picking is very popular and who wouldn’t rather select their pumpkins as nature intended, getting fresh air and exercise rather than getting caught up in a supermarket frenzy.
The Mum Diaries found a great pumpkin patch at Hill Farm Pick Your Own in Peterborough, They Grow so Quick headed to Copley’s in Pontefract for theirs, BubbablueandMe share their pumpkin picking tips after a visit to Millets Farm near Oxford and we ventured to Sopley Farm in Christchurch to find ours. Day Out with the Kids have an extensive list of great farms to find pumpkins all across the UK.
Getting outside in Autumn is great fun. Not only do the changing colours of the landscape make for some amazing pictures, but kids love to scrunch through the leaves.
The best way to see the trees in all their glory is to get up in amongst them and Mummy’s Little Stars has been Tree Surfing at the Tamar Trails Centre, whereas Plutonium Socks took to two wheels and cycled through the Forest of Dean and What 2 Buy 4 Kids has been orienteering in Delamere Forest.
SusanKMann decided that some fresh air was the order of the day and headed to her local RSPB Reserve in Loch Winnock where the kids followed a fairy trail and enjoyed some pond dipping, Pip Milburn discovered a new place to explore at Gibside, a National Trust property in Gateshead and The Ladybirds Adventures headed to Dunham Massey in Cheshire.
The weather doesn’t always play ball in October so it is good to have a back-up plan should the rain not let up. Otis and Us have put Williams Den adventure playground to the test which has both indoor and outdoor fun for the kids. Kiddie Holidays tried something a bit different and took her family for kids afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel in York and I took mine for a Chocolate Buffet at the Cottonwood Hotel in Bournemouth.
October half term is also ideal for taking exploring new areas and we headed to the Cotswolds where we fell in love with Bourton-on-the-Water and Birdland, Charliemoos has been enjoying getting up close and personal with animals with a trip to Combe Martin, Fashion Mommy has been admiring the stunning views from Harlech Castle and Over 40 Mum to One finally got to visit Hampton Court Palace.
Whatever you get up to, we hope you have a wonderful half term and if you have any other suggestions for fun days out, please add them to the linky below.