16th October, 2017

UK Halloween Events for Families

Tired of trick or treating? Fancy getting yourself and the family a little spooked at Halloween? Looking for Halloween events for families? We’ve picked out 10 events around the UK hosted by one of our fantastic partners that we think have potential to get you and the kids spooked this Halloween. From spooky wooded walks, pumpkin-fests and scare mazes here’s our pick of the bunch.

WWT Spooky Trails

21st – 29th October, Slimbridge

Our friends at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre are set for a tantalisingly terrifying Halloween, with a range of spooky activities to keep families entertained throughout October half term, including pumpkin carving and lantern painting. They will also be running a number of fun and creepy craft activities in their outdoor areas from Pot Yuck, Pondering Poop, Gruesome Battish Bake Off and Eyeball Bingo!

For more info, visit The WWT website here.

Heligan’s Halloween

21st – 29th October, Cornwall

Heligan’s magical and mysterious woods will play host to a Spooky Folklore Trail this half term.
This year’s trail will take inspiration from the Russian folklore tale of Baba Yaga. Enter the dark woods and stumble upon weird and wonderful ‘going’s on’. Will you find the old creaky house of Baba Yaga? Can you and your family work your way through a Giant spider’s web? Weave your way through the woods and see if you’re in for a fright or a delight!

For more info, visit Heligan Gardens website here.

Eden Project’s Roald Dahl’s Halloweenden

21st–29th October 2017, Cornwall

This Halloween at The Eden Project, Pit yourself against Roald Dahl’s infamous villains, and encounter themes from five of the best-selling books.

The Witches

Take part in this essential witch spotter’s training session…but keep your wits about you!

Fantastic Mr Fox

Tunnel into the farm to sneak out plump chickens and juicy apples, but beware…Boggis, Bunce and Bean are never far from the scene.

The Twits

Enter Mr and Mrs Twit’s house where terrible tricks and pranks await.


Enter a mystical, magical world as you tiptoe your way through The BFG’s cave to the dream making station. But sshhh….sleeping giants lie in wait.


Every day is sports day with the Trunchbull test! Dare to enter the schoolyard and be put through your paces. No one wants to end up in The Chokey…

For more info, visit the Eden Projects website here.

Cotswold Farm Parks Halloween Land

14th – 29th October, Guiting Power

There will be cauldrons of spooky fun to be had at the Cotswold Farm Parks Halloween Land area. From picking your own pumpkins, fearsome face painting and their brand new for 2017 Spooky Scarecrow Maize Maze – theres fun for all of the family.

Feeling extra brave?

On Friday 27th October, their daytime Halloween Land becomes ‘Freaky Friday’, a one-off ticketed event for those seeking an alternative Halloween experience.With a thriller maze featuring live actors and music from DJ Farmer Terry, the event is recommended for those aged 12+.

For more info, visit The Cotswold Farm Parks website here.

National Trust, Castle Ward Pumpkinfest

21st & 22nd October

With over 2,000 pumpkins picked ready for you to scoop out and carve, this is an autumn festival with a difference. Solve the Pumpkin People’s clues on the trail, browse stalls of local crafts and artisan food in the Stableyard and bring along your very own scarecrow creation to enter the scarecrow competition.

For more info and similar events visit the National Trust website here.

National Trust, Dunster Castle After Dark

24th – 26th October, Somerset

Whether you’re 5 or 50, you can scare yourself silly by exploring Dunster’s ghostly grounds after dark. Follow the trail through the eerily-lit River gardens, where you might find a creeping fog swirling around you. Who knows what could be lurking around the next corner? If it all gets a bit too much you can always stop off at the tea-room to warm up away from the monsters, or follow the daytime pumpkin trail instead.

For more info and similar events visit the National Trust website here.

National Trust, Lyme Fright Run

27th October, Cheshire

Are you brave enough to take on the Fright Run at Lyme? split into two runs and courses – the 2pm course is shorter and perfect for families, while the 6pm is a longer scare-tastic route. Choose your distance and set off across the wild moors – but be on the look-out for spooky goings on. Don’t forget to dress for running: preferably with a Hallowe’eny twist.

For more info and similar events visit the National Trust website here.