LET’S GO Spell-Binding October Inspiration…

Coming up with fun half-term ideas to entertain the family can have even the best of us fleeing for the hills (and we’re not just talking about Halloween) but fear not because it’s treats all round this month! Just because trick or treating isn’t on the cards, Halloween is not cancelled.

We’ve pulled together a fabulous selection of places to go with the kids and spend valuable time with one another whilst continuing to follow government advise. Keep reading for spell-binding family events and attractions open this October…

Social distancing and hygiene measures have been implemented and it’s essential families pre-book tickets. This helps venues manage numbers and function safely. We would suggest booking at least a few weeks ahead of your trip and encourage families to check directly with the venue for the most up to date information as government advise can change at any time.



Trick or treat yourself this Halloween with MAOAM.

Get ready for a Spooktacular event and experience the full-on fun of MAOAM at their Mischief Manor. There is a mischievous hall of mirrors, Zombie photo wall, mischievous spooks and not to mention sweet treats to sample – MAOAM Stripes.

Head to your nearest shopping centre for the MAOAM Mischief Tour this October half term, dates and locations as follows:

London Westfield: 17th October 10 am-7 pm & 18th October 12pm – 6pm

Birmingham Bullring: 26th October 10am-7pm

Nottingham Victoria Centre: 27th October 10 am-7 pm

Manchester Arndale Centre: 28th October 10 am-7 pm

Leeds Trinity: 29th October 10 am-7 pm

Newcastle Metrocentre: 30th October 10 am-7 pm

Plus, you can find even more mischievous inspiration at https://maoam.fun/


Jump In Trampoline Parks and Gravity Force

Jump In & Gravity Force ..Now open for safe half term FUN with easy to follow social distancing procedures that allow everyone to enjoy the trampolines, climbing walls and soft play.

Families can enjoy all the facilities in reduced capacity sessions.  So get your grip socks on, grab a few friends and bounce off our walls, then relax in our Tuck In Café.  Fright Night & Monster Bash Covid safe celebrations planned.


RedKangaroo – Nottingham & Reading

Enjoy an Awesome Autumn at RedKangaroo! This October come and experience great value and a fantastic experience when you burst through our doors into a big, bright and bonkers world of trampolines, wipe out, tumble tracks and loads more! Our parks have implemented new social distancing measures and procedures, so that everyone who is #borntobounce can enjoy their favourite trampoline park in the best possible way. Check out your park timetable for sessions and offers.

Visit Reading:  https://www.redkangaroo.co.uk/parks/reading/

Visit Nottingham https://www.redkangaroo.co.uk/parks/nottingham/


South East

Wellington Country Park – Berkshire

Join Wellington Country Park for a spook-tacular October half-term with their season finale, Hallo’welly’ween. Featuring a slightly spooky train ride, a witches hunt, haunted crafts and more! Visit our website for more details, with booking available from Friday 16th October. All tickets must be pre-booked.


Birdworld – Surrey

Birdworld, which is home to over 2000 birds and other animals, is hosting its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 24th October – 1st November!

Enjoy spooky seasonal entertainment on selected days throughout the week, as well as new socially-distanced Halloween theming throughout the park; all within the autumnal setting of 26 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens!

For any further enquiries, call the Admin Team on 01420 22140.


Kent Life – Kent

Join Kent Life for a spooktacular half term at Kent Life (24th October – 1st November)! Knock on doors for safe trick or treating, visit creepy cuddle corner, join in with daily fancy dress competitions or get crafty with some pumpkin carving. Don’t forget to visit the farmyard friends.


Hop Farm – Kent

Treat the kids to a spook-tastic feast of fun for the half term holidays! Dress up in your best Halloween fancy dress (optional!) and come and join in! Children’s rides, animal farm and more tricks and treats! Features include a Halloween trail, best fancy dressed prize each day and indoor spooktacular safe and fun live entertainment!*

Get into this spirit of the season and have a fun day out at The Hop Farm Family Park!

Wildwood – Kent

Join Wildwood to celebrate the most spooky time of the year. To assist the community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, Wild Wood Trust will not be offering a full range of activities or providing animals talks, but there are still lots of safe and socially-distanced activities to enjoy including: Pumpkin Carving Contest, Spooky Trail, Potion Making Days and Bushcraft Days.


Paradise Wildlife Park – Hertfordshire

Join Paradise Wildlife Park for their famous Wolf Weekend where you celebrate and raise awareness for wolves. They are offering the unique opportunity to hand feed the wolves as part of an on the day raffle! To take part in the raffle, you can purchase your tickets on entry to the park at £5 per ticket. There are 5 winners each day to win a hand feed with the wolves. You can purchase tickets each day as you enter the zoo or at the wolf stall based on the animal park outside Keeper HQ. You have up to 12:30pm on each day to purchase your tickets and then the draw will take place at 1pm at the safari stage. The winners must be 16 or over and available to take part in the experience straight after the winners are selected.


Exbury Gardens – Hampshire

Exbury’s crew of ghoulish characters are returning to their steam railway this October half term. They will be haunting the train tracks and entertaining families with comedy performances, with a few frights along the way of course! Exbury will also be hosting a number of spooky activities for families including a Gruesome Garden Trail, pumpkin carving, plus much more!


Holkham Estate – North Norfolk

Head to Holkham for a Grimm inspired Halloween, where deep in the enchanted Walled Garden you’ll find mini-performances of Hansel and Gretel. Plus, spooky storytelling, pumpkin carving, face painting, witch-crafts, skele-trails and more! For the bravest children, there is a chance to get up close and creepy with the crawlies!


National Coal Mining Museum – West Yorkshire

Grab your activity kit and set off on an adventure, uncovering the museum’s hidden treasures. Discover famous figures in the Pit People Trail and uncloak your Halloween spirit with a ‘Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search’.  Then step outside to reveal nature’s magic with some woodland-inspired crafts and activities.


Kirklees Light Railway – West Yorkshire

Have a spooktacular Halloween at the Kirklees Light Railway!  There’s so much going on from half price fares for kids in fancy dress (26th-30th Oct) to the all-new Wizard Express (26th-28th Oct) to horrifying evening Ghost Trains (29th-31st Oct).  Open daily from 24th October to 1st November!


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We recommend you always check COVID-secure measures before you travel and note changes to booking requirements. We hope you and your children enjoy wonderful and safe days out this autumn.