Half term is looming over us again and for many families the important question is, how to entertain the family in this last break before Christmas?
With Halloween also coming up, why not combine the two and treat the kids to a day out to a spooky castle, take a spine chilling ghost walk, or, for the not-so-brave, a trip to a working farm or Victorian estate where children can learn about traditional preparations for 'All Hallows Eve' and the festive season.
Warwick Castle is a great destination for the whole family, with jousting, falconry displays, a working trebuchet, dungeons to explore and a Royal Weekend Party theme. From 24th October to 2nd November the Castle is hosting Halloween at the Haunted Castle. There will be a range of spooky events from 10am – 9pm giving children the chance to interact with the history of the castle.
Set in 500 acres of parkland. Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent has being described as 'the loveliest castle in the world'. From 26th October to 3rd November it is hosting 'Halloween at Half Term'. Childrens activities include creepy crafts, face painting and a pumpkin trail through the grounds. For adults and older children the castle hosts Blood, Boils and Black Death Evening Halloween Tour, on October 31st. A guided walk through the castles gruesome history, not for the faint hearted!
For fans of the Harry Potter films (who isn't), Alnwick Castle would make a perfect day out. Alnwick Castle featured in the first two films as a stand in for exterior and interior shots of Hogwarts. This Halloween the theme is continued, with Harry Potter inspired activities and spooky tours!
Venture back to bygone days with a trip to Blists Hill Victorian Museum, in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge in Shropshire. A working, Victorian town it will tempt you with delicious, traditionally made fish and chips, a bakery and old fashioned sweet shop. On October 26 the town will hold its annual Ghostly Gaslight, from 6pm to 9pm.
Staffordshire's Shugborough Hall, in 900 acres of parkland and riverside gardens, features a working Victorian servants quarters, Georgian farm, dairy and mill and a walled garden. From 26th October to 1st November it is holding an Autumn Activity Week for children, with crafts, pumpkin carving, trails, baking and cheese-making.