Thinking of taking the children for a ghostly, ghoulish break over the Halloween weekend in the UK? Well, if so, these following five breaks and things to do offer something for the whole family.
1. English Heritage, across the UK
This half term, get stuck in to some trembling, spooky Halloween events such as Ghost Tours across the UK – From Derbyshire to Penzance.
What better place to explore and scare yourself silly than dark castles with hidden corridors and secret tunnels?
English Heritage named its top five most haunted sites which are:
1) 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
2) Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
3) Dover Castle
4) Portland Castle
5) Whitby Abbey
2. LEGOLAND®, Windsor
This October half term you can bring your little monsters to the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort for spook-tacular activities and fun to celebrate Halloween with the whole family!
Their ‘Brick or Treater’s’ are in for a surprise as they venture through the eerie Forest of 5,000 Pumpkins where you can build your own LEGO® pumpkin! Try and find the LEGO Spiders that are hiding amongst the trees… there is a fancy dress competition for all the scary costumes our guests arrive in! Great fun for kids…and the adults of course!
3. Center Parcs, several locations
During Halloween, Center Parc’s forest villages are geared up for eerie action, including ghoulish Halloween parties, pumpkin hunts, spine-chilling spook ghost walks through cobwebbed woods (not for the faint-hearted!), making your own personal broomstick, batty blading and the frightening Night Time Aerial Adventure junketing from tree to tree over scary suspended pathways.
Mom and Dad can join the kids in the Halloween Treasure Hunt, pumpkin carving and the Halloween-themed Laser Combat course. Costumed staff greet visitors at arrival, who can then join in the Halloween activites, although all facilities are open and available if spa, swimming or sports are desired.
4. Alton Towers Resort Scarefest, Staffordshire
Dare you take your family to Alton Towers Resort Scarefest? Older children will love the frightening, full dark 14 loop rollercoaster ride, while you take younger ones to Pirate Bill’s Magic Show or the Halloween music show.
Costume competitions for young and old, a Big Fun Kid’s Club party and games and wandering through the thrillingly chilling Theme Park for rides, games, shows and fun. The brave at heart can check out favorite rides in the dark and investigate the vampire-haunted Towers. For the really brave, try the Scare Maze at the Sanctuary, where goblins and spooks jump out at the unwary and no one leaves without a scream or two!
5. Woolacombe Bay, Devon
Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks invites kids of all ages to join in the Halloween Spooktacular featuring ghastly ghost stories, trick or treat trails, horror make up, little monsters fancy dress parades, costume design workshops, witch hunts and ghoulish arts and crafts. Prepare to be scared at the Spooky Spectacular Show Time by the dangerously dazzling ParkStars.
Dive into Park pools, challenge yourself to reach the top of the climbing wall or just go batty for All Hallows. Freak out the competition with the creepiest costumes and let the fiendish ghost stories scare you straight to bed!
Stay for a 3, 4 or 7 night break you’ll be sure to have a magical time. With online savings on their website you can grab a bargain.
6. Chessington World of Adventure Resort, Surrey
Join the Halloween Hocus Pocus party at Chessington World of Adventure Resort this year. Spine-chilling fun for everyone awaits at the Vampire village of Black Hollow, mysteriously transplanted from Transylvania.
Can you evade Count Dracula and escape unscathed through the dark village gates? A dread mystery confronts the family at Hocus Pocus Hall, where world-travelling adventurer Sir Arthur vanished. Can you draw back the veil of mystery to find what happened to Sir Arthur? Follow the clues to solve the mystery. For scary fun, head for Burt and Bilge’s Big Bad BOO Halloween show at Market Square. Take the park rides in the dark and visit the zoo and Sea-Life for animal adventures galore, there’s no lack of ghastly good times at Chessington.