I’ve two young boys and looking to take them away for a fun halloween weekend break here in the UK and have been exploring a number of places. I’ve shortlisted a few ideas and this post is for those parents who are also looking to do the same in half-term week and combine some scary halloween fun with some quality time with the family.

at a seaside holiday park…

High on our list of places to book is Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks in Devon, not only because it’s located close to us in Cornwall but offers great value for money starting at £99 for the 4 of us to stay for a 3 night break.

The price include Halloween activities (trick or treat trails, ghastly ghost stories, horror make up, little monsters fancy dress parades, costume design workshops, witch hunts and ghoulish arts and crafts) along with the park’s free facilities such as cinema, indoor pools and entertainment.

Woolacombe beach which was voted 2nd best beach in the UK by Trip Advisor travellers is right on your doorstep. All the ingredients for a fun low cost family break this half term.

You can stay for a 3, 4 or 7 night break and if you book online you can save up to £140. You can stay for 3 nights from just £99 for a family of four, 4 nights from just £149 or spend an entire week from just £239 for the whole family! Visit their Halloween page at www.woolacombe.co.uk/halloween-breaks

at a castle…

Staying at a castle for halloween really appeals as my boys love anything to do with knights and castles so a stay in a castle would be really cool for them (secretly i’d love this too!)

Castle’s don’t generally let you stay for the night, none i could see offering halloween packages. So what we’d probably do is stay close to a castle and then go to a halloween event held there such as Warwick Castle halloween events. We’d love the spell and witchcraft displays at Warwick Castle, plus they have an eerie owl show! You can book a cheap Warwick hotel via a website like superbreak.com

Lumley castle has a children’s halloween banquet which sounds fun:

at an amusement park…

Alton Towers’ Scarefest has always been popular with families and sells out each year so i’m doubtful we would be able to get a room here.

The park transforms into an eerie backdrop to your favourite after-dark rides with special attractions like the Carnival of Screams and The Sanctuary scare mazes. The overnight stay package includes a breakfast, Halloween entertainment and Fastrack access to selected attractions from 10am-11am

Visit their Halloween page at www.altontowers.com/scarefest/halloween-short-breaks/

at a hotel…

There are lots of hotels offering halloween packages for families in the UK. It’s about picking a location where you can combine something suitably halloween friendly for the kids whilst allowing you do other fun stuff. Superbreak have some great halloween breaks to choose from at www.superbreak.com/marketing/halloween-breaks

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