October half term hallowe'en fun at Ham House

Two children carrying a pumpkin

Join us from 20-28 Oct for Hallowe'en hocus pocus at Ham House. Is everything all that it seems? Track down the evidence of the ghostly goings on at Ham, decorate a pumpkin biscuit and have some fearsome fun.

Hocus Pocus! Is it real or is it bogus?

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of witchcraft at Ham House with our Halloween trail! Gather the evidence, hunt down the ghosts and learn all about those that lived and died (and haunted!) at Ham House. With fun for all, there's lots to keep the family entertained. 

Explore the origins of how witches became such key figures at Halloween
Explore the origins of how witches became such key figures at Halloween
Explore the origins of how witches became such key figures at Halloween

Get the whole family involved in our trail and take part in the search for the supernatural, looking for clues, answering questions and collecting potion ingredients along the way.  

Running every day during half term, it is £2 per trail with a mini magnifying glass to help you on your hunt. Suitable for children aged 5-14, this trail runs inside and outside the house so be sure to wrap up warm!

A variety of squashes grown in Ham House's kitchen garden
A variety of squashes grown in Ham House's kitchen garden
A variety of squashes grown in Ham House's kitchen garden

Get crafty decorating pumpkin shaped biscuits, made right here in the Ham House Kitchen! Much tastier than pumpkin carving, you can feel festive and satisfy your sweet tooth in one bite. Available from Monday 22 to Friday 26 Oct, 11am-2pm in the Dairy, get deliciously creative for £1 per biscuit. Suitable for all ages- even adults will love it!

Come Below Stairs to visit our servant’s quarters and make your own illusion spinner to conjure up a ghost! Suitably spooky for all ages, drop in from 12noon-4pm all week. 

Spooky storytelling will be held throughout the week to entertain your little ones with ghostly tales of Ham House. Ask at reception for availability on the day of your visit, with stories told at 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm on select days. Stories are suitable for children under 10. 

Grab a festive photo to cherish as your children transform into ghoulish ghosts and spooky specters by dressing up in the back parlour in between the storytelling. Alternatively, set the scene at the Photo booth in the family area, with masks, straw bales, and pumpkins galore.

Little girl with her witch's hat ready for her tour
Little girl with her witch's hat ready for her tour
Little girl with her witch's hat ready for her tour

Not everything covered in a white sheet is a ghost though! You can learn more about conservation at Ham as you visit the house, and the mini terrors we try to keep at bay.

Interested in exploring more of our places over the October half-term? Why not take advantage of our new member offer. Join at selected properties over the half-term and enjoy free trails and activities across London.