October half term hallowe'en fun at Ham House

Two children carrying a pumpkin

Join us from 21-29 Oct for Hallowe'en hocus pocus at Ham House. Take part in our children's Witch Hunt, decorate a pumpkin biscuit or make your own witch's hat.

This half term Ham House is celebrating seventeenth century superstitions and exploring the spooky world of witchcraft and ghosts. 

The Duchess has unusual red hair; red hair was thought to represent a witch
The Duchess has unusual red hair; red hair was thought to represent a witch

Get the whole family involved in our Witch Hunt, a trail around the house and gardens for witchy clues left behind by Ham House’s residents. Can you find the witch marks carved into the panelling to ward of evil spirits, or fly around on a witch's broomstick? 

£2 per trail with a glow in the dark badge reward. Trail runs every day during the half term and is suitable for children aged 5-14. The trail runs inside and outside the house so wrap up warm. 

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 creative with pumpkin biscuit decorating; much tastier than pumpkin carving. Decorate pumpkin-shaped biscuits hand made in the Ham House Kitchen with icing. £1 per biscuit, Monday 23 to Friday 27 Oct in the Dairy, 11am-2pm. Suitable for all ages, even adults will love it. 

Visit our servant’s quarters Below Stairs and make your own witch's hat. Assemble the cardboard hat and decorate it with sequins, feathers and tissue paper. Suitable for all ages. Available all week 12noon-4pm. Included in the admission price. 

Can you spot the 'witch marks' around Ham House designed to ward off evil spirits?
Can you spot the 'witch marks' around Ham House designed to ward off evil spirits?

Spooky storytelling will be held throughout the week to entertain your little ones with ghostly tales of Ham House. Learn about the ghost dog, or find out if the Duchess was a witch herself? Ask at reception for availability on the day of your visit, stories will be told at 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm on select days. Stories are suitable for children under 10.