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? Gather the evidence, hunt down the ghosts and learn all about those that lived, and died, at Ham House in the 17th Century. With fun for all, there's lots ot keep the family entertained. 

Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, a remarkable women of her time (1626-1698).
Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, a remarkable women of her time (1626-1698).
Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, a remarkable women of her time (1626-1698).

Get the whole family involved in our trail around the house and gardens hunting for evidence of ghosts, sorting out the fact from the fiction, and seeing just how strange the truth can be. 

£2 per trail with a mini magnifying glass to help you. 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
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 22 to Friday 26 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 illusion spinner to make the ghost appear! 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?
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. 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. 

Grab a photo to cherish as your children transform into goolish ghosts and spooky specters by dressing up in the back parlour in between the storytelling. 

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