Halloween half-term at Hatchlands Park

We're building up to the spookiest, scariest day of the year with a Halloween half-term full of ghoulish goings on and pumpkins that go bump in the night. You can join us for 3 different Halloween activities over the course of the autumn half-term as well as all of Hatchlands Park's normal favourites including our brand new bug burrow. We’ve also added a tea and coffee stand in the adventure area for the whole 9 days, so there’s less walking distance for everyone.

Child with a pumpkin

Pumpkin carving 

Saturday 20 - Wednesday 31 October, 10.30am-4pm

Feeling crafty? Then it's time to try your hand at pumpkin carving. Choose a pumpkin and carve a scary face to ward off spooky spirits and ghostly ghouls.

Workshops will run every half hour from 10.30am until 3.30pm. Timeslots are limited to half an hour and so we'd ask that you arrive in plenty of time for your slot.

Halloween ducks at Hatchlands Park

Halloween duck hunt 

Saturday 20 - Wednesday 31 October, 10am-5pm

A flock of spooky ducks has flown in and invaded the parkland – a rarely reported, yet terrifying phenomenon that occurs surprisingly regularly in the Surrey countryside. How many can you spot on our Halloween duck trail?

Halloween ducks at Hatchlands Park

Frankenstein house trail 

21, 23, 24, 25 and 28 October, 2pm-4.30pm

Enjoy a monstrous trail through the house. Find different bits of different bodies spread around the mansion in paintings, on statues and other cunning hiding places. Find them all and combine them to make your very own Frankenstein's monster.

Carved hallowe'en pumpkins at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

More Halloween fun 

Once you’ve taken part in all the ghostly goings on, there’s still lots more to do. Take a trip to our children’s natural adventure area and run through the brand new bug burrow or climb up into the tree house which will also be seasonally spooked out for your enjoyment. Enjoy activities from our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, join the world’s largest treasure hunt on a geocaching trail or visit the Kitchen Café and take advantage of their Halloween themed baking skills. You could just head out for a walk in the great outdoors and kick along a few leaf-lined paths....

Mary Shelley by Richard Rothwell, exhibited 1840

Halloween for grown-ups

Whilst the kids are searching for Frank N Duck, should you find a quiet moment, we continue to celebrate Fanny Boscawen and the Bluestocking Society. This Halloween we look slightly further to the next generation and explore parts of the fascinating story of Mary Shelley, 'the girl who wrote Frankenstein'. As you wander the house, discover her connection was to the bluestockings and the story behind the creation of her most famous novel. If you find her as fascinating as we do, you can pick up a new biography, In Search of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson, in our shop.