October 2017 half-term adventures in the North West

From spooky stories and adventure trails, to wildlife encounters and creepy crafts we've plenty of ways to keep little ghouls and monsters entertained this half-term. Here's our top pick of memory-making days out in the North West for 2017.

Familes at Lyme listening to spooky stories

The spookiest time at Lyme

A spooky chill is in the air at Lyme. To mark this eerie time of year there'll be creepy storytelling in the unforgettable setting of The Cage, scary-faced pumpkin carving and a family fun run with chills and thrills along the way. Dare you visit?

A family in the garden at Dunham Massey

Spooky tales and animal trails at Dunham Massey

Gather the family round for spooky storytelling, crunch through leaves on Hooty the Owl's special trail around the garden to find out all about his autumn festival or discover more about the deer rut taking place at this special time.

A spooky young visitor at Halloween half term

A Grimm tale at Speke Hall

The hall and grounds of Speke have been placed under an enchanting spell to tell the tale of Hansel and Gretel this half-term. Follow Gretel's trail of sweet treats around the Hall before you explore the grounds with a sharp eye to spot the trail of hidden breadcrumb stones left by Hansel to mark the way to the Wicked Witch's cottage. There's spooky, sporty challenges and candy crafts too!

Visitors inside the inflatable cosmodome

An out-of-this-world adventure at Quarry Bank

Explore the sky, space and the things that fall out of it this October half-term at Quarry Bank. Inspired by the interested of the family who once owned Quarry Bank, you can discover the world of meteorites and fireballs with interactive experiments and an interactive cosmodome show.

A family at Rufford Old Hall meeting one of the scarecrows

Dare to scare at Rufford Old Hall

Meet some new faces at Rufford Old Hall's Scarecrow Festival. Explore the grounds to find some unusual characters and see what different materials have been used to bring them to life. Keep your eyes pealed for some familiar faces...

Close up of a barn owl's face

Half term hoot at Hare Hill

It's all about owls this half-term at Hare Hill! Get up close and personal with these feathered friends, and explore owl myths and legends at a weekend of fun, facts and flying. There'll also be a self-guided trail all week to learn more about the most ghostly of wild birds, the owl.

 Children taking a close look at the wood panelling at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire.

Hallowe'en horrors Tudor-style

Explore the wacky ways the Tudors kept evil spirits and witches at bay this half-term. Have a go at making a sleep charm to help bad dreams, listen to bedtime stories about good triumphing over evil or take a closer look around the halls to spot the mysterious markings from the past.