October half-term and Hallowe'en in and around East Sussex

Hallowe’en has crept up on us like a ghostly ghoul in a kids cartoon and charmed us with its magic spell. It’s no use trying to resist until you’ve sold your soul to a spooky Hallowe’en trail at Scotney Castle or met the Crones at Bodiam Castle. You’ll be so glad you gave in and embraced the madness. Fortunately, for those who have yet to crack, there is plenty more going on in the October half-term holidays in and around East Sussex. As the leaves start to colour, curl and drop, there is much fun to be had crunching along woodland walks and ticking off some of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Children on autumn hallowe'en pumpkin trail at Charlecote Park


This half-term we’re celebrating the 150th birthday of children’s illustrator Arthur Rackham. Discover more about Sussex folklore and the landscape which inspired Rackham on a new garden trail. For those that find our hidden fairies, there'll be a reward. Runs Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 Oct, 11am to 4pm.

A young girl enjoys running through the autumn leaves at Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle 

Betsy is our very own spooky black cat. This year, from 21 until 29 October you can follow Betsy from tree to tree throughout the garden at Scotney, picking up fascinating titbits about her favourite trees.

The spikes on the lower edge of the portcullis at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Bodiam Castle 

Tackle a special half-term trail, running daily through the holiday. On Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 Oct the Crones return. Visit Cornes’ Corner to hear their tales of magic and mayhem – though be wary of their unconventional cooking.

The autumn view across the estate at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

We've got loads of open parkland and woodland perfect for family adventuring. There's plenty of opportunity to tick off a few of the autumnal items from your 50 things list. From den building to mud pie making, discover where to find the best activity spots while you're at Sissinghurst.

Halloween at Penrhyn Castle and Garden, North Wales

Smallhythe Place 

Grab your broomsticks, hats and cloaks and get ready for an afternoon of spooky Arts and Crafts at Smallhythe Place. Join us from 1-3pm on Wednesday 25 October where we'll be making Hallowe'en crafts for you to decorate your home. Come dressed in your scariest Hallowe'en costume - the best dressed wins a prize.