October half-term and Hallowe'en in Kent

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 ghoulish crafts at Ightham Mote. 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 Kent. 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.

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.

A pumpkin peeks out in the garden

Emmetts Garden 

Join us this half-term for a spooky Hallowe'en adventure. Grab a trail sheet and find as many eerie items as you can. Trail runs from 21 until 29 October, 10am-4pm. You'll also find 50 things activities, our brilliant tepee and a wonderful wild play area.

South side of the house in the mist

Ightham Mote 

There’s much to be spooked by at Ightham Mote this autumn. From Saturday 21 until Sunday 29 October there'll be spooky half-term happenings, as giant spider webs appear in our garden. The focus of our Themed Thursday on October 26 will be a spider's web craft.

Volunteers help with family activities at Knole, Kent.


Those brave enough can climb the Gatehouse Tower all the way to the stars at Museums at Night on 28 Oct, 6pm to 8.30pm. There's also lots of daytime family fun to be had throughout half-term with family workshops focused on autumn leaves on Monday 23 and paper lanterns on Wednesday 25.

Family fun on the pumpkin trail


Join an eerie trail around the grounds of Churchill’s family home. Keep your eyes open for spooky happenings along the way to receive a prize at the finish. Trail is on from 21 until 29 October, 10am-4pm.

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.