October half-term and Halloween in the South East

Halloween is in full swing in the South East this half-term with ghoulish activities for the whole family to enjoy. With autumn providing the backdrop, you can also appreciate the wonders of the natural world as our houses, parks and garden embrace this spectacular season. From eerie trails at Emmetts Garden in Kent to ancient creaking houses of Hampshire, bring the family on a half-term adventure.

Child playing with dressing up costume at Sutton House, Hackney, London.

London 

Fiendishly good family fun lurks at every turn at National Trust places in London this October half-term. Enjoy spooky storytelling at Ham House and Garden or carve the perfect pumpkin at Osterley Park and House.

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

In and around East Sussex 

Find out about wildlife at Bodiam Castle, delve into The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Bateman's or create a ghost story at Scotney Castle. Whatever your taste, there is an adventure awaiting everyone this half-term.

Little girl with her witch's hat ready for her tour

Buckinghamshire 

This half-term is jam-packed with spooky trails, autumn crafts and piles of pumpkins at our places. Orange is about to become your favourite colour, or worst nightmare.

A girl carving a pumpkin

Surrey 

Share in the magic of nature this October half term with spooky trails, autumn crafts and lots of pumpkins around Surrey. Venture on a spooky trail at Polesden Lacey or crunch through leaves and carve pumpkins at Claremont Landscape Garden.

Children playing with leaves in autumn

Kent 

There are spooky goings on at our places in Kent during October half-term and Halloween with family-friendly activities to keep your little ones busy. Look out for Freaky Fossils on in the gardens at Emmetts or go batty on the Beastly Bat trail at Chartwell. Plus plenty of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ to do in nature.

Children helping with a pumpkin crop

Isle of Wight 

Head along to Bembridge Windmill and put your tree ID skills to the test or at the Needles Battery you can hear terrible tales from the sea for some pre-Halloween scary fun. There’s no chance of getting bored this holiday.

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Oxfordshire 

There's lots to do this October half term at our places in and around Oxfordshire. Crunchy leaves, conkers and pumpkins galore will have you embracing the magic of nature at Greys Court or delve into the Victorian supernatural world in the house at Basildon Park.

A young girl enjoying the autumn leaves dressed as a witch for Halloween

West Sussex 

This half term you can follow a bat trail and build a bat box at Petworth. Crunch through the autumn leaves on a nature walk at Standen. Or visit the wonderful new Quentin Blake exhibition and the pumpkin patch at Nymans. As the leaves start to colour, curl and drop, get closer to nature in Sussex and the South Downs.

Four children play in autumn leaves in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire

Hampshire 

This half term, introduce your little ones to traditional autumn pastimes, in adventurous ways. Scarecrows are hiding in Mottisfont's gardens. At The Vyne, mini wheelbarrows wait to be filled with fallen leaves for compost. There are witchcraft trails too. In Winchester City Mill you'll find pumpkin-carving and story-telling.

Children in Halloween costume

Berkshire 

Enjoy spooky trails, autumn crafts and lots and lots of pumpkins around Berkshire this October half term. Venture into the mysterious woodland lair at Cliveden or explore the grounds of The Vyne on a pumpkin themed trail.