October half-term and Halloween in the South East

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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.

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

A girl carving a pumpkin


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.

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.

Children in Halloween costume


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.

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


This half-term is jam-packed with a spooktacular array of things for all the family to enjoy. Take part in ghostly goings on at Stowe, try trails, crafts and a scavenger hunt at Hughenden, or encounter creepy critters at Cliveden.

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy


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.

Young children picking up colourful autumn leaves

In and around East Sussex 

Create your own ghost story at Scotney Castle, go batty on a trail at Bodiam Castle as you find out about wildlife or, meet The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Bateman's. There's an adventure awaiting everyone this half-term.

Child playing with dressing up costume at Sutton House, Hackney, 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 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 with leaves in autumn


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.