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 Castle Ward Autumn

In and around East Sussex 

Discover more about myths and superstitions on the Black Cat trail at Bodiam Castle or find out all about the ghost of Scotney as part of the Children of Scotney trail this October half term.

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

Buckinghamshire 

Over October half term, there will be plenty of spooky goings on for the whole family in Buckinghamshire. Venture into the underworld at Stowe, carve pumpkins at Hughenden and spook yourself silly at Waddesdon Manor's Halloween-themed fete.

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 

This half term our places take on a Halloween flavour, with ghoulishy entertaining goings-on. From eerie trails at Emmetts Garden and bats galore at Ightham Mote, to simply playing in the crunchy autumn leaves, there’s something to give the whole family the jitters.

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 

Halloween will be in full swing in West Sussex this October half term with the spooky science laboratory at Petworth. You can also enjoy harvest crafts and trails at Standen, autumn adventures in the garden at Nymans or become a garden designer for the day on a trail at Uppark.

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

Hampshire 

This October half term we’ve got lots of new activities on offer, from Mottisfont’s colourful scarecrows to Hinton's Time for Tea trail. There's loads of Halloween fun too, such as pumpkin-carving at Winchester City Mill.

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.