October half-term and Hallowe'en in West 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 enrolled in the Witches and Wizards' Academy at Petworth or the bat trail at Uppark. You’ll be so glad you joined 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 West 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.

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

Petworth House and Park, West Sussex 

Visit Petworth this October half-term and take part in some spine tingling activities. Enrol in the Petworth Witches and Wizards Academy and make some spooky craft to take home. For those after an adventure, take on the spooktastic Hallowe'en trail around the Pleasure Grounds.

Family at Standen looking at autumn pumpkins

Standen, West Sussex 

Keep the kids occupied this half term at Standen with a fun trail inspired by harvest in the garden, autumn strolls through crunchy leaves and spooky bat walks. If the weather's not on your side, our cafe is open all week for tasty treats.

Little girl in jeans and cream jumper leaping onto path in autumn garden


Uppark is home to all sorts of little bats, which swoop over the lawns and meadow at dusk on the hunt for insects. As Hallowe’en draws near, we’re inviting little ones to ‘think like a bat’ and complete the activities on our new bat-themed trail through the grounds. Suitable for younger children, 21 – 29 October.

Children den-building in the woods

Nymans, West Sussex 

The garden and woods at Nymans are perfect for some autumn inspired fun. With colourful trees, lots of autumn leaves, a trail to try and 50 things to do before you're 11¾ there is something to keep everyone entertained this half-term.

Pumpkin carved with National Trust logo

Alfriston Clergy House Hallowe'en hunt 

Prowl around the garden for pumpkins on our Halloween hunt.