October half-term and Halloween in West Sussex

Halloween 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 tried out the spooky science laboratory at Petworth or crunched through the autumn leaves in Halloween costumes.

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 

Check out our Halloween activities at Petworth this October half term. Try Elizabeth Ilive's hair-raising laboratory and solve creepy clues. Or dress to distress and make some spook-tastic craft to take home.

Child walking in autumn leaves


The garden and woods are perfect for some autumn inspired fun. With colourful trees, autumn leaves, a pop-up pumpkin patch and our family trail, there is something to keep everyone entertained this half-term.

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.

A family sit and admire the autumn colour

Sheffield Park and Garden 

Bring the family to Sheffield Park and Garden for an autumn adventure. Find an outdoor activity to enjoy around the garden or parkland as you take in all the season has to offer.

A girl carving a pumpkin

Saddlescombe Farm, South Downs 

Choose your own pumpkin and then transform it into your own scary creation then make your own Halloween animal mask.

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


Over 200 years ago, Uppark’s garden was created by a very famous garden designer called Humphry Repton. This half-term, kids can follow in Repton’s footsteps and become a garden designer for the day. Follow the new outdoor trail packed with activities to help little ones plan their very own garden. 20 - 28 October, £1 per trail.

Pumpkin carved with National Trust logo

Alfriston Clergy House Hallowe'en hunt 

Prowl around the garden looking for clues on our creepy-crawly inspired trail for families.