October half-term and Hallowe'en at Waddesdon Manor

A young visitor dressed as Harry Potter for hallowe'en at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Get the kids outdoors this October half-term. Adventure is on offer for all the family, with loads to see and do. With nature walks and half-term Hallowe'en activities. Play outside, make new friends and discover a world of fun and exploration.

Hallowe'en fun

Saturday 21 October-Sunday 29 October (including Mon 23 and Tue 24)

This half-term we've a jam packed schedule of spooky events. There are wriggly goings on with our 'Creatures of the Night' trail and you can enjoy fun and games on the last weekend of half-term with our Fête Worse than Death.

Creatures of the Night trail

Sat 21 - Sun 29 October, 10am-3pm

Celebrating our exhibition in the Coach House Gallery, Creatures & Creations, our trail has gone a bit wild. Join us for a special trail down our woodland walk, sending you on a quest to find some fantastical creatures of the night. Can you find a Sungglewump? How about a Bumrox or a Tattooed Thunder-Cat?
£2 per child. Normal grounds admission charges apply.


How to carve a pumpkin

We're getting in the mood for Hallowe'en and are ready to perfect our pumpkin carving skills. Our Education Manager, Sarah, shows us the skills we need to create a classic pumpkin face.

Pumpkin carving & painting

Sat 21 - Fri 27 October, 10am-3pm

Be creative and carve your very own pumpkin design. Come early, we've a limited number of 1000 pumpkins grown just for us - orange ones for carving and special white pumpkins for painting. Once they're gone they're gone!
£4 per pumpkin. Normal grounds admission charges apply.

Isadora Moon author reading

Wed 25 October, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Children's author and illustrator Harriet Muncaster will be giving special readings of her new book in the magical Isadora Moon series. Half vampire, half fairy, Isadora Moon is totally unique. The 30 minute long events will include an interactive reading of the latest book, live drawing by Harriet and a craft activity.

Isadora Moon comes to Waddesdon on Wed 25 October
Isadora Moon
Isadora Moon comes to Waddesdon on Wed 25 October

Throughout the day, there will also be a treasure hunt at the Stables. Find all the Isadora Moon characters to enter a competition to win a signed set of Isadora Moon books. Come along in your best Isadora Moon fancy dress to also be in with a chance of winning!
Free. Normal grounds admission charges apply.

Fête worse than death

Sat 28 and Sun 29 October, 10am-4pm

Get into the Hallowe'en spirit with this two day ghoulish party full of games, face painting, hoedown, live music and much more.

Get dressed up for our Hallowe'en photo booth, enjoy live music from band Cut a Shine, enjoy light-up candyfloss from Candy Queens and marvel at Lucius von Roter-Mande, Ringleader and Master of Ceremonies.
Normal grounds admission applies, and additional charges for activities apply.


See all our Hallowe'en activities

And don't forget the house will be closed from Monday 30 October and reopens on Saturday 11 November with some rooms decorated for Christmas (advance booking is essential).

Outdoor play

Tuck into something tasty

Last chance to see

A family having tea whilst their baby sleeps at one of the National Trust cafés

Useful info for grown-ups with children

We have baby changing and feeding facilities at both the Manor and the Stables, and both our restaurants have children's menus.