October half-term and Hallowe'en at Waddesdon Manor

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.

This event has now past - check back next year for information on Halloween 2019

Hallowe'en fun

Saturday 20 October-Sunday 28 October (including Mon 22 and Tue 23 grounds only)

This half-term we've a jam packed schedule of spooky events. There are wriggly goings on with our 'Spooky' 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 20 - Sun 28 October, 10am-3pm

Last year on the Halloween trail we sent you on a quest to find some fantastical Creatures of the Night down Miss Alice's Drive, such as the grumpy Bumrox and the friendly Snugglewump.

But this year the Creatures of the Night are revolting!

Who is responsible for the unrest? It can only be a villiain from the depth of the woods!

Can you help the creatures hiding in the woods defeat this villain?

Find all the creatures along the trail and at the end collect your prize, a pair of glow-in-the-dark Snugglewump ears!

£3 per child. Normal grounds admission charges apply. (Last start time for the trail is 2.30pm)


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 20 - Fri 26 October, 10am-3pm

Be creative and carve your very own pumpkin design. Come early, we've a limited number of 1500 orange pumpkins grown just for us. Once they're gone they're gone!
£5 per pumpkin. Normal grounds admission charges apply

Isadora Moon author reading

Tue 23 October, 11am. 12pm, 2pm & 3pm

Join author Harriet Muncaster and her favourite character Isadora Moon for a hands-on fun workshop

Half-vamprie, half-fairy, Isadora Moon is totally unique. Isadora loved the night, bats and her black tutu, but she also loves the sunshine, her magic wand, and Pink Rabbit. Join Harriet Muncaster for a magical storytime, drawing workshop and sparkly craft activities.

Dressing up encouraged, and Harriet will be sigining books after the event.

Donations welcome. Normal grounds admission charges apply.

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

Fête worse than death

Sat 27 and Sun 28 October, 10am-4pm

Join us for a two day Halloween party filled with petrifying party games, frightening face painting, spooky stalls and much more.

The Spooky Halloween trail that is running during hour Horrible Halloween October half-term will continue over this weekend.

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 29 October and reopens on Saturday 10 November with some rooms decorated for Christmas (advance booking is essential).

See more about our Christmas Carnival

Outdoor play

Tuck into something tasty

Useful info for grown-ups
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities at both the Manor and Stables
  • Front-carrying slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available for loan when visiting the house
  • Children's menus are available in both our restaurants
  • Plenty of open spaces for running about
  • Under 5's can bring their scooters and small bikes into the grounds. We suggest the pathways near the aviary and rose garden are the best places to use