What can I do with the kids this October half term?
Not sure what to do with the little (and big) blighters this half term? Look no further. From broomstick training for budding witches to putting on a play, there's loads of stuff on locally for kids of all ages.
The Haunted Castle, Warwick Castle, 23-31 Oct
Feeling brave? Warwick Castle always does Halloween well and this year your little ones (and bigger ones) can meet the Witches of Warwick, travel through the Haunted Hollows and cook up some potions in the castle kitchens. The Haunted Castle event is suitable for all ages so you can take the whole family. If the kids are a little more grown up there’s the Castle After Dark to really make them jump.
The Lost Lending Library, Draper’s Hall, Coventry, 25 Oct-6 Nov
Cov’s newly refurbished Draper’s Hall will host the UK premiere of this immersive family show set in a travelling library. It’s for kids ages six to eleven and is about a librarian seeking young writers to create new stories. Company Punchdrunk Enrichment aims to spark a passion for writing and reading in younger children with their performance – theatre and books, what’s not to love?
Stratford Butterfly Farm, 23-31 Oct
Like cute baby animals? Well we may be have just the thing (kinda). Baby Rhinoceros Rat Snakes have just hatched at Stratford Butterfly Farm and are on display with their parents. There’s also the Pumpkin Patch Spider which originates from Colombia. On 30 and 31 Oct visitors are encouraged to wear fancy dress to get into the Halloween spirit.
Spotlight on Science, British Motor Museum, 23-31 Oct
Mad scientists Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin will share the stories and science behind the lights and mirrors in some of the museum’s collection of historic lamps. There’ll be hands on sessions and a black cat trail too. Meow.
Pumpkin Spooktacular, Hatton Adventure World, 23-31 Oct
Battle through the zombie marsh, pick and carve your own pumpkins, take a ride on the spooky trailer and brave the haunted house for Hatton’s Halloween offerings. There’s also a Magic and Mayhem Illusion Show and fancy dress is encouraged – we’re there.
Wizards of Once trail, Kenilworth Castle, 23-31 Oct
We don’t really need an excuse to meander through the gorgeous grounds of Kenilworth Castle, but we reckon this is a good excuse to take the kids and keep them entertained. English Heritage has launched an adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series with the aim to uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances. Extra points if you come in fancy dress!
Halloween Family Brunch Bingo, Fargo Village, 24 Oct
This family-friendly bingo game sees animal pictures replace numbers and kids can colour in their cards while learning facts along the way. There’s musical bingo so you can have a dance off with the little (and bigger) ones, and there’s a pre-show Slime Making and Craft Station (shouldn’t all bingo sessions start this way?). A brunch menu and bar is available too throughout the event, result.
Jump In, Warwick, 26-29 Oct
Young chefs can take part in pizza-making sessions before a jump and then eat their own pizza for lunch with half term sessions running on the 26 and 28 Oct at 11am to 1pm . Book here. For Halloween they’re running two events – Fright Night Friday on Oct 29 and Monster Bash on Sat Oct 30.
Go Ape, Coombe Abbey Park, Binley
Adrenaline junkies rejoice, sundown sessions are back. From 16 Oct you and the kids can try your hand at the treetop challenge, adventure and axe throwing – in the dark no less. If you fancy something a little different try zipping around the forest on a Segway after hours, which is available at the Cannock Chase branch of Go Ape between 25 and 31 Oct.
The Wave waterpark, Coventry
On 22 Oct there will be a Wave Rave – sign us up! And from 29 to 31 Oct there will be spooky Halloween-themed sessions at the £36.7million waterpark with its six high octane slides, lazy river, wave pool and splash zone. Read what we thought here.
Theatre workshop, Compton Verney, 26-28 Oct
Warts and All Theatre Company is back at Compton Verney holding a theatre workshop for 7 to 12-year-olds. Kids can take part in performances and will be able to join in sessions for just one or the full 3 days.
Boo at the Zoo, Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, 23-31 Oct
A witches show, broomstick training, Witchly Come Dancing and pumpkin enrichment for the animals – Twycross has loads of activities lined up for kids of all ages during half term. Plus, there’s cute animals to see. What’s not to like?
Spooky Spectacular, West Midlands Safari Park, 22-31 Oct
The home of free-roaming lions, elephants and zebras will once again be hosting The Pumpkin Patch this year. Little ones can follow the trail to find missing pumpkins and there’s a stage show being held throughout the day. If you fancy staying a bit later there’s also a 3km lantern trail to walk around with dinosaur lanterns, lit-up landscapes and glowing animal installations.