As usual there are lots of cheap October half term activities going on across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. I’ve put together the details of some of the highlights. As usually happens Bedfordshire has their half term at a different time from the other three counties. Some venues are running events across both weeks. I’ve marked those with ***both weeks***.
I’m going to continue adding new events to this post so keep checking the post for the latest details. If there’s anything you think I’m missing please get in touch.
Buckinghamshire Half Term activities – 26th October – 3rd November
Waddesdon Manor (review here) has lots of different events going on as part of their Horrible Halloween. There’s a trail (£3 per child), pumpkin carving (£5 per pumpkin), in addition to spooky stories and activities and spooky orienteering. It looks like they’re not holding their Halloween fete this year though. Last year’s was really disappointing so I’m not that surprised.
Halloween is all about spooky crafts at Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury. You can make spooky spiders, googly-eyed mugs, trick or treat totes, gooey gloop and finally science fun Friday (which is at the Children’s gallery rather than the main museum). Various charges apply, all sessions are drop-in so no need to book. Read my review of the museum here and the Children’s Gallery by clicking this link. Throughout half term there is also their FREE Reincarnated Rubbish exhibition. You can read my full review of that here.
Save up to 48% off the Halloween maze and pumpkin carving at JC Farm in Little Kingshill on Groupon at the moment. Selected dates in October, there will be pumpkin carving, biscuit decorating, apple bobbing, spooky woodland walk, pumpkin game maze, mini-golf, sand pit, petting barn and mini tractors. Click the link to book (affiliate link)
Wycombe museum have a Halloween Ghost Hunt on the 31st October. Family early bird ticket is £18 and must be pre-booked. As well as the ghost hunt there will be frightening foods and ghoulish games. Book your tickets here. Throughout half term there’s also spooky crochet (27/10), Let’s cook: spooky snacks (28/10) and discover and make Halloween crafts (29/10). Pre-book your tickets on the website charges apply.
The Hellfire caves nr High Wycombe are holding lunch-time Halloween banquets from the 28th Oct – 1st November. Tickets include lunch, stories and activities. £9.50 per adult, £15 per child (plus fees). Book online here. From the 26th October – 3rd November there will also be lots of FREE games in the courtyard (tickets not required for entry to the courtyard). There will also be face painting for a small fee.
The very popular Pumpkin patch MK is back! On the 12th & 13th October then 19-31 October. 10-4. Entry is FREE and pumpkins are priced individually. There will also be a bale maze, rides and food.
Creation Station in Aylesbury are running a Halloween family fun session on the 30th October from 9:30 – 11. Suitable for ages 2-8, it involves messy play and crafts. £7 per child. Pre-booking advised.
The Bucks Railway Centre, Quainton are running Halloween fun sessions with Cha Char Chimps on the 27th, 30th October and 3rd November. 60 minute sessions are at 11.30 and 1 but you can stay all day. FREE with standard admission. Locals pass holders get in for FREE. For the ultimate ghost train join them on the 30th October. There’s a disco from 6-8 and you can ride the spooky train from 6-7. £7.50 per person.
There’s a creepy crawlies trail at Cliveden from the 26th October to 3rd November. £3 per person. Create a take-home craft at the end.
There’s a FREE scare school at the Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe. On the 26th and 27th Toys UK are offering free face painting and an in-store trick or treat. Throughout the week there are different FREE craft activities.
Bedfordshire Half Term activities – 21 – 28 October
Free Family crafts, hosted by Dunstable town council. No pre-booking required but max 50 people.
Rushmere Country Park are running a bird themed event on the ***27th October*** There will be crafts, a guided bird walk and the chance to make a bird walk. Charges may apply for some activities. There will also be a FREE Xplorer map reading activity on the 24th October. That’s followed by a kids Halloween disco after dark on the same day.
***1st /2nd /3rd November*** at the Luton Library Theatre. Do you believe in Unicorns? This lovely play is based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. Suitable for ages 6+, but can be enjoyed by all. Tickets are £8 and need to be booked online.
Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton have various spooky activities taking place on the 21st October. Sessions last for 75 minutes and cost £7. Book online. There’s Frankenstein for Kids on the 24th and 25th October. £7 each, bookable here.
Dunstable Downs are running a pumpkin trail from the ***19th to 31st October*** Jack is throwing a big Halloween party for his friends but they have all got lost in the woods around his house. Follow the trail to help him find them and guide them back to the visitor centre in time for afternoon tea! Cost £3 per child.
Jordan’s Mill are running a spooky Halloween trail from ***19th October to 2nd November*** Entry to the mill is free, the trail is £1 per person.
Things are getting spooky at Wrest Park from the ***19th October to 3rd November*** There will be pumpkin carving (£4 per person), gruesome guides and trails. On the 25th and 26th October there will be a spooky, after-dark woodland walk. Tickets from £5-£7 per person (including members)
There’s a Halloween panto at Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Regis on the 21st October from 11-12.30. Tickets are £4 each (cash only). This year it’s all about Grimm’s fairy tales.
Bennetts Splashside cafe is running a FREE Halloween trail from the 21st October – 25th October (10-3)
Hertfordshire Half Term activities – 26th October – 3rd November
Ashridge Haunted trail – which apparently is going to include a stop at the old shooting lodge. If you saw my recent review you’ll know I’m fairly sure this place should be haunted!!! There’s a Halloween craft at the end. £3 per child. ***both weeks***
Calling all Doctor Who fans! There’s you chance to have your photo taken with an actual Dalek at the St Albans Cathedral on the 31st October. Meet Dr Who expert and author Frank Danes for a special afternoon. FREE, no booking required.
Where’s Wally?? Track him down at the St Albans Museum on the 28th October – 1st November. Free trail as part of the The Big Museum Hunt, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books
The Hemel Hempstead Old Town Halloween Party is on the 27th October. It starts at 3:30. There will be ghost train and scary fairground rides, fiendishly good food, street entertainment and frighteningly fun activities for all the family. It will be followed by a free fireworks display which is also free.
Visit Tring Natural History Museum after dark on the 1st November from 17:00 – 20:00. There will be real skeletons to hold and a spooky gallery trail (£1). Entry is free but £2 suggested donation. Read my full review here. Don’t forget your costume and torch!
Oxfordshire Half term activities – 26TH OCTOBER – 3RD NOVEMBER
Cogges Manor Farm, Witney will be transformed into a magical coven by the friendliest witch. There will be potions, edible crafts, stories and hot chocolate. £6.50 per child. 25th & 31st October. If you cannot make those sessions then you can still visit the Witches house during the day. There’s a trail and pumpkin carving. From 10-2 there will also be different activities hosted by the witch’s cats. Read my full review of Cogges here.
Blenheim Palace is brilliant at Halloween! The miniature railway becomes a ghost train (50p per person), there’s a scarecrow trail, spooky stories in the cinema, frightful fire performances, wacky wizard walkabouts and spine-chilling statutes in the palace. My review of Blenheim is here.
The pick you own pumpkin patch at Millets Farm which is open at the weekends from 28th September, and then daily from 19th to 31st October. Over half term there’s lots of activities going on; they have a circus, chocolate apple dunking, Halloween maze and, to top it off, a Halloween disco in the soft play centre. Costs vary for each activity, some require booking online.
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway are running special train rides throughout half term. On the 20th, 27th and 31st October children travel for £1 each, plus there are crafts to take part in on the journey (£4 per child). There’s a spooky afternoon tea on 20th October. On the 26th October there will also be a ghoulish steam train running (suitable for ages 10+). You can find all the details on the website.
The Thame Creation Station on the 1st November is a Day of the Dead special! There will be glow in the dark slime making and painting a ceramic skull. £8.50 per child. Ages 4+ with no upper limit. £8.50 per child.
The Earth Trust in Little Wittenham are holding a Halloween pumpkin fun day on the 28th October from 1.30 – 3.30. £5 per child, adults are free. There’s also a spooky dusk walk on the 30th October from 6-7.30. £8 per adult, £4 per child. Ages 5+. Tickets for both can be booked online by clicking the links.
There are so many October half term activities that I’m going to continue updating this post. Please keep checking back for the latest events and activities. You can also follow me on Facebook for the latest events and recommendations; www.facebook.com/freetimewiththekids
As always, if you have any recommendations for October half term events, then please just get in touch!
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook