Halloween Half Term Fun!

With half term almost upon us, we hope you’re enjoying the autumnal days. Lots of fun family events are going on over the half term holidays with plenty of Halloween themed activities. From pumpkin carving to ghostly train rides there’s even something for James Bond fans!

Please check booking requirements and opening times before setting out. 

Pumpkin Carving Competition

At Wallops Wood Cottages

Last year our younger guests enjoyed pumpkin carving during their stay with us and we’re planning it again this year. You can see some of the results from last year’s pumpkin carving in the images below. If you’d like to take part this year, and are arriving between Friday 22 October and Friday 29 October, please email [email protected] and we’ll provide the pumpkin during your stay! 

Two pumpkins carved in spooktacular style from last year's pumpkin carving competition
Fabulous pumpkin carvings!
A display of pumpkins in the sunshine and on the steps to the meadow at Wallops Wood Cottages
A display of pumpkins at Wallops Wood

What’s On This Half Term

For the little pumpkins

Paultons Park is putting on a ‘Happy Halloween’ fun fest between until 1 November.  Activities include Peppa Pig World’s spooky Halloween makeover with Halloween decorations and Ghoulish fun! Tickets need to be booked in advance. Find out more on their website. 

Petersfield Museum has a couple of events for the little ones: a Halloween Party on Sunday 31 October and the Toddler Take Over II: The Monster Mash on Monday 25 October.

Itchen Valley Country Park are holding a Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday 31 October when storyteller Will Seaward will be sharing his spooky tales by firelight. Four storytime sessions available for children over 4 years old here.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens has a pumpkin spotter trail 16-31 October and see how many pumpkins you can spot in the gardens. From 27-29 October you can also go along and join in with pumpkin carving. Find out more.

Just over the hill at Queen Elizabeth Country Park enjoy the Magical Beasts Outdoor Trail from 23-31 October which is suitable for children aged 3 and older. Click here for more details and to book.

For the older ghouls

Exbury Gardens has its Halloween Steam Railway with ghoulish characters haunting the train tracks and comedy performances. From Exbury Central Station, ‘un-dead’ conductors will guide passengers on a grisly journey through Exbury’s wearisome woodland, festooned with gruesome decorations. Find out more.

The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth has a week of creative events with Things to Make and Do during half term. Activities include arts and crafts projects every day, from making sundials, dog pawprint tiles and finger puppets. Find out more.

For James Bond fans, Beaulieu National Motor Museum has a brand new exhibition called ‘Bond In Motion – No Time To Die’ featuring iconic cars, gadgets and costumes from the latest 007 film. Find out more.

A young boy dressed as Dracula, and a young girl dress in a pink and black witches costume standing on the platform with a green train behind them at The Watercress Line
Halloween at The Watercress Line (picture: Mid Hants Railway)

The Watercress Line has a weekend of magic and mischief for Halloween on 29-31 October. Spooky activities include a ride on the Wizard Express steam train; a walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the famous railway footbridge (where Harry received his Hogwarts Express ticket in the film)! And get up close to hairy, scary, creepy creatures! Find out more.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens has a pumpkin spotter trail 16-31 October; see how many pumpkins you can spot in the gardens! From 27-29 October you can also go along and join in with pumpkin carving. Find out more.

Experience ‘horrible tasks of the past’ at the Weald & Downland Living Museum during half term! Find out about the not-so-nice-things that people had to eat, smell, experience or do as a job or household task in the past! What did ‘bread’ really taste of? How many steps would a child have done running their daily errands? Find out more.

The Halloween Ghost Train named the Flying Sorcerer with vampire dressed in black and red at Exbury Gardens
A spooky vampire and the Halloween Ghost Train at Exbury Gardens (picture: Exbury Gardens)