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October Half Term Ideas

October Half Term Ideas – Demons are a Ghouls best friend!

Like it or not, kids just can’t get enough of the scary stuff, and luckily for them, during the half term holiday several attractions are offering loads of tricks and treats for Halloween and our dastardly discounts will leave competitors shaking in their shoes!

As if theme parks weren’t scary enough, Thorpe Park have combined thrill rides with horror films and have a few masked murderers from the film ‘You’re Next’ roaming around the park. There’s still time to take advantage of our early booker deals if you dare!


London, Edinburgh and York Dungeons are all making a special effort to make their guests feel uncomfortable during their visit and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in London have a spooky storyteller lurking amongst the more gruesome exhibits. One child goes free with each adult who buys a standard ticket, and the discounted Evening Saver tickets give fast track entry at no extra charge.

If you want to visit real life scenes of horrible happenings, take a walking tour. Adults and children over 12 can go on the popular Blood and Tears walk led by the actor/writer Declan McHugh, which takes you around the haunts of London’s grave robbers, serial killers and witches.

October Half Term Ideas for over 16’sc include the Jack the Ripper, Ghosts and Sinister London tour, a combined coach trip and walk through sites of murder and mayhem, finishing at a traditional London pub.

In Edinburgh, all the family (aged 5+) can join in ghostly gatherings underground in the city’s infamous  Blair Street Vaults whilst over 16’s can visit this haunted hotspot at night lit by flickering candlelight.

If all that sounds too nightmarish for younger children, why not take them to Legoland Windsor’s “Brick or Treat” event, where they can build pumpkins out of orange bricks, or to Fairytale Farm in Oxfordshire, which has Halloween games for younger children by day and scarier stuff in the evening for older ones.

Ripleys Halloween

There is 40% discount on tickets for the  Eden Project in Cornwall, which has a great variety of Halloween themed activities this half term, and is bound to have the best pumpkins ever!

Further afield, if you’re treating the kids to a trip to Disneyland Paris for half term, be prepared for a few tricks as well. We all know that Halloween is huge in the US and all the family join in and everyone dresses up, and at Disneyland Paris they have embraced this, a plethora of pumpkins smile crookedly, there are sweet treats galore plus costumed parades and magical shows. With over 30% off 1 day, 2 parks tickets, you get more for your money – the more, the scarier!

October Half Term Ideas

Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer