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Kent: October half term things to do across Kent for halloween in 2017 for all the family

By Angela Cole

There's a host of Halloween happenings going on across the county this October half term. Here's our pick of them...

 

LEEDS CASTLE

Listen to spooky tales by wacky witches and wizards this half term between Monday, October 23 and Sunday, October 29 – but look out, as they often get themselves in a monster muddle. Young visitors can see the silly sorcerers making mistakes, note them on their trail card and be rewarded with a chocolatey prize. A spooky quest is also available in the Woodland Walk (there is a small extra charge). There will be a fancy dress competition at 2pm each day, a Monster Mash Ball’ and spooky games. For more details go to leeds-castle.com

There's so much happening at October half term across Kent

There's so much happening at October half term across Kent


BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK

Spooky film nights, pumpkin carving, woodland adventures and witches and wizards are all on offer at the park near Deal throughout October half term.
There will be a self-led Halloween Trail from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 29, between 10am and 4pm where you can discover 10 mystical sites, and creatures and puzzles around the park. A trail sheet costs £1.50 – and if you crack the puzzle code, there’s a prize at the end. Birds of prey will be on site between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, October 22, with displays at noon and 3pm, and pumpkin carving daily between Monday, October 23 to Sunday, October 29 between 11am and 3pm, at £5, to include pumpkin and carving kit. There will be a Really Wild Wooders Forest School Holiday Club for four to 11-year-olds from Tuesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 26 between 9am and 3pm daily at a cost of £25 a day.

Woodland Witches and Wizards runs from Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 between 10am and 1.30pm, for four to 11-year-olds when there will be friendly forest spirits, broomstick making and toasting sticky marshmallows on an open fire, at £12.50 per child and £5 per adult. To book go to betteshanger-park.co.uk/halloween

Hocus Pocus, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy, will be an open air cinema treat this October half term at Betteshanger

Hocus Pocus, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy, will be an open air cinema treat this October half term at Betteshanger


OPEN AIR CINEMA

Betteshanger brings classic Halloween family favourite Hocus Pocus to the open air screen on Saturday, October 28. Join Winnie (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) for the comedy horror of three villainous witch sisters resurrectd after three centuries by Max, a Halloween-hating teenager. Doors open at 6pm, with the film at 7pm. Pack a comfy chair, warm blanket and hamper or head for the local food stalls. Tickets are £7.50 early bird and £10 general admission. Book via betteshanger-park.co.uk/halloween

Halloween fun in Kent this October half term

Halloween fun in Kent this October half term

CHATHAM DOCKYARD

Step in to the Historic Dockyard's Enchanted Garden this half term, for a week of magic, myths and captivating fun. The grounds of the Commissioners House will be transformed in to an Enchanted Garden from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 29 with pumpkin carving, storytelling sessions and plenty of hands-on fun. Also included in your annual ticket, there's the chance to explore the dockyard, including three warships and 10 museum galleries. For more details visit thedockyard.co.uk  


LULLINGSTONE CASTLE

Carve a pumpkin with a face to frighten or amuse at the castle during half term on Sunday, October 29. For special events, admissin is £10 and children under 15 are free. For details call 01322 862114 or go to lullingstonecastle.co.uk

Plenty of Kent venues encourage dressing up for October half term

Plenty of Kent venues encourage dressing up for October half term


KENT LIFE

There’s a spooky time in store from Saturday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 31, with pumpkin carving, trick or treating, creepy critter and fancy dress competitions. The Halloween Spooktacular runs daily, with fancy dress and pumpkin carving, while on Wednesday, October 25, there will be Kent Life After Dark, where visitors can see spooky sights, the Ugly Bugs Ball and the chance to take a ride on the land train and hear a ghostly tale or two. For details of all events go to kentlife.org.uk


DREAMLAND

The park is open throughout half term, between 11am and 5pm, with after dark Screamland events for adults. There are all the usual rides, Octopus’s Garden and the roller room. For details visit dreamland.co.uk

BROGDALE

Half term fun at the Faversham site runs from Monday, October 23 to Thursday, October 26. On the Monday, keep the kids entertained with Brogdale’s Beastie Day when young visitors can hunt for insects in the orchards and then get crafty. On the Thursday, learn about the effect the weather has on the orchards, ride the tractor trailer, and make a human sundial on Wild Weather Day. There will also be walks in the orchards. For details visit brogdalecollections.org or call 01795 536250.


BEDGEBURY PINETUM

The park is open daily between 8am and 6pm, and the Gruffalo Trail is on offer for little ones with the Gruffalo sculpture and his child to spot. Details at forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

 

HEVER CASTLE

Prepare to be spooked at Hever Castle & Gardens by meeting Viscous Vampire and his Goblin friend in the Creepy Crypt and hear terrifying tales of goblins, trolls, witches and vampires between Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 29. Follow the eerie Halloween trail and help ward off vampires. There will also be creepy costumes and fun for all the family. Details at hevercastle.co.uk


HOP FARM

There’s a host of Halloween happenings from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 29, between 10am and 4pm daily. The spook-tastic feast of fun - which young visitors can come in their finest fancy dress for - includes pumpkin carving, face painting, storytelling, a magic show and Magic Castle, zombie shoot-out and Monster Mash disco. And look out for some special treats on arrival. For details go to thehopfarm.co.uk

October half term fun across Kent includes plenty of Halloween happenings

October half term fun across Kent includes plenty of Halloween happenings


CANTERBURY TALES

Young visitors can learn how to scare grown-ups silly in the Tales’ Ghoul School, meet Professor Sprig and learn the cures for disgusting diseases and write spells. After all your lessons, there will be a graduation from Spook Academy. The fun runs on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, and daily throughout half term between noon and 4pm from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 29. For details go to canterburyfestival.co.uk/whats-on/umbrella/spook-academy


MAIDSTONE MUSEUM

Young creators can make a paper owl family, a clay leaf bowl, an autumn wreath and a mini scarecrow at daily workshops between Tuesday, October 24 and Friday, October 27, between 10.30am and 2pm. There will be three sessions a day, at a cost of £3. Suitable for ages four and over. Details at museum.maidstone.gov.uk


SCOTNEY CASTLE

The castle’s resident cat Betsy stars in a Halloween trail to mark the 13th anniversary of the Great Storm when visitors can spot the cut-outs of her in the trees connected to the Storm, and find out its story. Wander the gardens and ruins to see giant pumpkins grown in the walled garden. The trail costs £1 and normal admission charges apply.

There's so much happening at October half term across Kent

There's so much happening at October half term across Kent


CHARTWELL

Find as many spooky things as you can to get a prize at the end as part of the Halloween Trail from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 29, between 10am and 4pm. The trail is £1, with normal admission costs.


IGHTHAM MOTE

Giant spider webs will be appearing around the gardens – followe the trail daily between Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 29, between 10am to 5pm. A trail costs 50p, with normal admission. There will also be crafts from noon to 3.30pm, on Thursday, October 26. There is a suggested donation of 50p, normal admission costs apply.

There's autumn in the air this October half term at National Trust properties across Kent. Picture National Trust

There's autumn in the air this October half term at National Trust properties across Kent. Picture: National Trust

 

EMMETTS GARDEN

There will be an Edwardian themed trail at the garden between Saturda, October 21 to Sunday, October 29, between 10am to 4pm daily. It costs £1 per trail, normal admission applies.


KNOLE

Family fun and making lanterns are on offer at the Sevenoaks historic site for half term. Family Monday on Monday, October 23, between11am and 3pm will feature free arts and crafts with a leafy hedgehogs and leaf sun catchers theme. Suitable for ages five to 12. A paper lanterns family workshop will be held on
Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26 at 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For Museums at Night, on Saturday, October 28 from 6pm to 8.30pm, young visitors can don their spookiest costume and hop into the giant picture frame in the Orangery to snap a frightful photo to take home, or join a bat walk with a hot drink afterwards. Details at nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

 

Things are going to get spooky at Leeds Castle this half term

Things are going to get spooky at Leeds Castle this half term

INVOLVE HUB

For half term, Involve will be running pumpkin carving and slime making in Maidstone Mall. Each activity costs £2.50 for each activity, with materials provided. There will be a prize for the best pumpkin. Workshops run from Monday, October 23 to Saturday, October 28, between 1.30pm and 3pm daily. Suitable for ages five and over. To book call 01622 235833.

 

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