Things to do with the kids for half term including top Halloween events

It feels like the kids have only just gone back to school, and suddenly half term is already looming and parents need to find ways to keep the kids entertained for a week.

To give you a helping hand, we've rounded up some of the best events and days out across the UK this half term, from cheap days out to one off events and fun activities, as well as what theme parks from Legoland to Alton Towers have planned.

Oh, and it's spooky season we've also included a list of some of the best Halloween events for kids, whether they love a scare or they just like to dress up.

Of course this is Britain so if the weather lets you down, we've also got a guide for the best rainy day activities for kids that won't break the bank.

You can check out our bumper guide for October half term below…

Cheap days out for October half term

1. Take on a Treetop Adventure Golf course

Put your mini golf skills to the test in Manchester's very own Amazonian rainforest. If all the excitement gets to be too much, sip on mocktails from the Thirsty Toucan or tuck into jungle grub from Pizza Cabana.

Courses include the Ancient Explorer with crumbling temples, or the Tropical Trail where you can battle the Bug Canyon.

Individual tickets from £9.50, family tickets from £31.50. Book tickets on the Treetop Adventure Golf website.

2. Visit a National Trust property

National Trust properties across the UK are hosting fun events throughout half term from special events to Halloween days out.

We're talking nature trails, arts and crafts workshops, and even some great indoor offerings for those days when the British weather won't play nice.

You can see the full list of activities planned on the National Trust website here.

3. Indulge with heaps of cheese

Looking for something a bit different for a day out? The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, in the Yorkshire Dales, has a brand new Visitor Experience Demonstration Room with heaps of amazing cheese and butter making demonstrations, cookery demonstrations and plenty more.

Expect plenty of games, interactive touch screens offering behind-the-scenes glimpses at what it takes to make the cheese, and yes… plenty of opportunities for cheese tasting.

Adult tickets from £4.95, child tickets from £2.95. Family tickets from £12.95. Book on the Wensleydale website.

4. Step into the world of Sylvanian Families

London's Brewer Street will welcome a brand new Sylvanian Families Pop Up Shop where fans can get their hands on a limited edition new character – the Guardian Bear.

The immersive store will also feature a London-themed selfie corner, never-before-seen dioramas, interactive activities and even a performance area for Sylvanian Characters popping in for meet and greet sessions.

You can find out more on the Sylvanian Families website.

5. Go in search of dinosaur fossils

Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight is a fun-filled, interactive museum to showcase the island's incredible collections. The attraction also runs guided fossil walks which can make for a great way to enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Adult tickets from £5, child tickets from £4. Book on the Dinosaur Isle website.

Wightlink currently has a Kids Go Free Deal where two children aged 5-15 can go free with every adult foot passenger. Tickets start from £20 for day return tickets – you can book here.

6. Hang out with Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep and The PJ Masks are coming to the Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre in Tunbridge Wells this half term.

Events include Story Time with Shaun the Sheep, meeting The PJ Masks and learning to be a hero (complete with a special hero mask to take home), and the chance to learn some heroic moves.

Shaun the Sheep will be at the centre on Wednesday 23rd October, while The PJ Masks will be there on Sunday 27th October. On the 27th, all day parking will be available for £2.

You can find out more on the Royal Victoria Place website.

7. Head to a theme park

Theme parks have something for kids of all ages – gentle attractions for little ones, thrilling rollercoasters for older kids.

The best part is that you don't need to break the bank if you want to visit – we've searched out the best deals for the likes of Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures.

Meanwhile, Gulliver's Theme Parks have family tickets from £39 on Wowcher but be quick as the deal expires at midnight on Monday 21st October.

We've also got a guide to the best UK theme parks for small children.

8. Get some fresh air at one of the RHS Gardens

On those lovely crisp autumn days, the gardens can be a brilliant way to get some fresh air while also having a fun-filled day out.

Rosemoor, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Wisley will all be offering the Awesome Autumn Trail with heaps of clues and codes for families to track down, as well as a variety of extra events from storytelling sessions to arts and crafts workshops.

9. NCS Programme for teenagers

This half term, 16-17 year olds can get half price off the National Citizen Service from just £25 for the week.

Teens can spend four days away from home with food, activities and accommodation covered, where they will take part in team building activities, three days learning skills for their future and an end of programme celebration event.

You can find out more and book on the NCS website here.

Best Halloween events for kids

1. Legoland's Brick or Treat Event

Legoland's spooktacular Halloween event is back!

We're talking a Monster Rocker’s Dance Party, daily fancy dress competitions, a ghost hunt throughout the theme park and new features such giant LEGO Minifigure pumpkin heads and a Creepy Cobweb takeover of the Castle complete with supersize LEGO spiders.

The best part is that you can currently bag tickets from £36 which includes park entry, the Halloween activities and even the Legoland fireworks show! You can book tickets here.

2. Let the kids run wild at the Hard Rock Café's Little Monsters Bash

Little terrors can go wild at the Halloween Breakfast Bash at the Hard Rock Cafe London on Saturday 26th October, from 10am to 12pm. Expect a huge American Buffet Breakfast, heaps of games, a 'make your own donut' bar and plenty more. Oh and yes – fancy dress is encouraged.

Adult tickets from £16.95, child tickets from £11.95. You can book tickets here.

3. Spend a day at a family fright fest

Head to Lintz Hall in Burnopfield where you'll find an action-packed programme of fun for kids of all ages.

There's the spooky tales tipi, a pumpkin patch, Halloween themed treats, arts and crafts, a grand parade and even some fairground rides! Oh, and make sure to check out the wizard school where you can make your own wand or take on the family-friendly maze.

Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, with daily prizes for the best costumes.

Tickets from £10, kids aged two to 12 tickets from £7, family passes from £29. You can book tickets here.

4. Ride a real-life ghost train

The East Lancashire Railway has created some spooky Halloween Ghost Trains making for 90 minutes of frights and fun.

Don your best ghost-hunting attire and board the train to solve the mystery of The Golden Leg, with a bit of help from the Scream Team.

Cast a spell with Veronica the Witch, sing a ballad with Zombie Bob and feast with Count Brian the Vampire at the station buffet. Kids will receive a goody bag packed with spooky treats too!

Adult tickets from £16, child tickets from £10. Book your tickets here. Advanced booking required.

5. Search for LEGO ghosts in Argos

On Sunday 27th October, the Argos store on London's Tottenham Court Road will be transformed into the spooky world of LEGO Hidden Side – and families can join an immersive ghost hunt led by professional ghost hunter Yvette Fielding.

The after-hours experience will see elements of the eight LEGO Hidden Side sets come to life, including the Graveyard Mystery, Newbury Haunted High School and Paranormal Intercept Bus.

Oh, and each attendee will take home free LEGO Hidden Side toy.

Entrance is free but you need to sign up to the event to bag a place.

6. Explore a spooky theme park after hours

The M&D's theme park in Motherwell, Scotland, will be opening after hours for Darktober so you can ride the attractions from 6pm in the dark, while the Krazy Congo soft play hold a Halloween party from 6pm to 8.30pm on the 26th October with prizes for fancy dress, a buffet, face painting and goody bags.

Other highlights include the Halloween Drive-in movies, the Pumpkin a festival with a haymaze and potion-making workshops, and plenty more spooky activities.

Entry starts from £14.95 but events may incur extra fees. Book tickers on the M&D Theme Park website.

7. Tuck into treats at the Little Monsters' Halloween Afternoon Tea

Between the 26th-31st October, the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, will be hosting a themed afternoon tea for little terrors with gooey sweet treats and heaps of sandwiches.

The afternoon tea costs £15pp. You can book it on the Celtic Manor Resort website.

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