The top October Half Term & Halloween events in Kent & East Sussex 2021!
There’s a terrifying total of 50+ family-friendly October Half Term & Halloween events in Kent and East Sussex this month! We’ve searched the local haunts to bring you a run-down of spook-tacular Halloween events and a host of other ways to keep the little monsters around Tunbridge Wells occupied, including holiday clubs, theatre trips and train rides.
So here they are – the terrifyingly good October Half Term & Halloween events in Kent & East Sussex 2021!
Events open every day throughout October 2021 Half Term
♥ Have a scarily good time at the fangtastic Aspens Pumpkin Patch event featuring a spooktacular scavenger hunt, crafts, games, scarecrow display, pumpkins on sale plus plenty more Halloween fun for all the family. Taking place on Tuesday 26th and Wedensday 27th October in Pembury, sessions ticket prices and timings can be found on the local social care charity’s website here.
♥ It is a beautiful time of year to visit Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. From Saturday 16th October to Sunday 31st October you’ll discover the annual Pumpkin Festival among the wonderful autumnal trees. Enjoy pumpkin spotting in the gardens, carve pumpkins in the pumpkin grotto and go yeti spotting in Chestnut Woods, then warm up with hot food and drink from Otto’s Café. (Riverhill Himalayan Gardens isn’t open on Mondays and Tuesdays).
♥ Over at Tulley’s Farm there’s a huge pumpkin event going on – in fact it opened in September! Pick a pumpkin, meet live roaming actors, take some cute autumn snaps and then refuel with hot food and drink. The entry fee is £4 for an adult or child (under 2s go free). From 22nd October this goes up to between £5 and £6 throughout the half term week. Tickets are on sale now.
♥ Autumn Adventures and Trails at your local National Trusts. Many of the national trust properties are organising Autumn trails and activities during half term. Here are some of our family favourites in Kent and East Sussex.
♥ Visit Bligh’s Meadow in the heart of Sevenoaks on 28th October for a FREE crafts workshop and spook-tacular Pumpkin Hunt. Book your space here now and don’t forget to show your support to Demelza Hospice Care for Children by kindly making your donation.
♥ October Half Term wouldn’t be complete without some PYO pumpkins! Four Winds Farm Pick Your Own is back this year at Pumpkin Field, Poundsbridge Hill in Fordcombe from 24th October to 31st October. In addition to a variety of sizes and colours of pumpkins there will also be a scarecrow hunt, face painting and refreshments available. Entry will be by ticket only with a number of sessions throughout the day – you can book tickets which are just £1 per car HERE.
♥ For more Pick Your Own Pumpkins options, do check out our latest round-up of places!
♥ The lovely people at Sussex Country Gardener are hosting some fun Halloween events, and invite you to meet the Mark Cross Witch! Have a spooky halloween breakfast and meet the witch herself. Or book a Ghoulishly Grand afternoon tea with creepy cupcakes and slime jelly – the Mark Cross Witch will be there too.
♥ There’s a Bewitched Monster Hunt happening at Sharnfold Shop & Farm near Eastbourne. A witch has cast a spell that’s opened at portal over Sharnfold farm, releasing monsters. Hunt the monsters and find out the secret code that will send the monsters back. You can also take part in a 30-minute crafting activity to make a spooky magnet and mask (these sessions are pre-bookable via the link above). The craft events are running from 26th October to 31st October, while the monster hunt runs from 23rd October right through to 31st October.
♥ If you like the idea of getting some awesome autumnal family photos, book yourself in to an Autumn mini photoshoot with Georgina Edwards Photography at Bentinck Farm’s orchards. These shoots last 30 minutes, which is perfect for younger kids.
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♥ A cheap and cheerful thing to do outdoors – visit Southborough Common for a pumpkin trail, organised by Fabulous Wreaths, Darling‘s Emma Lawson. Find 20 pictures of pumpkins dotted around the woods (start just behind St Peter’s Church) and when they have found all of them, perhaps give the kids a treat that you have brought with you? The trail is going up on Friday 1st October, so there’s plenty of time to find them all.
♥ Godstone Farm is hosting a Halloween half-term event (Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October 2021) with a ghost-rangers’ trail, pumpkin painting, mini horrid walks and various meet and greets. And on Friday 29th October and Saturday 30th October they’re hosting a low-bang fireworks with all the oohs and ahhs but less noise than a normal firework display. There’s also a pre-arrival show. Tickets are on sale now.
♥ There are Sky Birds of Prey events at Millbrook Garden Centres throughout half term. They’ll be at Gravesend on Monday 25th October, Staplehurst on Tuesday 26th October and Crowborough on Thursday 28th October. Tickets include a crafting activity and a refreshment. Tickets are on sale for this already.
♥ Or perhaps you fancy a magic show, also at Millbrook Garden Centres. These 45-minute shows will run on Tuesday 26th October at Crowborough (there are three bookable shows throughout the day), Gravesend on Wednesday 27th October and Staplehurst on Thursday 28th October. Book your tickets now.
♥ Millbrook Garden Centres have really packed in the events this half term, as they’re also running Our Amazing Animal World events throughout the week. These sessions will give children a chance to learn about rescued animals, as well as meet and hold them. Morning sessions are for under 7s and afternoon sessions are for over 7s. Tickets include a 60-minute session, a spooky tattoo (presumably temporary) and a drink. Book tickets on the link above now.
♥ The Hop Farm are hosting a Halloween half-term fun event too. The event encourages kids to dress up and join a Halloween trail as well as go on rides, meet the animals and enjoy some tricks and treats. Tickets are on sale now.
♥ Blackberry Farm invites you to their Spook-tacular Halloween Fun event. Your little horrors can put on their scariest fancy dress and enjoy a scarecrow trail tractor ride, mystery maze, pick a pumpkin on the pumpkin patch and brave the bump in the night barrel bug ride. There’s even a spooky egg hunt. This event runs from Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October and tickets are on sale now.
♥ Pop on a spooky outfit for some ghoul-spotting fun at Hever Castle between Saturday 23rd October and Sunday 31st October. Your little devils can pick up some tips on the audio Ghoul School trail and even plant garlic bulbs to help ward of those bitey vampires. Hever will also be hosting fright nights for those aged 14 and over, where you can discover the darker side of Hever Castle in an immersive experience. Yikes!
♥ Take your little monsters to Leeds Castle for a spooky old time. Keep an eye on their website for more details.
♥ Ahoy there land lubbers! Chatham Dockyard have teamed up with Bloomsbury Children’s Books to celebrate the launch of Pirate Stew, the award-winning book by Neil Gaiman. Join Long John McRon and the ship’s cook on a trail around the dockyard to find the rest of the missing crew. If you can crack the pirate code your child will win a prize!
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♥ Over in Calverley Grounds adventure playground, The Inside cafe will be transformed into a haunted house. There will also be a FREE spooky treasure hunt to complete around the playground.
♥ Some of the fireworks displays will be happening this week. Check out our round up of the fireworks displays in and around Tunbridge Wells HERE.
♥ Penshurst Place is hosting a Secret Story Garden trail where you can put your knowledge of fairy tales to the test. Hunt for clues through the grounds to discover a witchy tale. And if indoor fun is more your thing, they’re also hosting The Hideous Hag of the Hall event where children of all ages will tuck up with hot chocolate to hear a hag’s tall tale of toil and turmoil.
♥ There’s bags of spooky surprises at Drusilla Park’s family-friendly half term ‘Shriek Week’. Creep through the cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights but look out for the Hocus & Pocus sisters who lie within. And can you find the missing mummy, who left its tomb and was last seen in the twisted terror maze? There will also be the wickedly stylish Sugar Skull Witch on the loose, a creepy crawly encounter, face painting and temporary tattoos. There’s even a fancy-dress competition.
♥ We love a trip to Bedgebury and this half term they’re hosting a few special events. On 28th and 29th October there’s a forest art family workshop running, which will allow you to collect items from the forest and then return to create a masterpiece. These sessions are drop in from 11am to 2pm. There’s also an Autumn colours family activity running throughout October. Just pick up an activity sheet from the information centre and discover the amazing colours of Bedgebury.
♥ A wicked week of pumpkin carving, a creepy corner, spooky tractor rides and fancy-dress competitions awaits in Kent Life’s historic houses. Halloween Spooktacular runs from Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 31st October.
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♥ Kouyou Theatre are putting on a performance of Hansel and Gretal for a spooky Halloween show. The shows are on Friday 29th October and Saturday 30th October at Trosley Country Park. You can book tickets HERE.
♥ 5-11-year old kids can participate in high-energy sports and activities at the mSporti three-day and five-day Half Term Camps. Between Monday 25th and Friday 28th October at Skinners Primary School, St James’ Primary School and St Gregory’s School
♥ Check out the Ultimate Activity and Survival Camps at Rose Hill School this half term from Monday 25th – Friday 29th October.
♥ Just because it’s half term and the kids are off school you don’t need to miss out on fitness classes. On Saturday mornings join FIT in Speldhurst for an outdoor group exercise class for adults, run alongside a fun mini fitness session for children. There’s also one on Tuesday 26th October.
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♥ Climb aboard Dr Frankenslime’s Trick or Treat Express at Spa Valley Railway. The fun starts with an experiment or two then take a train ride to the haunted Eridge Station. Once on the platform the mad doctor will show you how to make glow-in-the-dark slime, which your little spook can take home to horrify friends. On the journey home you can pick from a trick or treat from the doctor. This event starts on 30th October but is sold out, however there are some spaces on 31st October, 2021.
♥ The creative minds at Arty Farty Retreat are hosting a lovely range of events this half term. There will be family crafternoons for little witches and wizards to make potions on Saturdays 23rd and 30th October, a tempting chocolate workshop run by local chocolatiers Temper Temper on Monday 25th October, a Tree of Hope workshop with more potion making on 26th October, a pottery-painting afternoon also on 26th October, a witches potion-making workshop on 27th October, as well as a spell-book making workshop on 27th October. You can also sew your own trick or treat bag at a workshop on 29th October, or do some spooky needle felting. The epic week is topped off by a workshop with children’s illustrator Pete Williams, who will show your little monsters how to draw creatures and ghouls on Saturday 30th October.
♥ Entice the kids away from their screens at Bore Place’s for mini-adventurers age 6-11 year olds. The action-packed Den Building & Campfire Fun workshop will run on Tuesday 26th October and last the whole day. And on Wednesday 27th October there will be a drop-off Halloween day where kids aged 6-11 will harvest pumpkins and carve them, search for mini beasts and visit the orchard to find some treats to bake up.
♥ There’s so many lovely sounding outdoor family friendly events at the fantastic Wilderness Wood this half term. Take your noisy preschoolers to musician in residence, Bea’s, Mini Musician class. No experience necessary! There’s also a family fungus hunt on Thursday 28th October, starting at 10.30am. On 31st October, Wilderness will be hosting an All Hallow’s Eve celebration between noon and 5pm. This will include a spooky trail through the woods, listening to a spooky story and various activities. There’ll also be pizza from the wood-fired oven, and fancy dress is encouraged!
♥ Get wild cooking at Belmont House on Tuesday 26th October. Discover the Kitchen Garden, and collect your ingredients then cook al fresco in the outdoor kitchen. Each family will get their own table and tools to use. This is suitable for children over four years, and the tickets include one adult and one child.
♥ Also at Belmont House on Wednesday 27th October there will be a sun-printing workshop. Children will collect leaves and flowers from the grounds and then work on a design, then take it outside and let the sun work its magic. Booking is required for this one!
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♥ It’s the last one at Belmont House! Also on Wednesday 27th October kids can try out gelli printing and monotypes. After collecting objects from the garden, children will use rollers and paint to experiment with colours and textures. This one is suitable for kids from six years old.
♥ Temper Temper Chocolate in Southborough is hosting drop-off workshops for children from 9.30am-4pm. The one-day sessions will be running from 25th October to 27th October and will include creating a halloween-themed cake jar, pizza making and just general fun with chocolate.
♥ On Sunday 31th October Lullingstone Castle & World Garden is spreading a little Halloween magic with pumpkin carving, spooky garden tours and fancy dress! From 12 noon until 7pm.
♥ For a spook-tacular family day out this Halloween head over to the Mount Ephraim Gardens near Faversham from 27th October to 31st October. Enjoy a themed nature trail with surprises along the way including a giant spider. Eek!
Remember to also check out our guide to Pumpkin Picking this October too!