Best Halloween Events for Toddlers in 2021

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Halloween is one of the most exciting seasonal events for children, and toddlers are the perfect age to start enjoying this unique time of the year.

We’ve rounded up the best Halloween events for toddlers in the UK — there’s nothing here that will be too scary or give them nightmares. All good, clean, spooky fun!

Whether you’re looking for a fully immersive Halloween experience, or just an hour at the pumpkin patch, there’ll be something to suit your family wherever you are in the UK.

Time to get spooky! 👻

Browse our regional list of the best Halloween attractions and places to visit…

Halloween Days Out For Toddlers in 2021

Best Halloween Events for Toddlers in London

Halloween at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo has a week of Halloween-related fun over the October half term week, and there’s plenty to entertain toddlers and the whole family — fancy dress is recommended for all!

There will be a creepy trail through the much loved zoo, with a related activity pack available to download before arriving, as well as zookeepers entertaining you at the many Halloween pop-up talks held throughout the day.

Make sure you check out the In With The Spiders exhibitions for some creepy crawly action! 🕷

‘Wizards Of Once’ Halloween Quest at Eltham Palace

Head over to Eltham Palace and Gardens with your kids during half term for this amazing Halloween-themed adventure trail based on the book series ‘Wizards of Once’ by Cressida Cowell.

There will also be prizes for the best fancy dress so make sure you come dressed in your best spooky garb.

Admission to the Wizards of Once trail is included with the price of your ticket to Eltham Palace, and under 5s are able to enter for free.

‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ at Kew Gardens

Another book-themed Halloween event this October half term is the return of the brilliant The Gruffalo’s Child trail. It’s based on the book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and is a major favourite amongst toddlers and young kids alike.

The trail takes you across the gardens and sees you collect vital clues in your quest to track down the Gruffalo’s Child and other beloved characters from the book.

Admission to the trail is included with your tickets to Kew. If you’re a Kew Member, you’ll be able to get early admission to the trail from 9am.

Dark Arts at Warner Bros Studio Tour

If you’ve got a Harry Potter fan in the family, one of the places you need to be this Halloween is at The Making Of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Their ever popular feature ‘Dark Arts’ is returning for the Halloween season, from late September to early November, and focuses on Voldemort and his Death Eaters. You will need to hunt for the Dark Mark as you journey around the Studio, and collect a Studio Tour Passport.

There will be other Harry Potter Halloween features as well, including 100 floating pumpkins in the Great Hall, and you can even learn the moves of a live duel with Death Eaters.

Halloween Events in the South East

Howl’o’ween at Chessington

Chessington, Surrey

Chessington World of Adventures is hosting a family-friendly Howl’o’ween celebration from mid to late October, with tickets allowing you entry to the full theme park and the zoo.

Features include a host of spooktacular characters all around the park, the Wild Witches at Adventure Point show, and a pumpkin trail around the Forgotten Forest. There are a number of other scary delights to encounter too that may be more appropriate for older kids here at one of the UK’s most popular family theme parks.

Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm Park

Leatherhead, Surrey

Bocketts Farm Park is the place to be this October half term thanks to their Witches and Wizards Week, which has plenty going on to enchant your toddlers.

There’s a reptile roadshow, science and slime shows, Spooktacularly Fun Trail, creepy craft corner, pumpkin village, and much more on offer. You can even take home a homegrown Bocketts Farm pumpkin!

Halloween Special at Audley End Railway

Saffron Walden, Essex

Audley End Railway is well known for its fantastic family Halloween events, and they are putting them on for the entirety of the October half term.

You’ll start your visit on the Halloween Express, before stopping at a witches’ house and exploring the woodland to find Belinda, the Fortune Telling Witch, and the woodland wizard, William. Fancy dress is encouraged and you’ll also be able to enjoy the adventure play area and café during your visit.

Children under a year old can enter for free and there’s a discount for kids under 92cm tall as well.

Halloween at Paradise Wildlife Park

Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

Paradise Wildlife Park is another attraction that’s making this Halloween one to remember with plenty of spooky fun throughout October half term week.

The entire park will be dressed up and decorated for the occasion, and you’ll even be able to see the resident tigers chowing down on some pumpkins during the week! Dinosaur lovers will love the Dinos After Dark events held during the week, which will allow you to see your favourite prehistoric creatures come to life in the moonlight.

Halloween Festival at Odds Farm Park

Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire

Toddlers and young kids love the Halloween fun over at Odds Farm Park, and this year is no different.

Throughout the October half term week, you can find a ready-to-carve pumpkin in their Oddlotment, a Tricky Trail to explore, as well as a host of other toddler-friendly spooky surprises. There is a small additional charge for a pumpkin but you will be able to carve it at the Carving Corner on site.

Happy Halloween at Paultons Park

Romsey, Hampshire

Paultons Park is well known to be the home of Peppa Pig World, and already a favourite day out for toddlers and their families.

Their Halloween festivities run from mid-October to the start of November, with the Halloween shows on during the October half term. You can expect Peppa Pig World and Tornado Springs to be fully decorated for the season, as well as enjoy meeting Pickles the Pumpkin and the rest of the Spirit Squad. The Lefends of Paultons Manor show is an all singing and dancing show that young kids will love.

Marsh Farm’s Halloween Festival

South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

Marsh Farm are making it a Halloween to remember with their Spooktacular Day Out which is running the weekend before half term, and the October half term itself.

The farm will be spookily decorated and you’ll be able to spot lots of different Halloween characters roaming around as you do — make sure you’re in fancy dress too! You can enjoy funfair rides, adventure play areas, a spooky 3D cinema, pumpkin picking patch and much more. Each full-paying child (aged over two years) will be able to take a pumpkin home for free.

Halloween at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Like their counterpart in London (see above) ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are keeping the Halloween fun alive over the October half term with their family wizard trails.

You’ll need to follow the tricky trails, collecting letters and clues along the way, to help Wizard Wolfgang return to his wizard form and bring animals back from extinction after he accidentally managed to turn himself into a pumpkin 🎃

There are two trails available — one for younger kids and one for slightly older ones. There will also be a number of Halloween-themed pop-up animal talks throughout the day.

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Windsor

LEGOLAND is always a great place to take toddlers and young kids, and Halloween is no different. They’re hosting their brilliant Brick Or Treat event from mid to late October which will see the whole park transformed into a pumpkin-filled wonderland.

There are plenty of Halloween features to get involved in, including a Haunted House Monster Party Ride, Harbour Show, Lord Vampyre’s Creepy Crypt Trail, a pumpkin trail, costume competitions, and much more.

Halloween Half Term Fun at Hever Castle

Edenbridge, Kent

Hever Castle and Gardens is the place to be this October half term with their plethora of Halloween-related features and fun. Fancy dress is much encouraged!

The whole grounds will be seasonally decorated and you’ll be able to become a perfect little monster on the Ghoul School Audio Trail. If you’re concerned about vampires this year, make sure you join in with the garlic bulb planting workshop during your visit.

Pumpkin Spooktacular at Mead Open Farm

Billington, Bedfordshire

You can expect Halloween fun every day during October half term at Mead Open Farm during their Pumpkin Spooktacular event.

There’s a magical pumpkin patch — from which every paying child can pick their own pumpkin — as well as a number of haunts, a fairytale villains trail and the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride — perfect for toddlers! You’ll also be able to explore the haunted house, help Little Red Riding Hood and brave Mr Topper’s Twister…

Halloween at Waddesdon Manor

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

There’s plenty to do for little ones at Waddesdon Manor this coming Halloween, with features held over the entire October half term holiday.

The main event is the Cryptid Safari Halloween Trail, which will see you encountering magical beasts from myth and fairytales — there’s even a prize at the end if you complete the trail. There is also a twilight option for exploring the trail if you have slightly older children (recommended for ages 6+).

Waddesdon is also hosting a spooky afternoon tea during the week, which features such delights as ghost meringue, mummified gingerbread men and even brains! 🧟‍♀️

Halloween at Blenheim Palace

Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is also hosting a Halloween themed trail over the October half term but with a twist: it’s in the dark, with the first trail starting at 17:15.

Spooktacular illuminations and lighting bring the trail to life through the haunted woods and Secret Garden. There will also be plenty of sweet treats available to try, including hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. They also have Halloween themed afternoon teas available for both children and adults.

Halloween Events in the South West

Halloween at Crealy

Exeter, Devon

The Crealy Spook-Fest will run over the October half term week and will feature some amazing spooky attractions, live shows and other Halloween-themed entertainment.

You can follow the witches’ trail in the Haunting of the Wilderness to search for hidden clues, get lost in the brilliant Scare Maze, and older kids will love the Escape the Creaky Hotel attraction as well. There’s also the Book of Spells live cirque show to enjoy, and Buddy & Blossom’s Halloween Bash to boot. Make sure you pick up your free pumpkin from the patch before you leave!

Scarily Ever After at Fairytale Farm

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Fairytale Farm is a fantastic sensory attraction for younger kids and they’ve got a brilliant Halloween celebration to enjoy during half term week.

Fancy dress is encouraged and can even win you a prize! Explore the Enchanted Walk, pick up a free pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch and become a Fairytale Supernatural Sleuth by solving a spooky mystery. You can also carve your pumpkin in Jack’s yard and receive a Trick or Treat reward from the Enchanted Lair.

Halloween at Wookey Hole

Wells, Somerset

The magnificent caves at Wookey Hole are arguably a bit creepy at any point during the year, but they really ramp up the spook factor during Halloween!

During the October half term, you’ll be able to visit the infamous Witch of Wookey Hole in her grotto, watch the spooky film ‘Happy Family’ in 4D, enjoy the haunted pirate island adventure golf, see the Halloween circus show, and enjoy many more Halloween themed features and haunts — alongside all the usual attractions that Wookey Hole offers like the caves and animatronic dinosaurs.

Halloween Events in the Midlands

Halloween at Little Owl Farm Park

Dunhampton, Worcestershire

Little Owl Farm Park have got plenty on to entertain the kids during their Spookalicious October Half Term.

Alongside all they have on offer at the farm park, you’ll also be able to Pick Your Own pumpkin, make a chocolate apple, follow the spooky spider web trail, go on the Wicked Word Hunt and get creative in the arts and crafts area. Make sure you dress up in your best Halloween threads!

Fangtastic Halloween Festival at Matlock Farm Park

Matlock, Derbyshire

Matlock is another farm park holding a Halloween celebration over the half term holiday that your little ones are sure to love.

Fancy dress is encouraged and there’ll even be on-the-spot prizes for the best dressed during the week. Make sure you pick your own pumpkin at the patch and carve it at their specialist carving station too. There’s also a spooky trail in the Enchanted Forest to explore, complete with Halloween characters to entertain and thrill you. Witch Wendolyn will be holding craft workshops daily so you can get creative as well.

The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle

Warwick, Warwickshire

Warwick Castle always holds an exciting yet family-friendly Halloween event and this October half term is no different. Ghosts, ghouls, witches and wizards are all waiting for you to come and explore.

You can meet the witches of Warwick, explore the Horrible Histories Maze, search the spooky mansion, and take in a number of different shows and activities. There are separate tickets available for the Castle After Dark events which are probably best suited to slightly older children who aren’t tied to early bedtimes.

Halloweenies at Kentwell Hall

Sudbury, Suffolk

The Halloweenies event at Kentwell Hall is beloved by children and their families, held over the October half term week. It’s designed for kids aged between 3 and 14 years of age although there’s plenty for the whole family to get involved with.

It’s also known as Kentwell’s School for Sorcery and is intended to be a fully immersive experience with plenty of Halloween themed challenges and activities to enjoy. Make sure you dress up for even more fun!

Half Term Halloween Fun at Chatsworth

Chatsworth, Derbyshire

The great Chatsworth is the venue for this dose of Half Term Halloween Fun that’s held over the whole week.

Creepy crafts are on the agenda, as well as meeting the animals in the farmyard, riding the Halloween Trailer into Warlock Wood and even battling ghastly ghouls in the woodland.

Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park

Bewdley, Worcestershire

The main event of the Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park is definitely the pumpkin patch, which will be home to hundreds of pumpkins.

The whole park will be decorated for Halloween during October half term week, and you’ll need to follow the spooktastic activity trail of Patch while you’re there. This is, of course, alongside all the usual attractions like the safari park, zoo, theme park and Land of the Living Dinosaurs.

Dippy’s Halloween Days at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Norwich, Norfolk

Speaking of dinosaurs, dino-mad kids and toddlers will love the Dippy’s Halloween Days event at Roarr! this Halloween season.

You can expect a fully immersive Halloween experience across half term week with storytelling, spooky crafts, pumpkin picking and fun with the Dinomite gang. You can meet Dippy and his pals in Dippy’s Theatre and get your dancing shoes on at Dippy LIVE. Make sure you dress up!

Halloween Events in the North

Halloween at York Castle Museum

York, Yorkshire

York Castle Museum is hosting the Halloween Traditions Family Tour on Halloween and a few days preceding, which allows the whole family to discover the history of Halloween traditions.

The tour takes place in the period rooms and Toy Stories galleries, teaching you about the history of Halloween, witches and evil spirits, where our favourite Halloween party games are from and the history of traditions like trick-or-treat. A great option for any mini historians and their families!

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade at BeWILDerwood

Whitchurch, Cheshire

BeWILDerwood are doing something a little different for Halloween this year with their fantastic Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade.

This is a twilight event held during half term week, which is a magical light extravaganza through a woodland trail. Firstly, you’ll need to craft your own Boggle Bindle Lantern which help help the Boggles light up the woods — make sure you keep an eye out for the BeWILDerwood characters along the way.

There’s lots of food and drink available available. Make sure you dress up for maximum spooky fun!

Halloween Fun By Day at Spooky World

Warrington, Cheshire

We don’t think you can go wrong looking for Halloween fun at a place called Spooky World — the clue’s in the name, right?!

Halloween Fun By Day is aimed at kids aged between 4 and 11 although there’s really plenty to do for the whole family, between early October to early November during weekends and the school holiday. Families are encouraged to dress up and there’ll be plenty of costumed characters around to interact with.

There’s indoor fun as well in case the weather is bad — check out the slides, ball blaster, ball dropper, shows and more. You can also pick a pumpkin from the patch for a small additional fee.

Halloween on the Farm at Lancaster Park & Animal Farm

Oldham, Lancashire

Running from early October to Halloween night itself is the Halloween on the Farm event at Lancaster Park and Animal Farm.

There’s lots of things to do, including picking and carving a pumpkin from the giant pumpkin patch, exploring the haunted house, listening to a spooky tale by the wicked witch, entering the fancy dress competition, and of course all the normal attractions of the farm like feeding the animals and playing in the park.

Halloween Special at Smithills Open Farm

Bolton, Lancashire

Head on over to Smithills Open Farm for their Halloween Special that’s running over half term week and the weekend preceding.

The main focus will be pumpkin picking which is suitable for all ages and even for babies in prams. There is a small additional charge for pumpkins. You can also expect all the farm staff to be wearing their best Halloween fancy dress and there’s a spooky sweet hunt to conquer as well. Make sure your little ones dress up for the children’s fancy dress competition!

Halloween Ghost Train on the East Lancashire Railway

Bury, Lancashire

For a unique Halloween experience, why not try one of the Halloween Ghost Trains on the East Lancashire Railway? Don’t worry, they’re family friendly and spooky rather than scary, so younger kids will love it.

The trains run on the 28th, 29th and 30th of October and promise tricks, treats and fun for all the family, as well as a few surprise characters and ghoulish ghosts. All trains depart from Bury.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

Arley, Cheshire

If you’ve got a Harry Potter fan in the family but don’t fancy a trip down to London for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, you can now experience the magic of Harry Potter right in the heart of Cheshire.

Essentially, this is a nighttime woodland trail walk experience that’s been designed to resemble the infamous Forbidden Forest — expect all the creatures from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, as well as the opportunity to cast your own spells and bring the world to life. Witches and wizards of all ages are welcome!

Family Fright Festival at Church Farm

Wirral, Merseyside

Church Farm are hosting their Family Fright Festival throughout the month of October, which will feature a bunch of fun Halloween activities, all their friendly animals and some brilliant views.

Alongside the usual frolics in the farm park, you can expect to explore the Scarecrow Trail (complete with prizes!), a PYO pumpkin patch, Beastly Barrel train rides, sheep racing and much more. Under 2s can enter for free.

Halloween Events in Scotland

Freaky Forest: Alien Hunt at Kelburn Estate

Fairlie, Ayrshire

For a truly immersive Halloween experience, head to Kelburn Estate for their unique Freaky Forest: Alien Hunt event.

The premise that that an ET has crashed into the Secret Forest — you need to find it before the Men in Black do! There are a number of themed trail walks around the Secret Forest, alongside pop-up Halloween activities and spot prizes for the best costumes.

Tickets are very reasonable and children aged under 3 can enter for free.


That completes our list of Halloween days out for toddlers in 2021. Let us know your favourites!

Want to find more seasonal events? See our list of the Best Christmas Events for Toddlers in 2021.

Looking for alternatives? Make sure to check out our activities section for more ideas.

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