It seems that even the creepy crawlies, ghouls and ghosts are feeling the effects of Covid-19 in the West Midlands this Autumn. Halloween and half term events are looking a little different this year but there are still lots of family days out in the region. Many events are suitable for children of all ages but there are a few aimed at adults too. As there are so few events announced at this point, I have included some locations that are open for pre-booked visitors where specific half term or Halloween events have not been announced. For more things to do in the area, from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide.
Things to do in Herefordshire October half term and Halloween
At present, I can’t find any specific half term or Halloween events taking place in Herefordshire. The below are places that are great to visit as a family that are open for pre-booked timed entry.
Berrington Hall National Trust
Berrington Hall is currently open with timed entry slots available. No specific events have yet been announced for half term. To book a visit, head to the Berrington Hall website, tickets become available every Friday for the week ahead.
Brockhampton Estate National Trust
Brockhampton is currently open with timed entry slots available. No specific events have yet been announced for half term. Brockhampton is a dog friendly attraction, so dogs on leads are welcome to join visitors. To book a visit, head to the Brockhampton website, tickets become available every Friday for the week ahead.
Croft Castle is currently open with timed entry slots available. No specific events have yet been announced for half term. To book a visit, head to the Croft Castle website, tickets become available every Friday for the week ahead. You can also read our review of a dog friendly family day out at Croft Castle.
Things to do in Shropshire October half term and Halloween
Apley Farm Shop
A Spookley Pumpkin festival is taking place in October 2020 at Apley Farm Shop. Pumpkin Palace is home to Mrs Pumpkin and friends. She will be reading the story of Spookley, a square pumpkin. It’s a story with a strong message about bullying. After reading the story, Mrs Pumpkin will take you to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin that you can take home. The event takes place on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, and 24th to 31st October 2020. Full details are on the Apley Farm Shop website.
Update: Ticket sales are currently postponed for the Spookley Pumpkin Party awaiting government advice. It is still possible to buy tickets to visit the pumpkin patch with a limit of 6 people per group.
Attingham Park is currently open with timed entry slots available. No specific events have yet been announced for half term. To book a visit, head to the Attingham Park website, tickets become available every Friday for the week ahead.
Ray’s Farm, Bridgenorth
The Rays Witch will be visiting Rays Farm this half term. Halloween crafts include pumpkin carving and exploring Fairytale Forest and its creepy corners. Anyone who completes the spooky trail this year will be in with a chance of winning a family annual pass. They recommend bringing wellies! Timed entry tickets must be pre-booked. Outdoor play areas and the coffee shop are open but indoor soft play is closed. The gift shop and toilets are only open to one household at a time and animal feeding is not allowed, but visitors can still pet the animals. Full details of the event are on their website.
Things to do in Staffordshire October half term and Halloween
There seem to be two similar events on at Alton Towers this Halloween. The first is the Halloween Spooktacular for families to brave spook-tacular shows, enjoy Alton Towers garden of whispering souls at night, enjoy rides in the dark and explore the scare maze which is outdoors. In CBeebies land, there’s a monster ball taking place. The dungeon and darkest depths experiences can be added on to your ticket for anybody aged 10 and over.
The other event seems to be a bit more scary and it’s called Thrilling Frights. This one is for those willing to ride hair-raising, head-spinning coasters in complete darkness. Tiptoe through the dark dungeon and enjoy three terrifying mazes. The events take place on 9th, 10th and 11th October and from 16th October to 1st November. Lots more information is available in the Scarefest section of the Alton Towers website. You can also read my review of a trip to Alton Towers theme park, water park and cBeebies hotel with little ones.
Drayton Manor Park
It’s more trick than treat at Drayton Manor from 17th to 31st October 2020 with spook-tacular fun. Enjoy eerie entertainment and fang-tastic activities with over 100 attractions and rides open. It’s much cheaper to book online in advance with 4 for £90 tickets available. For further information and to book, head to the Drayton Manor website. You can also read our Drayton Manor review.
Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses
Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses are currently open with timed entry slots available. No specific events have yet been announced for half term. To book a visit, head to the Kinver Edge website, tickets become available every Friday for the week ahead. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses.
National Forest Adventure Farm
The National Forest Adventure Farm have recently released details of their Halloween Spooktacular event. It takes place on 10th, 11th and 17th to 31st October and 1st November. Pick a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch, learn to fly a broomstick and search a maze for hidden ingredients for the cauldron. Two other mazes await as well, one is full of mirrors and one has mummies waiting to be found. Dress up for the fancy dress competition and enjoy outdoor play areas as well as seeing the farmyard animals. Visitors need to book online in advance for a four hour slot, either 9am to 1pm or 2pm to 6pm. Further details and information are available on their website and you can read my review of Halloween at the National Forest Adventure Farm.
Things to do in Warwickshire October half term and Halloween
Two events take place at Kenilworth Castle this Halloween. One for little ones and one that’s only for those aged over 16. Little ones can visit Spooky Kenilworth during the daytime from 24th October to 1st November. Follow a trail solving creepy clues, then gather round for a spooky story. A fancy dress competition takes place every day with anyone arriving in their scariest outfits in with a chance of winning.
If you’re over 16 and not of a nervous disposition, you might enjoy a special Kenilworth Castle ghost tour, taking place each evening from 28th to 31st October. Explore the castle in the dark and take a spooky journey into the past with a storyteller. Tales about ghosts, historical horrors and supernatural sightings are not for the faint-hearted. Bring a torch! Pre-booking is essential for both events and numbers are limited. More information is available on their website. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kenilworth Castle.
Magic Alley’s Halloween event is rather spookily called The Haunting. If you dare to enter the Enchanted Manor, there’s a Halloween quest to complete by torchlight. Explore haunted rooms avoiding things that go bump in the night and looking out for zombies. A prize awaits anyone who makes it out alive! Magic Alley make it clear on the website that this isn’t a scare attraction and nobody will jump out on you, although lighting and sound effects are used. The event is suitable for anyone over the age of 6 and takes place throughout October. Pre-booking is essential. Full details and booking information are on the Magic Alley website. For anyone over 13, there are two rather more scary events taking place after dark. These have recently been added to the website and take place on 24th, 30th and 31st October.
The ghouls, ghosts, witches and wizards of Warwick are out in force this half term from 24th October to 1st November for their Haunted Castle event. Spooky tales, themed attractions and scary daytime fun make for an exciting Halloween adventure. Find out what the Witches of Warwick are making in their cauldron, discover eery experiences and learn gruesome truths in the Horrible Histories maze. Navigate Haunted Hollows, search a spooky mansion and watch a live show on the Dead Centre stage. For the ultimate experience, the castle’s dungeon contains characters who will take you on a journey into its perilous past. See, hear and smell the scariest times in the castle’s history with special effects. Full information is available on the Warwick Castle website and pre-booking is essential. You can read my review of a family day out at Warwick Castle.
Things to do in the West Midlands (County) October half term and Halloween
It’s all treats and no tricks at the Cadbury World Fantastic Halloween Spooktacular. The whole family will enjoy the live stage show too. Taking place every day from 17th October to 1st November. Full details are on their website and you can read my review of a family day out at Cadbury World.
National Sea Life Centre
The National Sea Life Centre have not yet publicised any Halloween or half term events. However, they are open with timed entry slots available. Pre-booking is essential. Full details are on their website and you can read my review of a family day out at the National Sea Life Centre.
Things to do in Worcestershire October half term and Halloween
Croome National Trust
Croome is currently open with timed entry slots available. No specific events have yet been announced for half term. To book a visit, head to the Croome website, tickets become available every Friday for the week ahead.
Severn Valley Railway
All aboard the ghost train from Kidderminster station on the Severn Valley Railway this Halloween. Brave the dark platform to find your compartment then hold tight while the train speeds away through haunted stations to Arley, where living dead roam. Look out though, spooky things might be on the train as well as outside. Trains depart at 6.20pm, 7.10pm and 8pm on the 29th, 30th and 31st October. Compartments are available for four or six people and must be booked in advance. Full details and booking information are on the Severn Valley website.
Spetchley will turn into the Spetchley-vania Haunted Gardens from 28th October to 1st November. Booking will be essential but full details have not yet been released. For the most up to date information, head to the Spetchley Gardens website.
West Midland Safari Park
The mystery of the pumpkin thief occupies visitors to the West Midland Safari Park Spooky Spectacular in 2020. Hundreds of pumpkins and illuminated scarecrows adorn the park. Complete the pumpkin thief scratch card trail to earn your sweet treat. Booking is essential and full details are on their website. You can read my review of a family day out at the safari park.
Three events take place at Witley Court this Halloween. During the daytime from 24th October to 1st November, visit spooky Witley Court. Children will love solving the creepy clues on a trail around the grounds and listening to spooky stories. A fancy dress competition takes place every day with a prize for the scariest outfit.
Children aged 5 to 12 will enjoy the spooky woodland walks each evening from 29th to 31st October. Join storytellers on a ghost hunt through the grounds. Tales of spooky, silly and strange goings on entertain everyone. For over 16s, the storytellers are back with ghost tours. Hear stories of historical horrors, supernatural sightings and ghosts. Bring a torch and plenty of bravery. Tours at Witley are outdoors and it does get muddy so it’s important to wear suitable footwear. For full details of the events and to book, head to their website and read our review of a dog friendly family day out at Witley Court. We also went to Enchanted Witley last Christmas which was brilliant, so hopefully the Halloween evening trails will be just as good.