Creepy crawlies, ghouls and ghosts are making their way around the West Midlands this Autumn. Halloween and half term combine to bring you a plethora 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. 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
Berrington Hall National Trust
Discover the spooky story behind Rumplestiltskin this half term at Berrington Hall. If you’re feeling really adventurous, there’s a murder mystery to solve as well. Become a Georgian detective to follow the trail and solve the clues to work out ‘whodunnit’. The fascinating trail is based on a real murder that took place at Berrington Hall. With a natural play area to burn off some steam and a tearoom for refreshments, this is a full day out for the whole family. Further details and dates are available on the Berrington Hall website.
Brockhampton Estate National Trust
Would you believe there are some rotten apples at beautiful Brockhampton? Follow a squelchy, spooky trail around the attraction to find out more. Brockhampton is a dog friendly attraction, so dogs on leads are welcome to join visitors on this trail. Head to the Brockhampton website for full details.
Follow a trail around Croft Castle’s gardens this October half term and see if you qualify for the school of sorcery. Stir potions, solve clues and cast spells to complete the trail. If you’ve still got some energy left afterwards, it’s time for broomstick racing on the front lawn. On 26th and 27th October there’s pumpkin carving going on too, and visit on 31st October for Halloween crafts and wand making. Full information is available on their website and you can read our review of a dog friendly family day out at Croft Castle.
Things to do in Shropshire October half term and Halloween
The focus is on autumn at Attingham Park this October half term, but there’s a spooky twist. Explore the park, enjoying the autumnal colours and fallen leaves. Look out for Hall-wool-een animals as you go. A section of the path will be taken over by knitted woollen creatures. You can even send in your own creations to go on display. Pumpkin carving will take place between 26th and 31st October and they promise some family stargazing in half term too. The date is yet to be confirmed so check their website for details of this and the other events. Booking is essential for some activities.
Hawkstone Park Follies
There are trails and terrible tales at Hawkstone Park this half term. A stunning landscape at any time of year, Hawkstone park is particularly beautiful in autumn. While adults enjoy the scenery, children will enjoy following a Halloween trail to meet characters hidden among the follies. At the end, a professional storyteller is there to bring your journey to life. There are even some Shropshire Falconry owls on hand every afternoon to meet visitors. Full details of the event are on the Hawkstone Park website.
Ray’s Farm, Bridgenorth
The Rays Witch will be visiting Rays Farm this half term. Halloween crafts include pumpkin carving, earning a treat by solving a spooky trail and exploring Fairytale Forest and its creepy corners. They recommend bringing wellies! Full details of the event are on their website.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
There’s loads happening at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre for October half term and Halloween. Throughout the week, children can test their superhero instincts with a quiz. Then, they can make a mask and defence piece for the superhero they choose. A bonfire and fireworks event takes place on 26th October. A Flicks in the Sticks showing of Toy Story 4 is on 28th October with superhero cooking on 29th. On Halloween itself, children can get involved with spooky crafts. For full details, dates and times see the Discovery Centre website.
Things to do in Staffordshire October half term and Halloween
It’s scarefest time again at Alton Towers this half term. Frights, thrills and spooks will entertain visitors all week and the park stays open late for thrill seekers to ride the rollercoasters after dark. Little ones will enjoy meeting fun characters in Halloween play land. They can dance along with the monsters at the CBeebies monster ball, and ride over 20 attractions at dust with a dancing flashmob of ancestors. Adults and older children may prefer the popular scare mazes, including a brand new maze for this year. For full details, head to 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 treat than trick at Drayton Manor this Halloween, with spooky fun from 19th to 31st October. Eerie entertainment and fangtastic fun awaits visitors, along with over 100 attractions and rides open. You can even see a 13 foot anaconda in the reptile house. Find out more on their website and read our Drayton Manor review.
Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses
From 28th to 30th October, visitors to Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses are invited to make their own lanterns out of willow and paper. On 31st October, take your lantern back to Kinver Edge to join in with a Halloween lantern walk through the woods and up to the hill fort. Dogs on leads are welcome at both events. For full details and to book, head to the Kinver Edge website. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses.
National Forest Adventure Farm
There’s a Halloween Spooktacular at the National Forest Adventure Farm this half term. Head to the pumpkin patch by tractor to pick your free pumpkin, then carve it into a Jack-O-Lantern. Look for the mummies in the maize maze, brave the haunted house and join in with interactive broomstick training and a wizard academy. See full details on their website and read my review of Halloween at the National Forest Adventure Farm.
Things to do in Warwickshire October half term and Halloween
Little ones will enjoy seeing the creepy creatures at spooky Kenilworth this Halloween. All week from 26th October to 3rd November, there’s wicked crafts and a spooky Halloween trail around the castle. Children can even meet some real beasties including snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies.
If you’re feeling extra brave, visit after dark for Kenilworth Castle’s fright nights on 25th, 26th, 30th and 31st October. Wander around the ruins and meet creepy historical characters. Have the fright of your life at one of the most haunted English Heritage properties. Fright nights are not suitable for children aged under five years old. Families with children aged 5 to 10 years old can visit at 6pm. A later event at 7.30pm is only for adults and children over 10 years old. This one’s not for anyone of a nervous disposition! More information on both events is available on their website. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kenilworth Castle.
Warwick’s Haunted Castle comes alive for Halloween from 19th October to 3rd November. Families with young children will love the Plucky Pumpkins attractions. Shows, fun and games at ‘dead centre stage’, storytelling in the witches tower and a spooky trail with Halloween characters in the haunted hollows. Enjoy the new Falcolner’s Quest show and see up to 50 birds of prey soaring overhead. Daring Dukes will have a fright as they join the Paranormal Encounters TV show to find out why Warwick’s ghosts can’t escape the castle. There’s spooky goings on in the castle dungeon too. For the ultimate scare, Brave Knights can pit their nerves against the army of the dead in the new Dead of Knight scare maze. Times, dates and details are available on the Warwick Castle website and 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
Black Country Living Museum (BCLM)
There are fun goings on at night this half term at the Black Country Living Museum. Street entertainers create an eerily spooky atmosphere in the evenings on 25th, 26th, 30th and 31st October. Children can trick or treat around the museum and see fire jugglers, magicians and circus performers. Visit creepy crawlies, try to win a prize as the best dressed ghoul and experience the monstrous mine.
During the the days, visitors can learn about historical criminals and their horrendous punishments. Help the police to catch a villain by using detective skills to track them down. Go to detective school to examine evidence including fingerprints and pose for a mugshot. When you’re off duty, enjoy street games like skipping, hopscotch and hoop rolling. Head to their website for more information and read my review of the Black Country Living Museum.
Join in with Freddo’s Halloween Spooktacular this half term at Cadbury World. Songs, games, tricks and treats will entertain you. Visitors can come dressed up and join Freddo’s Halloween fun when he makes a monster from gooey green slime and some string. Full details are on their website and you can read my review of a family day out at Cadbury World.
National Sea Life Centre
It’s more A-scarium than aquarium at the National Sea Life Centre this half term with an immersive halloween trail to see the creepiest sea creatures. Five ingredients for magic potions will be hidden in tanks around the Sea Life Centre and your task is to find them before venturing into the Sea Witch’s lair. Discover some facts about freaky sea creatures on the way and win a prize if you solve the Sea Witch’s puzzle. 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
Follow the Home and Hibernate family trail at Croome this half term. Look around at the homes made by both people and the wildlife. Then explore a trail around the park and decide where you’d build a home and what you’d use to make it. There’s a reward for children who complete the trail and dogs are welcome to join you on your journey. Full details on the Croome website.
Submerse yourself in autumn at The Firs from 21st September to 3rd November with a lichen, bark and moss adventure trail. Learn about the trees and the things that grow on them, including the strong smelling fir trees that Elgar’s birthplace was named after. This touch, smell and feel adventure trail is ideal for little ones. While your’e there, have a look at the wormery. Talks about this fascinating little ecosystem on 30th October give visitors an opportunity to learn more about how it works. During half term week, children can get crafty with wool and twigs to create a ‘god’s eye’ decoration. Other activities include playing Elgar’s own piano, exploring the outdoor sound garden and following the creepy crawlies trail around the cottage. Full details are on The Firs website and you can read my review of a dog friendly family day out at the Firs.
Severn Valley Railway
Travel on a real ghost train this Halloween at the Severn Valley Railway on the evenings of 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st October. Before departing Kidderminster station, a spooky disco DJ will entertain you. If you want a Halloween makeover, a face painter is there to help. When the train departs, you’ll travel to Arley in eerie darkness, passing haunted stations. On arrival, the spooky residents of the station come alive and some scary passengers might even board the train. All children will receive a Halloween goody bag. Full details on the Severn Valley website.
There’s a Spooky Root House Trail at Spetchley Gardens from 27th to 31st October. There are frights and ghouls galore as you walk around the gardens following the trail. A trembling tunnel, mouldy mummy and sinister serpent await you before you whisper your way through witches walk. Children’s admission is only £1 per child including a treat, adult admission is at normal price. Full details on the Spetchley Gardens website.
There are creepy critters at spooky Witley Court this Halloween. Little monsters can take part in wicked crafts and follow the Halloween quest that is said to take a spooktacular route around the grounds. Real little beasties will be on hand to meet visitors, including spiders, snakes and other creepy crawlies. You can find full details and times of the event on their website and read our review of a dog friendly family day out at Witley Court.