Warwick castle looking spooky in October half term for Halloween

Things to do in Warwickshire October half term and Halloween 2022

There are some lovely things to do in Warwickshire and the surrounding areas this October half term and Halloween. This is a comprehensive list of days out in Warwickshire, as well as other activities such as pumpkin picking. You can jump straight to each one using the links in the table below. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any brilliant events off the list, I’d be happy to add them in. Advance booking is essential at all attractions unless otherwise stated.

This post covers the county of Warwickshire only. If you are looking for October half term days out in nearby counties, please see below:

British Motor Museum Warwickshire October half term

Explore the magic of science this October half term at the British Motor Museum from 22nd to 30th October 2022. Join the extraordinary family tour with Professor Pickle or Doctor Pumpkin on 22nd to 24th and 28th to 30th October 2022. They’ll help you to explore the museum, seeking out the extraordinary. A magic of science show will be performed by mad scientists from 25th to 27th October. The professor thinks a car is a horse-drawn carriage but Dr Pumpkin is on hand to bring him back to the present, exploring the invention of the car along the way. A black cat trail takes place every day and visitors can make their own optical illusion using a thaumatrope too! For full details and to book, head to the British Motor Museum website.

Enchanted Tea Room

The Enchanted Tea Room in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire has various events taking place in October. Enjoy afternoon tea with your favourite characters, whether spooky or not so spooky! Bookings include homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones as well as a meet and greet with your chosen characters. Themed events during October half term include:

  • Gabby
  • Enchanted Villains
  • Cinderella
  • Halloween
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Madrigal sisters (Encanto)

Head to the Enchanted Tea Room website for full details of all events and to book.

Hatton Adventure World

Spooktacular things are happening at Hatton this October half term, from 22nd to 30th October 2022. Ride on the trailer and look out for some fun, bewitching surprises. Every child can choose a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and you can even brave a visit to the haunted house. Enjoy an illusion show full of magic and mayhem, visit the zombie marsh and carve your own pumpkin. Handle creepy critters and Slytherin snakes and you can even take part in zombie laser combat! A falconry show, funfair, bouncy castles, fancy dress competition and farmyard favourites will be on hand to entertain visitors too. Head to the Hatton website for full event details and to book.

Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire October half term

Two events take place at Kenilworth Castle this October half term and Halloween 2022. One is suitable for the whole family, the other is only for those who are feeling brave!

Halloween Half Term at Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire

Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and their friends have prepared a trail around Kenilworth Castle with creepy clues for visitors to solve from 22nd to 30th October 2022. Meet performers in costume who have strange, supernatural and downright silly tales to tell. Tickets are cheaper if you book in advance on their website. You can also read our review of a family day out at Kenilworth Castle.

Halloween Ghost Tours of Kenilworth Castle

From 27th to 31st October 2022, brave visitors can visit Kenilworth Castle after dark for a ghost tour of the castle and gardens. This is only suitable for visitors aged 16 years and over. Dare to explore the haunted castle on a dark, spooky night. Storytellers will take you on a journey through years gone by with tales of supernatural sightings, ghosts and historical horrors. The tour takes place outdoors and lasts around 45 minutes. They advise wearing suitable clothing and footwear and bringing a torch. Head to their website to book.

Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire water fountain in formal garden
Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

Mary Arden’s Farm

Head to Mary Arden’s Farm this October half term on 25th, 27th and 29th October 2022. You’ll learn about spooky traditions from medieval and Tutor times that were undertaken to keep the spirits at bay. The cauldron in Palmer’s Farmhouse is bubbling with soul cakes cooking. Find out about Tudor superstitions to compare them with Halloween traditions we partake in today. Create a protection charm to ward off sprites, carve a pumpkin and take part in an interactive performance of Macbeth. Pre-booking on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website is essential.

Middleton Hall Warwickshire October half term

Beware of the creatures roaming at Middleton Hall this Halloween. Complete a Spooktacular trail as you walk around the hall and gardens and collect a prize at the end. This is a children’s trail and will not be scary although little ones will need some help with the clues. The trail is both indoors and outdoors and warm clothing and suitable footwear are recommended. Full details are on the Middleton Hall website. Pre-booking is not essential for this event.

Warwick Castle

Pay a daytime visit to Warwick Castle this October half term, or choose to brave the haunted castle after dark. There will be plenty of Halloween fun whenever you choose to visit but the castle after dark event is recommended for children aged 10 and over as it may be a bit too scary for younger ones.

Warwick castle looking spooky in October half term for Halloween
Warwick Castle can look a little bit spooky in the autumn!

The Haunted Castle

Join the spookiest residents of the castle for some haunting fun this half term. Mysterious mazes, frightful delights and eery entertainment bring over a thousand years of history to life. Dance and sing with colourful characters in interactive family shows. Head to spooky school to learn about catching ghouls and relive the castle’s history. Join the witches of Warwick around their cauldron and look out for ghosts and decorations around the grounds. Spooky attractions include the haunted hollows and castle dungeon. The event takes place from 22nd to 31st October 2022 and full information is on the Warwick Castle website. You can also read my review of a family day out at Warwick Castle.

Castle After Dark

For spine-chilling scares, visit Warwick Castle after dark on 22nd, 23rd or 28th to 31st October 2022. The courtyard transforms into a festival of frightful entertainment with three scare attractions providing terror at every turn. Live bands perform on the main stage and visitors can enjoy the eery atmosphere in the castle’s grounds. Street food, craft beers and gins will be on sale in the courtyard. Look out for spine-chilling scares including the castle dungeon and haunted hollows. Head to the website for further information and to book.  

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