Help! It’s Half Term: Halloween Special

Quick question, how the hell is it already half term?

For those who feel like someone has had a finger stuck on a magic fast forward button for the last few weeks, it can come as a bit of a shock to have to suddenly organise a whole week of entertainment for the kids. So for all my fellow Last Minute Larrys’ and Lindas’, here is a few handy suggestions of what you can do locally in and around London town to stop the kids crawling the walls, most with a spooky Halloween twist.

  1. Willows Activity Farm – Pumpkin Festival

My favourite farm and all time awesome attraction is open this half term with tonnes to do no matter the weather. Don’t forget to pick up your free pumpkin as part of their Pumpkin Festival (22-30th Oct), perfect for some Halloween carving!

  1. Victoria Park – Park after Dark

Beautiful Victoria Park has a whole host of fun events scheduled for the kids this half term as part of their Halloween Park after Dark week, including Creepy Crafts (25th Oct) and Teeny Halloween (26th Oct) featuring a spooky treasure hunt, face painting and apple bobbing. For more information please visit and like their Facebook page

  1. Epping Ongar Railway – Steam & Scream!

Treat the kids to a spooky ride on the Epping Ongar Steam Railway with their popular ghost trains running 28-31 October. To book tickets, please visit

  1. Paradise Wildlife Park – Howl-O-Ween

The half term Howl-O-Ween fun kicks off on 22nd Oct with Wolf Night and continues all the way through to 31st October where kids can up close to wolves, creepy crawlies, bats and all sorts of other spooky creatures. There is also a chance to win a Snooze at the Zoo experience for the family!

  1. Halloween Family Disco – Chingford Assembly Hall

There’s lots of devilish fun to be had at this family disco on 27th Oct including fancy dress, face painting and games with kids’ entertainer Sally Squiggle. Plus a licensed bar for the parents (!) Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment by calling 02085994500 or emailing

  1. Half Kids Cinema Screenings

If in doubt on a rainy day, take yourself off to the cinema. Most of the big cinemas will host special kids screenings during the holidays, and the Odeon South Woodford is showing amazing films such as Pete’s Dragon and The BFG for a mere £2.50 each!

  1. National Maritime Museum

There lots of ghoulish activities on at this Greenwich based museum this half term, including ghostly tales with Madame Swashbuckle: Fabulous Fables (FREE 26th and 29th Oct) and the Halloween: Bermuda Triangle (30th Oct). To book tickets and for more info visit:

Have fun!

Gemma x

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