Muddy Half Term Guide
Halloween Half Term Fun, Hever Castle, 21 – 29 Oct
Prepare to be spooked this Halloween at Hever Castle & Gardens. Meet Viscous Vampire and his Goblin friend in the Creepy Crypt and hear terrifying tales of goblins, trolls, witches and vampires. Follow the eerie Halloween trail, help ward off vampires with a spooky activity and sink your teeth into a sweet treat at the cupcake decorating workshop. With prizes for the best creepy costumes, a visit to Hever Castle is sure to be fang-tastic fun for all the family.
Wacky Witches & Wizards, Leeds Castle, 23 – 29 Oct
Family fun on this treasure trail – find the wacky witches and wizards around the Castle grounds and listen to their spooky tales although beware, they often get themselves in a monster muddle. The silly sorcerers are making big mistakes, note them on your trail card to be rewarded with a chocolate prize. A spooky quest is available in the Woodland Walk for younger visitors (small additional charge applies). Join in the fancy dress competition at 2pm each day, dance in the fun children’s ‘Monster Mash Ball’ and take part in the ghoulish games.
Halloween Witches Brew, Little Street, Maidstone, Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct
If you’ve got Little Ones then you’re going to love Little Street! They are play centres where everything has been scaled down to be the perfect size for little people. Children can literally drive around the streets in a miniature vehicle, go shopping in at the supermarket or meet their friends in the café. This half term join Little Street in Maidstone for some spook-tacular fun – find the ingredients for a witches brew and receive a sweet reward & sticker. There’ll also be a frightful fancy dress and photo competition. All activities are included in the standard session price.
Halloween Spooktacular, Groombridge Place, 21 Oct
Meet Captain Robinson Crusoe and his Crew of Skeletons who on one stormy night over a century ago, were ship wrecked in our Enchanted Forest. Interactive storytelling and frighteningly good shows.
Port Lympne and Howletts, Sat 21st – Sun 29 Oct
Unleash your inner animal at Howletts or Port Lympne and take part in spooky activities and games including trails to win prizes, creepy crafts, pumpkin carving sessions, face painting and more!
Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, Ashford, Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct
Halloween daytime fun at The Rarebreeds Centre – meet Vunderbar the Wizard from Monday to Friday, or the incredible Effel Fartwaffer over the weekend. Fancy dress competitions, face painting, pig racing and more.
Circus Of Horrors, The Orchard Theatre, Mon 23 Oct
After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation Voodoo. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts act’s all woven into a sensational shock / horror story and the darkest of magic – taking the show to a whole new level, it’s driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek.
Kent Life After Dark, Kent Life, 25 October
Dare you join this after dark event exploring the spooky sights that Kent Life has to offer. Venture on a spooky guided tour if you dare or visit the Ugly Bug Ball. Take a ride on our Land Train and hear a ghostly tale or two.
Screamland, Dreamland Margate, 20-31 October
Dreamland mutates into Screamland again this month for 6 fearful nights. The biggest and most haunted scare festival in Kent, has six scare mazes to chill even the most haunted of souls, Be immersed in a frightening world of interactive scare mazes and sideshows set to thrill and haunt the darkest soul. You screamland ticket included access to all the 6 scare mazes plus unlimited use of all the rides, This year there will also be some frighteningly good live music/DJs on the scenic stage.
Half-term fun at the farm, The Hop Farm, 21 – 29 October
Treat the kids to a spook-tastic feast of fun for the half term holidays! Dress up in your best Halloween fancy dress and come and join in! They have everything from Pumpkin Carving, Fancy dressed competitions, ghoulish face painting, 4D Cinema, Magic Shows to Creepy story telling. A fantastic day out for all the family and ideal for kids who want to join in the Halloween spirit over half term. And look out for some extra special treats that you’ll find on arrival!
Half term fun for your witches and wizards at Betteshanger, Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct
Brush off your broomsticks, polish your wands and dust off your spell books. Join Betteshanger Park’s Halloween half term fun with your little witches and wizards. Spectacularly spooky activities will be taking place throughout the week. The Sky Birds of Prey display team will be returning to the Park to display a spectacular collection of Owls for the Park’s first Owl Encounter. Sooo Harry Potter.
Spooky Halloween disco, Bewl Water, Sat 28 Oct
Put on your freakiest fancy dress, hop on your broomsticks and fly over to Bewl Water to join in the Halloween disco fun at Bewl Water’s Waterfront Café. Bring all the family for this spooky affair for Halloween games and face painting.
Pumpkin Moon, Boxley, Maidstone, now until Sun, 29 Oct
Run by Charlie Eckley, Pumpkin Moon at Boarley Farm is a family day out where visitors can see what a working farm looks like and choose from 13 different varieties of pumpkins and squashes. Look out for face painting, maize maze, pumpkin painting with and storytelling from Story Sock. Visitors get a wheelbarrow to load up their pumpkins, with prices up to £5 and 10% of profits will go to the Heart of Kent Hospice and the British Heart Foundation. It is open from now until the end of the month.
BELUNCLE FARM, HOO in Medway, Sat 14 & Sun 15, Tues 17 – Fri 20, Sat 21 & Sun 29 Oct
The Batchelor family has been opening the 40-acre working farm for the past six years for the PYO event. Proceeds are donated to Crohn’s and Colitis UK as Mark and Verity Batchelor’s eldest son Luke has Crohn’s disease. Pumpkins cost between £1 and £4.
Pick your own Pumpkins, Ashford, Sat 14 & Sun 15, Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct
Become a ‘Pumpkin Picker’ and choose your perfect pumpkin for your Halloween celebrations. Every pumpkin picked will donate pennies to a local charity. Each year they ask their Facebook Followers to vote on their preferred charity and this year they have voted to donate to two charities; The Pilgrims Hospice and Our Hero Draven.
Pumpkin Festival The Walled Nursery, Tues 24 – Sun 29 Oct
in Hawkhurst for their Pumpkin Festival taking place from from 10am to 4pm. Entry costs £5 per child which includes a pumpkin to carve and take home, as well pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin trail and much more!
Four Winds Farms, Penshurst Road, 27 Oct & 28 Oct
The Pumpkins are ripended perfectly this year and Four Wind Farm are ready for you to come and pick your perfect one!
THINGS TO DO
Mister Maker, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Sun 29 Oct
With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise. There are exciting new ‘makes’ and songs, lots of audience participation, a BIG ‘make’ to take part in, and….oh yes excitement abound, The Shapes are back! Mega fun for your mini muddies.
Half Term Beastie Day, Brogdale Collections, Mon 23 Oct
Hunt for and collect bugs in the orchards, meet the Bug Roadshow’s impressive collection of Mega Bugs and get creative and build your very own bug to take home with you – fun, family day out.
The Owl And The Pussycat, Marlowe Theatre, Mon 23 & Tues 24 Oct
Let’s All Dance returns with this gorgeous original ballet, which takes a fresh and humorous look at the famous Lear poem. Once again, the company combines fantastic dancing, beautiful costumes and crystal clear storytelling to engage and delight young audiences. Toooo cute.
Enchanted Garden, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Sat 21 Oct – Sun 29 Oct
Storytelling and craft sessions on offer here as well as the challenge of finding all the fairies in the trail! Lots of hands-on fun and plenty to keep children of all ages entertained within this imaginary world of myths and magic. All included in your annual ticket which lets you explore the Historic Dockyard, including 3 historic warships and 10 museum galleries – something to enchant everyone.
Scooby-Doo, Drusillas Park, Wed 25 October
I have such a soft spot for Scooby-Doo, my youngest mudlet was crrrazy about this show for a long time. And now crime solving Scooby-Doo will be visiting Drusillas to meet budding detectives at various intervals throughout the day. Come and investigate with the cowardly hero but don’t forget the Scooby snacks.