Free Halloween events for the family!


girls wearing halloween costumesFancy doing something different to the usual spooky trick or treating at the end of this month? Be inspired by these free, family-friendly Halloween activities around the country.


Around the Country

  • Support the Stroke Association’s Halloween-themed fundraisers who are running (London 27 October, Glasgow and Manchester 30 October), sliding (Newcastle Upon Tyne 29 October) and abseiling Peterborough (30 October) ( – 0207 566 0300).

England: north

  • Sheffield’s Fright Night on 30 October heralds the start of what claims to be Britain’s biggest Halloween party (Yellow Bus Events – 0114 221 1900).
  • See the stunning lantern procession from Liverpool’s Sefton Park on 30 October (Liverpool Lantern Company – 0151 727 3500).
  • Meet some creepy crawlies on 28 October at one of the many Halloween events at Stockeld Park in Wetherby (The Christmas Adventure – 01937 586 333).
  • Tools at the ready for Happy Halloween Pumpkin Carving on 24-25 October at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead (Baltic Mill – 0191 478 1810).
  • Wander around the wood at Castle Eden Dene in East Durham on 31 October and meet some of the characters who only appear at this time of the year! (Woodland Trust – 0191 586 0004).

England: central

  • Enter the Fancy Dress Competition at the Halloween Family Fun Day at Scalford Hall in Melton Mowbray on 30 October, or enjoy the hog roast and kids’ disco (Scalford Hall – 0845 400 1403).
  • See if you can spot the grey lady on Cotwall End Valley’s Halloween walk on 29 October (Friends Of Cotwall End – 07849 804242).

England: east

  • Go completely batty with the local winged residents at Holkham Hall Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk on 27 October (Holkham – 01328 710227).
  • Experience the creepy atmosphere of Great Yarmouth’s Tolhouse and listen to the chilling tales of its Victorian gaoler on 29 October (Museums Norfolk – 01493 745 526).

England: south

  • Listen to some spooky stories at Port Solent in Portsmouth on 29 October (Port Solent – 02392 210 606).
  • Children over 12 years old can investigate Halloween Under the Sea, at one of three talks at London’s Natural History Museum on 30 and 31 October (NHM – 0207 942 5000).
  • Wand making and potion school are on offer for young Harrys and Hermiones at the Halloween Extravaganza at the Walled Gardens of Cannington in Bridgwater from 24-30 October (Cannington Walled Gardens – 01278 655042).
  • Take a Spooky Walk in Hainault Forest on 31 October and hear terrifying tales as day turns to night (Woodland Trust – 07985 069800).


  • 12-17 year olds can book ahead to visit Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where, on 30 October, characters from the collections will return from the dead (Glasgow Life – 0141 276 9599).
  • Follow a scary trail or try some apple dooking at the Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride on 31 October (NMS – 0300 123 6789).
  • Bring your food to Wooplaw Woods between Stow and Lauder near Galashiels on 30 October for a BBQ and family activities (Wooplaw).

Northern Ireland

  • Do the Metro Monster Mash on 30 October in Belfast before the biggest fireworks display in Northern Ireland (Belfast City – 028 9024 6609).


  • Book early to make Halloween willow lanterns at Holyhead Breakwater Country Park on 28 October (Visit Anglesey – 01407 760 530).
  • Sketch some spooky and slithery specimens at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum’s Big, Beastly Bug Draw on 29-30 October (Museum Wales – 01792 638 950).