Hooray half term holidays are here at last! There are so many fab Halloween activities and places to visit at this time of the year. Manchester and the surrounding areas have some great places to visit. Dust off those spooky costumes, grab your wellington boots and visit my top 5 Halloween family days out!
Situated in the glorious Dunham Massey Estate in Manchester, Red House Farm is one of my all-time favourite family days out.
October is a one of the best times of year to visit too! From 20th to 28th October you can pick your own pumpkin and they have a fantastic range of activities to keep your littles ones entertained. There is a spook hunt, the barrel train, a climbing wall, inflatable slide, bouncy castle and safari run. They also run a Halloween fancy dress competition every day that week from 1pm.
When I checked out their website, I was very excited to see that new for Halloween 2018, they are offering ‘Hocus Pocus Wizarding Workshops’ on 25th – 28th October. Join Merlin and his helper and become Wizard apprentices. Learn how to fly broomsticks, make potions, learnt he wizard song, harness the energy of plasma balls and play games. Suitable for children aged 2-10 years old and adults. Workshops run 4 times a day and booking is essential.
Tatton Park is another fab family day out at this time of year. From Saturday 27th to 31st October they offer an eerie tour of the secluded medieval building. There are children’s activities such as a trail to find ingredients for a witches’ potion, spooky story-telling, games, craft activities, outdoor games and fairground rides. Children and adults are encouraged to dress up in their scariest Halloween costumes.
Tatton also offer ‘Pick Your Own Pumpkin’ on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October. Sessions start with a short guided tour of the park where you can meet all your favourite farm animals. Then it’s off to the field to get your hands dirty and pick your own pumpkin. You are then invited into the recipe room for a refreshing pumpkin juice and yummy pumpkin muffin where you will also learn how to make pumpkin soup. You can take your pumpkins home to carve for Halloween and you’re invited to share your creations #TattonPark Tickets are £12 for adults and children over 5.
Brick or Treat at Legoland runs from now until 1st November. Any child arriving in in fancy dress on Halloween itself can get in for free. However the terms state that the Halloween fancy dress offer is one child free per paying adult.
Along with all the normal rides and activities there is a haunted Miniland hunt, where you can seek skeletons, zombies and ghost and a ghoulish ghost train.
Families and children can also get their creative witches hats on by building their own Lego Jack o’ lanterns.
Online tickets cost from £9.95. Children under two go free.
Another fantastic Halloween day out in the Northwest is Spooky World at Applejacks in Warrington.
There are plenty of fun family daytime activities on offer such as inflatable drop slides, kids archery, corn cannon, hay bale hill, spooky trailer ride, mini diggers, racing zip lines and tip topper ball dropper.
Spooky World also offer night tie tickets for a Halloween Horror experience which is aimed at older (brave) children and adults. Attractions include ‘Field of Screams’, ‘The Slaughter House’, ‘The Haunted House’, ‘CarnEvil’ and a ‘Haunted Hayride’ through the abandoned forest. Sounds VERY scary!
My Halloween list wouldn’t be complete without ‘The Crocky Horror Show’ at The Crocky Trail. Once again, this is a night time event for older (brave) children and adults running from the 26th to the 31st October.
Featuring super scary actors in costume wielding chainsaws (yep!) this is an event you won’t forget.
Attractions include; The Amazing Crocky Dungeon, The Haunted Trees, Wall of Death, Haunted Trail and Zombies everywhere!
Whatever you get up to over the half term holidays be sure to have a spook-tacular time!