Halloween and half-term fun in October

Get on board the ghost train in Swanage

Swanage Steam Railway

A spooky Halloween Special Bistro dining train with a Halloween inspired menu including twisted intestines and hellfire chicken.

Monkey World’s Spooktacular Day Out

FREE entry for children in FULL Halloween fancy dress. Free fancy dress competition with prizes, as well as the Activity Centre that will be open for children.

Creatures of the Night

A nature themed family Halloween trail. This October half term, come and visit Studland and discover our Creatures of the Night Halloween event. There will be a variety of great spooky activities and crafts to do at our discovery centre, along with a mysterious animal trail along our beach and sand dunes to follow. No booking needed, just turn up and make your way to the discovery centre for a great Halloween experience.

Vurlands Animal Farm and The Eggcup

Take part in the pumpkin trail, solving clues to collect your treat at the end.
Be prepared to be scared!!!! For those more daring take a walk around the farm, through Halloween themed huts, but be prepared as all isn’t always as it seems….👻

Thursday 25th October 6-9pm and Friday 26th October 6-9pm

Studland after Dark

Mulled cider and sausage casserole at the beach café and a self-led night time walk for the brave. Knoll Beach

Spooky happenings around the countyHalf-term at Corfe Castle

Explore on our spooky All Hallows family quest & see if you can find the missing pumpkins. Also on during half-term are The Great Escape (teddy bear zip wire) and daily missile launches from Corfe’s medieval siege engine, Warwolf II.

Spooky Fun at Lulworth Castle

Visit Lulworth Castle and Park for spooktacular half term fun, with lots of themed activities to enjoy! Meet Merlin the magician, play in the leaf pile, hunt the bats or make a spooky mask! There will be plenty to do for all the family to enjoy!

Fang-tastic Haloween Half-Term at Farmer Palmer’s

Low key SPOOK-TACULAR fun for families with little ones! Let our dressed up “BOO CREW” entertain your little ones! There’s cauldrons full of family fun to be had down on the farm this Halloween Half Term! Our team are ready to give you ghoulish great service and fang-tastic entertainment! Farmer Palmer’s gets a bewitching brilliant make-over for Halloween Half Term, extra themed activities added to the daily timetable. Fancy dress, dancing and face paint!

Halloween at the Blue Pool

Spooky Hunts around the Pool, 15% Discount off all refreshments in the Tea House, A 20% Discount Weekend in the Gift Shop on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October.

Halloween pumpkins

Halloween Half Term at Shire Hall Dorchester

Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall will become home to all sorts of family-friendly fun. There’ll be slippery slime-making workshops, face painting, spider trails and gruesome touchy-feely guessing games. Come around our spooky underground cells at the most haunting time of the year. On Tuesday and Thursday, join us for spooky story-telling in the underground cells, or come along to our Pumpkin Rescue on Wednesday. After your visit, pop up to our café for some seasonal autumnal recipes and Halloween treats.   Kids who are dressed up go free*. Subterranean slime workshops £2.00 per child to cover costs of materials. * 2 kids go free with every full paying adult.

Halloween Family Funday at Nothe Fort

This event will not be too scary, however, there will be ghost passage tours and stories with the return of Wanda Witchway who will be flying in to perform her special Spookyloopy Magic Show where there’ll be lots of Halloween tricks and treats and silly scary fun for boils and ghouls of all ages. You might even get to become a witch’s apprentice too!’

Also, there will be Halloween children’s crafts, ghost walks, fancy dress competition, spell writing and face painting. The Fort View Café will be open for some spooky treats and of course, there are all the underground passages to explore.

Creatures of the Deep – Kimmeridge

Prepare to find out about the bizarre and creepy creatures that live in the dark depths of the ocean. Vampire squid, hatchet fish, dragon fish and other weird wildlife inhabit the most inhospitable parts of our planet. How do they survive the crushing pressure, cold and intense darkness? Learn about their crazy lives and then make one to take home with you.

This is an indoor event held at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, located by the slipway in Kimmeridge Bay. Postcode: BH20 5PE. Please be aware that access to Kimmeridge Bay is via a private road for which a toll of £5 per car is charged by Smedmore Estate (charges vary for other types of vehicle).Costs for the event are £2.50 per child. Not suitable for under 5s. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be 2 sessions during the day, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

abbotsbury gardensEnchanted Illuminated Gardens

ABBOTSBURY Subtropical Gardens will be ablaze with light and colour for the annual illuminations.

Visitors will be able to stroll round as the floodlights illuminate the paths around the ‘Long Walk’, the Pavilion and the lily ponds. The old wall by the Pavilion is set to become a breathtaking focal point, with candles blazing in its nooks and crannies.

The walk around the gardens takes about 45 minutes with a shorter route which is also suitable for wheelchairs. It is advisable to wear sensible footwear and bring a torch. The gardens are sheltered and have their own microclimate, meaning it’s often dry even when rain falls elsewhere in Dorset.

Nothe of The Living Dead Emmersive Zombie Experience

Nothe of the Living Dead will plunge participants into an immersive zombie experience, where survivors of the new apocalypse battle their way through a web of tunnels infested with flesh devouring zombies. Along the way, each survivor must overcome a series of challenges that will enable him/her to collect the ‘essential survival kit/vaccine’ required to gain access to the rescue teams waiting at the tunnel’s end, if you can make it this far?.

Halloween Ghost Hunt at Brewery Square – Dorchester

Join us for the Brewery Square Halloween Ghost Hunt this October on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October from 10am until 3pm! Simply search for the Halloween images around Brewery Square and return your form for a FREE Halloween prize!  Pick up your entrance form from the Concierge Office on either day – we can be found opposite the Dorchester South Train Station.

Solve the spooky island mystery

Deeper Underground – Paranormal Tours of the Nothe Fort Tunnels

Spooky goings on at the Fort if you dare? Adults Only (Not Suitable for under 16s) Tours last approximately one hour with a 30 minute tour of our underground tunnels and a 30 minute Question & Answer Session with light refreshments.

Brownsea Island Spooky Half Term

Dare to enter the Spooky Woods of Brownsea Island this Half-Term. Brave Giant Spiders, venture into the Creepy Copse and let the children flex their creative and ghoulish crafts – or even take a selfie or two with props that are available.

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