With the schools back, the next thing to look forward to are Halloween events, autumn family days out and October Half Term.
We are always huge fans of Halloween events, so thought we’d share some of our favourites in and around the East Midlands, from pumpkin patches to family-friendly days out.
After a bit of a search for some local pumpkin-tastic events, suitable for younger kids who may not appreciate a blood-thirsty scare-fest, I discovered some amazing places to check out for some seasonal fun for all the family this October.
I do know there are probably many more amazing events, so you’re more than welcome to let me know any I need to check out! These are just ones we have visited ourselves, so are more than happy to recommend 🙂
Cattows Farm Pumpkin Picking, Leicestershire
Pumpkin picking at Cattows Farm has become a tradition for us, as it is always one of the first places to open its seasonal fun, and knows how to get us into the autumn vibe! It also seems to be getting bigger and better every year.
It’s open for pumpkin picking from 1st til the 31st October, from 9am, 7 days a week, boasting one of Leicestershire’s largest pumpkin patches with over 100,000 pumpkins.
With stunning countryside views, a beautiful tearoom (with seasonal menus and decorations), as well as a whole host of family-friendly activities at weekends, it really is an amazing place to visit.
I always find the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, and visiting outside of Peak times such as weekdays or mornings can often mean you have the place to yourself.
You can also often find other activities such as inflatables, ride-on tractors, and hosting their own charity pumpkin fun run – however I’m waiting to see if there’s another update for 2020.
West Lodge Farm Park Spooky Half Term
From October 17th-31st October, West Lodge Farm Park is running a whole host of Halloween fun including special activities over half term.
The farm has some amazing facilities and activities for all ages throughout the year, including barrel rides, an outdoor adventure play area of dreams, and animal petting, as well as plenty of beautiful forests to explore!
However for Halloween, they’re adding in an extra bundle of spooky fun, including a Pumpkin Patch Experience with pumpkin carving, where kids can pick their own pumpkin from the field, and the team will carve out their design on the pumpkin – adding in something different to your pumpkin picking experience!
What’s more, you can also pay a little extra to jump on their family-friendly Spooky Tractor Ride, visit Daisy the Witch’s house, and try your hand at some wand making!
We’re also excited to join in the friendly ghost story in the barn!
I’m sure this will be booked up quickly as always, and pre-booking is essential, so I’d recommend booking your slots well in advance online.
Click here to book or find out more
Check out our review of last year’s event here.
Bluebell Dairy Pumpkin Festival
We are very excited to have our tickets booked already for the Bluebell Dairy Pumpkin Festival as I’m pretty sure it will sell out very soon!
From 24th October to 1st November, you can enjoy all kinds of pumpkin fun at Bluebell Dairy including a free pumpkin for every child, Halloween trails, fun with bugs, fancy dress competitions, animal activities, and even their very own Halloween ice cream!
You can also find Toddler Pumpkin Picking from the 19th to 23rd October, for just £10.95 for an adult, child and a pumpkin!
Early bird tickets are available before 13th September, so click here to find out more.
Check out our review of Bluebell Dairy here!
Hatton Adventure World Pumpkin Week
From the 24th-31st October you can enjoy the Pumpkin Week at Hatton Country World, with free pumpkins to pick, a Halloween Marquee and full activities schedule on the lineup.
I’ll update this when I spot some more information, but you can check out the video below for a little taster!
To book and find out more, click here.
To find out more about Hatton Adventure World, click here.
Manor Farm Park and Woodlands
From the 17th October to 1st November, you can enjoy pumpkin carving at Manor Farm Park and Woodlands, plus extra fun days on the 31st October and 1st November!
There is a free pumpkin for every child, pumpkin carving in the marquee from 11am-2pm (farm park open 10am-4pm/5pm at weekends), as well as all the usual fun of Manor Farm Park.
We visited last year and had a fantastic time, so will definitely be heading back again – check out our review here!
To book tickets to the Manor Farm Park pumpkin event, click here.
Gulliver’s Theme Park, Gulliver’s Valley Resort, Rotherham
Join the Spook Safari at the brand new Gulliver’s Valley theme park this October half term in South Yorkshire.
From 24th to 31st October 2020, you can enjoy all the frights and fun at the new Gulliver’s Valley theme park, which promises spooktacular surprises, wicked wiches, perilous pirates, as well as spooky shows throughout the week.
On top of this, you can enjoy all the usual thrills of their fantastic brand-new theme park rides and attractions.
Check out the review here from when we visited Gulliver’s Valley.
Find out more and book your tickets here.
Drayton Manor / Thomas Land
This year, Drayton Manor is hosting the More Treat Than Trick event for Halloween from the 17th – 31st October where they promise a ‘spook-tacular’ event filled with activities and entertainment.
We’ve always enjoyed our visits to Thomas Land, taking advantage of their Parent & Toddler tickets, however now Lily is at school, I think this is the excuse we need to head there during half term!
They also have a special 4 for £90 offer on right now across the park.
Book tickets and find out more here
Check out our review of Drayton Manor Thomas Land here
CBeebies Land / Alton Towers
Alton Towers is famed for its annual Scarefest, and this year they promise another year of family Halloween fun from 9-11th October and 16th October – 1st November.
With Halloween shows, a scare maze and late night opening for the rides, there really is something for all the family.
Day passes start from £34pp and can be booked here.
For our full review of CBeebies Land, click here
Twycross Zoo is hosting Boo at the Zoo from the 24th October until 1st November.
Enjoy witches shows, finders keepers toys, as well as Ghosts of Madagascar and a Trick or Treat Trail!
For more information or to book tickets, click here
For our full review of Twycross Zoo, click here
Warwick Castle has a whole host of activities this October half term in their Haunted Castle event, with spooky tales, scary fun and daytime-themed attractions for all the family.
Between 24th October – 1st November, you can meet the famous Witches of Warwick and find out which secret spells they are concocting in their cauldron as well as explore the gruesome truths of history in the Horrible Histories maze.
Search the spooky mansion, navigate the Haunted Hollows and discover even more quirky characters in their spellbinding shows live on the Dead Centre stage!
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
National Trust Midlands
We’re huge fans of visiting National Trust properties and enjoyed the Stoneywell October Half Term nature trails last autumn, so look forward to checking out some of the other properties this year while Stoneywell remains closed.
National Trust properties are a great way to enjoy autumn and explore nature, and across the East Midlands you can find everything from pumpkin crafts through to autumn discovery walks.
Find out more about autumn events with National Trust in the Midlands here
Check out our review of Calke Abbey since reopening here.
Mini Meadows Farm
Mini Meadows are hosting a Spooky Farm week from the 24th-31st October.
You can enjoy the undercover trick or treat trail, pumpkin picking & carving, as well as all the fun on the farm!
Tickets £7.50 including pumpkin, with extra pumpkins available for £3.
Pre-booking essential and you can enjoy either a morning or afternoon session.
Find out more or book tickets here
Check out our review of Mini Meadows farm here
National Forest Adventure Farm
The awesome National Forest Adventure Farm has released its dates for 2020 Spooktacular, with family fun on the farm on the 10th-11th, 17th-31st October & 1st November.
They are operating with times lots of 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm with free pumpkin picking, cauldron chaos
Twin Lakes Theme Park
Twin Lakes have now announced the return of the Family Scream Park for 2020. Ticket offers include 4 for £60 for the event from 17th October – 1st November.