Half term activities for October 2021 – things to do with the family from Halloween events to cinema trips

HALF Term has arrived and if you are on the hunt for activities to fill the time, panic not. 

There are plenty of action-paced events taking place across the UK, from Halloween-themed days out to Peppa Pig meet and greets…

Harry Potter Studio Tours – Dark Arts, London

If you have some Harry Potter fans in the family, look no further than a visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour London where you can experience their spellbinding Dark Arts feature. 

Budding witches and wizards can wander through the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall which is decorated with 100 uniquely carved, floating pumpkins.

You can also learn the moves behind a wand combat scene in a live duel with Death Eaters. After this, hunt for the Dark Mark between the imposing trees of the Forbidden Forest and the turrets of the Hogwarts Castle.

It's open to the public until November 7.

  • Book now on the website

Paultons Park – Peppa's Halloween, Hampshire

Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park has been transformed into a Halloween attraction, and kids can meet Peppa and George in spooky outfits.

Thousands of pumpkins will be throughout the park as well, with special late night openings on October 26 and October 28 until 7.30pm where you can do the rides in the dark.

The event will run from October 14 to November 1.

  • Book now – from £43pp

Cadbury World – Freddo the Frog’s Ghoulish Gameshow, Birmingham

We all love getting chocolate treats on Halloween, so why not check out Cadbury World’s Halloween extravaganza.

Stock up on chocolate goodies on their 4D Chocolate Adventure zone, before riding their Crunchie rollercoaster. 

This Halloween, Freddo the frog has launched a Ghoulish Gameshow where you can play for prizes in Count Dracula’s Conundrum. 

Dress up and compete in the daily fancy dress competition for extra treats.

  • Book now – from £14

Cinema trip to see Ron’s Gone Wrong – Nationwide

The power of friendship, from Elliott and ET to Woody and Buzz, has often made kids’ films real tearjerkers.

Now there’s another pair of pals to make your heart melt — Barney and Ron.

Head to the cinema to see this family-friendly funny movie about Ron, an socially awkward schoolboy, who receives a robot named Ron.

The animation is pure brilliance and co-writer Peter Baynham, who is best known for Borat and Alan Partridge, brings great slapstick humour into this beautiful tale, as well as dialogue with true depth.

Thorpe Park – Fright Night, Chertsey

Book a trip to Thorpe Park for their Fright Nights to access some of the UK’s most thrilling rides in the dead of night as well as braving live-action experiences and scare mazes. 

For selected dates in October, the park will be crawling with actors disguised as possessed creatures lurking round corners.

Note that some of the live experiences are so intense they are not recommended for under-13s.

Fright Nights are running between October 15 – 31. 

  • Book now – from £42.

Alton Towers – Scarefest, Staffordshire

Scarefest at Alton Towers is back and looks incredible with four multi-award winning, terrifying mazes, along with live entertainment for all ages.

Visitors can ride the theme park’s hair-raising rides and attractions in darkness until 9pm each day, and older families will be able to enjoy the brand-new Trick o’ Treat Town.

Young children can also take part in the CBeebies Land Monster Ball in CBeebies Land and see the Freaky Fun Zone characters and shows.

Scarefest runs until October 31.

  • Alton Towers Scarefest Day Passes – from £34

Legoland – Brick or Treat, Windsor

Legoland Windsor Resort is bringing back its Brick or Treat this year.

Until October 31, Lord Vampyre is inviting little monsters and their families to the Resort for his ultimate Halloween party with a lineup of spectacular spooky activities for everyone to dig their fangs into.

New for 2021 is Lord Vampyre’s Creepy Crypt Trail with treats waiting to be discovered across the park.

Families can also take part in their fancy dress costume competitions, spooky character meet and greets, and spot Halloween-themed LEGO models.

  • Book now – from £39pp

What are the dates of the October half term?

Many UK schools broke up for half term on Friday, October 22 this year.

Students will have a week off for autumn half term, which runs from October 25 until October 29.

The dates for school term and holiday dates are usually set more than 18 months in advance of the academic year.

But dates vary between areas.

However, you can check on the exact dates for your area using the government’s postcode checker.

We shared how Tesco lets kids eat for FREE this half term – but there’s a catch.

And a savvy mum shared her October half term hacks – from £1 trains to bagging free food.

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