7 Spooky Days Out for October Half Term in Sussex

October half term is just around the corner! If you’re starting to think that it’s going to be a boring old washout, think again. There are some totally awesome Halloween-inspired events organised for October half term in Sussex this year. No need to let Covid-19 restrictions get in the way of family fun. Here are 7 hand-picked spooky days out for you and your little pumpkins….

1. Halloween Trail Borde Hill

Children in Halloween Fancy Dress at Borde Hill, Sussex
A coven of little witches at Borde Hill

Borde Hill are running a super cute story trail and quest around their 17 acres of garden this half term. The trail costs £3 per person in addition to entry and there’s a prize for all helpful witches and wizards at the end (this is free for Friends). Don’t forget to dress up!

The adventure playground will be open with hand sanitiser available for germy little mits and the cafe is open for takeaways.

Garden entry and trails must be pre-booked in advance.

2. Pick a Pumpkin & Spooky Ice Cream at Latchett’s Creamery

Pumpkin picking is a brilliant autumn activity with kids. Find your perfect pumpkin to carve at Latchett’s Farm and head down to the Parlour afterwards for a super indulgent hot chocolate or scoop of limited edition spooky ice cream.

Hot chocolates at Latchett's Parlour in Uckfield
Super indulgent hot chocs at Latchett’s 😋

Latchett’s pumpkin patch will be open on 17th and 18th October; and 24th till the 31st October. Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday’s 10 – 3pm.

3. Tulley’s Haunted Drive-In Cinema

Tulley’s Haunted Drive-In Cinema is screening a whole host of Halloween inspired family movies during half term. From The Addams Family to Casper and Coco, there’s a film for every age-group and genre preference.

Take a whole bunch of snacks in your car or go full American dream and order something delicious from the on-site diner. Here’s the menu, if you fancy a peek.

Tickets start from £35 per car and can be booked here.

4. Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search – Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Where’s Wally?

Amberley Museum is part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search.

The search is running on Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th October and Wednesday 28th October-Sunday 1st November. Tickets must be booked in advance and cost £25 for a family with 1 adult + up to 3 children or £38 for 2 adults + up to 3 children.

5. Wakehurst Gardens – Gruffalo Trail

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood… know it by heart? No? Seriously? Better grab yourself a copy of the ubiquitous storybook here. Chances are you can recite it backwards and perform the whole thing, with voices. If your little ones are Gruffalo fans, head over to Wakehurst for their themed trails this half term. Book your place quickly, some of the events have already sold out! Eek!

6. Leonardslee Halloween

Leonardslee have gone all out on the Halloween front for half term this year. There’s a pumpkin trail around the garden with a prize at the end and daily visits with unusual creepy creatures between 11am and 2pm.

If trails aren’t your thing, there’s a Halloween Afternoon Tea including spooky seasonal treats. Prices start from £45 per adult and £23 per child, including entry to the gardens, running from 28th October to 1st November.

7. Druscilla’s Halloween Shriek Week

For a bigger day out, Drusilla’s have put lots of sensible steps in place to keep you safe and to stay open. There will be plenty of light-hearted Halloween fun with spooky characters roaming around the park, and the unveiling of a brand new surprise for 2020.

Tickets for Halloween Shriek Week are now on sale, book here.

There you have it. 7 fun days out with a Halloween twist in Sussex for half term. Don’t forget to share the guide with your friends and family if you found it useful.

This article contains Amazon affiliate links for the Where’s Wally and Gruffalo books.

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