7 Spooky Days Out for October Half Term in Sussex

A moment ago it was summer. Then the kids were finally back at school. And now October half term is creeping up around the corner 👻. This old ghoul can’t keep up! With only 3 weeks to go until the little pumpkins are home again, you might be starting to think about what’s on for half term in Sussex. I’ve updated the SB&F Halloween half term guide with the best pick of what’s on this year. Read on for 7 super fun spooky days out in Sussex this October half term.

1. Gruffalo’s Child trail and other activities at Wakehurst Gardens

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child on an orange background
The big bad mouse will be after you!

If your children prefer gentle spooky, Wakehurst have got lots going on for Autumn half term. It’s the perfect place to take in seasonal colours, blow out the cobwebs and let children of all ages run off steam.

Little ones can have fun on The Gruffalo’s Child trail in the wild botanic garden and make a stick buddy; bigger ones can enjoy cave building and cooking over a fire at the creative cookery camp.

The Gruffalo’s Child trail is running from Saturday 16th to Sunday 31st October 2021 from 10am to 5pm. The cave building and cooking workshop is running from Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 2021 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.00pm. Extra charges apply for activities and can be pre-booked on the website.

2. Halloween Whodunnit Spooktacular at Borde Hill, Haywards Heath

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

Borde Hill are running a Halloween Whodunnit Spooktacular Story Trail from 16th -31st October 2021. The trail costs £3 per person for non-members in addition to entry and there’s a prize for all Halloween detectives. Members go free.

The story trail will take you on an adventure around the garden to help Detective Snoop discover what happened to Sir Powers. You’ll meet some spooky characters along the way. Don’t forget to dress up!

There’s a fab wooden adventure playground with an awesome zip line at Borde Hill and a cute coffee shop, The Gardeners’ Retreat, tucked away in the gardens.

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

3. Pick a Pumpkin at Sompting Pumpkin Patch

Children lifting a large pumpkin into a wheelbarrow at Sompting Pumpkin Patch
Classic October Half Term in Sussex: Pumpkin Picking!

Nothing says Autumn half term like a walk through a massive field with a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins. Add on a spooky craft and hot chocolate al fresco for the perfect Halloweeny day out. Sompting Pumpkin patch has 23 acres of patch to explore and a fabulous range of crafty activities for everyone. Parking and entry is free. However, the pumpkin patch is raising funds for Great Ormond Street and donations on the door will be gratefully received.

The Bean Bike team will be stationed at the patch providing a huge selection of hot food, drinks and autumnal treats.

You’ll find the pumpkin patch open on the following days in October:

9th and 10th October 2021 9:30am – 4pm

16th and 17th October 9.30am – 4pm

22nd – 31st October 9.30am – 4pm

4. Hocus Pocus Outdoor Cinema Experience at Plumpton Racecourse

Hocus Pocus!

If you fancy an exciting movie night, look no further than this truly unique outdoor cinema experience under the stars. Open Air Film & Chill have organised two special Halloween screenings of Disney’s Hocus Pocus at Plumpton Racecourse on 30th October.

Early doors open at 5pm, the film starts at 6pm and finishes at 7.30pm. For bigger kids there’s a late screening from 8pm. Tickets are £34 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 kids) £14 for an adult and £9 per child. A £4 deposit is required via eventbrite, the rest is due on the door. There’s a 100% money-back guarantee if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.

Wrap up warm, pack snacks, a torch and camping chairs for max comfort. Hot drinks will be available and there are loos on site.

5. Bat Walk at Bodium Castle

For a fun nature activity with a spooky twist, head over to the National Trust’s Bodiam Castle for a spooky, sensory bat trail.

Find out what bats eat, how they live and spot their favourite places around Bodiam Castle.

The Bat Walk will be running from 23rd October – 28th November between 10am–4pm. You don’t need to book but the trail costs an additional £2 and includes a small prize.

6. Halloween Happy Hauntings at Fishers Farm Park

Fisher’s Farm have got it all going on for Halloween during October half term! Spooky woods, creepy houses, spooky characters, a Ghost Tunnel, magic shows and daily films. You can even get your groove on when the sun goes down at the Halloween family disco. Monster Mash, ahoy!

There’s plenty on for little ones who aren’t keen on Halloween. Jump aboard the Fishers Express train; get up close and cuddle the cute farm animals in the Animal Encounters Barn; or dare to take the leap from the high jump at Skyfall.

Pre-booking is essential. Book your space now! Under 2s are free, tickets for 2 year olds are £15.95 each and anyone 3 and over pays £17.95.

7. Leonardslee Halloween Pumpkin Trail 

Leonardslee are running a spooktacular pumpkin trail with activities along the way for October half-term.

The trail is running from 23rd to 31st October and costs £2 for children who are non-members and £1.80 for children who are members.

If trails aren’t your thing, why not book Halloween Afternoon Tea instead? The tea includes spooky seasonal treats such as pumpkin tartlets, finger sand’witches’, enchanted pastries, themed cakes and, of course, scones with clotted cream. Prices start at £45 per adult and £23 per child, including entry to the gardens, running from 25th – 31st October and 1st November, 1pm – 4pm. 


There you have it! 7 spooky days out with a Halloween twist in Sussex for half term. Maybe you’re planning to catch up with friends and small people in buggies over half term? Check out the The Best Buggy Friendly Cafes in Sussex Guide. And don’t forget to share the guide with your friends and family ❤️.

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