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Spooky Ideas for the Family for Halloween Half Term in Hampshire

By Sarah Frost – 21st October 2020

Halloween Half Term in Hampshire


The school holidays are almost here again and Halloween takes place at the end of this month too. There are so many activities happening across Hampshire for half term which are perfect for entertaining the family. From pumpkin picking, to ghost stories, here’s a list of ideas for October.


Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, New Forest


I do mention Exbury in a lot of my blogs, but they keep coming up with fantastic family activities. The Rock Garden will be transformed into the Gruesome Garden Trail, and you can help Wisteria the Witch find her missing things by picking up a booklet at the entrance. There are a few tickets left for the Halloween Ghost Train where a ghoulish crew will haunting the train tracks. If they sound too spooky for you then maybe you’d prefer the craft activities. You can book a space to make a bat box, carve a pumpkin or create a mini spooky garden


Activities: from 26-31 October

Book tickets: https://www.exbury.co.uk/events_exhibitions



Milestones Museum, Basingstoke


Milestones in Basingstoke has a host of activities for Halloween. Throughout half term you can take part in a Halloween trail, arts and crafts and pick up a scary treat in the café. Alternatively, they are offering a ghost trail after dark in groups of up to 6. For £10pp you get the tour and a seasonal hot drink. Dressing up is encouraged!


Activities: from 26-31 October

Book tickets: https://www.milestonesmuseum.org.uk/event/fright-night-museum

Paulton’s Park


There are lots of things going on at Paulton’s Park this half term and don’t forget about Peppa Pig World too. Peppa and George have undergone a spooky Halloween makeover, and children can also look out for Pickles the Pumpkin and the rest of his spirit squad. There’s also a singing and dancing show – the Legend of Paulton’s Manor. They are opening late some nights too, check the website for availability.


Activities: from 15 October – 2nd November

Book tickets: https://paultonspark.co.uk/halloween/



Hawk Conservancy, Andover


During half term the owl flying display has had a makeover and includes eerie decorations in the mystical woodland arena. On weekend evenings you can attend the popular event – Owls by Moonlight. The ticket price includes a hot supper and two different flying displays. You’ll be able to explore parts of the grounds in between displays to meet some of the other owls.

You can find out more about visiting the Hawk Conservancy in my blog here 


Activities: from 24-31 October. Owls by Moonlight continues throughout November.

Book tickets: https://www.hawk-conservancy.org/events/



Pumpkin Picking, various locations


You’ve probably seen hundreds of photos already of pumpkin fields, wheelbarrows and happy faces. Hampshire has many farms you can visit to go pumpkin picking, but you will need to book. Please check the following websites to book tickets and see opening times.


Pickwell Farm, Southampton: https://www.facebook.com/PickwellFarm/

Sunnyfields, Totton: https://www.sunnyfields.co.uk/

Rogate, Petersfield: https://rogatepumpkinpatch.com/

Pumpkin Pastures, Fordingbridge: https://fordingbridgepumpkinpastures.co.uk/

Steve Harris PYO, Titchfield: http://steveharrispyo.co.uk/website2020/



Chawton House


The Gothic Garden Trail opens for half term and you can explore the beautiful grounds whilst hunting for witches marks and giant pumpkins. For refreshments, pick up a Halloween themed afternoon tea box. If you prefer virtual events then you might like the ‘Gothic Stories by the Virtual Fireside’ events from 29-31 October.


Activities: 24-31 October

Book tickets: https://chawtonhouse.org/whats-on/


Whitchurch Silk Mill


If you visit during half term, there will be a selection of Halloween craft activities included in the ticket price. There is also an outdoor Fairy Trail and Mill Mice Trail which have been given a creepy transformation. On 31st October they are open until 8pm and you can search for all the Lego pumpkins which the Wicked Weaver of Whitchurch has hidden. There will be a sweet surprise waiting at the end for you. They are also taking part in the Whitchurch Pumpkin Trail so you can look for pumpkins all over the village.


Activities: 24th October – 1st November

Book tickets: https://whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk/event/the-wicked-weaver-of-whitchurch-trail/



I hope that has given you some inspiration for a Halloween half term in Hampshire. You can let me know if you enjoyed any of these ideas over on Instagram

And use #makingmemoriesinhampshire to feature on my page!


Sarah x


Photo credit: Exbury Gardens and Milestones Museum

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