With Halloween and October Half-term 2021 only a few weeks away, many of us will be looking for inspiration for some ghoulishly great family-friendly days out.
From pumpkin picking to craft workshops, outdoor adventure trails to fangtastic pod flights above Brighton, we’ve rounded up our favourite spooktacular activities around Sussex that the whole family can enjoy together:
1) PYO Pumpkins at Tulley’s Farm
Whilst searching for the perfect squash at the local supermarket can be fun, there is nothing quite like the experience of popping on a pair of boots and going out into the fields of your local farm to pick your own. Most famously known for being the No.1 Halloween attraction in the UK for their fright nights, if you’re looking for something a bit tamer this Halloween Half-term, Tulley’s PYO experiences are just the ticket. Find your perfect ghourd by day or by twilight at one of their Pumpkin Nights!
PYO pumpkins until 31st October.
2) Drusillas Shriek Week
If you’re looking for a fun-filled family day out with a tamer spooky twist, Drusillas is just the place. With a haunted house, twisted terror maze, creepy crawly encounters and freaky face painting it’s a perfect introduction to the eerie delights of Halloween for kids.
Drusillas Shriek Week, Saturday 23rd -Sunday 31st October.
3) British Airways i360 Viewing Tower
Hang up those broomsticks and carve out some time to enjoy a different kind of flight this October. Fly up to 450ft to see Brighton’s best views in our giant glass viewing pod, which will be decked out in spooktacular decorations. After your flight, why not enjoy a spooky treat in our restaurant before heading into our event space to enjoy one of the many activities we have on for kids!
Half-Term Activities at BA i360:
Join us in our beachside events spaces this half term where Brighton Science Festival is back to help create our next generation of computer geniuses.
Monday 25th October: Get into Data Science
For ages: 12 – 18+, £15 per person.
Workshop Times: 9:30am-11:30am, 12pm-2pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday 26th October: An Introduction to Hacking with Python and Minecraft
For ages: 9 – 18, £15 per person.
Workshop Times: 9:30am-11:30am, 11:30-1:30pm, 2pm-4pm
Wednesday 27th October:
Beach Hut Mosaic Workshops 9:30am – 3pm:
Get crafting and upcycle a beach hut money box on a mosaic workshop with our Guest Experience host and mosaic artist, Aimee Harman.
For ages: 6-12, £7 per child. Price includes BA i360 flight, beach hut money box and mosaic materials.
Workshop Times: 9:30am – 10:30am and 10:45am – 11:45am,
Gertie the Mermaid’s Birthday Adventure Reading 3:30pm – 4pm:
Visit our beachside event space and meet the author behind one of our favourite books in our giftshop, Amanda Severn, for an exclusive book reading.
For ages: 5-8, Free.
Limited space available, reserve your place here.
Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October:
BA i360 Tower Top Climb
Do you dare them to climb to the top of BA i360 Viewing Tower this Halloween? If you’re looking for the ultimate day out for an adrenaline junkie this half term, then our Tower Top Climb experience will be one they will never forget! Suitable for children aged 12 and over, this one-hour thrill-seeking experience invites you to climb the ladders inside the BA i360 viewing tower and stand on the very top for an incredible birds-eye view of Brighton from 162 metres in the sky!
For ages: 12 and over
4) Bluebell Railway: The Brickworks! Adventure
If you’ve got a little one obsessed with outer space or a budding astronaut in the making, then visit to Bluebell Railway heritage railway in Sussex this half term. With a STEM Family Fair, interactive workshops and building challenges this is a day out the whole family can enjoy together!
5) SeaLife Brighton Ascarium
Head to Sealife Brighton for some spooky underwater fun from 9th– 31st October. Follow an immersive trail to help their resident Sea Witch hunt down her missing potion ingredients, hidden in the depths of the tanks throughout this Victorian aquarium.
6) Watch Hocus Pocus under the stars at Plumpton Racecourse
It’s all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus! If you’re looking to have the ultimate family movie night this Halloween, head to Plumpton Racecourse on Saturday 30th October for an open-air screening of the iconic Hocus Pocus.
7) Globalls Glow in the Dark Adventure Golf
If you’re looking for a hauntingly great activity, we suggest taking the family to Brighton Marina for a round of glow in the dark golf in amongst Dracula, Frankenstein, skeletons, zombies and other UV creepies at Globalls Brighton.
8) Wakehurst’s Gruffalo’s Child Trail
If it’s an adventurous day out that you seek, head out on a Gruffalo hunt at Wakehurst’s wild botanic garden this half term. With adventure trails, cave building and creative cookery camps your little explorers will be able to fully immerse themselves in the magic of this beloved children’s book series.