Family Halloween events in Kent

by Lauren Abbott

Carve out a Halloween-themed half term with a range of spooky activities perfect for families.

Witch will you choose?

Leeds Castle

From Saturday, October 22 to Friday, October 28 Spell School is running at the Leeds Castle Witches and Wizards Academy.

Children will learn how to mix the right creepy ingredients in a giant cauldron to make magical potions, take part in broomstick flying lessons with a broomstick assault course, enjoy musical entertainment and fun and games.

Join the witches and wizards academy at Leeds Castle this half term
Join the witches and wizards academy at Leeds Castle this half term

There is also a monstrous fancy dress competition at 2pm by the maze with prizes for the best costumes and a spooky trail taking place throughout the Castle grounds which sends children off to find seven ‘mummies’ with letters stuck to them to spell a hidden word with a chocolate prize at the end (additional charge of £1 applies).

A valid admission ticket to Leeds Castle is required for this event.

For more details click here.

Betteshanger Park

A hair-raising half term is planned at Betteshanger Park, near Deal. As night falls on Friday 28 and Saturday, October 29 join Betteshanger's boldest and walk the Terror Trail in the pitch dark to parts of the Park only few ever dare to travel.

The Terror Trail takes place at 4pm and 5.30pm for under 12’s and scaredy cats and 7pm for strictly over 12’s. The cost is £4 per person or £12 for a group of 4 and adequate footwear and weather appropriate clothing required.

Take the terror trail at Betteshanger
Take the terror trail at Betteshanger

For a less frightening experience, from Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 follow Tawny Owl, Guardian of the Woods, his loyal friend Spider and Betteshanger's bravest children on a mysterious Halloween Trail around the Park between 10am-4pm daily.

Pumpkin carving is also taking place at the visitor centre from noon until 3pm daily.

Pumpkins are £3 each, carving kits £2.50 each or £5 for both.

Tracy Brunt, event manager, said: “There is a lot going on during half term and we’re looking forward to welcoming children and adults for some fearsome fun this Halloween.”

For more information and to book activities visit www.betteshangerpark.co.uk or call 01304 619227.

Kent Life

Little monsters are guaranteed plenty of ghostly goings-on at Kent Life's Heritage Farm Park's Halloween Spooktacular in Maidstone from October 22 to 31.

Brave snakes, spiders and scorpions in Creepy Cuddle Corner, take a terrifying tractor ride and search for friendly ghouls in a spooky hunt.

For something a little less chilling, test your artistic skills with daily pumpkin carving and craft activities and find out who’s the ghoulish of them all in the daily fancy dress competition.

On October 28 and 29, there is also after-dark fun from 5.30 to 8pm with the Family Frights by Night, when the whole family can join a spooky guided tour of the historic houses. You can also burn off some steam at the Ugly Bug Ball with the Kent Life entertainers, join the fancy dress competition, ride the land train and grab a bite to eat in the village hall.

For more details and ticket information visit www.kentlife.org.uk.

Belmont House

There will be lots of tricks and treats for all the family on Friday, October 30 at Belmont House in Faversham. A spooky trail around the gardens, pumpkin carving and a scary workshop are all being hosted by Hand Crafted Events.

Freya Petty, at a previous Belmont House Halloween event.
Freya Petty, at a previous Belmont House Halloween event.

The tearoom will be open from noon and participants are welcome to come in fancy dress.

Tickets are £5 for children, £1 for adults and all materials are included. Click here for more information.

Broadditch Farm

Broadditch Farm in Southfleet is once again hosting its Broadwitch Hauntfest Halloween spectacular for those big and small this October.

From Saturday, October 22 daytime events will kick off for families with a Boo Bungalow, The Bone Yard outdoor maze, Monster Madness haunt and pumpkin carving workshops.

There will also be a ghoul hunt, pumpkin shy, the popular corn cannon and zombie paintball to keep families entertained.

Tickets are now on sale for both family events and the farm's nightime spooks for grown-ups. Click here for dates, times and ticket prices.

Maidstone Museum

Halloween make-it workshops are taking place at Maidstone Museum from Tuesday, October 25 until Friday, October 28.

On Tuesday you can create a halloween-themed t-shirt, on Wednesday a witches or wizards hat, Thursday a spooky mummy and Friday an opportunity to carve a pumpkin.

Join some crafty events at Maidstone museum
Join some crafty events at Maidstone museum

The activities are suitable for children aged four to 11 and priced at £3 per child or two for £5 (two for £6 for Tuesday’s sessions). Simply drop-in on the day to book. For session times click here.

Groombridge Place

Groombridge Place will become home to terrifying tales and wicked witches this October.

There are two events running over the course of 10 days. From October 22 to 30, Grimm’s Terrifying Tales will provide a spooky theatrical experience for all the family.

Classic stories from the Grimm Brothers will be performed by a cast of actors, with music and dance for young and old alike.

There will also be a Monster Mash workshop throughout each day with the Enchanted Forest becoming a haunting, yet magical place which will make visitors feel like they are stepping into a world of fairytales.

Tickets are available online with a 10% discount here.

Are you organising a Halloween event we've forgotten to mention? Email all the details to mykentfamily@thekmgroup.co.uk

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