Updated: Oct 17
Over a year ago we moved to Harpenden in Hertfordshire. Even though Harpenden isn’t hours away from where we used to live, me and my kids had to find some new places and activities for our usual Halloween-themed adventures for this half-term. Luckily, we are still able to enjoy some of the places that we have known to us since they were babies.
Have a look at our list of spooky Halloween events near Harpenden in Hertfordshire and let me know if you know any other places that are worth exploring this half-term!
1. Halloween at the Little Gym in Harpenden
My daughter loves her classes at the Little Gym and I enjoy watching her grow in her confidence and skills. This Halloween there are awesome some Halloween-themed activities at the Little Gym - great gymnastics, live reptile and animal handling, arts, crafts, and treats.
The Halloween party is on Friday 27th October, arrival times every half an hour from 2pm-5pm. Members and Non-members are welcome. Get in touch with the team via the contact form on their website for more info and booking.
Childcare vouchers are accepted for their camps during the half-term.
2. The Natural History Museum at Tring, Museum by Torchlight
The National History Museum at Tring is a great place to visit on a cold, rainy day. We go there every year to see the most amazing collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. Last year my daughter was working on a project related to sea otters and she loved seeing one there.
On the 27th of October (between 5pm and 8pm) you can bring a torch and dress up in your finest spooky outfit to see the galleries after dark. You can also take on our spooktacular trail for £1.
3. Whipsnade Zoo, Boo at the Zoo
We love our family pass to the Whipsnade Zoo which has been well used for over 3 years now. It is a perfect day out, especially if only one of us is in charge of the kids at the weekend and they have too much energy.
We also loved visiting the Zoo during the October half-term. Kids dressed up in scary costumes and really enjoyed the Halloween disco, magic show, and crafts. We will definitely go there this year too.
Boo at the Zoo event will run throughout half term week (21-29 October) with certain activities** extending until 31 October. All activities are free with Zoo entry unless otherwise stated.
4. Paradise Wildlife Park, Dino's after Dark
'Dino's after Dark' at Paradise Wildlife Park offers a fantastic range of dinosaurs and they are brilliant. The fantastic sounds and movement make them feel eerily real. This is a truly incredible adventure for any dinosaur-loving child and my son can not wait to see it.
The event will run on six nights only from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. You can also visit Paradise Wildlife Park for their Halloween Spooktacular this October half-term.
5. The Pop Up Farm in Hertfordshire
Our October half-term would not be complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch. This year we will be visiting The Pop Up Farm (M1 Junction 9) for some Halloween fun and pumpkin and squash picking. My kids simply love wheelbarrow rides and picking their own pumpkins to carve.
This pumpkin patch is running on selected dates in October.
6. Mead Open Farm, Freaky FunFest
This is one of our most beloved farms and it never disappoints at Halloween. There are animals to see and feed, a pumpkin patch, an amazing selection of outdoor play, soft play, and even a circus as a Halloween special. A perfect day out.