Fun Things To Do During The October Half Term

Published: 26/10/2023

The autumn season has arrived and the October half term for some schools is right around the corner!

The autumn season brings misty mornings, dark cozy nights, Halloween fun, fantastic fireworks and more! It’s a great time for families and friends to spend some time with their loved ones, especially when the autumn half term arrives.

The UK is full of fun, exciting and interesting things to do and experience this time of year. If you’re looking for some fun day out ideas during the upcoming half term, we’ve compiled a list of attractions worth visiting in the coming days and weeks.


River of Light returns

The iconic River of Light makes a welcome return to Liverpool this autumn!

Starting from Friday 27th October and throughout the half term holidays, the Liverpool Waterfront will be illuminated by the lights and sounds from a wide range of local, national and international artists, for families of all ages to enjoy.

The River of Light shows on offer each night will take place at 5pm, running to 9pm, with it all being free of charge for anyone who wishes to attend.

More information about this can be found here.

Open and close dates:
Friday 27th October to Sunday 5th November 2023


Hone your arts and crafts at the Liverpool Cathedral

Are you into your arts and crafts? Liverpool Cathedral is the place to be this October!

On Monday 30th October, the Liverpool Cathedral is hosting free arts and crafts sessions for families to enjoy, with each session lasting up to 45 minutes long.

If you’re interested in attending, you will need to book tickets in advance, to show upon arrival. Sessions start times are at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. More information about this can be found here.

Open date:
Monday 30th October 2023


Experiment at the Eureka science + discovery

There is a spooktacular event taking place at Eureka Science + Discovery during the October half term holidays!

Starting from Saturday 21st October, Eureka are inviting families to celebrate the Halloween season with them, by experiencing some spooky fun nature-inspired arts activities, slime, spiders, animations and more!

More information about Eureka Science + Discovery, and their upcoming event can be found here

Open and close dates:
Saturday 21st October to Sunday 5th November 2023


Hocus Pocus at the theatre

Are you and your family avid lovers of Halloween? Does your young one’s love Hocus Pocus?

During the October half term, Bridgewater Hall are offering families with older kids, pre-teens and teenagers the unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate cinematic and musical experience this Halloween.

Attendees are treated to watch the famous Disney movie with a live orchestra playing throughout. For more information about the event, and to book tickets today, please click here.

Open date:
Tuesday 31st October 2023 (7:30pm)


A spooktacular experience is on offer at Scare Skate

Skate Manchester in the Manchester city centre is again playing host to Scare Skate event throughout the October half term.

The hugely popular attraction during Halloween time is making an exciting return for people of all ages to enjoy and take part in!

On offer will be a range of Halloween themed music, lights and props to provide that spooky feeling, and get skaters in the Halloween mood.

Fancy dress has been encouraged for people who attend, with a range of photo opportunities available to create those spooktacular memories.

Scare Skate opens from Friday 27th October with tickets now available to book with prices starting at £15.50 for adults and £12.50 for children. For more information and to book tickets, please click here.

Open and close date:
Friday 27th October to Tuesday 31st October 2023


Pick your favourite pumpkin

What better way to enjoy both the half term holidays and Halloween season than going pumpkin picking with your family and friends!

The Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park are allowing visitors the opportunity to pick out their favourite pumpkins to carve and show off, with bookings per person costing £4.

The 40-acre farm welcomes visitors to not only pick a pumpkin, but also say hello to all their farmyard animals including sheep, cows, horse, pigs and more!

More information can be found here.

Close date:
Sunday 29th October 2023


Unique experiences on offer at the Disney 100: The Exhibition

Do you love Disney? Then you’ll definitely have Disney 100: The Exhibition on your list of things to do this half term!

Disney 100: The Exhibition is inviting guests to step into the ten magnificent galleries available and experience a range of stories, unique interaction installations and more!

From classic films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to blockbuster movies from Pixar and Marvel, the exhibition has something for people of all ages to enjoy and relive.

Ticket prices vary depending on the dates you are looking to attend. More information about the attraction can be found here.

Become a wizard at Harry Potter World

Are you and your family big Harry Potter fans? Well make autumn half term the time you visit the magical and breathtaking Harry Potter World at the Studio Tour in Watford.

The Dark Arts is back and is inviting guests to step into the various iconic sets from the film series, all decorated to celebrate Halloween! With over 100 floating pumpkins in the Great Hall, to learning wand combat before practicing your spells on the Death Eaters, the fantastic Harry Potter World has it all for budding wizards!

The Halloween themed event is available until Sunday 5th November. For more information about the attraction and ticket prices, please click here.


Knowsley Safari Park is turning spooky this October!

The Tiger Trail in Knowsley Safari Park is being transformed into spooktacular setting to celebrate the upcoming Halloween season, which is suitable for families of all ages!

The Haunted Safari runs from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, with kids going free during the half term holidays, and is the perfect way to get into that Halloween spirit.

There are ghosts, ghouls, character actors along the way who will tell spooky stories and run Halloween-themed games.

At the end of the trail, you will get the chance to take part in a real hedge maze where there will be some spooky surprises along the way!

Tickets for adults will start from £12.50 and must be purchased online before arrival. More information about the event can be found here.

Open and close dates:
Wednesday 25th October to Tuesday 31st October 2023

National Videogame Museum

Sheffield is home to the exciting National Videogame Museum!

If you’re a family full of gamers, then this is a must-see attraction!

With hundreds of games on offer from a wide range of console generations, there is sure to be something available for everyone to sink their teeth into. Not only can you play these exciting games, but also learn more about the history and evolution of video games during your visit.

More information about the museum and what’s on during the October half term can be found here.

Open times:
Monday – 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm
Thursday – 1pm to 4pm
Friday – 1pm to 4pm
Saturday – 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm
Sunday – 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm

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