October Half Term and Halloween Events

From themed discos to spooky crafts and zombie parades to pumpkin carving, there's a ton of stuff coming up which the whole family can enjoy.

To see what's on near you, please check out the list below.

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ADVENTURE WONDERLAND NIGHT TIME MONSTER BASH

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2018

The park will be open during Half Term week offering families the usual fun with extra spooky shows, a scary maze and creepy characters.  The park will re-open in the evening on Friday and Saturday night for the popular Monster Mash event which includes plenty of play time in the indoor Wild Thing adventure play centre plus a Halloween show in the spookydrome theatre, Witches of the Woods maze and food for the children. 
Pre-booking for the Monster Bash event is essential. 

Address - Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Adventure Wonderland Website or call 01202 483444.

the ark spooky halloween party

Friday 26 October 2018

For 3 hours The Ark will be providing plenty of spooky fun with a fancy dress competition, skating with ghosts and ghouls, a trick or treat treasure hunt,  zombie slime lab, creepy cookie decorating, ghoulish grub for all and much more.

Address – Poole Park, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2SF

For more information and ticket prices please visit The Ark Website or call 01202 717197.

FARMER PALMERS FANG-TASTIC ACTIVITIES

Monday 22 - Sunday 28 October 2018

There’s a whole kooky cast of characters to entertain your mini monsters down on the farm!  Extra fang-tastic activities will be added to the daily timetable plus all the favourite farm park demon-strations and play!  Come along 'Mummy' and get dressed up for a wicked week of ghoulish giggles.

Address - Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU

For more information and entry prices please visit the Farmer Palmers Website or call 01202 622022.

GET UP AND BOUNCE THEMED BOUNCY FUN PLAY

Monday 22 October - Rossmore Leisure Centre, Poole
Tuesday 23 October – Citygate Church Centre, Bournemouth

During the session time children will be able to enjoy lots of inflatables, slides, didi cars, dedicated soft play area for under 3's, spooky decorations, creepy competitions and disco entertainment from DJ Phil.

Friday 26 October – Ashdown Leisure Centre, Poole

Enjoy a variety of fun inflatables, slides, didi cars, dedicated soft play area for under 3's plus spooky decorations and Halloween music.

For more information, session times and prices please visit the Get Up and Bounce Website.

HENGISTBURY HEAD HALLOWEEN TRAIL

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 October 2018

Follow the Halloween trail from the visitor centre, solving clues along the way, and then collect a small prize at the end.

Address - Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4EN

For more information and trail prices please visit the Hengistbury Head Website or call 01202 451618.

LEMUR LANDINGS TRICK OR TREAT PARTY

Saturday 27 October 2018

Join Lewey and Lola for an evening of entertainment with a disco, games, fancy dress competition, spot prizes, food and soft play fun.
Advanced booking is highly recommended.

Address - Tower Park, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Lemur Landings Website or call 01202 740500.

LIGHTHOUSE POOLE THEATRE SHOWS

Theatre shows during half term include the award winning Tale of the Cockatrice, Little Baby Bum and Long Shot which is a catapultastic performance of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage. 

Address - 21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG

For more information, dates and ticket prices please visit the Lighthouse Poole Website or call 01202 280000.

LOLLIPOPS PLAY CAFÉ HALLOWEEN DISCOS

Friday 26 and Wednesday 31 October 2018

Join the Lollipops crew for some spooky dancing, games and soft play fun.

Address - 16 Landseer Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9EH

For more information please visit the Lollipops Play Cafe Facebook page or call 01202 766710.

POOLE ZOMBIE FEST

Saturday 27 October 2018

Poole Town Centre will be transformed into a day of zombie inspired fun with a pop up escape room, picture booth, themed stalls, entertainment and a great big zombie march which you can all join in.

For more information please visit the Poole BID Website.

MONKEY MADNESS HALLOWEEN PARTY AND FRIGHT NIGHT

Saturday 27 and Wednesday 31 October 2018
The Halloween parties will include time in the soft play, fun and games, ghoul bowling, face painting and food.

Friday 26 October 2018
The Fright Night event looks to be great fun and children will be able to handle some crazy creatures followed by a game of laser in the arena.  Food will be included.

Address - Reid Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2BT

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Monkey Madness Facebook page or call 01202 481015.

RAVER TOTS HALLOWEEN RAVE

Sunday 28 October 2018

Arrive in fancy dress for a fantastic Raver Tots family rave where you can all boogie on the dance floor and enjoy some UV lighting, bubbles, balloons, confetti and giant parachutes.

Address - The Old Fire Station, 36 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8AD

For more information and prices please see the Raver Tots Facebook event.

SAFEWISE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL FAMILY TOURS

Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 October 2018

Sign up as a Junior Safety Inspector for an interactive and fun family experience with a Halloween twist.
The Junior Safety Inspector event is aimed at children 5 -10 years old, but all ages are welcome.  The self-guided tour consists of solving clues whilst exploring the interactive safety centre.

Address – Unit 1, Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 8JJ

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Safewise Website or call 01202 591330.

SCIENCE ZONE WORKSHOPS AND PLANETARIUM

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October 2018

Workshops during the week include spooky fizzy, dry ice potions and gooey science.

Address - 21 Royal Arcade, Boscombe, Dorset, BH1 4BT

For more information and workshop prices please visit the Science Zone Website or call 01202 729206.

SOUTHBOURNE FRANKENFEST

Saturday 27 October 2018

There will be music and entertainment from noon with arts and crafts, fire displays, a parade and a best dressed competition.

Location - Southbourne High Street, Southbourne Grove and Fishermans Walk

For more information please visit the Bournemouth Tourism Website or see the Southbourne Facebook event.

STEWARTS GARDEN CENTRE SPOOKY WALKWAY AND PUMPKIN EVENING

Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 October 2018
If your little monsters are just after a thrill, visit the spooky walkway and see just how brave they are! The spooky hallway costs just £1 each with 50p from each ticket going to their chosen charity of the year.

Wednesday 24 October 2018
Join in with a fun evening of fancy dress competitions, haunted games, scary story-telling and of course a wander through the scary walkway.  Tickets for anyone over the age of 3 cost £3.50 and can be purchased online or instore.

Address - Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4SA

For more information please visit the Stewarts Garden Centre Facebook page or call 01425 272244.

STOUR VALLEY HALLOWEEN TRAIL AND ACTIVITIES

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2018

Solve the clues to help the witch find her cat and win a prize. 
On selected dates during half term there will also be themed activities including paper plate monsters, witches and wizard crafts, pom pom spiders and wispy webs.

Address – Granby Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 3NZ

For more information and prices please visit the Stour Valley Nature Reserve Facebook page or call 01202 451548.

UPTON COUNTRY PARK PUMPKIN CARVING AND PARADE

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2018
Head to the education centre and get creative with pumpkin carving.  Pumpkins and tools will be provided.

Sunday 28 October 2018
The popular pumpkin carving and fancy dress competition will return with categories and prizes for both children and adults.  Enjoy Halloween themed crafts and activities throughout the day.

Address - Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ

For more information and prices please visit the Upton Country Park Website or call 01202 262753.

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ALLENDALE CENTRE CREATURE TEACHERS STORY TIME

Monday 22 October 2018

Learn about the special talents of the creepy crawly, reptile, furry and feathered creature team during this hands on, interactive Halloween story time.  Sessions will be at 2pm and 3.15pm.  Pre booking your tickets is highly recommended.

Address – Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

For more information and prices please visit The Allendale Website or call 01202 887247.

ALLENDALE CENTRE - CRAFTY'S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Every Halloween, Crafty the Crow invites all his friends to see the treasured Golden Pumpkin at his Halloween Spooktacular – the biggest Halloween party in town!  The first part of the show is a 40-minute song-filled, action packed performance, the perfect length for 2-7 year olds.  Then the adventure continues as each child gets the chance to play Trick or Treat with Crafty and his friends and receive a special spooky gift!

Address – Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

For more information and prices please visit The Allendale Website or call 01202 887247.

AVON HEATH HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October 2018

There’s going to be plenty of themed activities going on during half term including skulls skins and gory things, zombie tag, lantern making, mini Halloween explorers, pumpkin carving, meet the Halloween wildlife and much more!

Address - Brocks Pine, St Leonards, BH24 2DH

For more information, dates and prices please visit the Avon Heath Facebook page or call 01425 478082.

CLIMB ABOARD HALLOWEEN DISCO

Friday 26 October 2018

Run around the soft play and join in with the fun Halloween disco.  Tickets can be bought from the venue or reserved online.

Address - Unit 5/6, Ambassador Business Park, West Stour, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5SE

For more information please visit the Climb Aboard Website or call 01747 839997.

dorset heavy horse farm park

Monday 22 to Friday 26 October 2018

There’s so much for the kids to do at the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and this week there will be lots of additional activities including a treasure hunt, pumpkin carving, horse show decorating, air rifle shooting at tin can alley, mighty vintage vehicle display, fun in the spooky play barn, story telling in the native tepee and much more!

Address - Edmondsham Road, Verwood, Dorset, BH21 5RJ

For more information and entry prices please visit the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park Website or call 01202 824040.

HONEYBROOK ADVENTURE FARM SPOOKY HALF TERM

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2018

You can enjoy all the usual fun on the farm plus more activities including themed crafts, a ride on the spooky train and pumpkin carving (small additional charge applies).

Address - Cranborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom, BH21 4JD

For more information and entry prices please visit the Honeybrook Farm Facebook page or contact through the Website.

MOORS VALLEY COUNTRY PARK HALLOWEEN AND HALF TERM ACTIVITIES

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2018

On selected dates during half term children can enjoy additional activities at Moors Valley which include Deano’s spooky craft den, make a bird feeder, Ranger Den activities and displays, Halloween stories and even a Halloween party!

Address - Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

For more information and dates please visit the Moors Valley Country Park Website or call 01425 470721.

STEWARTS GARDEN CENTRE SPOOKY WALKWAY AND PUMPKIN EVENING

Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 October 2018

If your little monsters are just after a thrill, visit the spooky walkway and see just how brave they are! The spooky hallway costs just £1 each with 50p from each ticket going to their chosen charity of the year.

Wednesday 24 October 2018
Join in with a fun evening of fancy dress competitions, haunted games, scary story-telling and of course a wander through the scary walkway.  Tickets for anyone over the age of 3 cost £3.50 and can be purchased online or instore.

Address - God's Blessing Lane, Broom Hill, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7DE

For more information please visit the Stewarts Garden Centre Facebook page or call 01202 882462.

WIMBORNE MODEL TOWN HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2018
A Halloween quiz will be running all week plus there’s Spooky Fun and Magic Shows on selected days.

Saturday 7 October 2018
A pre Christmas fair will be running all day with stalls and shop bargains and then there will also be a Halloween costume parade and themed activities.

Address - 16 King Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1DY

For more information please visit the Wimborne Model Town Website or call 01202 881924.

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THE BLUE POOL SPOOKY HUNT

Saturday 20 – Saturday 27 October 2018

The Blue Pool is a wonderful place for a woodland stroll with the family and this Halloween you will be able to take part in their spooky hunt around the pool.
Children under 16 go free! 

Address - Old Furzebrook Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AR

For more information and entry prices please visit the Blue Pool Website or call 01929 551408.

DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK HALLOWEEN BAT TRAIL AND HALT TERM ACTIVITIES

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2018

Take a walk through the woodlands to discover the Halloween friends and win a prize. 
Additional activities on slected days through half term include an introduction to orienteering, bushcraft bootcamp, woodland art and Wild Wednesday with activities and crafts.

Address - Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL

For more information and activity costs please visit the Durlston Country Park Website or call 01929 424443.

LULWORTH CASTLE SPOOKY FUN

Tuesday 23 – Friday 26 October 2018

Explore the grounds, meet Merlin the magician, hunt the bats or make a spooky mask!

Address - East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS 

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Lulworth Castle Website or call 01929 400352.

MARGARET GREEN ANIMAL RESCUE PUMPKIN TRAIL

Friday 19 – Wednesday 31 October 2018

Pick up a form for the pumpkin trail from reception and find the answers hidden In the Autumn leaves whilst saying hello to all the resident animals.
Please note, a small charge applies for the trail form however entry and parking at the animal rescue is free.

Address - Church Knowle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5NQ 

For more information please visit the Margaret Green Website or call 01929 480474.

MONKEY WORLD

Wednesday 31 October 2018

There's FREE entry for kids in full fancy dress at Monkey World plus a fancy dress competition with prizes.

Address - Longthorns, Wareham BH20 6HH

For more information and entry prices please visit the Website or call 01929 462537.

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abbotsbury sustropical gardens fright nights

Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 October 2018

The Enchanted Illuminations Halloween Fright Nights are quite a spectacle and there’s so much for the family to see and do with wonderful lights in the gardens, free face painting, bug show, scary wounds surgery and much more.  Save 20% on ticket prices if booked early!

Address – Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4LA

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Website or call 01305 871387.

If you would like to read about our visit last year then please check out the Dorsetmums Blog review.

BREWERY SQUARE SPOOKTACULAR GHOST HUNT AND MAD4ANIMALS SHOW

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October 2018
Ghosts and ghouls will be hidden throughout the Square and the brave hunters who find them will be rewarded with a prize.  All entrants are required to collect an entry form on the day from the Concierge Office, opposite the Dorchester South Train Station, in order to start hunting.  Completed forms should be returned for a prize.

Saturday 28 October 2018
The Mad4Animals team will be performing their fun interactive Halloween themed animal show.

Address  - 21 Weymouth Ave, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QR

For more information please visit the Brewery Square Website or call 01305 757000.

GALTON GARDEN CENTRE HALLOWEEN PARTIES

Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 October 2018

Enjoy some great food, make a witch's hat, hunt the scary characters for a sweet reward and participate in more spooktacular activities.

Address - 24 Wareham Road, Owermoigne, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8BY

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Galton Garden Centre Website.

KINGSTON MAURWARD GARDENs AND ANIMAL PARK

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2018

Dorset resident’s go half price during half term!  You can wander around the farm and enjoy additional activities which include the great pumpkin hunt, pumpkin carving, pong grooming, guinea pig fishing and much more.
Please note, additional charges will apply to some activities.

Address - Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PX

For more information, location and entry prices please visit the Kingston Maurward Website or call 01305 215003.

mapperton house halloween fun days

Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October 2018

Ideal all weather entertainment with gunge packed game shows, Trick or Treat garden trail, face painting and more.

Address - Mapperton House and Gardens, Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NR

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Mapperton House Website or call 01308 862645.

MUNCHKINS PLAY CAFÉ HALLOWEEN PARTY

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Munchkins is a wonderful play café in Dorchester and children will be well entertained on Halloween with games, music, a treasure hunt and crafts.  Tickets are available to purchase with or without food.

Address - 33 Trinity Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TT

For more information and ticket prices please visit the Munchkins Play Café Facebook page or call 01305 753435.

NOTHE FORT HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN DAY

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Wanda Witchway will be flying in to perform her special Spookyloopy Magic Show.  There’s also themed crafts, ghost walks and child friendly ghost passage tours, a fancy dress competition, spell writing and face painting.

Address - Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8UF

For more information and entry prices please visit the Nothe Fort Website or call 01305 766626.

SANDWORLD SAND SCULPTURE

Saturday 20 – Saturday 27 October 2018

FREE entry for adults and kids in full fancy dress!  Enjoy this years unique sand sculptures, take part in a fun sand pumpkin carving competition and go on a Halloween hunt to win a sweet prize.

Address – Sandworld, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

For more information and entry prices please visit the Sandworld Website or call 07411 387529.

SHIRE HALL HISTORIC COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October 2018

The 200 year old Dorchester court will be host to ghoulish goings on and hair-raising family friendly activities during half term.  Ghosts, spooks and skeletons will be on trial across the week, and cobwebs aplenty will decorate the walls.  There will even be slime oozing in the cells below the courtroom and if you bring your ‘little monsters’ in fancy dress, they will get FREE entry!

Address - High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY

For more information and entry prices please visit the Shire Hall Museum Website or call 01305 261849.

THE TITHE BARN KIDS HALLOWEEN DISCO

Wednesday 31 October 2018

The Halloween themed disco starts at 4pm and all children in fancy dress will get a treat.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Address - Mill Lane, Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HG

For more information and ticket prices please see the Tithe Barn Facebook event or call 01308 424116.

VURLANDS ANIMAL FARM HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October 2018

From 6pm families can take part in the pumpkin trail where they solve clues to collect a treat at the end.   For those of you who are more daring you can take a walk around the farm and through the Halloween themed huts, but watch out, some surprises may await.

Address – Coast Road, Swyre, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9DB

For more information and prices please visit the Vurlands Animal Farm Facebook event or call 01308 897160.

WEYMOUTH PAVILION – RAPUNZEL

Monday 22 October 2018

Rapunzel features magical songs, beautiful costumes and scenery, plus a host of colourful characters to create an enchanting and exciting production that captures the spirit and joy of this wonderful story.

Address - The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED

For more information and prices please visit the Weymouth Pavilion Website or call 01305 783225.

WEYMOUTH SEA LIFE ASCARIUM THE SEA WITCH EVENT

Saturday 20 October – Friday 2 November 2018

This Halloween, Zara has brought her magic to SEA LIFE, but she has a problem.  On her watery travels she has come across a treasure chest, but needs a special set of ingredients in order to cast her ‘Spell of Unlocking’.  If you help her, she will share the treasure inside!

Address - Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

For more information and entry prices please visit the Weymouth SEA LIFE Website or call 01305 761070.


DORSET PUMPKIN PATCH

The tradition of going out to a pumpkin patch has grown over the years and the kids will love choosing their own before they have the chance to carve it for Halloween.  To see where you can go, please visit the Dorset Pumpkin Patch page. 


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