Enjoy October Half Term in Kent

Half term is officially upon us! If you’re wondering what on earth you're going to do with your little monsters while school's out, then look no further; Visit Kent has rounded up the best eerie events and family fun to enjoy across the Garden of England this October. With so much activity (paranormal or otherwise), you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do.

Read on to get the inside spook - sorry scoop - on some of our family-friendly favourites…

Half term family fun at Bluewater
This October half term take a trip to Bluewater and enjoy a whole host of fun activities including their Toy Testing Lab, where kids can try out this year’s must-have toys. Adventurous spirits of all ages can bounce from wall-to-wall at GraVity Trampoline Park, and Halloween HQ is back with spook-tacular fancy dress ideas. With great shopping, delicious dining and a 17-screen cinema, there’s enough to keep the kids distracted until the school bell chimes once more. Toys, trampolines and a little terror…

Ghost hunt trail at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
Calling all detective agents! The Beaney need your help to solve the mystery case of Edith Miller who mysteriously vanished in 1904. Strange things have started happening around the galleries. Objects seem to be moving and staff have reported seeing a ghostly figure. Can you follow the clues and help solve the mystery this half term? Magic and mystery…

Ramada Dover Halloween Party
Head to the Ramada Dover this October 31st where children will have a frightfully fun evening on the dancefloor with the return of Ramada’s kids Halloween party. Enjoy a spellbinding soundtrack and spooky snacks as you perfect those famous ‘Thriller’ dance moves. Spook and shake on the dancefloor…

Kent Life
Who will brave the snakes and spiders in creepy cuddle corner? Will it be a trick or treat for you behind the front doors of the haunted historic houses? Find out who's the ghoulish of them all in daily fancy dress competitions and test your artistic skills out with daily pumpkin carving and craft activities. With so many ghostly goings on you and your little ones will have a terrific time at Kent Life whatever the weather this October half term. Farmyard frights...

Leeds Castle’s Halloween Monster Quest
Indulge in a monster of a mission this half term at Leeds Castle as you race to help Monster Hunter Valerie Van Helsing on a quest through the Castle grounds, investigating ‘The Case of the Halloween Monster.’ Complete your trail card and claim your chocolate reward before celebrating at the outdoor children’s 'Monster Mash Ball', with more prizes available for the best costume. Do the monster mash…

Children’s ghost tour at Maidstone Museum
This October 31st do your little ghouls dare to leave your side and follow Maidstone Museum’s spooky storyteller deep into the museum’s creepy rooms? Between 4pm and 6pm join in with one of the museum’s marvellous ghost tours for kids. Those brave enough to make it through the tour will be rewarded with a ghostly goodie to take home. Night at the museum…

Enjoy a spooky or not-so-spooky half term at Penshurst Place
Unravel ridiculous riddles and rambunctious rhymes during Penshurst’s annual Halloween Garden Trail. And, ideal for smaller scarers, Penshurst’s not-so-spooky storytelling is a fantastic interactive show which encourages its audience to come dressed for the occasion in their best horror costumes. Once upon a time…

Half term at the National Trust
Nip along to one of Kent’s fantastic National Trust properties this half term and get involved in a whole range of Halloween activities. Enjoy a bat-themed garden trail around Ightham Mote, go on a pumpkin pursuit at Chartwell or join Emmetts Garden as you track down some terrifying trees. If you’re looking for a way to escape the ghoulish goings on throughout the week, why not head to Knole or Sissinghurst Castle and instead embark upon one of their fantastic autumnal walks? Trick or trail…

Kids Go Free at Howletts & Port Lympne Reserve
For those looking to escape the hocus pocus of Halloween events across the county, you needn’t look far. Swap scares for a safari at Port Lympne Wild Animal Reserve, or head to its sister park Howletts where you’ll marvel at the historic creatures taking over the Woodland Walk as part of their new Animals of the Ice Age exhibition. What’s more, this October half term, Kids go free at Howletts and Port Lympne when visiting with a full paying adult! Animal antics…