Half term activities for October 2022 – things to do with the family from Halloween events to Peppa Pig meet ups | The Sun

HALF Term is nearly upon us and if you are on the hunt for activities to fill the time, panic not. 

There are plenty of action-paced events taking place across the UK, from Halloween-themed days out to Peppa Pig meet and greets…

Harry Potter Studio Tours – Dark Arts, London

If you have some Harry Potter fans in the family, look no further than a visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour London where you can experience their spellbinding Dark Arts feature. 

Budding witches and wizards can wander through the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall which is decorated with 100 uniquely carved, floating pumpkins.

You can also learn the moves behind a wand combat scene in a live duel with Death Eaters. After this, hunt for the Dark Mark between the imposing trees of the Forbidden Forest and the turrets of the Hogwarts Castle.

It's open to the public until November 6.

  • Book now from £49.95

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Stranger Things Experience, London

STRANGER Things: The Experience has landed in the UK – and is perfect for fans of Eleven, Dustin, Mike and the gang.

Based on the hit Netflix series, it lets fans (aged 13+) live out their fantasies in the fictional town of Hawkins, all experience from London Brent Cross.

During the hour-long immersive experience, Stranger Things fans can try to escape the Hawkins laboratory, gobble up ice-cream from Scoops Ahoy and even venture into the terrifying parallel-universe, The Upside Down.

  • Book now from £41 per adult and £31 per child

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Paultons Park – Peppa's Halloween, Hampshire

Meet Peppa this half term at Paultons Park

Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park has been transformed into a Halloween attraction, and kids can meet Peppa and George in spooky outfits.

Thousands of pumpkins will be throughout the park as well, with special late night openings on October 25, 26 and 27 until 7.30pm where you can do the rides in the dark.

Paultons Park’s exclusive show, The Legend of Paultons Manor, will make a grand return running between October 22nd – 31, and includes singing, laughter and the spooktacular tale of Pickles the Pumpkin and the Spirit Squad. 

The event will run from October 13 to 31, with the Halloween shows running between October 22 and 31.

  • Book now from £39.75pp

Halloween at Blenheim Palace

Creepy corpses and neon cobwebs are among eerie new installations at the immersive trail Halloween at Blenheim Palace.

The illuminated trail, which casts the beautiful gardens in a spectacularly spooky light, runs from 21-31 October and enables family and friends to wander from one ghostly space
to another.

  • Book now from £17 for adults and £12 for kids

Cadbury World – Freddo the Frog’s Circus Spooktacular, Birmingham

We all love getting chocolate treats on Halloween, so why not check out Cadbury World’s Halloween extravaganza.

Stock up on chocolate goodies on their 4D Chocolate Adventure zone, before riding their Crunchie rollercoaster. 

This Halloween, prepare to be "howling with laughter" as you experience the spookiest circus in town and meet Fangtastic Freddo.

  • Book now from £19.95 for adults and £14.73 for kids

Tomb Raider: The Live Experience, London

The interactive experience, based on the iconic video game and movie franchise, has been created by the same team behind The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience in London and Manchester.

In teams of eight, visitors will become immersed in a narrative where they must save the world.

Fans will join Lara Croft to recover a powerful artefact that has fallen into the hands of an enemy.

It is a race against time to complete challenges and puzzles in the action-packed adventure.

The attraction will feature scenic worlds, live actors and characters Tomb Raider fans will recognise from the franchise.

The experience is suitable for kids aged 12 and above, and under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.

  • Book now from £35

Fright Nights, Thorpe Park

Book a trip to Thorpe Park for their Fright Nights to access some of the UK’s most thrilling rides in the dead of night as well as braving live-action experiences and scare mazes. 

For selected dates in October, the park will be crawling with actors disguised as possessed creatures lurking round corners.

The Fright Nights recently won an award ran by ThemeParks-UK.com for the Best Halloween Event, so you are in for a treat.

Note that some of the live experiences are so intense they are not recommended for under-13s.

Fright Nights are running between October 15 – 31. 

  • Book now from £42

Alton Towers – Scarefest, Staffordshire

Scarefest at Alton Towers is back and looks incredible with three multi-award winning, terrifying mazes, along with live entertainment for all ages.

Visitors can ride the theme park’s hair-raising rides and attractions in darkness until 9pm each day, and older families will be able to enjoy .

And this year, there is a horrifying new attraction called The Invitation, which takes place in darkness where guests go into a burial chamber.

This year's Scarefest is running from October 14 to October 31.

  • Book now from £42

Legoland – Brick or Treat, Windsor

Legoland Windsor Resort is bringing back its Brick or Treat this year.

Until October 31, Lord Vampyre is inviting little monsters and their families to the Resort for his ultimate Halloween party with a lineup of spectacular spooky activities for everyone to dig their fangs into.

Families can also take part in their fancy dress costume competitions, spooky character meet and greets, and spot Halloween-themed LEGO models.

  • Book now from £32pp

What are the dates of the October half term?

Some schools have early-term times, so it is always worth checking with your school directly, or through the government website.

Schools in Leicestershire and Scotland have an early holiday structure, while the rest of England and Wales begin their breaks a week later – which means the dates pupils return to school may differ.

Most schools will have half term between Monday, October 17 – Friday, October 28, 2022.

The dates for school term and holiday dates are usually set more than 18 months in advance of the academic year.

But dates vary between areas.

However, you can check on the exact dates for your area using the government’s postcode checker.

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