In honesty, I haven’t been that into Halloween since I left Ireland thirteen years ago. It’s a celebration that is absolutely huge there, just as big as the U.S. and I never felt the same level of hype around it here in the U.K, but it seems to be changing or maybe that’s just because I’m a parent now. Esmé has been taking an interest in all of the fancy dress outfits and Halloween paraphernalia when we have been shopping. She is definitely noticing something different at this age. All of a sudden, Halloween in London with kids seems ten times more exciting. I love finding meaningful family activities. We have very little planned for the month of October so I thought I would research home for a change.
Here is our favourite pick of Halloween activities for kids in London:
Pick a Pumpkin
There seems to be a few farms around the greater London area that grow pumpkins and allow you to pick your own. In most cases they also have some entertainment for little ones. We visited Crockford Bridge Road ‘pick your own farm’ yesterday. They have an abundance of activities on for little ones including spooky forest walks and lots of lovely treats from the 15th.
Take your little one to make their own potion with produce grown onsite at the Education Centre in Hyde Park. There are also other Halloween arts and craft activities which include making a bat box.
Listen to Halloween stories in a windmill
I never even realised there was a windmill in Brixton near where we live. I am super excited to check it out on a personal level. It seems like the perfect opportunity to visit over the Halloween period when they will doing a tour and spooky stories for little ones.
Carve a Pumpkin
Although you can do this at home easily, Lee Valley Farm are offering families the chance to do it with them whilst also getting to see the animals and a spooky house!
Go to a monsters magical circus show
The beautiful Woodcote Green garden centre in Wallington is holding some Halloween celebrations from the 24th until the 28th of October. You will see the spooky clown and friendly vampire putting on a show of plate spinning, juggling and so on. The show runs for 30 minutes and have three showings per day. There are two cafes and a playground on site for afterwards.
Do Halloween arts and crafts in a toy shop
Wigham Toy Shop in Dulwich are holding a crafts event on the day of Halloween. Your little ones can get dressed up in their costumes for the event. Spooky cupcakes will be provided for everyone to enjoy.
Watch Monsters Inc outdoors
Hoop App are arranging a free showing of Monsters Inc in Islington on the 1st of November starting at 10.30am. Again your little one can get dressed up in their Halloween costumes for the event. Although it is free, tickets are still required so ensure to book with the company.
Many of the activities require booking even if they are free. Make sure to check my Pearlshare guide to Halloween in London with Kids for all the contact details.
Do you know of any great London activities over the Halloween period? Leave a comment to let us know!
Here is all the info on this Halloween pearlshare guide.