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Halloween in London with kids

In honesty, I haven’t been that into Halloween since I left Ireland thirteen years ago. Halloween in Ireland is a celebration that is absolutely huge there, just as big as the U.S.

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 and Quinn love all the fancy dress outfits and Halloween paraphernalia when we have been shopping. She is 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 where we all spend time together and have fun even when we are not travelling.

If you want to head out of London for Halloween, check out what’s going on in Disneyland Paris on Halloween or explore the most beautiful places to visit in England in Autumn. You can also find more amazing things to do in London here.

Halloween in London with Kids

HALLOWEEN IN LONDON WITH KIDS

London is full of things to do and at half term and Halloween you are spoilt for choice.  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.

Halloween in London with Kids

We visited Crockford Bridge Road ‘pick your own farm’. They have an abundance of activities for little ones including spooky forest walks and lots of lovely treats and performances.

If you just want to pick a pumpkin and not attend the festivities then book soon as pumpkin picking is only available the first two weekends in October.

They also have a Pumpkin Festival this year, it promises to be bigger and better than last year. Along with Festival Entertainment from the Enchanted Players Theatre Company, there is a large outdoor area for kids to carve and decorate pumpkins.

Just remember that pumpkins are not included in your entry ticket.

You used to be able to just turn up, but now in order to control footfall and social distancing, booking is essential.

You can find out more on their website.

Dive into a Peter Pan Adventure

The Aqua Shard is putting on a Peter Pan inspired Afternoon tea.  The food and drinks promise to be inspired by the famous story and served on a Pirate ship. 

With the best views of London, the Aqua Shard is for those who want to splash out.  However, they have partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital and donating £2 for every afternoon tea purchased.  

All guests are required to wear face coverings in the lift and to and from the bar and restaurant.  However, they are not required while sitting at your table.

Let Kids Explore their Own City

KidZania is a city run by kids and they are going all out this half term with a fantastic lineup of events.  As well as the children having to keep the city going by role-playing different jobs, the place is being transformed into a Ghosttown.  

There is a Halloween Hike that takes kids on a terrifying trail where they follow the horrifying hints to the mystery locations ending up at a Haunted House. The Halloween Parade gives kids to show off their Halloween costumes and there is even a prize for best dressed.

Each activity takes on a Halloween makeover and kids also get to deliver petrifying parcels, hop on a ghost tour, and a KidZania Halloween dance.

It is suitable for all kids of all ages and all personalities. This year there is even a chance for the adults to take over the city for a night!

Due to social distancing, they are limiting the number of visitors, so booking is now required.

Find out more here.

Halloween in London with kids

Follow the Fairy Tale Trail

At Kew Gardens this year there will be a magical do-it-yourself Gruffalo Trail adventure. You will be given a trail pack and you’ll have to find your way through the fairy tale trail through puzzle-solving, finding footprints and feathers.

Kids can come dressed as the little brown mouse and lead the way through the forest! 

Price is included with the entrance ticket to the gardens, but make sure to book your place online. 

Spend a Day at the Museum and Go Ice Skating

The Natural History Museum will be opening its ice skating rink in October this year. Spend the day visiting with the dinosaurs and then head outside for some ice skating! 

They are also having a Dino Snores event for both kids and adults. Kids get to explore the museum at night with torches and they have other educational and fun activities planned. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out for half term but it is also running a few weeks later.

Face coverings must be worn inside the museum and some of the touch screens will be closed. 

It is also recommended that you book your ticket online.

Halloween in London with Kids

Survive the Seven Seas

The National Maritime Museum has a few events for Halloween and the half-term holidays. From 24 October – 27 October kids can come along and find out all about the polar regions with hands-on science experiments.

The workshops are free, but you are still required to book a ticket online.

For a small fee, there is also a workshop about Moons. It is on 25th and 26th October in the Royal Observatory. It is a great chance for kids to learn not just about Earth’s moon but also the other moons in the solar system.

Check out the workshop here.

Lastly, there is an online event for kids between 4 and 7 years old. It is on 27th and 28th October and again there is a small fee. Kids join Ted and Plant as they explore the Solar System.

It also includes a planetarium show and an interactive workshop.

Click here for more information or to book a ticket.

Covent Garden

Throughout the whole of October, Covent Garden is having a spooktacular Trick or Treat trail. Families can explore Covent Gardens while they test their observation skills and learn some fun facts.

This free activity is a great opportunity for kids to dress up and eat lots of delicious treats.

It is easy to take part and all that is needed is to download the trail. The trail can be used in paper form or can be used on any smart device.

They are also offering a prize for the best photos shared on Instagram.

Click here for more information and to download the trail.

London Diwali with Kids

Spooktacular Kids Tour

If you want to see London from a different perspective, then hop on an open-top bus and find out all about the creepy characters in London. The tour is tailored for kids and they can see the sights in London while hearing more about its spooky past.

Guests must bring their own face coverings and numbers are reduced to maintain social distancing.

Find out more here.

Tower Bridge

On Saturday 16 October and Tuesday 26 October between 10 am-4 pm there is a host of family activities at Tower Bridge. The Family Activities kick off with a new drawing challenge for the October half term!

Family members compete against each other to see who knows Tower Bridge the best. The activities take place inside the iconic attraction’s East Walkway 42m above the River Thames. While the activities are suited for children between the ages of 6-10 years old, it is open to all ages.

All activities are FREE and included in the price of the entry ticket.

To find out more information and to book click here

Halloween in London with kids

Halloween Story Time

This year, the London Museum is inviting families to join them for a free workshop. It is for kids aged five and over and it is from 23 – 31 October.

During the workshop, they discover some of this city’s most inspirational figures and then later craft a message for or about them for others to read.

Find out more here.

There is also a performance on 23 and 24 October. Kids travel through time to London in the 1700s and meet Olaudah Equiano, a famous abolitionist.

Check out the details here.

Spooky Decorations at the London Eye

Head to the London Eye for brilliant views of the city whilst your child gets into the Halloween spirit! The London Eye promises to be the spookiest setting on the South Bank.  On arrival expect your temperature to be checked and make sure to have cashless payment.

Find out more about the London Eye here.

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Experience Go Ape at Night

Go Ape is planning to have one-off after-dark activities. Kids and adults can navigate the high ropes, zip lines and more when the sun goes down.

Go ape isn’t just for older kids. There are activities to suit kids from the age of four and up and the special after-dark activities are running every Sunday in October.

There are two locations to choose from. One is at Alexander Palace and the other is in Battersea.

The Art of Banksy at Covent Garden

Throughout half term, the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy artworks are on display at Covent Garden. This is a once in a lifetime event and is a popular event for families.

It is the perfect opportunity to introduce the whole family to some of the most famous pieces of artwork in the world. It runs from 10 am to 4 pm and best of all under 6’s go free.

Check out more information here.

Halloween in London with kids

Shrek’s Adventure

Shrek’s Adventure in London is located on Southbank beside the Sea Life aquarium and the London Eye. Kids of all ages adore it but it is a big hit with the little ones.

Kids put on 4-D glasses and take a magical journey on a bus. They also run into other well-known characters from How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar and Kung Fo Panda

Tickets can be purchased on arrival, but they are more expensive at the door and you are not guaranteed entry.

Book your tickets to Shrek’s Adventure online here.

Spooky Sunday Brunch at Hard Rock Cafe

On Halloween, head to Hard Rock Cafe at Old Park Lane or Picadilly Circus for a Lil’ Monstars Bash. As well as an authentic, unlimited, all-American buffet breakfast there is spooky kids entertainment, face painting and Halloween games!

It is from 10 am – 12 pm and as it is Halloween, all are encouraged to come in Fancy Dress.

To book tickets for Old Park Lane click here or to book tickets for Picadilly Circus click here

Halloween in London with Kids

Head to an Affordable Art Fair – Battersea

Affordable Art Fair in Battersea is holding a family hour on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October between 10 am and 11 am. There are to be over 100 local and international galleries so something to suit everyone.

As it is family hour it is suitable for buggies and there are family activity packs that include drawing materials, crayons and sweeties. On top of that, there is face painting available between 10 am and 12 pm.

To find out more about or to book tickets click here.

Visit the Harry Potter Studios

If your kids are Harry Potter fans, a trip to the Harry Potter studios is a must. Even more so over Halloween half term when the sets will be fully decked for the holiday. With a hundred floating pumpkins in the great hall, vats of troll snot and much more, your kids will spend the whole day exploring, learning and having some Halloween fun.

Families should bring their own headphones if they are opting for the tour.

Find prices and availability for the studio visit here.

Harry Potter Studio Tour London Halloween

Carve a Pumpkin

If you want to keep your kids busy at home then you could always fall back on carving a pumpkin.  It is messy so grab some craving tools to help you out and get everyone involved!

Don’t forget to make it special by adding some spooky decorations and costumes to the mix.  If your older kids are home for the week then there are so many themed crafts to keep them busy during half term.

Halloween in London with Kids

 

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