There's plenty to entertain the kids this half term but make sure you book. See if any of these suggestions do the trick....
The atmospheric Medieval Missenden Abbey is hosting a pumpkin carving extravaganza in their spooky garden on 28th and 29th October, followed by a delicious halloween themed afternoon tea with cakes, scones and finger sandwiches. Dressing up is encouraged!
Waddesdon Manor is getting in the Halloween spirit with goulish activities available throughout half term week. New this year is an immersive cryptid safari trail in the woods where you can encounter mythical beasts, such as imps and dragons, and fairies. For a spine-tingling experience, book the Twilight Cryptid Safari and end up at the Stables where the performance continues. A spooky afternoon tea with delights such as eyeballs, brains and mummified gingerbread men, is also on offer.
Chiltern Open Air Museum is a popular year round destination for families with fascinating historic buildings to explore, a working farm and lovely grounds. On Tues Oct 26th, there's a special themed activity day called Terrific Tuesday with plenty of crafts and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway are running spooky Halloween train rides in daylight hours on Thursday 28th and Sunday 31st October. There will be a small treat bag for each child and Halloween craft sessions to enjoy. Make sure you dress up!
Discover Bucks Museum is putting on Halloween craft fun from Monday 25th to Sat 30th Oct. Design your very own tote bag to collect your Halloween sweets in when you go trick or treating, have a go at cats and bats, witches potion bottles or make your very own mummy! With the ever popular Roald Dahl Gallery and with five new galleries opening this winter, there is plenty else to see and do.
Amersham Museum is getting crafty with a spooky spider craft event on 27th, 28th and 29th Oct 12-4pm. Create a spider and a sticky web and discover some around the museum.
Black Park is holding a monsters and magic themed Halloween trail. Come dressed up and search for the hidden dragons and witches around the park for some outdoor spooky fun.
Peterley Manor Farm is selling pumpkins in their farm shop, along with all their other fresh delicious produce, but you can go along on weekends 16th /17th and 23rd/24th Oct to pick your own. The Wild Strawberry cafe and the plant nursery are also lovely to visit.
Odds Farm Park is hosting a Halloween Festival throughout half term but if you can't wait to pick and carve your pumpkin, they are running two extra picking and carving days on 16th and 17th Oct. During half term you can walk the Tricky Trail for spooky surprises plus join in the usual fun with tractor rides, outdoor play, indoor animal pens, water play and more.
Green Dragon Eco Farm is encouraging everyone to dress up with on the spot prizes for the best fancy dress. There's pumpkin picking and decorating in the barn which is decorated for Halloween and where the kids will be greeted and guided by wizards. Take part in a slime making workshop, spot the scarecrows on the special trail and a host of character appearances and enjoy the usual farm fun and animal feeding.
Horsewyse, the equine therapy centre and riding stables in Long Crendon, is holding Pony Days on Oct 25th and 29th where your kids can learn all about looking after ponies, catching them in the field, feeding them, grooming them, cleaning tack and the stables, along with connection and clicker training.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is hosting their October Day Out With Thomas on 23rd, 24th and 25th October where you can ride a real steam train pulled by Thomas and meet the Fat Controller. On 30th and 31st Oct, you can Trick or Treat round the railway centre following the activity sheet and receiving your treats once completed.
Kew Little Pigs are offering Pig Keeper Days on Oct 25th - 27th this half term. A unique experience where your kids (ages 9 - 16) can learn all about looking after the adorable miniature pigs, play with them and make new friends. Be prepared for muddy hands and clothes!