School Holidays

October Half-Term and Halloween

What’s on this October Half-Term for children in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Surrounding Areas.

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Trick or Treat delivered to your home

Trick or Treating might be a bit different this year due to COVID19, however at Pretty’s Sweets we want to deliver happiness to your homes. Surprise your children with our Halloween Trick or Treat box, jam packed with ghostly treats. Beautifully presented sweets with a halloween twist!

Halloween Edition boxes come in 2 sizes: 

All Halloween Boxes will be posted w/c 26th October so that they arrive in time for Halloween.

Where to Pick-Your-Own pumpkins from local farms!

Check our latest blog here.

Avon Heath

  • Halloween Treasure Trail
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Halloween archery
  • Meet the Halloween Wildlife
Please be aware that these events are filling up quickly.
Please call 01425 478082 to book a space.



Dorset goes Wild – Climate Change Challenge at Poole Museum

Available during museum opening hours until 30. October 2022.

See through our children’s eyes as they embark on a Climate Change Challenge around Dorset – from creative artworks to budding scientific experiments. Hear from them as they pledge to protect the planet and find out what we can all do to advocate for change. A selection of work will be on display on Floor 2 of Poole Museum.

No booking required. Donations are welcome.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park Verwood – October Half-term

Autumn Celebrations with Sausages & Cider!

Join us this Autumn as we finish the season with special activities loaded with SAUSAGES & CIDER!
October Half Term
Sat 24th – Sat 31st Oct
Smokey Joe’s outdoor cooking – Warm up around the BBQ for a delicious home-cooked sausage inspired food with Cider on sale!!

Please check with the organiser for more details.


Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve

Dorset Wild Seas

24th October until 29th November 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

Discover Dorset’s underwater wildlife, habitats and landscape and the network of protected areas set up to safeguard it for the future. With original artwork by Antonia Phillips. In partnership with Dorset Wildlife Trust

Location: Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle.

Butchers Coppice Activity Centre


October Half Term Camping

Beautiful Autumn colours and early campfires, October is one of the best times of the year to camp.
Butchers Coppice is still offering exclusive camping for Scout & Guide leaders with their households, why not take advantage of the upcoming half term and stay with us. 🍁🍂
📩Email us –

Farmer Palmer’s

👻 Halloween Half Term is Happening (at the moment) Tickets online.
🧛‍♂️ Design a DRACULA for our Ghostly Gallery!
Draw/Paint/Create your own “Count Dracula” and bring it with you on your visit!
We will display them proudly in our Ghostly Gallery for all to see throughout Halloween Half Term week!
😷 Mask Up for Halloween


Halloween at Avon Tyrrell

A wide range of activities and challenges

Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020 from 10:00 UTC-16:00

Ages: All Ages (5+ years recommended for those taking part)

Beware!! The Halloween Trail is lurking and ready to scare the fangs off Dracula, the spook out of the Ghosts and the Evil from the witch! Join us for some creepy challenges and gruesome activities if you dare! There are a lot of tricks on this activity day that you can enjoy as a family. Fancy dress is encouraged!

Price: £7pp (Parents FOC)
Ages: All ages are welcome.


Halloween Scavenger Hunt at The Dolphin Centre

From Wednesday 28 October to Friday 30 October, from 10 am to 3 pm. 

Forest Holme Hospice welcomes you to take part in their spooky scavenger hunt at the Dolphin Centre in Poole. Find the Halloween painted pebbles hidden in 15 store windows across the centre.

Return a correct entry and collect a bag of sweets! Collect an entry form from the Eco Hub situated on the first floor of the Dolphin Centre. All entries will be in with a chance to win a Halloween Hamper. The winner will be picked at random on 30 October. All proceeds donated to Forest Holme Hospice.

Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve and Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Gruesome Nature Halloween Trail at Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve and Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

From Saturday 24th October to Saturday 31st October 2020.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Please check with the organiser for more details.

Laser Quest

Join us this Halloween Half-Term as we transform Laser Quest into a spooky scaretastic adventure! 🧙‍♀️
Fright Week sessions include:
👻 3 Games of Laser Quest
👻 Spooky Fun Halloween Mocktail
👻 Trick or Treat Goodie Bag
Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November, sessions from 10 am until late.


Leave Only Footprints Halloween Litter Pick Spooktacular!

Saturday 24th October 11 am to 2 pm. 
Count Trashula invites you to come down and help clean up Hengistbury Head and the surrounding areas!
Book a time slot to come down (in groups of up to 6) and pick some litter.
Fancy dress preferred 👻🎃
Please email at to enquire about available timeslots and book your place!

Lemur Landings

Half Term Phaser Event

Friday 23rd October 2020 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

After a month of operating successfully and safely, we’re happy to announce our first phaser event since the start of the year. Please visit our website if you wish to read more information about what we’re doing and expecting of customers in order to keep everyone safe –

Lighthouse, Poole

The Gingerbread Man

Wednesday 28th October 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. 

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!

Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man who finds his feet fast and sets off on the journey of a lifetime!

Suitable for all ages. Book your ticket here.

Longleat Safari Park

Land of Light

Selected dates from 7th November 2020 to 10th January 2021.

This winter, illuminate your senses with the brand new festive event: Land of Light!

A myriad of magical light installations will emerge across Longleat in seven unique zones. In the Land of Light, you can discover motion-detected splashes of playful colour and movement and immerse yourselves in enveloping blankets of soft, synchronised light and sound.

Please visit Longleat Safari Park for more information.

Lulworth Cove

Pumpkin carving

As the nights draw in and Halloween comes around, come and join the Ranger team and carve your own pumpkin. We will provide all you need, Pumpkin, tool and inspiration and most importantly, we will clear up all the mess!
Price: £6.50 per carved pumpkin.
Accessibility: Full wheelchair access is available.
Booking: Recommended, please call (01929) 400587


Make and Take Craft Table – Forest Arts Centre

Friday 5, 12, 19, 26 August 2022 at 1pm and Tuesday 25 October 2022 at 10am.

Old Milton Road, New Milton, BH25 6DS.

You get all the fun, and we get all the mess! Explore various materials, activities, colouring and make creative objects at our craft table. This is an untutored session and run by our wonderful volunteers. Suitable for ages 5+! £3 per child.

Monday 19 December 2022 at 10am and 1pm.

Tuesday 20 December 2022 at 10am.

Booking is essential contact 01425 612393.


Monkey World

Halloween at Monkey World- No Tricks, Just Treats!

This Halloween, you will only find treats at Monkey World- no tricks!
That’s because on the 31st October we are giving away a FREE PLAYinChoc box to every child in full Halloween fancy dress!
Each ToyChoc boxes has 2 x 10g chocolates, an endangered animal puzzle to build and an educational fun facts card! Visitors will still need to pre-book their visit, and numbers are limited, so book online today!

Please find more information and book your tickets here.

Moors Valley

Go Wild at Ranger Den

Go Wild at Ranger Den

Join our Rangers for a one-hour guided show and tell of Ranger Den at Moors Valley (24 October – 1 November). Some of our family favourites such as the Harvest mice, Grass snake and Frogs are joined by new displays including Microworld looking at life in miniature, and an assortment of carnivorous plants! Ending with a fun craft activity and a badge. Activities are aimed at children aged 5 – 11 years old. £5 per person and a maximum of 5 visitors per session. Pre-booking is essential due to COVID-secure guidelines.

October Half Term At The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham BH20 6JG.

From 22. – 30. October 2022, Daily between 10am–5pm.

There are 300 tanks, kids activities, and more at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction. This October Half Term, children can find out more about spies during wartime, including a new Cluedo trail and writing secret messages.

Pick your own pumpkin at Dorset Country Pumpkins




Please check with the organiser for more details.

Poole Museum


Archie’s Green Gallery – iSpy Trail

03/10/2020 – 10/01/2021

Archie has been inspired by the painting ‘The Lady in Green’ by Augustus John in our new Art in Focus exhibition. His favourite colour is now green! Can you help him to find all the green objects in the museum to create his own green gallery? Follow the iSpy trail around to see how many you can find.

Available during museum opening hours.

Free, Pre-booking required for entry to the museum.


Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search!

24/10/2020 at 10:00 – 11.30 or 14:00 – 15.30.

The Our Museum Project is reimagining Poole Museum’s maritime galleries with residents, volunteers and the local community! Join us for a morning or afternoon tour around the museum’s current maritime galleries and tell us what you’d keep, tweak or change.

Free. Contact the Our Museum Project team to book your place on


Spooky Scaplen’s

28/10/2020 11:00 – 15:00

Join us at Scaplen’s Court for a spooktacular visit, mystery word hunt and a range of Halloween themed activities and displays.

Free, Pre-booking required.



Red House Museum and Gardens

Spooky Woodland Walk Trail

Come along and explore our Spooky Woodland Walk this October half term…if you dare!
Why not come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume and pick up a trail sheet from reception. Trail sheets are only £2 per child and include as a prize, a bag of Halloween treats. The trail will lead you through the Spooky Woodland Walk where there are 8 silly ghouls to find. Find them all and collect your prize!
Booking in advance recommended.


Wild Things Halloween Trail

24th October to 1st November. 

Daily whilst visitor centre is open 9.30 am – 4:30 pm

Price: Donation £2. Normal car parking charges apply.

Come and explore Autumn at RSPB Arne with the wild woodland trails in search of stick skeletons, fascinating facts, and hidden pumpkins. Pick up a Halloween trail leaflet (and a small prize!) from the welcome area and follow our self-guided trail. You can even vote for your favourite spooky carved pumpkin!

Don’t forget your fancy dress and weirdest wellies!

Please RSPB Arne for more details.

Sealife Weymouth


17th October – 1st November


Pre-book your tickets today and remember, children under 3 go free!

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf Lates!

Can you escape the ghost of Harry Paye?

Join us for a swashbuckling game of ghoulish golf as you tackle 18-holes of fiendish fun whilst trying to avoid Harry Paye and his troublesome ghostly comrades.

£10 per person
Annual Pass Holders are entitled to 20% Discount
Carers entry is FREE of charge

*Groups must be from the same household or support bubble.

Pre-book your tickets here

Shire Hall

Halloween half-term fun!

26th – 31st October 2020
Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall will become home to spooky family-friendly fun.

Come along to our slime-making sessions 11-3pm
After your visit, pop up to our café for some seasonal autumnal recipes and Halloween treats.

Kids who are dressed up go free*. Subterranean slime workshops £2.00 per child to cover costs of materials. Slime making will be to current government Covid guidelines

*2 kids go free with every full paying adult.

Please visit Shire Hall for more details.

Swanage Pier

Halloween Fun on Swanage Pier

Saturday 24th October – Sunday 1st November – 9.00am – 4.00pm.

Come and find the spooky creatures hidden on the Pier, as part of our Halloween trail.

Normal adult admission to the pier applies.

Download your trail sheet here.

The Allendale Centre Wimborne

The Creature Teachers – Spooky Halloween Storytime

Wednesday 28th October 10 am

The ever-popular Creature Teachers return to the Allendale on 28th October!

Each ticket (at just £10) is for a table with 6 chairs, safely distanced from other tables. Come with your children or bubble and meet some of our creepy-crawly, scaly, furry or feathered friends during Spooky Halloween Storytime!



The Great Dorset Pumpkin Trail


Have you heard about this awesome idea?

Find out how to take part here.

Adventure Wonderland

Half-term Halloween fun!

24th October to 1st November. 

Half-day visits, rides and attractions.

  • Spooky Halloween Show “The Cheshire Cat’s Pumpkin Party” in the Happydrome Theatre.
  • Live action Scary Maze “Into the Woods”.
  • The Monster Minions.

Please check Adventure Wonderland for more information.

Walled Garden Moreton

🍂Half-Term Autumn Trail🍂
24th October to Sunday 1st November.
Our Garden trail will be OPEN this coming half-term for ONE WEEK ONLY!
We’re delighted to be able to host this event with the open space we have, but we still encourage all visitors to adhere to social distancing measures. 🙂
See you there!