The Best Halloween Breaks In The UK For Families In 2023
If you’re looking to get away with the family over October half term and are looking at spooky Halloween breaks in the UK, you are in the right place.
We have pulled together an extensive list of places where you can have a fun family Halloween getaway.
From theme parks to holiday parks and creepy castles with all kinds of Halloween events for families. There’s something for everyone as we have only included the best Halloween breaks.
Also – check out what’s going on at the Merlin attractions this Halloween. They offer some of the most fun Halloween days out in the country.
If Halloween is coming to an end, it might also be time to start thinking about Christmas. We have a whole Christmas section on the blog with ideas to help get you into the festive spirit.
*Please note that the 2023 Halloween break details will be updated when their information is released*
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Halloween breaks in the UK – Theme Parks
Chessington World of Adventures at Halloween
Includes an overnight stay in a themed hotel (with breakfast and early ride time) and 1 day entry to the park. Prices from £58pp.
If you just want to visit for a day, they are running Howl’o’ween from 15th October to 30th October 2022. Buy your Chessington tickets here.
Where: Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE.
The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort at Halloween
Includes an overnight stay with breakfast and 1-day park entry. If you stay in a LEGOLAND Windsor Resort hotel, you also receive a free LEGOLAND gift and can experience character meet & greets.
If you are just looking to visit for a day, they are running Brick or Treat from 1st to 31st October 2022. Buy your LEGOLAND Windsor tickets here.
You might like to read our guide to visiting LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort with small kids before you go.
Where: The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY.
Stay at Warwick Castle – It is sometimes hard to know where to place Warwick Castle because it is a castle but also a theme park.
Their Halloween breaks include an overnight stay in the castle grounds with breakfast, one-day entry to Warwick Castle with discounted second day. Evening entertainment.
Halloween at the Castle is on from 1st to 31st October. See here for details on the spooky Halloween fun – including the Haunted Castle and Castle After Dark.
Where: Warwick Castle, Castle Lane, Warwick, CV34 4QU.
Alton Towers Resort at Halloween
A short break at Alton Towers over October Half Term includes an overnight stay with breakfast and 1 day entry to the park. Also included is evening entertainment and 9-hole Extraordinary Golf.
If you just want to visit for a day, they are running Scarefest from 7th to 9th & 14th to 31st October 2022.Buy your Alton Towers tickets here.
Where: Alton Towers Resort, Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB.
Thorpe Park Resort at Halloween
Stay overnight in the Thorpe Shark Cabins and receive 2 day park entry, access to all rides and free entry to scare zones. See website for more details.
If you just want to visit for a day, they are running Fright Nights from 30th November to 31st October. Buy your Thorpe Park tickets here. Recommended for age 13+.
Where: Thorpe Park Resort, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN.
See also these ideas on where to go pumpkin picking in Surrey.
From 13th to 31st October, guests can enjoy Halloween shows (on selected dates). Late-night rides will be available on 25th, 26th and 27th October.
Peppa Pig World will also get a spooky makeover.
Short breaks at Paultons Park include one night stay in a nearby hotel with with breakfast and 2-day park entry. They start from £231 for a family of 4.
Where: Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL.
See also these ideas on where to go pumpkin picking in Hampshire.
Halloween breaks in the UK – Holiday Parks
Sandy Balls Holiday Village Halloween Breaks
It is run by Away Resorts (look on their site for the other 22 sites they run across the UK).
During October, they are running a 31 days of fun for Halloween at Sandy Balls and other select sites. See below:
- Cleethorpes Pearl
- Golden Sands
- Mill Rythe
- Newquay Bay
- Lakes Rookley
- Sandy Balls
- St Ives Bay
- Tattershall Lakes
- Whitecliff Bay
Accommodation is a mix of caravans and lodges – some with spas. There’s always lots going on for families. You can read our review of Sandy Balls here.
Check out the nearby Fordingbridge Pumpkin Patch and & Halloween Maze. It’s one of the best Maize Mazes in the UK. If you’re visiting in the autumn, there are lots more pumpkin patches in Hampshire and pumpkin patches in Dorset.
Away Resorts deals
See AwayResorts late offers.
Forest Holidays Halloween breaks
We hadn’t come across Forest Holidays before but they offer a more natural holiday alternative to Center Parcs. There are 11 sites around the UK based in forests and Forest Holidays works in partnership with the Forestry Commission.
Accommodation is sympathetic to the local surroundings with a mix of lodges and log cabins. Some look like treehouses which are sure to be a huge hit with the kids.
The sites don’t have pools, but the beauty of these resorts is that there are so many opportunities to get the kids out into nature and we still think they’re a great alternative, especially if you like to get away from crowds.
For Halloween, they are offering Halloween staycations. Halloween activities (at an additional cost) are Myths & Legends around a campfire toasting marshmallows and a Halloween Party.
Forest Holidays deals
Check Forest Holidays Last-minute availability on their website.
Also take a look on their site for deals on Forest Holidays weekend breaks. You can cram a surprising amount into a long weekend! Forest Holidays are perfect for spooky weekend getaways!
Bluestone October half term breaks
A Halloween break at Bluestone offers a very similar experience to a Center Parcs holiday but there are some really fun looking Halloween activities at Bluestone.
See what’s going on at Bluestone at Halloween by checking out the activites on offer at their Bwbach Festival.
Some of the activities are:
- The Pumpkin Lab Show
- Spooky Science Workshop
- Scarecrow Hunt
- Pumpkin Carving
Center Parcs at Halloween
As you would expect, Center Parcs goes all out with its Halloween offerings. Halloween breaks at Center Parcs include all of the usual activities and some added Halloween fun.
Additional Halloween activities at Center Parcs (which are available late October) include:
- Halloween cupcake making
- pumpkin carving
- monster making
- spooky science class
- Halloween Party
There are six Center Parcs in the UK. See our tips for saving money at Center Parcs if you are going.
Ribby Hall Village Halloween breaks
Set in 100 acres of Lancashire countryside between Blackpool and Preston, Ribby Hall Village offers a 5-star holiday village experience.
There are loads of indoor and outdoor activities available for families and there’s a Wild Discovery centre on-site with animal encounters but we can’t vouch for how ethical this is.
You can check the Ribby Hall Village Halloween activities here.
There are lots of dining options available and accommodation ranges from cottages to pine lodges and even a farmhouse sleeping up to 12 people.
Ribby Hall Halloween breaks are from 7th to 31st October 2022 (or book ahead from 6th to 30th October 2023).
Where: Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Rd, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2PR.
Butlins Halloween breaks
Butlins are offering Spooktober breaks from 3rd October to 4th November 2022 at all of their sites (Minehead, Bognor Regis and Skegness).
There will be pumpkin carving, spooky entertainment and late nights at the Scareground!
See here for more details on their 3, 4 and 7 night breaks.
More October half term break ideas
Parkdean Resorts Halloween breaks
Parkdean Resorts Halloween fun will be taking place from 21st to 30th October 2023.
It will include pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, ghostly walks, a Monster Ball and a Wizards and Witches Academy.
Across their 61 Parkdean Resorts in the UK, they are offering 3,4 or 7 night stays from £119.
Waterside Holiday Park & Spa
Waterside Holiday Park & Spa and Chesilvista in Dorset have jam packed schedules of Halloween fun.
Halloween at Waterside runs from 27th to 31st October and from 27th to 30th October at Chesilvista.
Daytime activities include pumpkin carving, trick or treat bingo, horror hunt, Halloween movies and more. Evening entertainment includes Monster Mini Disco, Halloween dress competition for kids and adults and more. See here for schedules and booking.
Haven are offfering a great range of Halloween activties this Half Term across their sites.
Searles Leisure Resort
Searles Halloween break is a 2-night break with Halloween themed daytime activities and evening entertainment.
Halloween breaks in the UK – Castles
You could also consider staying in a creepy castle as an alternative. As if staying in a haunted castle wasn’t creepy enough for you this Halloween, they also have Halloween events to enjoy during your stay.
Stay at Warwick Castle – an overnight stay in the castle grounds with breakfast, one-day entry to Warwick Castle with discounted second day and evening entertainment.
Where: Warwick Castle, Castle Lane, Warwick, CV34 4QU.
Halloween at Leeds Castle,one of the most impressive castles in England, is offering so much for families this October half term. From 22nd to 30th October there will be pumpkin trails, ghost stories, spooky fun and games and more.
Where: Leeds Castle, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PD.
Where: Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG.
What is it about the castles in Kent? Chillingham Castle, also in Kent, is reputed to be Britain’s most haunted historic castle.
Where: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ.
Where: Castle Kennedy, Stair Estates, Scheuchan, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 8SL.
Kelburn Castle & Estate
Where: Kelburn Country Centre, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA29 0BE.
So these are some of the best Halloween breaks in the UK for families. If you have any more suggestions, please get in touch.