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5 Halloween activities in Worcestershire to do with the family

Spooky season in Worcestershire has arrived and we've compiled some of the best Halloween activities in the area as we approach October half term.

Halloween quests, spooky live shows, witch & wizard schools and pumpkin-picking sites are just some of the Halloween-themed events happening in Worcestershire.

Let’s have some skele-fun with our pick of the patch in Worcestershire!

1. Witley Court & Gardens

This October, breathe in the beauty of autumn at Witley Court & Gardens – a magnificent country house in the heart of Worcestershire.

Witley was once of the great stately homes of England, reaching its peak as a Victorian party palace. After a devastating fire, it became one of the country’s most spectacular ruins.

Grab the walking boots and wander around the beautiful gardens, lake, and ornate fountains – a magical world to explore as the season changes. Soak up the colours of autumn in the woodlands, scoop up armfuls of crunchy leaves and discover a play area inspired by nature.

This Halloween half term, grab your broomsticks and get ready for a bewitchingly brilliant day out. Gather round and prepare to be enthralled as you listen to stories spun by Witley’s spooky storytellers. Your little monsters will giggle and gasp at these kid-friendly tales, all against the backdrop of the creepy grounds and gardens. Learn all about the world of the supernatural – find out how to apply magic, protect yourself from sinister forces and even cure the sick! There’s also a Halloween Quest where you can discover magical potion ingredients, then become a wonderfully wicked witch's apprentice.

With autumn shades and acres to roam, Witley Court is the perfect place for an adventure.

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Witley Court & Gardens

2. Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park

Visit West Midland Safari Park from 21st October – 5th November 2023 for their frightfully fun Spooky Spectacular event!

The Park will be brimming with Halloween decorations and hundreds of pumpkins in the impressive Pumpkin Patch. The excitable pumpkin-scarecrow character, ‘Patch’, will be returning to greet guests and have his picture taken with them!

There will also be the introduction of a new character; Mitzy Monster, who will be hosting a brand-new show in half term only - from 28th October! Mitzy and Patch will be joined by their creators – the silly scientists, who will also be entertaining guests throughout the day.

Spooky explorers will also need to help locate the missing potion ingredients in the free Spooky Trail, to win a delicious treat!

Don’t forget to enter the Photo Competition for your chance to win an overnight stay in a Rhino Lodge for up to four people. On your travels around the Safari Park, keep a look out for some mischievous dragons that have escaped. Take a picture with them and upload it to the WMSP Facebook Page to be entered into the prize draw!

Admission tickets purchased online will also include the Free Return Offer, so you can get free entry to come back again within six months on selected dates.

For braver guests, the Park will be open until the later time of 8.00pm on 28th and 29th October only, so families can enjoy a spooky evening of rides and dinosaurs in the dark!

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Spooky Spectacular, West Midland Safari Park

3. Hartlebury Castle – Witch & Wizard School

Unleash your magic with the Witch and Wizard School at Hartlebury Castle this October

Young witches and wizards can enjoy a magical family day out at Hartlebury Castle in the October half-term holiday.

Come dressed in your favourite spooky outfit and create your very own unique magic wand in the craft area. Then, head to the magnificent Great Hall to meet Professor Bumbledum and join in enchanting spell sessions. Families can also explore Hartlebury Castle with a fun trail to spot all the carved pumpkins; Professor Bumbledum might have a charm or two to help you find them all!

Round off a great day out with a walk around the moat – stop off at the bird hide to see what wildlife you can spot along the way – to the fantastic woodland playground. Refuel with a coffee, hot chocolate and homemade food at Hayley’s Kitchen café or settle into the lovely Orchard Picnic Area which has accessible benches.

Wand-making crafts and spell sessions are on from 11am to 4pm from Saturday 28 October to Tuesday 31 October; £3.50 per child plus whole-site admission. Enjoy the pumpkin trail all week, from Saturday 28 October until Saturday 4 November. Drop in or book your visit at hartleburycastle.com.

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Witch and Wizard School at Hartlebury Castle

4. The Commandery

The Commandery’s becoming a “haunted house” this October!

Get stuck into the Halloween spirit in these fun family mornings in one of Worcester’s oldest buildings. The Commandery will be decorated, and fancy-dress is encouraged! Make your own dancing ghosts, create gruesome eyeball biscuits, design a crooked haunted house to take home. There’ll be sensory play trays with a spooky theme for children to get messy with some hands-on fun.

Then, explore The Commandery with a trail to find all the spooks and monsters hidden around the building. Search all the nooks and crannies of this historic building - including in the medieval Great Hall, the Tudor rooms overlooking the gardens, and the Civil War Story exhibition - to discover them all.

The cosy canal-side café Commandery Coffee will be open with warm drinks and homemade food. Visitors can get free general admission to The Commandery for a year with a season or Worcester residents’ pass.

Haunted House family mornings include a story, drink and a biscuit, and run from Tuesday 31 October to Thursday 2 November, 10.30am – 12noon. £5 per child + general admission. The trail runs from Saturday 28 October to Sunday 5 November.

Plan your visit and book Haunted House family mornings via the Museums Worcestershire website.

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The Commandery, Worcester

5. Pick Your Own Pumpkins – Top Barn Farm Shop

Pumpkin picking season has arrived and Top Barn Farm Shop is the ideal place to take the family out to pick your own! Muddy boots and wellies at the ready as the Pumpkin Patch is now open daily until Halloween. Pumpkins are priced between £2-£12 ensuring there is something for everyone’s budget.

A visit to the site can be combined with a trip to the onsite café. The Farm Shop is well stocked with some excellent local produce celebrating Worcestershire’s food and drink offering.

On selected days you can enjoy tractor and fairground rides, providing excellent entertainment for little ones! Test the competitive edge of your family with the crazy golf course open daily.

There are also plenty of friendly animals to meet on the farm which include horses, chickens and sheep. Alongside pet corner which provides an interactive experience for guests.

Overall Top Barn Farm Shop provides a great family day out in preparation to celebrate the spooky season!

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Pumpkin Patch at Top Barn Farm Shop

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