Looking for ideas to celebrate Halloween in London with kids? In this guide, you’ll find a list of Halloween events and activities for kids in London and surrounding areas, some of the best Halloween porch decorations around London through the years, and where to shop for decorations and Halloween costumes for kids.
Pumpkin Picking near London:
One of the top things to do in London with kids during October is picking pumpkins at the pumpkin patch for carving, decorating and/or baking. There are several pumpkin patches near London in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Hertfordshire which I have listed and will keep updating for Halloween 2021 in the Pumpkin Patches Near London post.
In previous years, we have been to Crockford Bridge Farm and Garsons Farm for pumpkin picking. Last year we enjoyed visited Cammas Hall Farm for their amazing pumpkin displays and maize maze [scroll down for more about this year’s event].
Halloween Events for Kids London
Since Halloween typically falls during the schools’ October half-term holiday, many museums, attractions and parks run special Halloween events in London for kids. For days out inspiration around London (1 to 2 hours away), I have also included Halloween events in surrounding areas and at the theme parks. I’ll keep adding to this Halloween Events 2021 list so do check back for more updates.
Tower of London – Ghost Raiders
23 – 31 October
The Ghost Raiders spooky activity trail, suitable for 8 to 14 year olds, will be at the Tower of London over the October half-term. “Trumpets from Anne Boleyn’s coronation can be heard near her old apartments, tobacco has been smelt near Raleigh’s Walk, and something terrible is afoot in the Salt Tower. Never have so many hauntings taken place at one time, and it seems that the ghosts are trying to communicate the identity of one vengeful spirit.”
Book tickets for the Tower of London
Gunnersbury Park & Museum – Halloween Pumpkin Carving Workshop
29 October 2021
Gunnersbury Park is one of the local London parks we love visiting especially in autumn. They often run great family activities at the museum, and this Halloween, there will be a pumpkin carving workshop. Work with the experts to create a pumpkin with personality for Halloween. Suitable for children aged 4+. £12 per child (pumpkin included), adults free.
Address: Popes Ln, London W5 4NH
Book tickets for the Pumpkin Carving Work shop at Gunnersbury Park & Museum
Wands & Wizard Exploratorium – Halloween Wizard’s Afternoon Tea
23 – 31 October
For a unique, magical experience, visit the Wands & Wizard Exploratorium and enjoy their Halloween Wizard’s Afternoon Tea. The afternoon tea, which is a 1 hour 45 minute interactive experience, includes magic wand and equipment rental, autumnal interactive teas that you brew, and a selection of spooky treats, cakes and sandwiches.
Little Ghoul’s Halloween Wizard Afternoon Tea: £25 per person
Ghoul’s Halloween Wizard Afternoon Tea: £40 per person
Address: 26 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 5DE
Eltham Palace – the Wizards of Once Halloween Quest
23 – 31 October
Explore the gardens at Eltham Palace for a fun wizard day out on their brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series. Will you find the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches and uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances? Enter their Halloween costume competition for the chance to win a prize!
Book tickets for Eltham Palace
Halloween Events for Kids in Kent
Hever Castle & Gardens – Halloween Half Term Fun
23 – 31 October
One of our favourite Halloween days out last year was at Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent. This October half term, Hever Castle will have Halloween decorations around the grounds and a Ghoul School audio trail, with an array of teachers imparting their delights and frights. Costumes are encouraged and there will be the chance to plant garlic bulbs in a free family-friendly workshop. Make time for the brilliant adventure playgrounds which are always great fun!
Address: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
Book tickets for Hever Castle & Gardens
Leeds Castle – Halloween Half Term Fun
23 – 31 October
Come and explore the grounds at Leeds Castle, as Bones the Skeleton has left different clues and riddles for you to solve which will lead you to his secret whereabouts. Once you have found Bones, you can challenge the family to a game of adventure golf, visit the breath-taking falconry displays at the Leeds Castle Birds of Prey centre, and even explore Leeds Castle as to discover the riveting Field of Cloth of Gold: A Meeting of Kings exhibition.
Booking in advance is recommended but no longer required.
Address: Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL
Book tickets for Leeds Castle
Halloween Events for Kids in Surrey
Bocketts Farm Park – Witches and Wizards Week
23 – 31 October 2021
Activities during the Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm Park include a Reptile Roadshow, Science and Slime Shows, a spooky scavenger hunt, Meet and Green with owls and birds of prey and a Creepy Craft Corner. There will be hundreds of pumpkins to choose from that were grown at Bocketts Farm and an opportunity to take family photos in their Pumpkin Village. Plus the fun activities we enjoy year round on days out at Bocketts Farm Park – trailer rides, pig races, feeding the farm animals, indoor and outdoor playgrounds and small animal encounters.
Address: Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS
Witches and Wizards Week 2021 Tickets: £14.50 for adults, £15.95 for child 3-17 years, £13.95 for child 2 years, children under 2 years enter free
Book tickets for Bocketts Farm Park
Priory Farm – Halloween Trail
9 – 31 October
Priory Farm grow over 10,000 pumpkins every year and there will be range of shapes and sizes for picking in their fields. Take a tractor ride to their fields to pick your own pumpkin on selected dates in October, mainly over the weekends and during half-term week. Starting 9 October, Priory Farm will also have a Halloween Trail with spooky surprises along a nature trail in their Discoveryland.
Address: Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EJ
Halloween Events for Kids in Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace – Halloween 2021
22nd – 31st October
Blenheim Palace will have a spooky, fun-filled trail this half term, plus fantastic options for afternoon tea with a Halloween theme! The trail will take you through an illuminated haunted woods filled with neon cobwebs, ghastly ghouls, wicked witches, jack-o-lanterns, larger-than life spiders and beasty bats. Watch for a fiendish fire garden, daring fire artists and jack-o-lanterns along the way to the Secret Garden filled with more hidden surprises. Tickets are open for time slots between 5.30pm to 10pm.
Book tickets for the Halloween Trail at Blenheim Palace
Also during half term, Blenheim Palace will have Halloween afternoon tea experience at the Orangery, with options for adults and children. The Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea costs £14.50 and the menu includes Cheesy popcorn brains, Twit-twoo owl cupcake, Milk chocolate waffle witch hat and Spooks eyeball jelly, with drinks including Dracula punch and Red velvet hot chocolate with marshmallows and raspberry. The Adult’s Halloween Afternoon Tea costs £29.75 and include savouries of Swiss rarebit, Chicken and mushroom pie, Cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwich, Smoked salmon and Caviar muffin, accompanied by tea from Jing Tea.
Book Halloween afternoon tea at the Orangery at Blenheim Palace
Halloween Events for Kids in Hertfordshire
Cammas Hall Farm – Halloween Activities
1 – 31 October
The Halloween 2021 event runs throughout the month of October, and tickets include entrance to the Cammas Hall Farm pumpkin patch, seeing some friendly Halloween characters and a Wicked Walkway. We enjoyed our visit last year and I would recommend Cammas Hall Farm for the fantastic pumpkin patch and photo opportunities plus fun family activities on the farm.
Halloween 2021 Tickets: £2 to £4 per adult and child 2+ (prices vary depending on day). Children under 2 enter free but still require a ticket.
Address: Cammas Hall Farm Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak CM22 7JT
Book tickets for Cammas Hall Farm
Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter – Dark Arts
24 September – 7 November 2021
The Making of Harry Potter studio tour is an amazing experience going behind the scenes of the work that went into filming the Harry Potter movies. In celebration for Halloween, there will be 100 floating pumpkins in the magnificent Great Hall, as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The WB Studio Tours London are also featuring the Dark Arts this autumn. Keep an eye out for the Dark Mark projected in various parts of the tour and learn the moves behind a wand combat scene, just like the Battle of Hogwarts, in a live duel with Death Eaters.
Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
Book tickets for Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter
Halloween Events for Kids at the Theme Parks
LEGOLAND Windsor – Brick or Treat
14 – 31 October 2021
This October half term, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort will be transformed into a pumpkin-filled wonderland for what is sure to be the most frightfully fun event of the year! Tickets start from £39 for the Brick or Treat event at LEGOLAND Windsor.
Address: Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 4AY
Book tickets for LEGOLAND Windsor
Peppa Pig World – Happy Halloween
14 October – 1 November 2021
Peppa Pig World (part of Paultons Park) will have a spooky Halloween makeover for a frightful fun fest this October half term. Meet Peppa and George in their spooky outfits and enjoy lots of fun Peppa themed Halloween decorations. There will be a special Halloween show, the Legend of Paultons Manor, an all singing and dancing extravaganza running from 23 – 31 October, plus late night openings until 7:30pm on 26 & 28 October!
Book tickets for Paultons Park
Halloween House Decorations in London
One of our favourite things to do in London on Halloween is to see some of the brilliant Halloween porch decorations. You can find some of the best Halloween decorations in London around Holland Park, Notting Hill, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. There are several houses that really go all out and it’s always a pleasure to see what they come up with each year!
Many of the party shops around London sell a variety of Halloween decorations and accessories. Non-Stop Party Shop in Kensington has the best selection of Halloween decorations I’ve seen, including animated and light up props, giant jumping spiders and hanging decorations. See their extensive range of Halloween decorations here.
You can find plenty of Halloween treats, decorative items and party supplies at Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys, especially the superstores.
Shop Halloween Costumes in London
For browsing in person, Tesco and Sainsbury’s Superstores sometimes have a selection of fancy dress costumes. Party shops that I can recommend for a great selection of Halloween costumes, masks and accessories are Party and Celebrate in Clapham and Non-Stop Party Shop in Kensington.
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If you’re shopping online, then have a look at the following websites for a wide variety of costumes;
Trick or Treating in London
Trick or treating is one of our favourite Halloween activities and our experiences have varied over the years living in London. Trick-or-treating in London typically starts after sunset, around 5pm/6pm depending on neighbourhood and the houses taking part are decorated with at least a pumpkin. Trick or treat is always on 31 October, even if it falls on a weekday.
St John’s Wood, Kensington, Chelsea and Chiswick are London neighbourhoods popular for trick-of-treating. The last time we went trick-or-treating was in 2019 around Chiswick, where we lived at the time, with our neighbours and Little T’s school friends. Hopefully we’ll have the chance to go trick-or-treating and decoration spotting for Halloween 2021!
I hope you found this guide to Halloween in London with kids helpful! I’ll keep adding to the Halloween Events 2021 list so do check back for more updates. And do tag me on Instagram @piccoloexplorer if you see any brilliant porch decorations this Halloween season!
This post was updated on 08 October 2021 with updated Halloween 2021 event information.
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