in2 Days Out: ‘Day Out With The Kids’ give us their ghostly guide to Half Term


IT feels like only yesterday when we said goodbye to the summer holidays, and yet here we are again welcoming another week off school!

Believe us, we know it can be hard to think of new days out to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays, but here at, we’ve got your back.
We thought we’d give you a list of our favourite half term activities, that you can enjoy. Can you guess the theme? Yep, it’s something spooky…

Shriek the week away at Colchester Zoo
From 21 October, there’s a wide range of activities on offer for you to embrace Shriek Week at Colchester Zoo. Dress up as a spooky skeleton or a wicked witch and head on down for a scary adventure. Explore the animals, but be sure not to frighten the lions, they might just scare you back with a fearsome roar! Continue the adventure into the night, and enjoy after dark feeds, be amazed by special effects around the park and enjoy some trick or treating too!

Self-Guided spooking at Thorndon Country Park
Crunch in the Autumn leaves, splash in muddy puddles and be sure to wear your best wellies, as Thorndon Country Park has a spooky walk perfect for your Halloween fix. This self-guided vampire hunt will have you exploring the grounds of the park whilst searching for bat shaped markers, perfect for the whole family. Kids can channel their inner explorer as they search the spooky woods for clues, and pick up a prize once their all hunted out. From Saturday 21 – Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Spooktacular fun at Barleylands Farm Park
On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October, Barleylands Farm Park has Halloween spook nights covered. Get lost in the haunting haze maze, meet ghastly ghosts on the ghost train, and run wild on the Witches Walk. Share spooky stories, visit the creepy reptile crave or dance the night away at the Halloween disco. Join in with the village trick or treating, and see how full your bag of treats gets. A night of chills, spills and spooky tales is not to be missed, so make sure you book your tickets before you go.

Scary tower tales at Layer Marney Tower
Pick out your best spooky costume, apply some scary face paint and head on down to Layer Marney Tower. Here you can celebrate a spooky Halloween with ghost tales in the cobwebbed tower, or test your apple bobbing skills in the apple games. What pumpkin party would be complete without an array of pumpkin friends? Be sure to find the one with the scariest face for a picture.You can join in on the fun from 24 – 26 October.

Hunt for pumpkins at Mountfitchet Castle
Mountfitchet Castle has 10 days of spooky fun just waiting for you to uncover. Follow the clues, and discover pumpkin names as you embark on the pumpkin trail. There are prizes to be won so make sure you bring along the best detectives in the family. Medieval fans will love catapulting wicked witches and ghastly ghosts to see how far they can fly. Bring the whole family and head on down for a fun filled day celebrating the scary festivities from 21 – 31 October.

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