5 of the best Halloween events for half-term fun in Kent

Halloween at Hever

Activities for children of all ages are on offer at Hever - and fancy dress is actively encouraged! - Credit: Alison Bailey

Get ready for a whole lot of spooky fun this half-term in Kent; from a Ghoul school to pumpkin carving, there is so much for the kids to get up to in Kent.

1. Get the shivers at Hever
First, there was Hogwarts, now there’s Ghoul School – and you can enrol your little spooks at Hever Castle & Gardens this half-term. It takes the form of a family-friendly interactive audio trail (£1) during which participants may bump into a spooky array of teachers sharing delights, frights and possibly vampire bites.

Around the grounds, you can keep those vampires at bay with a garlic-bulb-planting workshop. Fancy dress encouraged! Numbers are limited, so keep your fingers crossed they’ll have space for you on the trail. 

For older (and possibly braver) visitors, Halloween Scream offers a two-part interactive experience in both the Castle and the cellars underneath after dark, featuring live (or so they tell us - but this is Halloween, after all...) actors and special effects.

Suitable for ages 14 and over; £25, pre-booking essential. October 23-31 Adults admission Castle and Gardens: £19.20, children £10.90. Family of 4: £51.10 hevercastle.co.uk

2. Hang out with Penshurst’s Halloween Hag
Young visitors to Penshurst Place can wander through the gardens on a fairytale-inspired mission to find hidden objects. Clues will help them uncover the title of a well-known children’s story and one of its favourite characters, too - all on offer October 23-31.

Meanwhile, a Hideous Hag will be setting up court in the Baron’s Hall from 25-29 Oct, sharing not only bewitching stories of toil and trouble over her cauldron but offering cups of warming hot chocolate to families, too – so she’s clearly not all bad.

Fancy dress welcomed. Admission to garden, grounds and Hall: adults over 16, £13, children over 5, £7. Family of 4: £25.50. Penshurst place.com

Penshurst Place

This Halloween Hag at Penshurst looks friendly enough to us - she'll even offer you cocoa! - Credit: Penshurst Place

3. Halloween Spooktacular at Kent Life
Our name's sake at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park will be offering a spooky week full of family fun and games, ideal for younger children.

Visitors can look forward to pumpkin carving, creepy corners, spooky tractor rides and daily fancy dress competitions. And if you’re brave enough, you can trick or treat on one of the historic houses on-site - you never know who might be lurking behind the doors!

October 23 - 31. Tickets: adults, £10, children  (3-15), £9, a family of 4, £35. Prebooking recommended: kentlife.org.uk

4. See out the season in style at Lullingstone
We know the gardens are Lullingstone Castle are always worth visiting – but you might find more than you bargained for over this half-term. On its last opening day of the season, pumpkin carving, spooky garden tours, and more will all be on offer – ideal for all the family.

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Tom Hart Dyke will give garden tours at 1pm, with a dusk tour at 5pm, where you can learn about the origins of pumpkins, colours and varieties and children can spot the Halloween tricks in eerie torchlight! Fancy dress is welcome.

Additional £2 donation for the pumpkin carving. October 31. Tickets: adult £10, children under 16, free (£2 pumpkin-carving). lullingstonecastle.co.uk

Halloween magic at Lullingstone Castle

Halloween magic at Lullingstone Castle means spooky tales and lots of fun with pumpkins - Credit: Alan Graham

5. Pumpkin Festival at Riverhill
Arrive at lovely Riverhill just outside Sevenoaks, where the leaves in the garden are turning from yellow to gold and fiery red.

Collect a sheet from the ticket office and see if you can find all the pumpkins. Then claim your sweet reward - low-key fun for everyone! You could also enjoy a spot of BYO Pumpkin Carving, which takes place in a cosy, autumnal, pumpkin-themed grotto.

You will need to bring your own pumpkin (or buy one on-site), but Riverhill will supply tools and inspiration. We will also have pumpkins for sale too. Afterwards, you can treat yourself to drinks and cake in the tearoom. 

Open Wednesdays -  Sundays only, October 16-31. Adults and children over 4 £7. riverhillgardens.co.uk