Looking for ideas for half-term fun & halloween events? The KIDsorted team have curated some great options for you that are easily accessible from West London and family friendly!
WHISK KIDS HALLOWEEN | Spooky Baking! 11am until 4pm each day. Children should be accompanied by a caregiver at all times | Free | WHERE: Chiswick | WHEN: 21 – 29 October, 11AM – 4PM | Click here to find out more.
HALF-TERM FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT | Susan from SPT offers 1-hour family photo shoots on location during half-term for just £75. Great idea for a day out with the family! You can book this fabulous family photo shoot here | WHEN: Half-term week | WHERE: West London Location of you choice. Think Chiswick House Park, Holland Park, ….
PUMPKIN PARTY 2014 at CHISWICK HOUSE | Come in costume with carved pumpkins to be displayed and lit up as it gets dark. Lots of games, family activities, face painting* and a bouncy castle* (*extra cost) throughout the afternoon | £5 family ticket max 4 people or £1 for each extra person | WHERE: Chiswick House Walled Gardens (entrance A4 gate car park) | WHEN: 25 October, 4PM – 6:30PM | Click here to find out more.
SPORTY HALF-TERM WITH SPORTS LINX FOOTBALL ACADEMY | Sessions run between the 27 and 31 of October and you can book either 1/2 or full days. Find out more about the football half-term workshops for kids in Chiswick and other West London locations here. | WHEN: 27 – 31 October | WHERE: Lampton School, TW3
IS SYON HOUSE HAUNTED? The magnificent sixteenth-century stately home in Syon Park has more than its fair share of intriguing history, so it’s no wonder that rumours of ghostly goings-on are rife as soon as the sun sets and the place seems spookier. The theme of this year’s Halloween tours is ‘History, Film… Death’, and visitors will hear tales of tragic priests, doomed monarchs and loyal servants who met a sticky end as they explore the house, keeping an eye out for the supernatural on the way. Arrive up to half an hour before the tour for complimentary refreshments to steel your nerves. Book in advance | House and garden: £11.50, £10.00 concs, £5.00 children (5-16 years) £26.00 family; garden and conservatory only: £6.50, £5.00 concs, £3.50 children, £14.00 family
WHERE: Syon House | WHEN: Halloween Special 25 October, House open until Nov 2nd 2014: 11am-5pm (last adm 4pm) Wed, Thur, Sun, bank hol Mons & Good Friday. Gardens and conservatory open until Nov 2nd 2014: 10.30am-5pm (last adm 4pm) daily
DANCE SING! CLUB | Ana Ortiz hosts a 5 day Halloween workshop for children aged 6-11 years. Your child will enjoy a fun packed week full of music, dancing, singing and acting. This creative sing & dance half-term workshop is perfect for children 6 – 11 years and can be booked here | COST: £135 for 5 days | WHERE: St. Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road, Chiswick | WHEN: 5 days starting 27 October, each day 10am – 3pm
HAM HOUSE HALLOWEEN | Dress up in your scariest Halloween outfit and enjoy the spooky fun. Create an art piece inspired by your visit to haunted Ham and enjoy art activities in the basement of the house. From ‘Room on the Broom’ to ‘Funnybones’, come along for spooky story time during Halloween half term. See noticeboard at visitor reception for times and location. Follow a spooky trail around the gardens and find a prize at end of trail. Family Ghost Tours – Discover the ghostly goings on at Ham with an after-hours Ghost Tour. Reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain, discover the ghostly tales scattered through the history of Ham House. The evening starts with light refreshments followed by an atmospheric tour of the house and gardens | Free entry for children when accompanied by an adult | WHERE: Richmond | WHEN: 25 October – 2 November| Click here to find out more.
ART @ KITE | Art @ Kite Studios are running daily workshops with a different theme each day. From spooky puppet making to building with clay, there is something for all children aged 4+. £13.50 – 26.50 depending on duration. You can book these great arts and craft workshops for half-term here | WHEN: daily, 27 – 31 October | WHERE: W12 close to Goldhawk Road
BOO AT THE ZOO | ZSL London Zoo will be hosting a fun week of spooky goings on this Halloween half term with a little help from some of its furry, feathery and scaly friends. Boo at the Zoo will offer visitors a packed week of ghoulish animal treats that will see them howling with delight as they get up close and personal with mighty owls, enter the Black Widow’s Lair and face a mystery feely-box challenge. Throughout the day the mysterious Mr Darkmire will draw back the curtain of the Grim Curiosity Shoppe to reveal a hidden inner sanctum – the Owl Emporium. A secret room, lit only by flickering lanterns, visitors will be wowed by the Zoo’s incredible owls demonstrating their amazing nocturnal abilities | Children under 3 free, for all other ticket prices click here | WHERE: London Zoo at Regent’s Park | WHEN: 25 October – 2 November, activities taking place between 11am – 3pm | All activities are included in the usual price of entry to the Zoo | Click here to find out more.
HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE AT THE CANAL MUSEUM | A unique trip through Islington Tunnel on board one of London’s community narrow boats, specially decorated for the occasion with a friendly witch amongst the crew. Be prepared for some surprise sights in the darkness of the 193 year old tunnel! Kids receive sweets on board and a free glow stick. A Ghost Story Teller will tell stories in the museum 4:30pm – 8:30pm (30 min after the hour) on both days. Each story-telling session lasts about 20 minutes. Prepare for sinister spine-chilling tales that will make your blood curdle! A face painter will be there from 5:00-9:00pm on both days in the museum. | Adults 16+ £10.96, Children up to 15 £8.44 | WHERE: Canal Museum at King’s Cross | WHEN: 25 – 26 October, 4:30 – 9:30pm | Click here to find out more.
HAMMERSMITH HALLOWEEN EVENT | Visit London’s creepy Witches’ cabin on Lyric Square for a variety of free chilling Halloween activities to keep you (or your kids!) busy this half-term. To start off take part in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt, which will run from Wednesday 29th October to Friday 31st October. On Halloween itself, make sure you take advantage of free face-painting. Come along to our creepy cabin from 1pm, take pictures with the wicked witch and leave with a new face in preparation for our Fancy Dress Competition at 4pm. The top three costumes will be crowned and amazing prizes given away. Tall tales and scary stories will also be taking place during Friday lunchtime as our resident storyteller will terrify you with a selection of haunting tales, all for FREE | WHERE: Lyric Square Hammersmith | WHEN: 29 – 31 October | Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
HYDE PARK DISCOVERY DAYS | Batty about bats? Drop in to the free discovery days any time between 11am and 3pm. All ages are welcome. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are home to several different bat species – common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles, and noctules. You can also get into the Halloween spirit and take part in a host of spectacularly spooky activities from ‘Pin the wart on the witch’ to potion making from herbs, sticks and mud. Why not come along in your own Halloween fancy dress? | FREE | WHERE: Hyde Park | When: 29 – 30 October, 11am – 3pm | Click here to find out more.
HALLOWEEN AT RAVENSCOURT PARK GLASSHOUSES | Join with your kids to make natural Halloween decorations and crafts, play games and explore the autumn garden in the unique setting of the Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses. FREE: Drop in session, no booking is required and donations for materials are appreciate | WHERE: Ravenscourt Park | WHEN: 30 October, 10am – 4pm | Click here to find out more.
GUNNERSBURY PARK MUSEUM ART WORKSHOP | Perfect for 7 – 11 years | Children’s storytelling and art workshop – join for spooky goblin stories and make your own scary shadow puppet to take home | £2 per ticket | WHERE: Meet outside the museum WHEN: 31 October, 10am – 3pm
BEDFORD LAKES SPOOKY WALK | 16+ or otherwise supervised by parents | Do you dare to brave Bedfont Lakes at night? See what creeps around the Lakes after dark. Join the Rangers and the creatures of the night on our Halloween horrors spooky walk | £5/ticket | WHERE: Bedford Lakes | WHEN: 31 October, 6pm – 9pm | Email email@example.com or call 07887 410 811 to book your place.
HORSE DRAWN HALLOWEEN RIDES RICHMOND PARK | For grown ups! Imagine the sombre steps of a horse-drawn dray approaching as you stand at the locked Sheen Gate. As the gates swing open, you come on board for a ride like no other. Ticket price includes carriage blankets and gin, maximum tour size of eight people | £48 per person | WHERE: Richmond Park, arrival and departure are outside Sheen gate, closest Public Transport is Mortlake WHEN: 31 October, 6 – 7pm | Click here to find out more.
FORTNUM & MASON | Children pumpkin carving. The Children’s Competition for ages up to 10, will take place between 3pm and 5pm in the Demonstration Kitchen, with judging at 4pm. Ghoulish treats will be offered, and there will be a decorating area available for last-minute alterations. The prize is a crate of splendid sweets for the winner WHERE: Fortnum & Mason Picadilly | WHEN: 31 October, 3pm – 5pm | Click here to find out more.