Spook-tacular family fun this half-term around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Halloween family half term fun

The spooky season is here again, and before you know it the kids are going to be off school. This year there’s loads to keep them entertained, from pumpkin patches to Halloween trails, farm visits to museums – there’s no excuse not to have a spooktacular time!

And with the nights drawing in why not make the most of it and head out for the evening, once the kids have had their fun. Tired kids mean an easy job for your sitter, they will be fast asleep in no time! Whatever your childcare needs we’d love to help.

Pumpkin picking 

Everyone loves to carve a pumpkin and there’s loads of inspiration on the web – but how about heading out to the fields to pick your own? Farms across the area are bursting with pumpkins of all different shapes and sizes, ready to be carved with a spooky face before the 31st.

You can pick your own pumpkins at Starveall, Buckinghamshire located between Aylesbury and Thame – between 10am and 4pm on the weekends of 16/17th & 23/24th October! Entry to the field is £1 per person and pumpkin prices will range from 50p to £15 depending on the size!


The Bucks Goat Centre is a friendly open farm situated near Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire. They have a pop-up pumpkin farm with over 2,000 pumpkins to choose from. They’ll also have pumpkin carving on-site at £1.00 per kit. Due to high demand, you’ll need to book tickets for your prefered 90-minute time slot.

For sheer variety of different pumpkins, book the Milton Maze Pumpkin Patch, Cambridgeshire. Here you will find tiny ones, warty ones, orange ones and monster ones – a pumpkin for every carving design you can imagine! Plus loads more Halloween fun.

At Millets farm, Oxfordshire you can also pick your own pumpkins and then enjoy an array of spooky fun – there’s even a Halloween Circus and Spooky Disco nights! Do book ahead though to avoid disappointment.

Also in Oxfordshire the beautiful Hadsham farm near Banbury have a pop up pumpkin field and carving in the barn, plus a spooky sensory trail through the wooded area on the farm and refreshments – but don’t forget to wrap up warm and wear your wellies as there’s no heating in the barns!


Halloween trails

Don’t fancy digging out your wellies to brave the fields? How about a trip to the railway instead? This year the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre are hosting their ‘trick or treat’ event over the Halloween weekend. For children interested in trains and engines, you can combine this with a spooky Halloween themed activity trail. Fa-boo-lous!

For a ghoulish day out follow the clues around the mysterious world of Tumblestone Hollow and the Gardens at Stonor to win a special chocolate prize (or an alternative treat!).  Folk of Tumblestone Hollow will be reading stories and giving away spooky temporary transfers. There will be pumpkins galore and ghoulish surprises. You can also have fun carving pumpkins (seperate ticket applies), they have a limited supply of pumpkins so do book ahead.

You could also venture to Waddesdon Manor and walk along the spooky cryptid safari trails. Head down the path, spotting magical creatures as you go, and at the end of the trail claim your prize. For the night owls among you, stroll down between 6pm and 8pm to begin the twilight tour – just remember to bring a torch!

The woodland playground at Waddesdon is the perfect place to entertain adventurous children, they can play, swing, slide until their heart’s content – and if they aren’t exhausted after all of that, you can head into the woods to build your own den. Once you’re done the cafe is open for a tasty treat, to refuel those hungry tummies.



Trick or treat at the farm

Mead Open Farm is open this half term too, spend the day learning about and interacting with the farm animals, before heading inside to the soft play area, where hours of fun can be spent.

This year the farm is hosting a ‘pumpkin spooktacular’ event – for the little ones there’s a tiny terrors tractor ride around the farm, and for the more brave-hearted, steel your nerves for the thrills and spills of the haunted house.


Spooky Science fun

If you fancy something to get their brains whirring, why not visit the Science Oxford Centre. This half term you can get up close with creepy crawlies, create chromatography bats, and try out different experiments in the Exploration zone. It’s a great hands-on way to spark your children’s scientific imagination!

And don’t forget Inloco is here to help cover your childcare needs. Whether it’s an evening out with friends, help for a few hours so you can work or regular childcare – Inloco childcarers, recommended by your trusted circle of friends and family – can take the childcare reins.

Whatever you decide to get upto we’re witch-ing you a Happy Halloween!



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