Oct 18, 2022
Things to do in London this October half time with kids 2022

October 18, 2022

How is it the October half term already? I have no ideas?! We’ve been blessed (chucked) with a 2-week half term – yay #LOL. But really, I know we have NOTHING to complain about with London on our doorstep. Here are a few things to do in London this October half time with kids!

Mexico Family Fiesta at Kew Gardens

When: 22nd – 31st October 2022

Where: Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE

Celebrate the Day of the Dead in style over at Kew Gardens. This family day out includes dress-up pit stops, parades, beautiful art installations and carnival dance workshops.

Halloween at Hampton Court Palace

When: 22nd – 30th October

Where: Hampton Court Palace

For a spooctastic family friendly adventure, head over to Hampton Court to explore Henry VIII’s haunted palace! Projections, creepy sounds effects and dark winding corridors will keep everyone on their toes! You can also download a Halloween trail to enhance your visit.

Horrible Histories Terrible Thames boat tour

When: October half term 2022

Where: Tower Bridge Quay, north bank of the Thames, E1W 1LD

Enjoy a wickedly horrible boat tour up the Thames, with gruesome tales about King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Julius Caesar, the Duke of Wellington, Queen Boudicca, Jack the Ripper and Captain Kidd. All aboard!!! Ekk!!!

Horrible Histories Terrible Thames

A trip to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

When: 11am – 6pm on Tuesday – Friday AND Friday – Monday Halloween weekend

Where: 159 Hoxton Street, London N1 6PJ

Vote No. 1 Kids’ Shop in London’ by Time Out Magazine, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is the perfect place to pop into for some gruesome supplies. Think edible compacted ear wax, rats brains, wands, broomstick pencils and more! Spooky!!

Spooky Burials, Bombs and Fantastic Beasts walking tour

When: 6.30pm – 8pm, Wednesday 12th, 19th, 26th October and 2nd November

Where: Leadenhall, Market, Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT

Led by City of London Tours, this family friendly walking tour is a fab way to round off a spooctastic afternoon at Leadenhall Market. Think witchcraft and murder. Yikes!

Peppa Pig Halloween Afternoon Tea Bus Tour!

When: 20th – 23rd October and 28th – 31st October

Where: Departing from Somerset House

A scrummy, yummy Halloween treat by Brigit’s Bakery! We’ve not done this ourselves (yet!), but I’ve heard SO many brilliant things about it. Hop on board the Peppa Pig bus for a tour of London landmarks, whilst enjoying a Peppa Pig themed afternoon tea. Littles will also be able to view a fun Peppa Pig guided animation of the London tour, complete with sing-a-long songs! Yay.

Hobble’ween at Hobbledown Heath

When: Hobbledown Heath, Staines Road, Hounslow, TW14 0HH

Where: 22nd – 30th October

There’s a huge amount of fun and games over at Hobbledown Heath this Halloween half term! Potion making, bug brunch challenge, spooky storytelling sessions, a hidden letter hunt and a fancy dress monster ball! See you there! 25% off day tickets with code: HALL04876 (valid until 21st October for visits till the end of November 22).

Halloween at Capel Manor Gardens

When: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October

Where: Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4RQ

Spook yourself silly with a ghostly pirate trail through Capel Manor Gardens. then, tip-toe through the bewitching forest, and join in with pumpkin picking, face painting and creepy crafts! *This is a super popular event so booking is strongly recommended.

The Gunpowder Plot experience (for older kids)

When: Ongoing

Where: 8-12 Tower Hill Vaults, London, EC3N 4EE

A chilling, immersed theatrical experience which combines live theater and digital technology to take you back to London 1605. Surrounded by ‘traitors’, be prepared to be part of the story! Recommended for 12 years plus.

Wild Wild Words at London Southbank (FREE)

When: Saturday 22nd October 11.30am

Where: The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall

Enjoy a family friendly day of storytelling, performance and workshops including stories from the rainforest, singing and even a bedtime story!

Discovery day: hair-raising Halloween in Hyde Park (FREE)

When: Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th October 11am-3pm

Where: The look out center in Hyde Park

Creepy crawly fun for the littles, including an eerie nature trail, spooky interactive story, feely boxes and a chance to learn more about the Royal Parks bats! Dressing up is encouraged!

Uniqlo TATE play: Painterly outdoors (FREE)

When: 22nd – 30th October 2022

Where: TATE Modern, South Landscape, Blavatnik Building, bankside, London SE1 9TG

Get your creativity pumping by joining in with a hands-on lively abstract artwork by Agnes Marten, Cy Twombly and Huguette Caland. Littles can get messy by shooting, splashing and squelching paint to add to the masterpiece.

Secrets of the city in the London Transport Museum (FREE with museum admission)

When: Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October

Where: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB

Discover the secret lives of city residents through a family trail about the museum’s galleries. Join in with a dance and movement workshop, bat themed crafts and learn more about the protected bat colony at Highgate station in the hidden London exhibition.

Jurassic World The Exhibition

When: Booking until mid-January 2023

Where: Excel London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL

*Runs in – it’s Jurassic World!! A roarsome, interactive exhibition of dinosaursperfect for the whole family.

Covent Garden Pumpkin Market

When: 29th – 31st October

Where: Convent Garden Market Building, Central London

If pumpkins are your thing, how about checking out the Covent Garden pumpkin market! Expect to see a feast for the eyes.


Macbeth storytelling at Shakespeare’s Globe

When: 22nd – 29th October

Where: Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Does it get any more eye-popping than a retelling of Macbeth? Possibly not! This seated storytelling event is perfect for little ones aged 5 to 12 years old, and a great opportunity to visit the Globe too.

If I had a Vampire Bat – meet the author event

When: Saturday 22nd October

Where: Pickled pepper books, 10 Middle Lane, Crouch End, N8 8PL

A lovey meet the author event for children aged 2 to 7 years old with Gabby Dawnay. Includes a special storytime and drawing.

Halloween Trail at the Discover Children’s Story Center

When: 10am, 22nd – 30th October

Where: Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Follow a magical Halloween trail around the gorgeous Story Worlds of the Story Centre, at littles aged 0-11 years old. *If you get the chance, why not pop into The 100 Story Hotel, an immersive world of play and storytelling, created by award-winning author/illustrator Rob Biddulph at the Story Center (10.05am-10.50am extra £3).

Halloween wizard afternoon tea at The Wands and Wizard Exploratorium

When: 10th – 30th October

Where: 26 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 5DE

for a magical hands-on experience, this fab interactive afternoon tea will tickle big and little witches and wizards. Tea sand-witches, elven scones and wizard sweets, complete with traditional tea with a Halloween twist. Yummmmm!

4DX screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at The O2 Cineworld

When: Friday 28th – 30th October

Where: Cineworld, The O2 Greenwich

Any Harry Potter fans? This is for you. Enjoy a thrilling 4DX cinema experience complete with motion, water, wind and scent effects, taking Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 20th anniversary screening to a whole new level.

Wicked the musical

When: Ongoing

Where: The Apollo Victoria Theater (opposite Victoria underground station)

This was my little ones first ever BIG musical many years ago and we cannot recommend it enough. It’s fun, frothy and gut wrenching (defying gravity towards the end of the first half -wow!) all in one go. But basically a beautiful tale of friendship and celebrating differences. Recommended for children aged 7 years plus.

Hatter’s Farm pick your own pumpkin (just outside London)

When: October

Where: Hatter’s Farm, takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6NP

Have fun picking your own pumpkins, then venture onto the maize maze if you dare! Hatter’s Farm are also running pumpkin NIGHTS! So you can go pumpkin picking in the twilight hours (the maze will also be open!!! Ekkkk!!!!!!!) #SOEXCITED

Have you got any plans for this Halloween half term?

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