Looking for fun things to do with the kids in and around Brighton and Hove this Halloween-time? Look no further – here is a slightly spooky selection of the very best ideas to keep everyone happy around half-term-time:
Half Term: Kids Go Free – 22nd to 26th October 2018 . Half term plans up in the air? KIDS GO FREE* at British Airways i360 between Monday 22nd and Friday 26th October! As the glass viewing pod glides up slowly to 450ft, share magical moments together pointing out landmarks, artwork on the rooftops, windfarms out at sea and the rolling coastline stretching away to the horizon.*Up to two free children per paying adult. Excludes special events and other offers.
Halloween Fright Flights: Family Friendly. October 31 @ 6:00 pm on the British Airways i360. Join in for a ghoulish flight and chilling stories above the city in the British Airways i360 pod. Brighton wasn’t always such a picturesque place; every so often reminder of its gruesome past coming creeping out of the underworld. Join us for a ghoulish flight above the city in the British Airways i360 pod and hear chilling stories about the hideous apparitions that haunt the streets and beaches below. In association with Ghost Walk of the Lanes.
Start Halloween early at Paulton’s Park – as events here run from 6th October to 5th November. Your kids will thrill to the sight of over 2,000 pumpkins, plus ghostly scenes, spooky meet and greets, the Freaky Fancy Dress competition, and the thrilling Little Monsters Ball finale. Plus all the usual rides and attractions that make the park a family favourite all year-round!
Pppick up a ppumpkin in Sompting, near Worthing – you’ll find an odd assortment of all shapes and sizes at the Pumpkin Picking Patch (13-14 and 19-29th October). The kids will adore perfecting crafts such as broomstick decorating and wand-making craft here, while you sample local foods. Watch out for witches and more…
Any kid wishing to become a witch or wizard when they grow up, should be sure to visit Hocus Pocus at Borde Hill Gardens (20th to 31st October). They’ll be able to boost their magic skills and join the ‘Borde Hill Academy of Witches of Wizards’ and receive a treat from the Head Witch in her lair (if they complete the challenges in their spell book) and take part in a whole range of mystical and magical experiences.
The Halloween Fun Run (Saturday 27th October) is a 5km Spooktacular sprint along Hove seafront aimed at families. All finishers will receive a medal and a goody bag – fancy dress essential, of course!
Shriek Week at Drusillas Park (20th to 28th October) promises to conjure up a miscellany of spooky happenings and scary surprises for your little horrors! Keep your eyes peeled for Mummy Mayhem, dodge your way around some Creepy Crawly Encounters and – for younger children – listen to classic monster tale The Gruffalo!
Newhaven Fort, too, will be filled with spooky family-friendly fun this Halloween-time. Dare you explore the terrifying tunnels of the Eastern Magazine and bump into some scary live characters; visit the ‘abandoned’ city of Seaview with its shop, video arcade, office, graveyard, prison and pub? And create your own creepy creatures to take home in daily drop-in craft sessions.
With all this wicked fun going down, no-one will dare to say "I'm bored" this Halloween half-term!
Mary Kalmus is a journalist and communications professional who has worked widely across the consumer press and local newspapers and within the NHS. She loves Theatre in all its forms and lives in Brighton.