Friday 4 October 2019

10 Family Friendly Halloween Events Happening in Bristol this Half Term

It doesn't feel like too long ago that we were all getting ready for the kids to go back to school! But in just a few short weeks the kids will be breaking up for their first Half Term which also brings with it Halloween.

Whether you love or loathe it, go all out fancy dress or prefer to carve a pumpkin at home there are plenty of activities going on in and around the Bristol area this half term that the whole family can enjoy. From spooky crafts to creepy crawly's you are sure to find something to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit this year.

Check out some of our favourite Halloween events happening in Bristol for 2019 -

Brunel's SS Great Britain 

Find your sea legs and climb aboard the SS Great Britain this Halloween for an array of fun this half term. The SS Great Britain will be hosting a range of activities and events over Halloween with many of them included in the cost of admission to the boat itself. 

You can earn a Certificate of Bravery whilst being able to scare your friends with your new seaworthy injuries with the help of some professional special effects makeup artists. They will help to create some gruesome wounds and scary looks to get you in the Halloween spirit. Or you could discover the darker side to the SS Great Britain with the trail of tragic tales aboard the ship, just watch out for the shadows, creeks and gruesome goings on as you explore deeper into the ship than before. 

Date - 19th October until 2nd November 2019
Time - Various times
Where Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY.

Spooky Fun at Avon Valley

Grab your broomsticks and fly on over the Avon Valley this half term for some Spooktacular fun and games. New for 2019 we have Bunbury Square where you can find The Broomstick Flying Hub, Wand Decorating, Slime Making and a Butter Beer Station! Trick or Treat street will also be back, but what will be waiting behind the doors!?

The pets corner will be transformed into a spooky creepy crawly showcase and there will even be the chance to catch Merlin the owl on one his flying shows or meet and greets. Throughout the day there will also be the chance to take a ride on thSkeleton Express railway or the Madame Pumpkins Tractor Tour. Plus there will be not one but two self led trails around the park for you to explore. 

Date - 26th October until 3rd November 2019
Time - 10am until 4pm
Where - Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife park, Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP.

A'Scare'ium at Bristol Aquarium -

Dive into the deep, dark depth of the ocean this Halloween at Bristol Aquarium with their spooktacular Halloween activities. Discover and learn all about what creatures are really lurking in the depths with mini tours of some of the oceans scariest inhabitants including spider crabs, eels and even piranhas. 

You will also have the chance to get creative, making your own fishy slime and a deadly lionfish headdress to wear as you explore the aquarium.

Date - 26th October until 3rd November 2019 (Torch lit tours are on 29th October 5.40pm until 8pm)
Time - 10am until 5pm
Where - Bristol Aquarium, Anchor road, Bristol, BS1 5TT.

Skeloween at Bristol Zoo Gardens - 

Get into the Halloween spirit at Bristol Zoo this October where you can find lots of fun as well as learning lots of new things about the animals at the zoo. You can transform with the help of some fearsome face paint or take part in some gruesome crafts that you can take home with you. There will also be lots of themed games going on throughout the zoo and if you are brave enough you try and navigate your way through the cobweb covered boneyard!

Date - 26th October until 3rd November 2019
Time - 9am until 5.30pm
WhereBristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA.

Film Screening at Arnos Vale Cemetery - 

If films are more your thing, why not make family film night a spooky event for the whole family this Halloween. Head down to Arnos Vale cemetery where they will have two showings of the family favourite film "Coco". The film will be played inside the Anglican chapel and you could be one of the first to explore the chapels "day of the dead" alter. It sounds like the perfect setting for a spooky Halloween film to me!

Date - 26th October 2019
Time - 6.30pm until 7.50pm OR 8.30pm until 9.50pm
WhereArnos Vale Cemetery Trust, West Lodge, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW.

HorseWorld Halloween Open Day - 

Horseworld will be hosting another of their charity open days and to tie in with the time of year, this one will be Halloween themed. As well as all of the usual events at their open days such as tombola, cake sale and being able to get close to all the rescue horses. There will also be some spooky additions such as "Horaces Halloween Hunt" and even a Halloween costume competition with a prize for the best costume.

Date - 19th October 2019
Time - 10.30am until 4pm
WhereHorseWorld Trust, Keynes Farm, Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, BS14 0QL.

Halloween at Berkeley Castle - 

Berkeley castle are taking us all back to Tudor times this Halloween with there all hallows week for Halloween. Along with  An audience with King Henry VIII and 2 beheaded wives, the grim executioner will also be prowling the castle and tell his grim stories. You might also spot two of Henry VIII less fortunate wives amongst the visitors, telling their unfortunate stories. There will also be the chance for you try your hand at Tudor dancing, listen to spooky stories and of course explore the beautiful castle itself. 

Plus don't forget to bring along your welly boots as there will be the chance to head off on a spooky adventure around the grounds, hunting down various Halloween themed decorations. There will also be the chance to get your face painted in a ghoulish fashion, then swap your adventure stories over toasted marshmallows in the Wild Play area.

Date - 27th October until 30th October 2019
Time - 10.30am until 5pm
Where - Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

Spooky Arts & Crafts at Creation Station -

Try your hand at creating some BIG art this Halloween with Creation Station. This class is perfect for younger children and is suitable for children aged 18 months up to 9 years. Each child will be drawing around themselves and then transforming their outline into a spooky creation.

Date - 28th October 2019
Time - 11.20am until 12.15pm
Where - Armadillo Centre, Station Road, Yate, Bristol, Bristol, BS37 4FW.

Pumpkin Festival at Farrington's

Is it really Halloween is you haven't made an attempt at pumpkin carving!? This Halloween you can head over to Farrington's farm to join in their pumpkin festival where you will have the chance to pick your very own pumpkin.

Once you have carefully selected your pumpkin from the pumpkin field you can head over and join in with a whole range of activities including Pumpkin Carving, a Tractor Trailer Ride around the Farm, Spookley Story Time, a Spookley Movie, and the School of Spooky Stuff where you make monster costumes or yucky potions with the team from the Super Pirates.

On 17th October there is a dedicated SEN pumpkin picking day and on the 24th October you can add your own carved pumpkin to the pumpkin tower to light the night sky during the pumpkin glow. 

Date - 12th October until 31st October 2019
Time - 10am until 4pm
Where - Home Farm, Main Street, Farrington Gurney, Bristol, BS39 6UB.

Ghostbusters Junk Modelling Day at Creative Workshop

Looking to get craft this Halloween? Then head on down to the Creative Workshop where they are running a special Ghostbusters day for Halloween! You will have the chance to create your own ghost busting kit and then play with it in the friendly alien and ghosts den. You even get to take your ghost busting kit home so you can carry on the fun.

Date - 29th October 2019
Time - 11am until 3pm
Where - Creative Workshop, Queens Road, Withywood, Bristol BS13 8LF.

Do any of the activities or events above take your fancy? What are yours or your children's favourite Halloween or Half Term activities? Let me know in the comments below. 



  1. I love Bristol, and try to visit a couple of times a year. There are some cool events here. I love the sound of Berkley castle.

  2. I love Halloween! It's one of my favorite times of the year. MY husband and I always make a trip to the pumpkin patch and I love the wacky Halloween decorations of our neighbors. My grandson and I also decorate sugar cookies for him to take to school. This year they will be ghosts or black cats! xx

  3. I love Halloween! It's one of my favorite times of the year. MY husband and I always make a trip to the pumpkin patch and I love the wacky Halloween decorations of our neighbors. My grandson and I also decorate sugar cookies for him to take to school. This year they will be ghosts or black cats! xx

  4. Wow! So much going on! I particularly like the sound of the SS Great Britain events. What an amazing setting for it.

  5. Halloween is such a wonderful event and it is great you have listed down 10 fab family friendly event to do in Bristol.

  6. I love that attractions are really getting behind Halloween and offering different events for the children

  7. I never really enjoyed Halloween until I had children. In recent years I haven't needed to do too much as my son was too young g but he's now at an age where he wants to take part, so I need to get researching some local activities.

  8. I love Halloween now, but never used to before I had children. My son is now six and really into it this year so going to be trying to research different events. This list will be so helpful for people local to Bristol.

  9. This is our favourite time of year and we love how many Halloween events are happening up and down the country. Anything to do with pumpkin carving and having outdoor fun wins our vote!

  10. I think it's really awesome that there are so many activities on for the kids during the October holidays! So much to choose from!