From spooky trails to pumpkin patches and themed activities, you'll find plenty going on across Dorset during half term.


Upton Country Park have created a fun activity pack which includes a spooky trail and Halloween themed activities!

For more information and to download your activity pack, please visit Upton Country Park.

Fancy watching a Halloween movie on the big screen from the comfort of your car? The Drive-In Movies will be at Farmer Palmers on selected dates with scheduled movies including Casper, The Lost Boys, Friday the 13th, The Nun, Nightmare on Elm Street and Hotel Transylvania.

For more information include dates and prices, please visit the Drive-In Theatres.


Set sail to Brownsea Island and collect a free activity kit to follow the spooky trail through the woods.

For more information, please visit the National Trust.

Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and pick up a Spooky Waoodland trail sheet from reception. Trail sheets cost £2 per child and include a prize bag of Halloween treats. The trail will lead you through the Spooky Woodland Walk where there are 8 ghouls to find.  There will also be Halloween decorations which children can take away to make at home. 

For more information and dates, please visit the Hampshire Cultural Trust.

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The farm park has a spooky makeover and the team are transformed into the entertaining 'Boo Crew'. Dressing up is highly encouraged and they are hoping to bring you the "Spook and Soak" Tractor Ride again - prepare for water guns, giggling ghouls, and squeals of surprises!

For more information and to pre-book your tickets, please visit Farmer Palmers.

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The dinosaurs at Mighty Adventures in Bournemouth are getting ready to welcome families for Halloween, but watch out because the T-Rex is hungry!
Mighty Adventures would love to see the children looking spooky on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and every child dressed up will get a free bag of treats!

For more information and to pre-book your tickets, please visit Mighty Adventures Bournemouth.

Can you find Wally at Poole Museum? There are eight Where’s Wally locations in the museum, each with a letter to collect. Join in the spooky search for Wally and you'll get a free bookmark for a prize.

For more information and to pre-book your free timed entry, please visit Poole Museum.

Head to Scaplen's Court for a spooktacular visit, mystery word hunt and a range of Halloween activities and displays.

For more information and to pre-book your free tickets, please visit Scaplens Court.


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There’s always plenty to do at Moors Valley Country Park and this half term families can enjoy the Ranger Den – Go Wild activities, a free Halloween activity trail and the steam railway will have a pumpkin trail too!

For more information, please visit Moors Valley Country Park.

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A great day for all the family with a full daily farm schedule plus Pumpkin Carving, Autumn Farm Quiz, Tin Can Alley air rifle shooting and you can even paint and take your own horse shoe (small charge will apply).

For more information, please visit the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park.


From the 29th to the 31st of October there will be a Pumpkin Trail around town and Spoons of Dorset will have pumpkin carving fun. Pumpkin, stencils and props will be supplied, just bring your own carving tools. On Saturday 31st October there will be a Halloween Party with a fancy dress competition and themed food and drinks which include cobweb candyfloss, pumpkin pancakes and murky milkshakes.

For more information, please visit the Spoons of Dorset Facebook page.

Throughout half term there will be a Halloween Trail. Learn about the spiders that walk on water, the assassins on the heath and plants that eat insects! Additional activities on selected dates include archery taster sessions and pumpkin carving.

For more information, please visit Avon Heath Country Park.

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The Pumpkin Picking Patch in Fordingbridge is back with wheelbarrows for your pumpkins, Halloween crafts, fun activities and great food. Entry is free and you'll find over 25,000 pumpkins in every shape and size!

For more information and opening dates, please visit the Pumpkin Picking Patch.


Dive into Durlston's 'Wild Seas Trail' and find out about the creatures that live beneath the waves. The trail starts from the Castle and costs £3 per child with a prize at the end.

For more information, please visit Durlston Country Park.

Pumpkins will be hidden around the garden through half term. Grab your map and explore every corner, learning amazing facts, and complete the quiz along the way. Find all the pumpkins and answer the quiz questions to claim your prize. Maps cost £2 each and can be collected and paid for in the garden shop.

For more information, please visit The Walled Garden Moreton.

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On the 31st October Monkey World are giving away a FREE *PLAYinChoc box to every child in full Halloween fancy dress! Each ToyChoc boxes includes 2 chocolates, an endangered animal puzzle to build and an educational fun facts card. *While stocks last.

For more information and to pre-book your tickets, please visit Monkey World.


From 24 October – 1 November anyone in full spooky fancy dress enters for FREE! There’s also a sand pumpkin carving competition, Halloween trail, quiz with sweetie prizes and more!

For more information, please visit Sandworld.

This half term, Weymouth Town are looking for swashbucklers of all ages to help find the secret codes which are hidden in shop windows around town. Find all the codes on the stickers pictured for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!

For more information and to download your free trail, please visit We Are Weymouth.

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Help find the sea witches missing potion ingredients and solve a riddle to earn a special Halloween treat...if you dare! Pre-booking is essential.

For more information and to pre-book your tickets, please visit SEALIFE Weymouth.

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Scare yourselves silly this half term on the Haunted Halloween Garden Trail at Mapperton. Keep your eyes peeled, you never know what you'll find in the spooky gardens!

For more information and entry prices, please visit Mapperton.

Visit The Spooky Shrubbery at Minterne Gardens and explore the Halloween Trails from now until the 1st November.

For more information and entry prices, please visit Minterne House & Gardens.

Simply download and print your Halloween Ghost Hunt form at home and search for the spoooooky images around Brewery Square. Write down where you find the ghosts and ghouls and once you’ve completed your form let the team know on the Brewery Square Facebook page to be entered into a prize draw! You can also take your own Halloween photos with the spooky 3D Halloween pictures which are located around the square.

For more information and to download your Ghost Hunt, please visit Brewery Square.

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Follow the spidery trail around the spookily decorated cells and enjoy a slime making activity if you wish (small charge applies). All children in fancy dress go FREE too! (2 free dressed up children per adult).

For more information, please visit the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum.

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If you like to pick your own pumpkin then head to a local Pumpkin Patch.  Don't forget your wellies though!