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Halloween with Kids in London 2020

You’ll find a whole heap of stuff to do this Halloween with kids in London. Below are some of our carefully selected highlights, including...

  • Where to pick your own pumpkins
  • Where to have a Halloween rave-up with the whole family
  • And where to find the spookier side of nature

Pumpkin Picking

Pick-your-own pumpkin patches are all across Greater London and surrounding areas, offering superb days out for those wanting to do something this Halloween with kids. Here are our top picks: Stanhill Farm in Kent (but easy to reach from the capital) boasts a brilliant pumpkin patch. For the last five years, they’ve been growing pumpkins for the public to come and pick, before taking home their pickings to carve into ghoulish faces back home. Grab a wheelbarrow and get picking. October at Crockford Bridge Farm sees two weekends of pumpkin picking: the weekend of the 3rd and 4th October, and the weekend of the 10th and 11th. Bring cash to pay for the pumpkins you pick. In addition, the farm hosts a Pumpkin Festival between 25th October and the 31st. You’ll find plenty of plucky pumpkins on display, pumpkin carving and tons more activities. [caption id="attachment_5329" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Halloween Raves with Big Fish Little Fish

Family rave promoters Big Fish Little Fish are putting on two London dates this Halloween. Designed for parents and kids between 0 and 8 years old, these daytime events offer a great opportunity for dancing, partying, crafting, getting dressed up and celebrating Halloween with kids. Parties boast a number of separate rooms with DJs spinning techno, house and drum ’n’ bass at kid-appropriate volumes. With the dance floors decked out in spooky regalia, bubbles, glitter and balloons, they are wonderlands of play, music and dance. Expect to find craft areas for the kids and craft beer for the adults. Fancy dress is optional, and there’ll be pro face painters on-site if your previously reluctant kid decides they want to be a pumpkin after all. [caption id="attachment_5330" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Hair-Raising Halloween at Hyde Park - TBC

A great free event for those enjoying Halloween with kids this year, head down to Hyde Park on Thursday 24th October for a day of activities. Between 11.00 and 15.00, you’ll find a ton of kid-focused activities to take part in. Do you dare put your hands into the ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches’ Den? What kind of creepy crawlies will you find? Take the spine-tingling nature trail, learning interesting facts about the natural world as you go. If you’ve got a budding witch or wizard with you, they’ll want to try making a magical potion using plants and herbs from the Hyde Park herb garden. For those wanting to command an army of blood-sucking bats, there’s the chance to build a bat box to take home with you. Dressing up is encouraged, so bring your little monsters, and dress like a big one.

Captain Fantastic’s Not So Scary Halloween Theatre Experience - TBC

Rest assured that the little ones won’t be coming away from this Halloween show permanently emotionally scarred. Designed for kids aged 3 and up, this theatre experience is an engaging, entertaining and well-crafted show, sure to get the children hyped up about Halloween...but still able to get to sleep come bedtime. Captain Fantastic, an award-winning children’s entertainment company, put together popular shows for child audiences, and they’re Halloween spectacular promises to be hilarious, fun and just the right amount of spooky. The story sees Dr Zob—a zany, not-so-smart scientist—try to play a great trick on his nemesis, Captain Fantastic. As the story unfolds and Zob makes a fool of himself, a dazzling array of slapstick comedy, lighting, magic, songs and dance entertain the young crowd...with some gags thrown in just for the adults too. Captain Fantastic’s Not So Scary Halloween Theatre Experience is on at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield on October 21st and 27th, and at the Oasis Academy Hadley, Enfield on the 25th and 26th of October. There are two showings daily, at 11.00 and 13.30. Get your tickets now. [caption id="attachment_5331" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

ZSL London Zoo Halloween Activities

This October half term, ZSL London Zoo is celebrating the scarier and more gruesome aspects of the natural world with a range of family-friendly activities. If you and the little ones are feeling particularly adventurous, sign up for a Grim Keeper Tour, included as part of your ticket. There’ll be challenges and activities along the way as you take a trip to the main enclosures and sections of the zoo. The tours are recommended for kids aged 8 and up. You’ll find a number of animal talks and demonstrations taking places across the site, with seasonal and spooky twists. And many animals will be getting their dinner served in pumpkins throughout the week, so everyone’s getting into the spooky spirit of the season. Furthermore, a number of creepy crafting opportunities are sure to entertain your little hell-raisers, with chances to make their own bat masks to take home with them. Elsewhere, the spider, bug and reptile areas have received Halloween makeovers, showing off the creepy reputations of these Halloween animals. Learn about all of their powers. They can walk on the ceiling, fly without sight, shoot poison from their eyes and even glow in the dark. This is the natural world at its magical, mysterious and creepy best. Oh and remember...entry to ZSL London Zoo is completely free with your London Pass. [caption id="attachment_5332" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption] OK. Halloween with kids in London, done. However, if you've got any suggestions to add, let us know in the comments below. So what's next? Well, here's one of our favourite family-friendly attractions in the London area.

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