Half Term Activities

Find out where to go and what to do during October half term

This article was written on 9 October 2023
and is a 3 minute read

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If you are staying with us during the October half term there are lots of things to do locally, from pumpkins to pottery painting, witches to ghost trains and autumn-themed activities.


Just down the road from us is Orway Porch Farm where you can pick your own pumpkin.  Their pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and refreshments are available.  Entry is free.

You can also join in the fun with Pumpkin Trails at Greendale Farm Shop, Heron Farm, and Bicton Park.

Halloween pumpkins at Forest Glade
Carving pumpkins is a fairly modern tradition

Getting crafty

If the weather isn’t looking so good or you need to relax and unwind why not head to Honiton Pottery.  Not only can you choose from a huge range of pottery to decorate they also sell delicious ice cream and are well know for their milk shakes, as well as cakes and hot drinks.

Visit Seaton Wetlands, not just to see the birds but to take part in autumn crafts with a Hallowe’en theme.

Honiton Pottery
A newly painted piece of pottery

Trains and trams, fancy dress and ghost trails

24 – 28 October is Hallowe’en week at Pecorama.  Dress up in your favourite costume with prizes for the best-dressed, or book an evening visit and ride the ghost train!

Seaton Tram Way makes for a great day out, and if you visit during half term you can help track down the escaped ghouls!

Apples and bees

Head over to Quince Honey Farm to celebrate the apple and honey harvest.  Quince Honey Farm is a working honey farm and a great day out for all the family, with gardens, soft play and of course bees.  Special events are running through half term.

Explore Blackberry Camp and then visit Blackbury Honey Farm – a family-run honey farm, shop and cafe.

Hallowe'en fun - a full day out

Make it a day out, head to North Devon and join in the half term fun at The Big Sheep.  As well as sheep there’s an indoor play zone, spooky rides, live shows, a fancy dress competition and pumpkin-carving.

Crealy’s Spookfest is a popular event for families with children of all ages.


Witches, wolves and other animals

Find out about the Witch of Wildwood at Wildwood Devon, and enjoy exploring the park to see otters, wolves, lynx, and red squirrels.  Visit the maze and have fun in the indoor and outdoor play areas.

The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth is free to visit and well-behaved dogs are welcome.  Join in the fun with their Haunted Hay Bales Hallowe’en Hunt.

Why not book a visit to Dartmoor Zoo after dark – if you dare!

Photo credit: Alison Day – Wolf at Wildwood Escot, 2017 – on Flickr


Halloween nature activities

Check out the Woodland Trust website for Halloween ideas.

More events

Visit the Devonwithkids website to find other events in the area.

Doesn’t our swimming pool look spooky!