As the leaves begin to change colour and a chill creeps into the air there is a great mix of spooky thrills and family-friendly festivities throughout Romsey and Andover, there's something for everyone to enjoy during the half-term break.
Pumpkin Carving and Wicked Fun
Unleash your creativity at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens' Pumpkin Carving workshops, where you can transform pumpkins into grinning jack-o'-lanterns. For those who prefer a less messy endeavour, the Wicked Fun in the Woods – Family Bushcraft session offers a chance to create pumpkin soup and wand making around an open fire in the woods. There is also a pumpkin spotter challenge throughout the gardens.
Halloween Quests and Ghostly Encounters
If you dare, follow the Funnybones-inspired adventure trail in your skeleton mask and venture into the depths of Mottisfont Abbey, where ghostly tales and eerie encounters await. On Halloween meet the Mini Adventure volunteers and get started gathering natural found objects to make a magic wand or potion.
Spook-tacular Fun at Paultons Park
Paultons Park, home to Peppa Pig World, transforms into a Halloween wonderland during half term. With pumpkins, ghostly scenes, and spooky meet-and-greets create a thrilling atmosphere. Take a wander through the majestic secret fairy garden decorated with webs and pumpkins. Don't miss the Legend of Paultons Manor show an all singing and dancing extravaganza and the Little Monsters Ball at the show stage.
Owl-O-Ween at Hawk Conservancy Trust
Join the Hawk Conservancy Trust for a unique Halloween experience with their Owl-O-Ween event. Discover the fascinating world of owls, learn about their nocturnal habits, and witness their silent flight during a spooky twilight walk.
It’s frightfully freaky at Finkley
Immerse yourselves in a world of farmyard fun with a spooky twist at Finkley Down Farm's Frightfully Freaky Halloween Happenings. Meet adorable farm animals, navigate through the eerie Spooky Barn, and join the lively Halloween disco, discover your spooky name, meet Zelda the Zombiecorn and Penelope Pumpkin and follow the eerie Halloween trail.
Take flight from the creatures of the night
Meet the critter clan amazing creatures from around the world and take part in fun craft activities with a creatures of the night theme. Watch out for the spooky cobwebs on the spider trail all at The Army Flying Museum.
Hunt the pumpkins
A naughty witch has hidden her pumpkins around the Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age. Hunt for the pumpkins to win a prize, do not worry she will not turn you into a frog – or will she?
Spooky Halloween make and take
Drop in for a spooky make and take craft sessions at the Whitchurch Silk Mill make an owl or spider, weave a pumpkin basket.
Creepy craft activities amongst the spell books
Float down to Andover and Romsey Library to take part in creepy crafts activities this half term.
Andover terrifying trail and devilish disco
Halloween in Andover town centre looks set to be thrilling this year with terrifying trails, a devilish disco and painting in the dark. Make sure you don’t miss the ghastly fun, find out more.
So, whether you're seeking spine-tingling thrills or family-friendly fun, the Test Valley has something to offer everyone this Halloween. Grab your costumes, embrace the spooky spirit, and prepare for a half term filled with unforgettable adventures. Make sure you check the websites for dates and more details.