Half Term things to do in Sussex
half term events in Sussex, Drusillas Park


Halloween & Half Term Fun

Keep the family entertained over Halloween and enjoy some spooky fun in Sussex. With loads going on throughout half term and Halloween itself you'll have a hard task deciding between ghostly walks, pumpkin carving and fiendish fancy dress fun!

Halloween Treats for the Little Terrors!

The Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne opens their interactive Halloween trail, don't miss out on this creepy quiz which takes you through the cobwebbed corridors of the museum. (23 Oct-1 Nov). 

A Halloween Activity Weekend takes place at The Observatory Science Centre (31 Oct-1 Nov). Drop in for screaming bats, pumpkin lanterns and spooky colourings.

A spooky Halloween Trail is happening at Bateman's (23 Oct-2 Nov) where you can visit in fancy dress and take a trail round the haunted mansion! Who knows who you'll bump into...

Why not take a spooky steam train ride on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (27 – 31 Oct). Tricks and treats for the whole family during Halloween Fun Week with spooktacular entertainment, chance to meet My Mystery and themed ‘make and take’ activities. 

Or for something a bit different get involved in a fun Halloween themed volleyball session at Yellowave Beach Sports Venue (31 Oct).

Halloween Art

Get arty this Halloween with Hove Museum as they offer Crazy Critters workshops between 27-30 October. Drop into a session and make crazy critters in paint, collage and even 3D!

Or drop into Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne for a Drawing in the Dark session on 31 October. Using torches, colour gels and glow sticks you can create weird and wonderful drawings in the dark! 

Create spooky papier mâché masks at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery on 27 October or join the creepy craft workshop on 29 October.


Pumpkin Carving

Halloween pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving is a must at Halloween and Slimbridge Wetland Centre offer this up amongst lots more fiendish fun at their Spooktacular event (22 Oct-1 Nov).

Sharnfold Farm has a great farm shop where you can buy your pumpkin with staff on hand to help young visitors create a pumpkin masterpiece! (27-31 Oct)

If you really are a pumpkin lover don't miss Slindon's annual Pumpkin Festival, (1 Oct-30 Nov).

Horsham Halloween Party

Horsham’s Carfax hosts the increasingly popular Children In Need Halloween Party, 10am to 4pm on Thursday 29th October with a variety of fantastic free entertainment for younger children.

Highlights include BBC Children in Need’s Pudsey Bear, children’s activity zones, street entertainments, a Halloween themed market, plus ‘Trick or Treat’ trails around the town and a Halloween fancy dress competition. Don't miss it!

More Haunted Halloween Fun... 

Parham House introduces a new Halloween Trail on 30, 31 October and 1 November. Featuring a pumpkin garden trail, resident witch and even deer and ghost spotting in the Park!

Brooklands Pleasure Park has got a whole host of activities lined up including a spooky train, maze of horror, boo hoo games castle and even a halloween themed cafe!

Themed Walking Tours in Worthing has a Halloween Special; Spooky Worthing! Taking place daily from 22-31 October at 6.30pm, booking required.

Haunted Halloween Fun takes place at Borde Hill Garden, (23 Oct-1 Nov), where you can complete the spooky Halloween trail around the Garden. There's also a resident witch or wizard to meet and a haunted marquee for face-painting, craft activities and spooktakular fun.

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery plays host to Things that go bump at Halloween! Explore after dark and enjoy guided tours, spooky craft workshops and a ghoulish supper. 

Join Blackberry Farm for a ghost hunt, spooky story time, halloween craft sessions and lots more!

Field Place is putting on a Halloween Party Night on 31 October with ghoolish games, dancing, BBQ and bar. Make sure you book your tickets!


Shriek Week at Drusillas! 

Drusillas Shriek Week

Drusillas Park unleashes Shriek Week (24 Oct-1 Nov) with a spook-tacular week of Halloween fun at the award-winning zoo. Watch out for some fang-tastically spooky surprises with sin sisters Hocus and Pocus playing hide and shriek and an escaped Mummy wandering around the temple ruins in Eden’s Eye maze. 


Adults Only!

Spooky Halloween fun

Celebrate the big day on 31 October with a film screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street at the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne. This pop-up cinema sits within one of the fortresses’ creepy casemates, if you're brave enough settle down and enjoy this classic from 1984.

Day of the Dead Halloween party takes place at Coalition in Brighton on 31 October, expect a Halloween Fiesta!

Or try to find out 'who did it' with a Halloween Murder Mystery at East Sussex National on 31 October. Mingle with the suspects over a delicious three course dinner whilst the mystery unveils...

The Grand in Brighton is playing host to their Grand Haunted Hollywood Ball on 31 October. A fundraising ball which is certain to be a spooktacular night of entertainment, fine dining, auctions raffles and more.


Borde Hill Halloween Week

Halloween at Borde Hill Gardens

Halloween Week at Borde Hill Gardens takes place 24 Oct-1 Nov with some real treats in store. A Halloween Trail is available around the garden with the chance to meet the resident witch or wizard plus on selected days get stuck in with craft activities, plus have your face painted, enjoy games and music in the haunted marquee!


Wilderness Wood does Halloween

Wilderness Wood Halloween Fun

Explore Wilderness Wood this Halloween with the family and you get the chance to make a feast fit for a wizard (or witch!), broomsticks ready for flight and a host of other suitably spooky activities.