Half term is upon us and with lockdown restrictions on the rise, we are yet again faced with the same dilemma – finding new ways to entertain the kids safely and responsibly. But not to worry – we have come up with some PMP Approved activities to get your kids in the spooky spirit in these unprecedented circumstances.
Take your children to a pumpkin patch and not only will they be able to pick their own pumpkins for carving, but you’ll also get some adorable autumnal photos in the stunning landscapes.
Garsons Farm in Esher, Surrey, are opening their doors to Pumpkin pickers for pre-booking only. You have to buy a Farm Pass in advance and book a time slot from 9am-4pm Monday to Saturday. Happy picking!
Thorpe Park drive in cinema
Famous for its fright nights, Thorpe Park have found a new way to celebrate Halloween with Luna Cinema coming to reside in the theme park this October. The drive-in cinema has state of the art screens and sound, which is wirelessly connected to your car sound system for an immersive experience. Food and drink can be contactlessly ordered from your car, making it a completely socially distanced activity. There is even special prize for the best Halloween costume!
They are offering kid-friendly films all throughout half term, with showings of classic films such as Jurassic Park, Jaws and The Greatest Showman. (Scream, The Shining and Silence of the Lambs are showing late into the night, if you can get a babysitter!)
Tricky Treasure Hunt
Trick or treating is essentially off the cards this Halloween, so make sure your kids don’t miss out on all the treats with a terrifying treasure hunt! Hide their favourite sweets around the home or garden and get them to dress up and fill their pumpkin baskets with as many treats as they can find.
Lexicon MonsterHeroes Treasure Hunt
The Lexicon shopping centre in Bracknell has launched its own treasure hunt, in the form of QR codes in shop windows that, when scanned, reveal a different ‘MonsterHero villain’. Children that discover all ten will receive a free audiobook of their adventures!
Beale Wildlife Park
There’s plenty of Halloween fun to be had at Beale Wildlife Park in Pangbourne. Children in Halloween fancy dress get in free, and if you bring along your own carved pumpkin you could be in for a chance to win a family season pass for next year.
Other spooky activities include a make-your-own Halloween or animal facemask and a Halloween themed family discovery trail, based around all things freaky – from toads and black cats to werewolves.