Half term and Halloween in Herts

A chill has returned to the air, autumnal yellow and orange hues seem to be popping up everywhere, and pumpkins are back in your fields and in your lattes – it’s October half term in Hertfordshire, and with Halloween bookending the half term week, it’s time to fully immerse yourself in the spookiest of seasons! Forget your horror stories - we know that the scariest thought for a parent is having nothing to do with the kids for a whole week away from school! Ready to save parents everywhere from that terrifying tale, we’ve compiled our list of the best things to do in Hertfordshire during October half term 2020 so we can all have a super, safe and spooky half term holiday...

Willow's Pumpkin Festival

It’s pumpkin pandemonium at Willow’s Activity Farm! Get in the autumn spirit with their Pumpkin Festival, including a ‘pick your own pumpkin’ hunt, seasonal biscuit decorating and autumnal Instagram heaven in the Gourds Grotto of seasonal squashes. Coupled with their year round attractions of funfair rides and farmyard animals, we know it's a day out the little ones will love. 

Pumpkin party

Half Term at Mill Green Museum

Modern technology meets the 18th century at Mill Green Museum this half term, as you explore their grounds with a digital trail! Weave around the gardens and discover the history behind the mill that's been on this site since Domesday Book - that's 1086 A.D.! Whilst there, head to their jubilee garden to spy the brilliant artwork created by local school children to celebrate Black History Month for an enlightening and fun day out.

Historical half term

Fun at the Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral is bursting with half term fun with everything from a children’s graffiti trail of animals, knights and spooky skeletons, to marvelling at the exploding autumnal colours in their grounds with their tree trail! A special event to enjoy from home is a digital poetry masterclass accessible via Zoom, where their poet in residence Dan Simpson is sure to inspire budding young writers.

Creative cathedral

A family day at Henry Moore

Seize your last chance to visit the Henry Moore Studio and Gardens before they close for the winter months on the 1st November – a wander around the sprawling gardens is sure to tire out the kids a little, and a family picnic on a balmier autumn day is sure to put the world to right. And there's the chance to see some world famous sculptures of course...

Moore to see

Halloween at Knebworth

Beautiful Knebworth House is the perfect place for an autumnal outing, where you can stroll through their pumpkin-adorned gardens and gaze up at the stunning ornate house. Make sure to dress the part for their Halloween spectacle, as they’re running a fancy dress competition on their social media - the winner will take home a ticket for 4 people to visit next year!

No tricks, just treats

St Albans Halloween Trail

St Albans transforms into a spooky Halloween hunt this half term, as 12 creepy characters are hidden in the windows of businesses around the city centre. Use their trail maps and seek out the hidden figures with the chance to win some Halloween prizes! We're thinking of coupling the trail with a spot of retail therapy and a coffee stop for mum and dad...

A creepy crawl through St Albans