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Halloween might not be happening in quite the same way this October but we bet your family still want to be thrilled and chilled during the Halloween and Half Term holiday!

Fortunately there’s lots going on to keep children (and mums & dads!) happy - from terrifying tales and spooky trails in all our country parks, frights in the forest and wizarding adventures to name but a few.

If Halloween isn't for you, there are plenty of non-Halloween events going on this half term too! 

Check out the full list of hair-raising Halloween events here in this year's In North Notts Half Term & Halloween Events Guide.

Halloween & October Half Term Events across North Nottinghamshire

Are you ready for chills and thrills across North Nottinghamshire this Halloween Half Term ?

There are ghoulish goings on galore starting on Monday 19th October and running until Saturday 31st October and a few beyond.

Due to Covid regulations, events are taking place in the great outdoors with the emphasis on pumpkins and spooky trails!  The events listed below are following current guidelines to ensure everyone keeps socially distanced and safe and most are family friendly.

Whether you’re a grown-up or child there are lots of spooky events to enjoy this Halloween...

Just click on the titles below for full information about each.


pumpkin field

Pick your own Halloween pumpkins from:

School Farm, Gamston, near Retford
School Farm at West Drayton, Nottinghamshire are open for Pick Your Own Pumpkins from 9th October to Halloween. Open daily.

Nottinghamshire Pick your own Pumpkins, Blidworth
Come and choose from an assortment of pumpkins at this family-run pumpkin farm in beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside. Open every day from 16th October.

P..P..Pick up a Pumpkin at Maxeys Farm Shop, Kirklington
Pick your own Pumpkins straight from the field where they are grown! Plus: Spooky Woodland Walk, a Halloween themed tractor ride, Halloween Gift tent, refreshments & more!

Pumpkins Galore at White Post Farm, Farnsfield
The Pumpkin Patch will be stacked full of pumpkins ready for you to buy and carve at the farm. Lots of other activities too!

Pumpkins by Torchlight at White Post Farm, Farnsfield
Pick your pumpkins by torchlight! Meet the animals and explore the farm along the way.

Wheelgate Park, Mansfield
Every paying child into the park can choose their own pumpkin and carve it on site for just 50p per pumpkin. 


Halloween Half term in Sherwood Forest event

There are Spooky trails galore to enjoy this Half Term!

Halloween Family Trail + Spooky Sherwood Detective Pack in Sherwood Forest
The spiders of Sherwood have stolen something very precious from Robin Hood. Can you complete all the challenges along the trail to crack the code and return it to him?
Get your very own Spooky Sherwood Detective Pack which contains craft materials and family nature activities for the forest.

Halloween Monster Hunt at Rufford Abbey Country Park
Join the Rufford Monster Hunt team and follow the map into the haunted hideaways and creepy woods and find out what’s the cause of Rufford’s strange happenings.

Halloween Bat Trail at Creswell Crags
Families of bats - with their own colour and Witch Mark symbols - will be all around Creswell Crags. Grab our trail sheet and complimentary pencil and see if you can find them all!

Halloween Family Potion Trail in Sherwood Forest
Come and meet the baddies of Sherwood Forest…

Halloween Frights in Sherwood Forest
Not everyone in Sherwood Forest is a friend to Robin and his Merry Band…

Nature Scavenger Trail at Southwell Minster
A fantastic nature trail for all the family in the grounds of Southwell Minster.

Gateford Halloween Trail, Worksop
A Gateford community event to enjoy Halloween in a safe but fun way!

Retford Halloween Pumpkin Trail 2020
The Retford Pumpkin Trail facebook group are organising something different this Halloween this year.. families are invited to get into costume & go out and spot all the pumpkins front gardens and on doorsteps in Retford. There's even a map to help you spot them!

Nott’s Maze & Tricker Treat Maze 
Nott's Maze is great fun for all ages! Enjoy walking around the paths to the centre, discovering hidden activities along the way. Special Halloween days.

Spooky Halloween Trail in Bassetlaw Museum 
A FREE spooky Halloween trail at Bassetlaw Museum. Solve all the clues and get a treat!

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search at the National Civil War Centre, Newark 
The 'Where's Wally? Spooky Museum Search' has begun! Can you find Wally in the museum's galleries? Join in the spooky search for Wally and you'll get a free prize and a fantastic day out!

Halloween Trail at The Old Police Station, Retford
Have some fun with the kids or just be a big kid! Fun for everyone with a Halloween trail and picnic hamper for both the kids and the adults.

Halloween at Sundown Adventureland near Retford
For the spookiest, family-friendly fun, you can’t beat the Spooktacular Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Sundown Adventureland!

Halloween Festival at White Post Farm, Farnsfield
This year's outdoor Halloween Festival will feature some White Post Farm Halloween favourites including the Pumpkin Patch, Spooky Halloween Trail and Falconry Shows.

Halloween by Torchlight at White Post Farm, Farnsfield
Come and enjoy some outdoor Halloween fun by torchlight! Pick a pumpkin, meet the animals and explore by torchlight!

Wheelgate Park, Mansfield
A family friendly fangtastic blend at Halloween with unique family not so scary activities.


Creswell Crags Halloween Costume Competition
Here's your chance to dress up this Halloween as Creswell Crags are hosting an online Halloween Costume Competition for all ages! Just visit Creswell Crags in costume and share your photo!

Virtual Bricks ‘Brick or Treat’

A treat for LEGO fans! Some awesome LEGO content online as the wonderful North Notts Brick Show cannot be held live this year.

The Girl of Ink and Stars Audio Drama
A gripping audio drama performed over three podcasts, The Girl of Ink and Stars is a story of myth, magic and the power of friendship. For children aged 7+ and their families. Available from 19 - 31 October.

Young Hustlers Digital Creative Workshops
Young Hustlers in Nottingham are running an exciting programme of 8 FREE digital creative workshops for children and young people across Nottinghamshire to get involved in during this October Half Term.


‘Hocus Pocus’ at Worksop Savoy Cinema

‘Halloween’ at Worksop Savoy Cinema

Nightflix Drive-in Cinema, Newark
Drive-in films on most evenings during Halloween week - Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Joker, Gremlins, Labyrinth, Alien, Coco, The Lost Boys, Hotel Transylvania, The Shining, Hocus Pocus and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Kids Cupcake Making - Halloween Cupcakes, at the Chocolate Orange Tearooms, Worksop
Your children will love baking and decorating their own Halloween cupcakes to take home!

Halloween Wizarding Adventure with Rusticus at Thoresby Park
Go on a journey into the woods to find where the wild wizards dwell. Magical outdoor performance walk with activities especially for Halloween.

Pawsby Dog Show at Thoresby Park
Fun Dog Show for all the family with demonstrations, have-a-go activities, miniature railway for kids, face painting, food & drink stalls and more. Sunday 25 October 10am - 4pm.

Half Term Football Camps in Retford
Fun Football Camps on Thursdays & Fridays over half term for 4-10 Year Olds.

Ghostly Goings On at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant
We dare you to visit our Haunted Garden and there's a a prize for Best Carved Pumpkin!

‘Light and Saints at Halloween’ Walk at Southwell Minster
Come for a walk in the dark and experience Light and Saints at Halloween in the Minster grounds, with refreshments, stories about saints, and Covid-safe activities.

Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey Country Park
A magical after-dark adventure for all the family! Enjoy the amazing illuminated trail around Rufford Abbey’s stunning gardens, marvelling at the majestic trees and romantic ruins.

Nightflix Drive-in Cinema, Newark
See your favourite films and the latest blockbusters from the comfort of your own car with Newark's exciting drive-in-cinema experience.

Captain Jack's Adventure, Retford
A wonderful and welcoming soft play centre in Retford, treasured by its customers for its fantastic and caring staff, high standards of cleanliness (now & pre-Covid!) and all-round excellent centre. Open every day - check their facebook page (click the link above) for available time slots. Booking in advance highl recommended.

Kids Zone, Worksop
Another amazing soft play centre much loved by its customers. Booking in advance highly recommended. 

Fun Crafts & Activities for Children to Do at Home
Not exactly an event, but a massive list of fun and constructive activities and things to do at home.  There's sure to be something new and exciting for your children to discover!

Keep Entertained at Home - Online & Offline
Here's a huge and ever-growing list of fun and entertaining things to do online and offline, for everyone in the family.  

This link takes you to all the exciting Halloween events going on this October across North Nottinghamshire.

With so much going on this Halloween, you’re sure to find something ‘specially scary to do.

Happy Halloween!


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