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Spooktacular fun in Dorset this Halloween

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Whether you’re on a family holiday in Dorset during this October half-term or (like me) you’re fortunate enough to live here, there’s so many fun Halloween activities for children (and adults!) to take part in.



Friday 21st til Sunday 30th October 2016

Halloween In Bournemouth Square

  • Live music every evening
    Hot food, drinks and snacks….. try Magic Merlin’s hot chocolate
    A special performance by First Position School of Dance on Sat 22nd 6pm
    Fancy-dress party in The Square Sat 28th Oct from 8pm


FREE kids activities every day during Half Term 11am til 12pm:
– Dr Balloonman
– Jamie Jigsaw
– Mr Merlin
– arts & crafts…..and more!

Visit the FaceBook page for details

22nd – 31st October

Halloween at Corfe Castle 10am – 4pm

Everyday throughout half-term hear the tales of professional spooky storyteller Granny Cousins at 11am and 1pm. Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge, 10am to 3pm and witness the mighty Warwolf II our castle trebuchet in action, launching at 11.30am and 2pm and take part in the horror spooky trail.

Booking not needed.

Free event but normal admission charges apply.


Adventure Wonderland, opposite Bournemouth Airport



Spooky Halloween Shows Daily at 12noon & 3:00pm.

Dare you enter the scary maze! Watch out for giant spiders, be careful of the cobwebs and lots of hidden spooks! Maze times: 10:30am – 11:15pm / 1:30pm – 2:15pm / 4:00pm – 4:20pm (The timings are for the queue times. It is recommend you visit the maze at the session start time.

The Spooky Gang!

Clap along with some of your favourite Halloween chart toppers in this colourful, magical show in the Happydrome Theatre at various times throughout the day!

Spooky games in the Happydrome Theatre!

Fangtastic Menus

Prices and times.


Celebrating Autumn at Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster

Join in for some fun over half-term; celebrate the harvest, autumn produce and all the beautiful autumn colour with a series of hands on activities.

Free event but normal admission prices apply.


24th – 31st October

Halloween at Exbury

Mystery comes to Exbury this October half term!

The Head Gardener has lost his head after falling foul of the Woodland Witches and he needs help.


Hop aboard The Flying Sorcerer from Exbury Central and help piece him back together and weed out the Witches’ evil spell.

A frightfully good time awaits with a pumpkin trail and spell search before little ones get adventurous in the play area. Spooky goings-on in Witch’s Wood will lead older ones down a trail to the darkest paths to uncover phantom poems.

Mr Eddy’s Tearooms will have a fang-tastic menu filled with tricks or treats, along with a Haunted Workshop with creepy crafts and face painting.

Pre-booking is essential.


25th – 28th October

Halloween activities at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth

Bring your ghouls and boys to the historic Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum for Drop in Halloween Crafts sessions.

Fuel their imaginations with spooktacular sessions incorporating all the best for a creative Halloween whilst adults can enjoy the splendour of the surroundings.

Tuesday 25th October 10:30 – 12:30 Drop in Halloween Crafts £3

Wednesday 26th October 10:30 -12.30Create a Halloween T-Shirt £5

Thursday 27th October 10:30 – 12:30 Paint a Ceramic Pumpkin shaped T-light holder £5

For further information or to book tickets call 01202 451820.


Spine-Tingling Tours

When the sun sets on Friday 28th October the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum will come to life!

Dare you tread the darkened corridors with storyteller Lizzie Bryant for a spooky, spine-tingling twilight tour? Be chilled by strange and spooky stories of ghosts, goblins, devils and demons from around the world.

Make sure to keep an eye out for supernatural beings stalking the corridors at this haunting time of year and for some of the weird and wonderful objects in the Russell-Cotes collection.

Pre and post performance participants can calm their pulses with a restorative drink at the cafe. Children can create a spooky craft to take home. Best Costume prizes will also be awarded to those brave enough to attend in fancy dress.

Suitable for adults and children aged 7+

£10 Adult Ticket, £5 Child Ticket, £25 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)

Pre-Booking essential, timed performances at 6.30pm and 7.45pm with limited spaces. For further information or to book tickets please call 01202 451820.

26th and 28th October

New Forest Halloween Activities – Spooky Halloween Canoeing Tour! 6 – 8pm

Really get into the Halloween spirit this year on the Haunted Beaulieu River for a tour along the water at sundown. Listen to the flourishing tales about the hidden secrets of the river and see if you spot the infamous ‘Gray Lady’ of the Beaulieu estate. Suitable for all ages, get dressed up as scary as you can and enjoy Halloween treats on arrival.

  • Meet at Baileys Hard / Canoeing site on Beaulieu River
  • Enjoy a hot drink before setting off on the trip
  • Paddle from Baileys Hard exploring the Beaulieu River at dusk till dark.

Adult £22 | Child £17 | Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £68

Book now!

30th October

Pavilion Dance, Westover Road, Bournemouth – The Adventures of The Little Ghost


In a locked chest in a dusty attic of a very old castle lives the Little Ghost. At the stroke of midnight each night the Little Ghost wakes up. He haunts the castle, visits the knights as well as his friend, the owl. At the stroke of one, he falls asleep in his chest.

His greatest wish is to see the world in daylight, just once…

Based on the book of the same name by popular children’s author Ottfried Preussler (The Robber Hotzenplotz, The Little Witch, Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill) this show transports you into a world of magic and adventure.

Tickets £6

Opening times 1pm and 4pm
Tickets: 01202 203630

Diana Bretherick


If you’re planning an adult Halloween party I think you should consider the free BBC Good Food’s Murder Mystery Game : Murder on the Menu.  Sounds like great fun 🙂

There are many more activities across our towns in Dorset.  Great sources for searching are Eventbrite, What’s on in Dorset, Poole Tourism Events Calendar, Let’s Go Out and What’s On in Christchurch.

You’re very welcome to leave links/comments for activities you’re planning on attending (doesn’t have to be Dorset).

How will you be celebrating Halloween?

Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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